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Josh Innes Details Houston Exit In New Podcast

“When he was initially let go in March, Innes pointed to budgeting reasons as to why he parted ways with the station, but during his recent podcast, the radio host claimed one of their top salespeople refused to sell his show.”

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Six months after being let go by SportsTalk 790 KBME in Houston, Josh Innes launched two daily podcasts on Monday, one centered on Philadelphia sports and the other Houston-based.  

The free agent radio host’s most recent tenure on terrestrial airwaves ended in March, after nearly two years in morning drive on iHeartMedia’s SportsTalk 790 in Houston.  It was the second tenure in Houston for Innes, who also had a stint on WIP in Philadelphia.  

Joined by his fiance Jilly, Innes aired both podcasts back to back, with plans to release daily episodes lasting between 45 minutes and one hour for each city.  During his Houston podcast, Innes detailed some of the drama that led to his departure from SportsTalk 790 in March, including his antics causing the station getting kicked off radio row at the Super Bowl in 2018.     

According to Innes, his relationship with the station started to fracture even before the Super Bowl incident.  Innes specifically pointed to 2017, when his 790 colleague, Adam Clanton allegedly shared a picture of Josh wearing a Russell Westbrook t-shirt.  Josh didn’t get along with the radio station’s broadcast partner, the Houston Rockets, and being shown supporting a rival player didn’t help to improve the relationship.  Clanton, who Josh referred to as a “horrid human being,” was later fired and then rehired by SportsTalk 790 and currently serves as the station’s afternoon host.  

Ultimately Josh’s departure from KBME was fueled by finances.  When he was initially let go in March, Innes pointed to budgeting reasons as to why he parted ways with the station, but during his recent podcast, the radio host claimed one of their top salespeople refused to sell his show.  “790 doesn’t care about ratings, they care about revenue and sales,” Josh said, noting that he couldn’t help the station make money if there were salespeople who didn’t like him.  

“I did everything they asked me to do, that is a fact,” Innes said, adding that he went on plenty of sales calls.  “People probably think I was some insubordinate asshole there, I did what they asked me to do.”

Innes agreed it might not have been the best idea to go after co-workers at the station, but that’s how he does his show.  According to Innes, he doesn’t think 790 paid attention to the type of host they hired when they brought him back to Houston a few years ago.  The station saw his ratings success at previous stops and weren’t concerned about the approach he took to the airwaves every day.  In the end, it was that same unfiltered, cutthroat approach that led to a broken relationship and his feeling of being “unwanted” by the station.

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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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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