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


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


Matt Patrick and Lois Melkonian.

In case you need an introduction to Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term "Rush wanna-be" in a piece about Texas needing to "show some backbone" to the ACLU over making schoolkids stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

(On the other hand, the Denver Post, in its story on Melkonian's farewell, said she and her co-host "delivered to Denver an even-keeled, jokey talk show. He of the dry wit, she of the easy laugh.")

KTRH, once a powerhouse of a radio news station, has been steadily abandoning that role, cutting reporters and air time in favor of right-wing blather.

Program director Bryan Erickson issued a statement saying things are great:

This is an exciting time for our station. Like other forms of media, we have to continue to adapt. We have to serve our listeners by being informative and entertaining. Lana & JP are an institution in Houston, they are true professionals, and we, along with our listeners, will miss hearing their comforting voices every morning. We know our new show has big shoes to fill.

And it looks like Patrick's the guy to fill them! In case you doubt it, consider this trenchant piece of commentary for a South Bend radio station, wherein he says a Michigan State coach's heart attack had spiritual roots because he had just beaten Notre Dame on a trick play:

Update: The official Clear Channel announcement:

The move will reflect a new direction for the morning news, combining the informative news coverage KTRH listeners have grown accustomed to along with Patrick's keen insight and commentary. Critical information and timely updates on traffic and weather will still be staples of the new show. The station lineup will remain the same after the morning show, with talk show hosts Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Berry, and Mark Levin, followed by the overnight Coast to Coast. KTRH will continue to serve as the flagship of the Houston Astros.

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