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KILT Continues To Lead The Pack In Houston

Jason Barrett



After several months of reasonably routine numbers, there were some new developments in the Nielsen Audio reports for Houston radio for the October ratings book.

For the first time that I can recall, KILT (610 AM) hit the board with its webstream simulcast of its over-the-air talk shows among men 25-54, the key demo for sports talk radio. I’ve seen streaming numbers in the past for some of the music stations, but never for a sports station.

It’s not much, ranging from a 0.2 share for the Nick Wright-John Lopez morning show to 0.4 for the midday Mike Meltser-Seth Payne program and 0.1 for the Rich Lord-Sean Pendergast-Ted Johnson show in afternoon drive, but at a time when stations are trying to scrape up any digital-driven revenue they can, it’s a promising report.

This monthly rundown on the Nielsen Audio ratings for Houston sports radio covers the period Sept. 10-Oct. 7, including the first weeks of what has been thus far a woeful Texans season plus the final tightrope weeks of Astros season.

As always, we start with 6 a.m. to midnight (Monday through Sunday) among men 25-54. KILT built its lead, arguably with the help of Texans games and programming. However, we’re also starting to see some sports stations with declines from a year ago, which has not been the case for most of 2015.

Stations                  October           September         October 2014

KILT (610 AM)     4.0 (10th)         3.4 (14th)        3.9 (T11th)

KFNC (97.5 FM)    1.7 (23rd)         1.5 (23rd)        1.6 (T21st)

KBME (790 AM)     1.6 (24th)         2.3 (20th)        2.0 (20th)

KGOW (1560 AM)    0.1 (T37th)       0.1 (T35th)       0.7 (T27th)

KILT has the edge in morning drive (6-10 a.m.) over KBME (790 AM), which is showing a sharp decline from a year ago, and KFNC (97.5 FM), which moved into second place among the sports stations.

Stations                  October           September         October 2014

KILT (610 AM)     3.9 (1th)         3.6 (12th)        3.1 (12th)

KFNC (97.5 FM)    2.2 (18th)         1.7 (21st)        2.3 (T16th)

KBME (790 AM)     2.2 (18th)         2.7 (T16th)       4.0 (8th)

KGOW (1560 AM)    0.1 (38th)         0.1 (T35th)       0.6 (T29th)

KILT is up in middays (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), and KBME is sharply down.

Stations                  October           September         October 2014

KILT (610 AM)     4.6 (8th)          4.0 (10th)        4.3 (8th)

KFNC  (97.5 FM)   1.7 (22nd)         1.7 (22nd)        1.4 (21st)

KBME  (790 AM)    0.7 (27th)         1.7 (T20th)       2.4 (16th)

KGOW (1560 AM)    0.0 (T38th)       0.0 (T39th)       1.2 (23rd)

KILT still leads in afternoon drive time (3-7 p.m.) but was down from a year ago. KFNC and KBME show year-to-year growth.

Stations                  October           September         October 2014

KILT (610 AM)     3.9 (T11th)       3.7 (12th)        4.9 (6th)

KFNC  (97.5 FM)   2.2 (18th)         2.5 (22nd)        1.9 (20th)

KBME  (790 AM)    1.3 (25th)         1.5 (T23rd)       1.2 (26th)

KGOW (1560 AM)    0.3 (T34th)       0.3 (T31st)       0.8 (27th)

Texans programming helped KILT from 7 p.m. until midnight weekdays, and KBME is sliding with the end of baseball season.

Stations                  October           September         October 2014

KILT  (610 AM)    4.1 (T10th)       2.8 (T16th)       4.1 (12th)

KBME  (790 AM)    3.5 (12th)         5.5 (T4th)        1.4 (21st)

KFNC  (97.5 FM)   0.8 (T26th)       0.7 (T27th)       1.1 (T22nd)

KGOW (1560 AM)    0.0 (T38th)       0.0 (T38th)       0.1 (T32nd)

Let’s now turn to show-by-show comparisons. All these numbers are over the air only, not including streaming numbers for KILT. It also reflects schedule changes last month on KFNC.

Show hosts/stations/time slots                                                             Oct.  Sept. Aug.

Paul Gallant/Brien Straw/Texans (7-11 p.m., KILT)                    4.4   2.9   2.4

Nick Wright/John Lopez/Texans (6-10 a.m., KILT)                   3.9   3.6   3.4

Rich Lord/Sean Pendergast/Ted Johnson (2-7 p.m., KILT)      3.9   3.8   3.3

Mike Meltser/Seth Payne/Texans (10 a.m.-2 p.m., KILT)         3.8   4.0   4.0

Fred Faour/A.J. Hoffman (4-7 p.m., KFNC)                                 2.5   2.7   3.1

Adam Clanton/Lance Zierlein (6-9 a.m., KBME)                        2.3   2.9   2.1

Sean Salisbury-John Granato (noon-2 p.m., KFNC)                 2.3   N/A   N/A

Barry Warner-Dylan Gwinn (9-10 a.m., KFNC)                         1.4   N/A   N/A

Greg Koch/N.D. Kalu (9-11 a.m., KBME)                                    1.3   2.0   1.9

John Granato-Raheel Ramzanali (10 a.m.-noon, KFNC)          1.2   N/A   N/A

Charlie Pallilo (2-6 p.m., KBME)                                                    1.1   1.7   2.0

Matt Thomas (11 a.m.-2 p.m., KBME)                                           0.7   1.5   1.9

Steve Bunin/Sean Salisbury (4-7 p.m., KGOW)                        0.3   N/A   N/A

Steve Bunin/Sean Salisbury (Noon-2 p.m., KFNC)                   N/A   2.3   2.2

John Granato/Sean Salisbury (4-7 p.m., KGOW)                      N/A   0.3   0.0

Read the rest of the article by visiting the Houston Chronicle where it was originally published

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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.

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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.”

Jordan Bondurant




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.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

Jordan Bondurant




For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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