The Houston sports radio scene continued its overhaul on Monday. Within the last month Entercom’s Sports Radio 610 and Gow Media’s SportsMap 94.1 and ESPN Houston have all retooled their weekday lineup, now KBME (790 AM) is making their second major change since May.
On Monday, hosts of The Bottom Line with Jones and Braddock were informed by the iHeartMedia owned station that their show would no longer be broadcast on Sports Talk 790. Jayson Braddock and former defensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, Sean Jones, worked together on the station’s afternoon drive show for the last 11 months.
“I got a message (Sunday night) that we were meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, and it was pretty easy to read the writing on the wall,” Braddock told David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.
“They met with us at the same time for less than a minute, and all they said was, ‘Guys, I’ve got news, and it’s not good news for you two. We’re going to go in a different direction.’”
Just over a month ago, Sports Talk 790’s afternoon drive program was a three-person show with Adam Clanton joining Braddock and Jones. Clanton, however, was let go by the station after a disagreement with morning host Josh Innes went public. Following the incident, Innes was suspended, but has since returned to his morning show. Clanton joined Sports Radio 610 this week as a fill-in host.
Innes also instigated a suspension for Braddock this past February. Braddock was critical of Innes after antics with Sports Radio 610 host Seth Payne that led to the station being removed from radio row at the Super Bowl. Braddock was placed on an “assignment” that took him away from his afternoon show for two weeks.
After learning of the show’s cancellation, Braddock took to Twitter, expressing appreciation to their fans, “Thank you to the wonderful people of Houston for allowing me to talk sports (with) you in the afternoons over the last 11 months. My most enjoyable moment was being able to celebrate an Astros championship.”
Permanent replacement hosts have not been announced, Monday’s show was filled by Michael Connor, Chris Gordy and Ross Villarreal.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
David Schultz Out At 105.5 WNSP
“I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions.”
WNSP is looking for a new afternoon show. A source tells Barrett Sports Media that David Schultz has been let go.
Schultz served as the Program Director as well as the host of The Game Plan in afternoon drive. Michael Brauner has been his co-host since last April.
David Schultz came to Mobile in August of 2019, replacing Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy, who is now heard on crosstown rival Sports Talk 99.5. Before coming to Alabama, Schultz hosted mornings on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also a former contributor to WQAM in Miami.
“To the listeners of WNSP, it has been my honor and pleasure driving you home from work since August of 2019,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions. I appreciated your patience as it took this ‘yankee’ a bit to get used to his surroundings. Thank you very much for bringing me into your homes, cars, and phones.”
The station’s permanent afternoon plans are far from solidified. BSM has learned that Mark Heim — who currently hosts The Opening Kickoff on the station — will cover the shift in the interim.
Audacy, New York Mets Announce Addition of Keith Raad, Pat McCarthy
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast.”
Raad joins the crew after spending last season announcing games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He has also been the voice of Wagner University football and women’s basketball since 2017.
McCarthy — the son of Philadelphia Phillies television voice Tom McCarthy — has served as the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-affiliate of the Phillies. He has filled in on Phillies broadcasts during the past two seasons, in addition to working as a football, and men’s/women’s basketball announcer for Princeton and St. Joseph’s Universities.
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast,” said Andy Goldberg, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer, New York Mets. “Having Keith called up from Brooklyn, and being a local New Yorker to keep it in the family is what the Mets are all about.”
Raad will serve as the play-by-play and color commentator on the club’s broadcasts, while McCarthy will host the pregame and postgame shows, and step into the play-by-play role held by Howie Rose during select broadcasts.
“As we round the bases towards Spring Training, we’re proud to officially welcome Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to our popular coverage of Mets baseball alongside Mets Hall of Famer Howie Rose,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “Once again, the Mets offseason has created anticipation and optimism for the 2023 Amazins’ and we’re looking forward to being the audio home for every moment on-air and digitally.”
ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio
“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”
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.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.