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Longtime Houston Host Loses Morning Show

Brandon Contes

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According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Gow Media’s KFNC 97.5 is shuffling their lineup and unfortunately it leaves legendary sports radio host, Barry Warner, without his hour-long morning show.

The Buffalo, NY native has been part of the Houston radio scene since moving to Texas in 1966.  Warner’s time hosting in Houston includes stops working for at least nine different radio stations in the city.  Warner joined the Gow Media owned ESPN Houston (KFNC 97.5) in 2014 and began hosting his hour-long morning show, Reality Check, in 2017.

“Barry is a radio hall of famer and has made a significant contribution to Gow Media,” said owner David Gow.  “His show has ended here, but there are other ways we can work with Barry in the near future.”

Warner commented on his time with Gow Media stating, “I enjoyed working for David very much.  I am proud of the work I did. I talked sports.  I didn’t get involved with double entendre or lazy tangents that are prevalent in our industry.  I used the microphone as a telephone to tell people what I know.”

A radio throwback, Warner is not fond of the direction many sports stations have turned in recent years.  “It’s at an all-time low . . . (a sign of) the dumbing down of America,” Warner said in a 2013 interview with Eric Sandler of Houston Culture Map. “Once upon a time, you could go in and talk sports. Now they want guy talk and gimmicks.

Warner, however, is able to look back and reflect on his own career, proud of the work he’s accomplished, “I’ve been truly blessed. At five years of age, I knew I wanted to be a broadcaster, and I have been since three weeks after my Bar Mitzvah,” the broadcaster told Sandler.

According to the Houston Chronicle, part of the changes occurring at ESPN Houston will include Charlie Pallilo joining KFNC 97.5.  Pallilo currently hosts the 11am1pm timeslot on Gow Media’s sister station, SportsMap 94.1.  He is expected to fill the same spot in ESPN Houston’s daily lineup.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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