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Sports Radio 610 Continues To Cruise In Houston

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The November ratings were released last week in Houston, and once again Sports Radio 610 remains in the driver’s seat according to the Houston Chronicle. 610 doubled the overall performance of second place ESPN Houston 97.5, and tripled the number of third ranked SportsTalk 790. Both of 610’s drive time programs registered top 10 finishes, led by the afternoon show placing inside the Top 5.

One detail of interest to many in the sports radio industry is how Josh Innes will perform, now that he’s returned to the market to compete against his former station. For his first full month, Innes’ show rated lower than former host Charlie Pallilo’s final month. However, most new programs usually require time to develop a loyal audience and consistent impression in the ratings.

In sizing up the three stations in the Men 25-54 demographic, here are the head to head comparisons.

M-SU 6a-Mid:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.6 (tied for 11th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 1.7 (24th)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.1 (25th)

M-F 6a-10a:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.9 (8th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 2.0 (19th)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.3 (tied for 23rd)

M-F 10a-3p:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.6 (11th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 1.6 (tied for 20th)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.2 (23rd)

M-F 3p-7p:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 4.5 (5th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 2.4 (20th)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.4 (26th)

M-F 7p-Midnight:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.0 (tied for 11th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 1.1 (24th)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 0.4 (tied for 26th)

To give you a sense of how each individual show performed with Men 25-54, here are the full breakdowns.

Sports Radio 610:

  • The Triple Threat with Rich Lord, Sean Pendergast & Ted Johnson (2p-7p) = 4.4
  • MaD Radio with Mike Meltser & Seth Payne (6a-10a) = 3.9
  • In The Loop with John Lopez & Cody Stoots (10a-2p) = 3.5
  • Gallant at Night and Houston Texans/NFL programming (7p-11p) = 3.1

ESPN Houston 97.5:

  • The Blitz with Fred Faour & AJ Hoffman (4p-7p) = 2.7
  • Unfiltered with John Granato & Sean Salisbury (11a-1p) = 2.0
  • Granato & Raheel with Del (9a-11a) = 1.8
  • Joel Blank (1p-4p) = 1.3

SportsTalk 790:

  • The Bottom Line with Sean Jones & Adam Clanton (12p-3p) = 1.5
  • The Josh Innes Show (3p-7p) = 1.4
  • The Proper Gentlemen w/ Lance Zierlein & Matt Thomas (6a-10a) = 1.3
  • In The Trenches with Greg Koch & N.D. Kalu (10a-12p) = 0.8

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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Stan Norfleet To Replace N.D. Kalu On SportsTalk 790 in Houston

“My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

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Change is afoot at SportsTalk 790 in Houston. Chris Gordy will have a new co-host in middays as N.D. Kalu exits and Stan Norfleet comes aboard for Next Up.

Kalu, a former Houston Texans defensive end, has decided to leave radio behind. Instead, he will focus on his real estate business.

“N.D. is a tremendous talent and one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He will be missed,” said iHeartMedia Houston’s head of AM programming, Bryan Erickson.

Stan Norfleet comes to Houston after most recently being on WFNZ in Charlotte. He is no stranger to Texas, though. He finished his college football career at Texas Southern University. He also worked in the sales departments for both the Rockets and the Texans.

“It is a tremendous blessing and honor to join the renowned iHeartMedia Houston family. I have long been a fan and avid listener of Sportstalk 790 and respect the history and contributions of its personalities,” Stan Norfleet said in a press release. “My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

In addition to his time on air in Charlotte, Norfleet has also been heard on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta and seen on Raycom’s regionally syndicated ACC Network. He is also a former columnist at BSM.

“Stan brings amazing passion to everything he does,” said Erickson. “He has strong local ties and we’re thrilled to add him to the team.”

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Mark Sanchez Jokes ‘Tom Brady Is Going To Ruin My Career For a 2nd Time’

“I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

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Now that Tom Brady is done on the field, it is only a matter of time before he makes his way to the broadcast booth. Before the 2022 season began, FOX announced that Brady had signed a ten-year deal with the network that will put him in the top NFL play-by-play booth and make him a brand ambassador.

That has created speculation and uncertainty for Greg Olsen, the current analyst on FOX’s top NFL crew, but it won’t stop there. The effects will almost certainly trickle down. Mark Sanchez was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday and joked that he knows his place is a little less certain now than it was last week.

“I guess thanks for ruining the trajectory of my career for the second time, Tom,” Sanchez said with a smile. “I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to two AFC Championship Games during Tom Brady’s Super Bowl drought. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and the then-Washington Redskins during his ten-year NFL career.

He began his broadcasting career in 2019. He was first with ABC and ESPN as a studio analyst for college football. Before the 2021 NFL season, he moved to FOX, where he joined Kevin Kugler in the broadcast booth.

With a few years and plenty of reps under his belt, Mark Sanchez is a broadcast veteran. He joked that that will give him some clout over Tom Brady when the GOAT makes his FOX debut.

“Hopefully he doesn’t get too annoyed with the hazing we put them through as rookies here at FOX. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too annoying for him.”

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