Houston’s Sports Radio 610 is set to introduce a new afternoon show on Monday. The change is part of an overhaul to the station started with new PD Armen Williams’s hire at the end of 2018.
The new afternoon show features former University of Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner and NBA TV personality Rick Kamla. Neither are strangers to radio. Sports Radio 610 listeners have been hearing Stoerner as a weekly contributor to the station. He also served as a studio analyst for 103.7 the Buzz in Little Rock. Kamla recently departed 92.9 the Game in Atlanta. Clint and Kamla launches at 2 pm on Monday, July 22.
“I am born and raised in Houston,” Stoerner said in a press release. “Sports Radio 610 is the king of Houston sports radio, so talking daily to me people in South Texas is a dream come true. Tune in and turn up, H-Town!”
“Clint and Rick are the perfect pair to bring informative and clear cut opinions to the Houston listener,” Entercom Houston’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager Sarah Frazier said in a press release. She added that the station is “excited to provide the Houston sports community with a revamped weekday lineup that they can connect with to and from work on a daily basis.”
The new show displaces 610’s current afternoon hosts. Sean Pendergast will move into morning drive alongside Seth Payne for Pendergast and Payne. Payne’s former partner Mike Melster exits after a 9 year run. Pendergast’s afternoon partner Rich Lord leaves the station after nearly 25 years in Houston sports radio.
“My time at SportsRadio 610 has been the most rewarding, fulfilling and satisfying experience of my professional life,” shared Rich Lord. “I’ll forever be grateful to Dickie Rosenfeld for bringing me aboard in 1995. My time here has meant so much to me and my family that the biggest emotion that I feel right now is gratitude. I came here in my 30’s, I’m leaving in my 60’s. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Greg Hill Creates NFTs For Foundation Fundraiser
“I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Greg Hill has done several good works with his foundation in New England, and has now created a new way for those to give to his charity on Giving Tuesday.
During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Hill announced NFTs will now be available as an option for those who seek to give to the organization.
“Because we wanted to try find a different way for you to give on Giving Tuesday –those of you who would normally give to The Greg Hill Foundation or to any other charity — I am pleased to tell you that we are — at this moment — dropping the first ever Greg Hill Foundation NFTs.”
After the show joked that he is the owner of a Marconi Award and now featured in NFTs, he should retire, Hill joked “I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Hill then added NFT buyers will be invited to a private event at Cisco Brewers Seaport in Boston. Buyers will also be in a raffle to win tickets to The Greg Hill Foundation events, a suite to a Boston Celtics game, $1,500 cash, or two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert this summer.
Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak
“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.
Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.
“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.
“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.
In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.
Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them
“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.
The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.
The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.
On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.
“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”
Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.
“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”
Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.
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.