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Pallilo Energized and Ready For Houston Sports Radio Return

Jason Barrett

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One of Houston sports radio’s leading voices is returning to the local airwaves. After being blindsided by Sportstalk 790 last October, Charlie Pallilo is ready to make his Houston sports radio return, and it’s set to begin on August 21st with Gow Media.

Under terms of the agreement, Pallilo will begin hosting a weekday show on SB Nation 1560AM from 11a-1p CT. He’ll also make guest appearances on ESPN 97.5FM, Mondays and Fridays from 1-1:30p CT on “The Usual Suspects” hosted by Joel Blank and Barry Laminack, and on Wednesdays from 10a-10:30a CT with “John Granato and Raheel Ramzanali with Del.”

“Charlie Pallilo is a Houston radio icon,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “After being let go by 790, we were flooded with tweets and emails demanding that we add him on our radio stations. We take great pride in serving our audience, and I’m thrilled we were able to bring him on board, and give him an opportunity to once again showcase his talents and connect with the local sports audience. We are confident that he is going to make a mark at Gow Media.”

“We’re all about content creation, and Charlie is a legacy piece,” added Craig Larson, COO of Gow Media. “I want to get him in the building, promote him, support him, and get out of his way so he can do what he does best.”

Pallilo’s contributions will extend beyond on-air talk shows and segments. The station plans to feature what they’re calling ‘Pallilo Minutes‘, sixty second on-air commentaries from Charlie on a variety of local and national sports subjects. The Houston broadcaster will also write columns for Gow Media’s websites.

Although the opportunity to add a talent of Pallilo’s caliber may have Gow Media executives excited, the former 790 host hasn’t forgotten the sinking feeling he experienced last October. After becoming part of the fabric of the Houston sports community for the better part of two decades and losing his platform, Charlie is energized and appreciative of his new opportunity.

“When the proverbial boom was lowered at 790, I wasn’t sure how to take it,” said Pallilo. “I hadn’t taken a break since college, so the first few months gave me a little bit of time to catch up with people, focus on my family, and recharge my batteries. But then the itch began to resurface, and I had a chance to get to know David, Craig and the Gow Media team. As our conversations progressed, we were able to create a situation that worked well for everyone, and I’m just excited to get started.”

As Pallilo turns his attention to the next chapter of his Houston sports radio career, chatter is likely to increase on whether or not he needs to evolve his style of show. His ratings on 790 fluctuated, although his final book was very healthy. Despite the whispers of some to modify his presentation, Pallilo plans to operate the way he knows best, and is quick to debunk the notion that his show on 790 was not performing.

“This is going to be a similar show,” Pallilo added. “I don’t feel a need to reinvent myself. I’ll be hosting a solo show which will include callers and guests, and we’ll make tweaks on an ongoing basis. When I was dropped by 790 after 12 years on the air, I had the highest rated show and revenue on the station. Others may prefer to travel down the low road, but that’s not my style. I’m going to conduct myself with class, treat the audience with respect, and let the chips fall where they may.”

During the span of his career, Pallilo has earned a reputation as one of the market’s most informed and knowledgeable hosts. He’s been recognized by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press in various “best of” lists, and has been voted multiple times by Radio Ink as one of America’s best sports talk show hosts.

For Gow Media, 2017 has seen the company make a concerted effort to expand its cross platform content strategy. They’ve acquired CultureMap.com, added a television simulcast of the Sean Salisbury Show on the BeInSports TV network, and formed a content sharing and cross-promotion partnership with ABC13 KTRK-TV. The company also plans to launch a new sports site, SportsMap.com, this September.

But despite making those investments and adding an established talent like Pallilo to the company’s airwaves, there is one looming issue that awaits. ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike will exit this fall, and be replaced by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo. Opinions are split on whether or not the new show will be a success, and making the decision more difficult for Gow Media is the company’s solid track record of generating ratings in mornings with national content. It’s that prior performance that gives David Gow reason to be optimistic about moving forward with the network’s new morning team.

“Houston has been one of Mike and Mike’s better markets,” Gow pointed out. “I have no reason to doubt the combination of Trey and Mike, and think the rhythm of their show will be similar to what Greeny and Golic delivered. Houston is a melting pot with great sports fans who enjoy great local and national content, and we think they’ll do a great job for us.”

When asked if additional programming changes were on the horizon, Gow said nothing is imminent. One name that is sure to generate additional noise is former 790 morning host Lance Zierlein. Much like Pallilo, Zierlein has strong market equity, except his connections inside Gow Media are even stronger. There may be no movement on that front at this particular time, but as we’ve learned many times in radio, never say never.

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ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio

“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”

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SiriusXM still has a college sports radio station on its platform. It’s just called something different now.

A report from Cord Cutters News confirmed that ESPNU and SiriusXM have ended their partnership. Channel 84, which used to be known as SiriusXM ESPNU Radio, is now known as SiriusXM College Sports Radio.

ESPNU had been with the satellite radio provider since 2017. The channel itself, which has been on the Sirius lineup since 2010, was called SiriusXM College Sports Nation when it first launched.

Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed. Listeners can still tune in to hear hosts like Danny Kanell, Dusty Dvoracek, Rick Neuheisel and EJ Manuel, as well as live college sports play-by-play broadcasts.

The move doesn’t end ESPN’s partnership with Sirius. Cord Cutters noted that College GameDay will still be fully simulcasted on channel 81, which is ESPN Xtra.

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Kay Adams: Filling In For Dan Patrick A ‘Pinch Me’ Moment

“It would be me and Chris Mannix. And he did his thing, and I was just happy to be along for the ride.”

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Kay Adams has been successfully forging her own path in media after leaving NFL Network, but there have been moments along the way that she hasn’t forgotten.

Appearing as a guest on Maggie & Perloff on Friday, Adams was asked if she has ever had any pinch-me moments in her career. She said that one of those came back in 2014 and 2015 when she got the chance to guest host The Dan Patrick Show.

“A career highlight was when I, no reason to be allowed to fill in for The Dan Patrick Show,” Adams said. “I somehow got to.”

Perloff, who had the nickname “McLovin” while working with Dan Patrick as a Dan-ette, said he remembered Adams hosting and thought she did a great job. But Adams advised the audience not to try and seek out those tapes.

“I had no idea what was going on,” Adams said. “It would be me and Chris Mannix. And he did his thing, and I was just happy to be along for the ride.”

Adams added that starting her own show with FanDuel has also been a kind of pinch-me moment. She said she was excited that FanDuel was enthusiastic about trying to create the best content possible.

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Grant Paulsen: Tony Romo Hasn’t Regressed, Haters Just Piling On

“I would be willing to bet CBS is not concerned that Tony Romo is bad at this after it wasn’t even two years ago he was the toast of commentary.”

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CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has come under scrutiny for his commentating the last few weeks.

Romo, once thought of as the top color commentator in football, has faced criticism for how he’s adjusted his broadcasting style from the one that made him so popular in recent years. New York Post media columnist Andrew Marchand recently wrote that bosses at CBS have had to stage what was called “an intervention” with Romo to tweak how he calls a game, although CBS says that is a mischaracterization of the meetings.

On 106.7 The Fan in DC, host Danny Rouhier said the wave that Romo rode to stardom in the booth has crashed, and the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback needs to catch up with the changing tides in the NFL.

“So much is different. He can’t just get by on all that base of knowledge that he had,” Rouhier said on Friday’s Grant & Danny. “And he could just walk into the booth without having done anything, know what everybody was doing all the time because he had just seen it. I think that’s gone, and I think he needs to have that sort of come to Jesus moment where he can be more prepared to get that sort of sense back.”

Co-host Grant Paulsen said it was more a matter of Romo catching hate because that’s what people on the internet love to do with commentators.

“I think he is unique and different. Unique and different is bashed, and I think people are bashing him,” Paulsen said. “I don’t think there’s much more to it than that.”

“I think he’s stopped predicting plays to some extent, he still does it a little bit, because he shouldn’t be predicting plays,” he added. “Like I always thought that was the worst part about what he’s doing. I know he got a lot of attention and credit and people loved it. But like telling us right before the play, ‘They’re gonna run left here,’ is not your job. I guess there was some novelty to it.”

Paulsen said since Romo is the top dog in terms of NFL analysts, being the subject of strict scrutiny for every little thing comes with the territory. He said other big names like Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels and Joe Buck all catch flack.

But Paulsen added he didn’t think CBS has tried to have Romo dial back some of his commentary. He did believe CBS has met with Romo to offer notes and help him develop.

“If you’re paying someone 30 million dollars a year you probably do that,” he said. “I would be willing to bet CBS is not concerned that Tony Romo is bad at this after it wasn’t even two years ago he was the toast of commentary.”

“I guess I don’t see what everyone else sees about how he’s regressed,” Paulsen added. “I just think it’s piling on a guy people don’t like because it’s a job that people don’t like. I think there is an element of him having turned up the fader on the Romo-isms.”

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