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Sports Radio 610 Continues To Lead in Houston

Jason Barrett

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The Houston sports radio ratings for the October book were published by the Houston Chronicle and not much has changed since we last looked at the performances of the top three sports stations. Sports Radio 610 KILT continues to lead the way, ESPN Houston 97.5 sits in second, and SportsTalk 790 lingers in third.

However, these latest numbers don’t include 790’s recent addition of Josh Innes in afternoons. A partial performance for his show will be available in the November book. The next book will also offer a partial look at how 610’s midday show performs without Dante Hall who exited the station at the end of October.

To capture how each station’s weekday shows are performing, I’ve separated each brand so you can get a better look. 610 has the four highest rated shows in the market during the week. Interesting enough, Charlie Pallilo finished as 790’s highest rated show this month. He had not led the station for quite some time.

Sports Radio 610:

  • The Triple Threat with Rich Lord, Sean Pendergast & Ted Johnson (2-6 pm) = 4.5
  • MaD Radio with Mike Meltser & Seth Payne (6-10 am) = 4.0
  • Gallant At Night/Houston Texans (7p-11p) = 3.3
  • In The Loop with John Lopez, Cody Stoots & Dante Hall (10a-2p) = 3.0

*** Dante Hall is no longer a part of the midday program

ESPN Huston 97.5:

  • The Blitz with Fred Faour & AJ Hoffman (4p-7p) = 2.7
  • Unfiltered with John Granato & Sean Salisbury (11a-1p) = 2.5
  • Granato & Raheel with Del (9a-11a) = 2.4
  • Joel Blank (1p-4p) = 2.0

Sports Talk 790:

  • Charlie Pallilo (2p-6p) = 2.3
  • The Proper Gentlemen of Sports with Lance Zierlein & Matt Thomas (6a-9a) = 1.8
  • The Bottom Line with Adam Clanton & Sean Jones (11a-2p) = 1.8
  • In The Trenches with Greg Koch & N.D. Kalu (9a-11a) = 1.3

*** Charlie Pallilo has been replaced in afternoons by Josh Innes

In the M-Su 6a-Mid category, the three stations finished as follows:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.7 (tied for 9th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 2.2 (21st)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.7 (tied for 24th)

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Vanessa and Gallant

Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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