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 Houston a few weeks back, I knew that this list would have to be next.

As is the case with radio, things change rapidly. Not only did Marc Vandermeer leave his spot as co-host of the 610 morning show, but Gow Entertainment, the group that owns 1560 and Yahoo! Sports Radio, bought 97.5. Even with those changes and how thin things can be spread with four stations, the truth is we are really lucky in Houston. We have some extremely good sports programming on the radio and a ton of different choices. My rankings certainly reflect that.

This list is only the main hosts during regular shows airing between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which excludes weekends, overnights and others. Additionally, I freely admit that I prefer my sports talk guys to actually talk about sports. I really don't like "guy talk." It can be fun when personalities occasionally veer off topic for a segment -- particularly if the hosts in question are entertaining -- but I would rather hear a 90-10 split with sports making up the 90 percent, and that certainly factored into these rankings.

Okay, now the list.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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