The Desolation of Rods: With Release of Harris, 1560 Has Shed Nearly All Its 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 then 1560 The Game was some of the best up-and-coming talent in the city. They struggled with a poor transmitter signal and a hastily organized sales staff, but they were making inroads with ratings, something that surprised plenty of people in the industry.

Today, John Harris, a stalwart of the midday slot at what is now YSR 1560, tweeted that he had been let go from the station effective immediately. With Sean Pendergast's departure from the station -- a longtime co-host of Harris in the early days of 1560 -- for a drive-time slot at 610, only afternoon host scout John Granato remains from 1560's version of the Not Ready for Primetime Players. Granato was the first at the station, brought in with an ownership stake, and was responsible for assembling the talent that brought the station to prominence.

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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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