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    December 23, 2013

    Christmas PSA: Zapruder Of A Jillion Car Pile Up In Snowy Wisconsin

    It's Christmas time, a time of giving, and as much as I would love to give all of you an actual, tangible gift for your loyal readership, I am but a humble radio host and cannot afford to do so. I can, however, give you my sage advice on all things Christmas. That is free (to me), and yet still qui ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Who Joins Kubiak On The (Get Paid Lots Of Severance) Bread Line

    Sometime within the next several weeks, the Texans will be hiring a new head coach, and when they do, that will be a happy day for whoever that person is. (Hopefully, it's a happy day for the Texans' fan base, too.) Years will go by, and that coach will likely experience some success and some failu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Gary Kubiak Fired: The Kubiak Era Is Finally Over

    After nearly eight seasons of sub .500 football, briefly elevated by two division titles, and multiple new standards set for hitting tock bottom this season, the Gary Kubiak Era ended on Friday morning as owner Bob McNair announced that he had fired the now former Texans head coach this morning. Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Federal Government Shutdown And College Sports: The Best Press Release Ever

    As we drink our morning coffee and watch President Obama talk about how avoidable the federal government shutdown is and hear Republicans counter with their arguments, it's important to note that there have actually been several government shutdowns over the last few decades. So while this is more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Super-Vague Lawsuit Accuses Radio Host Outlaw Dave of Breach of Contract

    Popular Houston radio personality and bar owner "Outlaw" Dave Andrews has been sued by an investor in Andrews's Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters for allegedly using a $360,000 loan to "promote his personal broadcasting career" instead of paying bills and other operating costs. The suit, filed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    British Open (Or Open Championship, Whatever): 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    I can't remember the last time I wrote about golf in this space. Honestly, if it didn't involve Tiger Woods, a Perkins waitress, and a nine iron through the driver's side window of an SUV, there's a decent chance I've never written about golf here. It's not that I don't like golf, it's just that I l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Bill Belichick on Tim Tebow: "We've Already Talked Enough About Him."

    "We've already talked enough about him, I think I've covered it. Anything else?" -- Bill Belichick on Tim Tebow, three minutes into his press conference Tuesday morning Hear, hear! As Tim Tebow sat on the shelf for the last several weeks, discarded by arguably the worst and most dysfunctional team ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    NBA Finals: Turning Point, LeBron Returns Tiago Splitter To Sender (w/ VIDEO)

    I may or may not have disclosed this before in this space, and if I have, my apologies, but I am rooting for LeBron in these NBA Finals. I'm over the animosity of Decision 2010 (Really, why did I get so worked up over Cleveland getting shat upon anyway?), I root for greatness, I root for dominance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Former Texans WR David Anderson Officially Retires and Then Commits to USC

    Going back to August 2007, when 1560 AM was started, in our early days as 1560 The Game (long before our radio plastic surgery that transformed the station into 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio), we used to do some pretty off-the-wall stuff on the air. At that time, our content certainly resonated and chang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Five Reasons The Rockets Playoff Run Isn't Generating More Buzz

    I listen to a lot of sports radio and talk to people online and off about sports on a regular basis. Despite the fact that the Rockets are in the playoffs for the first time in three years, there just isn't the buzz about the team Houston has seen in years past. There are fewer calls about them on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    JaMarcus Russell's Quest To Become The First 350-Pound Quarterback Is Full Steam Ahead

    My co-host John Granato and I have a standing breakfast bet (which I just now realized will have to be amended to something else at stake because we're moving from mornings to afternoons on 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio) and it goes like this: True of false: Out of these three quarterbacks -- Tim Tebow, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Sports Radio Fantasy Draft: Filling Out the Lineups of Two Local Stations with Talent from the Existing Four

    One of the arguments against expansion in pro sports leagues is that it dilutes the talent pool. There are enough great players to fill out the lineups for 30 teams, but are there enough for 32? It's an important factor to consider. On Monday, 1560 KGOW fired Adam Clanton and John Wessling, hosts o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    NBA All Star Weekend: 5 Observations And A Plea For More Barkley

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel like I should tell you that I chose not to stick around Houston for the NBA All Star Game and it's peripheral festivities (up to and including the transformation of the Galleria into some kind of three-story clown car on Saturday) this past weekend. As a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    KCOH, Houston's Last AM Bastion of Old-School R&B, Is Sold

    This post also appeared on our sister blog Hair Balls -- ed. Radio is generally in a constant state of upheaval. Witness the lineup 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Adam Wexler of Sportstalk 790's the Big Show Dishes on Bad Callers, On-Air Chemistry

    It's been a long time coming for Adam Wexler, co-host of the Big Show mornings on 790 AM. Always one of the smartest guys in Houston sports talk, he bounced around to various stations and time slots, from morning to evening and back again. But, the magical on-air chemistry he had with Matt Jackson e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Sports-Talk Radio Shows

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    A Rush Limbaugh Playlist: What Else Could Upset Artists Like Peter Gabriel?

    There are a lot of people upset with Rush Limbaugh. If you've heard what Limbaugh had to say about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, then you can guess which parties are upset with him. Even a professional troll faces repercussions for calling a 30 year old college student "a slut". It's not surpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Having A Hall & Oates Emergency? Callin' Oates Is Here To Help

    ​We've all been there. Stuck in traffic after a long day at work, at your iPod just isn't cutting it, you're sick of AM talk radio, the birthday scams are getting stale, FM radio is just Maroon 5 and LMFAO, and you don't feel like calling your grandmother to say "I love you." You dear friend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Forced to Listen to Rush Limbaugh: Five Reasons This Woman Should Be Thankful

    As first reported in the Houston Chronicle, Bridgett Nickerson Boyd is suing Harris County and a county sheriff's deputy for, among other things, forcing her to listen to Rush Limbaugh after an arrest. Now, among the "other things" is that she was arrested for driving on the shoulder of the road, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Wednesday Was the Best Night of Baseball Ever, and We Have Dan Shaughnessy to Thank (w/ VIDEO)

    Well, they say that if you're playing in a game that matters on the final game of the season, that's all you can hope for. The Astros were playing in a game that mattered last night; unfortunately, it mattered only for the opposition. For the Astros, last night's two-hit shutout was the final kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Houston Texan Winston to Host Online Monday Night Football Show

    Could Eric Winston's new online MNF simulcast be MST3K for sports fans?​Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston is a funny and insightful guy who is a regular on local and national sports talk shows as well as a very good follow on Twitter. Tonight, he launches a Monday Night Football com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    College Realignment Talk Is The New NFL Lockout Talk

    More a-holery from Ken Starr​During this past summer of sports talk radio, our insatiable appetite for any topic football-related, our perennial need to talk about minutiae at all times, and the usual summer content-related radio doldrums met at a tedious midpoint -- a no man's land that left ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    KTRH All But Says Goodbye to News, Welcomes More Right-Wing Blather

    The Houston Chronicle's David Barron just reported that longtime KTRH news anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes are leaving the station in favor of new hosts Mike Patrick and Lois Melkonian. In case you need an introduction to Mike Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    NFL Draft Liveblogging, Starring Sean Pendergast

    Rick Smith, you shall be judged immediately​The topic that has dominated sports talk radio lately -- at least in a city such as Houston that is experiencing a severe drought in anything worthwhile to talk about for its current franchises -- is the NFL Draft. It has turned into an off-season L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    My 2011 Texans Schedule Analysis -- Praying For A Long Work Stoppage

    Skip this if you can. (The movie AND the Texans' opening schedule)​Destination programming. It's the lifeblood of any organization whose goal is to entertain the masses. It doesn't matter if you're a television network, an independent radio station, or a professional sports league. If you ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Five Best Glenn Beck Freakouts: We'll Miss You, Dude

    ​As he hinted at his Houston appearance, Glenn Beck, the face of Fox News to so many Americans who recoil in horror at Fox News, will be ending his TV show. He'll still do occasional specials, and tour, but your daily dose of Beckensian madness will no longer be on TV. We'll miss the freakou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Cover Story: For Love of the Game

    ​When working on this week's feature story, I was surprised at just how much help my background as a musician would help me, especially since I was writing about a sports radio station. Over the last 25 years, I've spent a lot of time in bars, recording studios and rehearsal spaces with other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Stevens & Pruett Vs. The FCC: Beer Cans And Hershey Kisses

    Rocks Off is in the process of collecting stories about legendary Rock 101 KLOL morning team Stevens & Pruett as a tribute to Mark Stevens, who passed away Tuesday morning from complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 76. We're especially interested in hearing from the duo's colleagues at KLOL, ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Mark Stevens Of KLOL's Stevens & Pruett Show Passes Away

    ​Rocks Off just got word via ABC13.com that former Houston radio personality Mark Stevens, half of KLOL's popular Stevens & Pruett morning-show team from the 1980s until 2000, has passed away. Houston blogger Mike McGuff says close friends told him Stevens died in his sleep early this morning; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Game Time: Thanksgiving Leftovers -- Longhorns Vs, Aggies, Sports-Talk Shuffle, Best Bets

    ​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I want to belatedly thank everyone who listens to my show (3-7 weekdays on 1560 The Game, just in case), thank everyone who takes the time to read my posts here on Hair Balls, and thank all of the athletes, coaches, and fellow broadcasters who continu ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    2009 Mug Awards

    Web exclusive!

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    August 5, 2009

    The Upstart Sports-Talk Station Is Making Some Strides

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​We've been hearing this since 1560 The Game went on the air, but the time is finally coming.Pending one last final approval from the FCC, come some time next month, the station should be broadcasting a booming 15,000-watt signal from Katy that will cover the entire city. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Hypin' Up Those Tea Parties

    Someone alert Kevin Whited at bloghouston! We're about to mention KTRH again!! (It always seems to annoy him greatly, pointing out how the city's once-proud and still-largest radio news station has become a mouthpiece for the GOP.)Anyway, the station's lead story today is, of course, the "tea partie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Cool Out on Your Commute

    2009 is only a few days old, and Houston's radio climate is already improving. Not on the FM dial, which remains a wasteland north of 91.7 (same as it ever was), but starting at 4 p.m. today, commuters can immerse themselves in the swinging sounds of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, B.B. King ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    What the Hell. Go Texas Tech!

    I hate the BCS. I hate the bowl games. I want there to be playoffs in major college football. I write this because, normally, I would be pulling for Oklahoma to defeat Texas Tech this weekend for the purpose of screwing up the BCS. But I can’t do that this time out. I just can’t. And ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    What the Hell. Go Texas Tech!

    I hate the BCS. I hate the bowl games. I want there to be playoffs in major college football. I write this because, normally, I would be pulling for Oklahoma to defeat Texas Tech this weekend for the purpose of screwing up the BCS. But I can’t do that this time out. I just can’t. And I can ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008
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    October 30, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Avenged Sevenfold and Right-Wing Screamo Metal

    Hey, America! While all of you are waiting breathlessly for a mediocre dance-pop album from your favorite glitter- and Cheeto-dusted “starlet,” none of you seem to care that the world’s first right-wing screamo-metal album hits shelves today. I finagled an advance copy of the new self-titl ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    October 25, 2006
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 9, 2004

    Clash Course

    Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York

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    March 29, 2001

    Right-Wing Revolt

    Local conservative talk radio lives to rant again

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    September 14, 2000

    Rome in a Day

    The Jim Roma World Tour

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    November 13, 1997

    Big Talker

    From the Geto Boys to his new nationally syndicated radio show, Willie D has kept his mouth moving. But where his rap was once down and dirty, not it's--gasp!--respectable. Has the gangsta of love sold out, or just grown up?

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