Talk Radio

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    August 1, 2014

    A Breakdown of the Former NFLers Bull Rushing Houston Sports Radio Market

    When George Costanza was looking for a job, he said that he might like to be a color commentator for baseball to which Jerry Seinfeld responded, "Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and people that are, you know, in broadcasting." While this may not have seemed fair to George, it is ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Five Reasons Why Sports Talk Radio is Ignoring the Rockets

    I am and have always been an avid listener to sports talk radio. I enjoy the banter with callers, the analysis and I even manage to make it through the randomly juvenile antics that occasionally make their way across from morning shock jock-ery on other stations. Listening during the past few months ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The Desolation of Rods: With Release of Harris, 1560 Has Shed Nearly All It's Talent from "The Game"

    Almost three years ago, I wrote a story about how a local upstart sports talk station was waging a kind of David versus Goliath war against corporate-owned stations, and doing it with wit, attitude and creativity. No one argued that the group of young hosts and creative staff assembled by what was t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Pendergast to Leave 1560, Join Rich Lord on 610 Drive Time Show

    Back in March, I wrote my list of fantasy sports talk radio pairings based on the current hosts. One of them was long-time host at KILT 610 and Texans sideline reporter Rich Lord with KGOW co-host and Houston Press contributor Sean Pendergast. Someone must have been listening. Beginning the first of ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    A Serious Question: Why is Everyone Still Obsessed with the Texans?

    Earlier this season, some dude paid a fan $200 for his Matt Schaub jersey in the parking lot at Reliant Stadium after a loss. He then took the jersey and burned it. I can only assume that most of the participants were drunk because, if they weren't, it would make me worry for Houstonians in general, ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    From Bad To Worse: Psychotic Fans Torment Matt Schaub at His Home

    On the Houston sports landscape, there exists a rarified strata of supreme Houston "sports hate" which has been reserved over the years for the likes of Derek Bell, Matt Maloney, and David Carr. In more recent years, you can add Carlos Lee, Kevin Martin, and Tracy McGrady to the list as well. Whet ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Former Texan Travis Johnson: "Tony Romo Is A Thief"

    "Be memorable." Back in the day, we had a sign on the door of our studio and that was all that it said, but in a radio/television/print/web world cluttered with thousands of sources for content, and with only 24 hours in a day to consume just a fraction of them, those were, to me at least, words to ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Huge Lineup Shifts at 790 Leave Jackson, Wexler Out in the Cold

    Less than a year after two of the sharpest minds in the Houston sports radio world joined forces, they were split up. The Lance Zierlein-Charlie Pallilo experiment is over as 790 KMBE will shake up their lineup in dramatic fashion beginning Monday. In the shuffle, veterans Matt Jackson and Adam We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Ice Cube Bids Farewell To Dwight Howard In An F-Bomb Laced Tirade (w/ VIDEO)

    Now that Dwight Howard has made his decision on where he intends to play basketball for the next few years of his life, I suppose this is how it will go for the foreseeable future. Shaquille O'Neal said that Dwight ran from the bright lights so he could hide in our "little town." Phil Jackson said ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Shock Jerks: Atlanta Sports Talk Guys Fired for Making Fun of Former NFL Player with ALS

    I have gone on record numerous times saying I really do not care for the whole "guy talk" format in sports radio. I think mixing entertainment with sports talk is great, necessary even, especially in the long stretch between the end of basketball season and the beginning of football season. What do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Five of the Messiest Rapper/Radio-Station Beefs

    Last week, Nicki Minaj decided to go to famous New York radio station Hot 97 to hash out and hopefully squash her year-long beef with Peter Rosenberg, a personality at the station. The dispute started over a comment Rosenberg had made at the station's annual Summer Jam concert last year, which cause ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Less Sports, More Boobs: Guy Talk and the De-Evolution of Sports Talk Radio

    I'm a native Houstonian. I grew up a fan of Houston sports teams, and I spent a lot of time as a kid listening to sports talk radio. There were no sports-only stations in the 1970s and 1980s. Multiple stations aired games (am I the only person who remembers the Astos games once being on 104 KRBE). A ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Comedy is NOT Pretty: Dismissed from 1560, Comic John Wessling's Heart Still Belongs to Radio

    Chris Rock once said of the music business, "Here today, gone today." The same might be said of radio, particularly sports radio where hosts and shows change about as often as the baseball seasons. A few weeks ago, the latest change came at 1560 when Adam Clanton (now back on air at 790) and John We ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Sexual Orientation Questions at NFL Combine Spark Sports Radio Discussion, Create Welcome Distraction

    I listen to a lot of sports talk radio. I listen to as much of the various hosts as possible across the five different stations that offer all-sports formats -- yes, five, it's insane. There are some shows and on-air talent I like better than others. We're all like that I would guess. For me, I tend ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Five Sports Radio Calls That Should Be Banned from the Airwaves

    I have always listened to a lot of sports talk radio. I've written about it over the last few years here as well. On the whole, I find it to be interesting, informative and rather entertaining. My fiancée will sometimes ask on a Sunday afternoon when the car radio gets switched to a sports station, ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Historic Local Station KCOH Sold to Catholic Radio Network

    Radio is generally in a constant state of upheaval. Witness the line-up changes throughout sports radio and the rise of News92 FM from the ashes of formerly all news KTRH. There are two FM music stations playing the exact same stuff every day because one was sold and not reformatted. The plug was pu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    1560 The Game Goes Local With Clanton, Wessling in the Afternoons

    Since 1560 The Game's parent company Gow Communications purchased Sporting News Radio and eventually partnered with Yahoo to form Yahoo Sporting News Radio, which was, incidentally, not long after our cover story on the rebel independent, a lot of changes were made at the station and we will fully a ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: KUHF's Paul Pendergraft on Engines of Our Ingenuity, Talking Pigs and Steely Dan

    If you pay attention to local radio, you know Paul Pendergraft, but despite his receiving numerous accolades including an Edward R. Murrow award and appearing virtually every day on the radio in Houston for over 20 years, you might miss him. Pendergraft is an affable, soft-voiced senior producer for ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Ranking Houston's Sports Radio Personalities

    The Houston sports talk landscape is complicated and fascinating. We are blessed with four full-time sports stations, several other sports-themed shows scattered along the dial and one national sports network headquartered right here in the Bayou City. When I ranked the best sports talk shows in Hou ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Adam Clanton, the Jim Rome-Impersonating Sports Guy from Channel 2

    Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Adam Clanton Employer: KPRC-TV Channel 2 Title: Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer With so many local sports personalities hailing from up north -- we have more than our fa ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Jim Rome Smack-Off 2012: The Party's Over

    In entertainment, everything has a logical arc. Whether we're talking about a television series, a radio show or a particular personality, they all have a shelf life as to how long they can remain compelling, a shelf life with a beginning, a middle and an end. The end is rarely pretty, and perhap ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Ranking The Local Sports Radio Shows From Worst To First

    I've been listening to sports radio in the city of Houston a very long time. Too long, probably. While I don't remember much about Edmonds and Martini, I do remember when the only sports radio show in Houston was Sports Beat, which ran evenings on KTRH. Amazing to think that we've gone from one four ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    4 Warnings -- Your Guide to Listening to Super Bowl Week Talk Radio

    Super Bowl hype week is underway, and I know that many of you will be consuming sports talk radio this week in an effort to get ready for the big game. (I know many of you won't be, and I understand that as well. I hate me some me sometimes, too. It's okay.) The general public service announcement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Rush Limbaugh Violates the Constitution

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Sports-Talk 1560 Loses Another Veteran: Lance Zierlein Calls It Quits at The Game

    Photo by Jeff BalkeZierlein (left) with his now former co-host John Granato.​In what feels like the dismantling of KGOW 1560 The Game, long-time morning show co-host Lance Zierlein announced via his Houston Chronicle blog that he would be turning in his microphone and leaving the station eff ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Do NOT Call This Announcer A Homer (w/ Hilarious Video)

    Beau Bock probably has a VERY liberal definition of "dynamic"​Texans play-by-play guy Marc Vandermeer gets accused sometimes of being a "homer" for the Texans. True or not, it doesn't really matter to me. I consider Marc a friend and one of the nicest people in our business. The "homer" thi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Changing Stations: KGOW's Creative Team Packs Up, Pendergast Goes National

    KGOW's now former creative team of Frank Bullington (left) and Chance McClain (right)​If you have listened at all to KGOW 1560 the Game over the last month or two, you may have noticed some changes taking place that represent a distinct shift in the overall vibe of the station. Gone are the od ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Changes at 1560: Is KGOW Losing Its KAPOW?

    Our April 6 cover on KGOW.​In April, our cover story featured the irreverent, independent nature of local sports radio station KGOW 1560 The Game. It appears both of those characteristics may be on their way out as changes at the station inch them closer to the mainstream. Longtime program di ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011


    1560AM weaves pop culture, locker-room humor and irreverence into sports-talk radio.

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    March 28, 2011

    One Night with Glenn Beck: A Twitter Diary

    Photo by Craig HlavatyThey lined up to hear Glenn Beck.​Glenn Beck was in Houston on Friday for a stop on his current speaking tour, dubbed the "Glenn Beck Live On Stage!" tour; it was everything I hoped it would be, with a few twists and turns. As an observer of most things Tea Party and cons ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Hottest Houston Media Women Tourney Boasts Cuties and Some Controversy Kelly: Apparently not hot enough.​Dear, Kelly Kelly, How does it feel to only be the 17th hottest woman in Houston media? During yesterday's J&R show on Sports Radio 610 AM, the two hosts, Josh Innes and Rich Lord, unveiled the winner of the "play-in game" in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    My March Madness Selections (And Lots Of Helpful Links)

    It's bracket-ology BABY!​I made this public service announcement on my radio show this week, but seeing as many of you are scrambling to fill in your brackets at the last minute, I feel compelled to print it here and remind all of you of the following: If Sports talk radio hosts (like myself) ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Glenn Beck Bringing the Circus, Pain to Town March 25

    Glenn Beck will be conspiratorially maudlin for you​On the night of March 25, Houston now has three choices. Do you go see Devo, the pioneering punk and New Wave group at Warehouse Live, or legendary folk offspring Arlo Guthrie at the House Of Blues, or spend an evening with powerhouse conserv ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    The Nine Most Annoying Types of Sports Radio Callers

    Send in the Clones.​Hair Balls likes to listen to sports radio. We aren't exactly sure why, but we do. We've got a bunch of stations to choose from in Houston, which gives us lots of opportunities to hear interviews, analysis and banter, some good, some bad, about all things sports. As syndic ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Odd Pair: KILT Tries Lord, Innes Together

    Rich Lord is still looking for a co-host.​The sports radio landscape in Houston used to be simple. For years, there was one show: Sports Beat on KTRH. The evening sports show was all Houston sports fans had when it came to sports talk. With the rise of sports talk nationwide, Houston followed ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Hot or Not: Sexy Traffic on 610 Not So Sexy

    Reynolds is pretty hot off the air, not so much on.​There is a lowest common denominator that people involved in sports radio marketing try to achieve in their advertising. They realize that the average guy who listens to sports radio probably needs ads for DUI attorneys, no-brainer jewelry st ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Game Time: Jim Rome Smack-Off 2010, A Five-Time Champ Weighs In

    The Rome show may have mellowed, but the Smack-Off still delivers​If you're a sports fan in the Year 2010, you probably know who Jim Rome is. If you read my blog posts each day, you almost definitely know who Jim Rome is.For those who don't, I'll be brief with the history lesson -- Rome is a syndi ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    April 9, 2009

    The DWI Bride and Houston's Love for Rush

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    March 27, 2009

    Houston Is Loving Its Rush Limbaugh Again

    Photo through wikimedia commonsHouston has always been a big Rush Limbaugh town -- it was one of the first to sign on to his show, when a small Tomball station run by Dan Patrick picked it up. (Patrick rode that rocket to KPRC and eventually a state-senator gig, much to the chagrin of people who don ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Things We Don't Get: Walton & Johnson

    Through no fault of our own, we stumbled once again on the Walton & Johnson radio show on 950 AM this morning. OK, it was our "fault," because we were trying to find something interesting to listen to. We had forgotten just how bad these guys are. We quickly remembered as we listened, struck dumb b ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    July 12, 2007

    Mail Call

    Just for Sports

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    October 13, 2005
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    January 6, 2005

    Holiday Spirit

    A real-life Christmas move in Kemah

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    August 26, 1999

    God's Plan

    At Dan Patrick's KPRC talk-radio station, it's politics with a capital G

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    February 27, 1997
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    June 29, 1995

    Echo Chamber

    Talk radio talks to itself for argument's sake

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