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Sports Radio 610 Wins Sports Radio Ratings Battle In Houston

“610 again produced the strongest numbers overall during the quarter, but Sports Talk 790 enjoyed some gains as well.”

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Houston’s Sports Radio 610 continued it’s solid performance in 2020, topping their market competition for the third straight ratings book. While 610 again produced the strongest numbers overall during the summer quarter, Sports Talk 790 enjoyed some gains as well. 

In weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p), 610 was tied for 19th with a 2.1 share while SportsTalk 790 placed 23rd with a 1.3, both stations were down slightly from the spring book. 97.5 ESPN Houston finished 25th earning below a 1 share. 

610’s morning show featuring Seth Payne and Sean Pendergast saw their ratings dip marginally for the second straight book, finishing 16th with a 2.2 share from 6 – 10a. ESPN Houston and Sports Talk 790 finished 24th and 25th respectively, both earning below a 1 share. ESPN Houston breaks up the 4-hour block by offering a combination of the network’s national morning show and The Bench with John Granato and Lance Zierlein, which begins at 7am. Sports Talk 790’s morning show with Sean Salisbury fills the full 6 – 10a window.

In middays between 10a – 2p, 610’s John Lopez and Landry Locker finished the summer book tied for 15th place with a 2.2 share, down from a 2.6 in the spring, but a jump in ranking by five spots year-over-year. In the same window, ESPN Houston finished tied for 25th, dipping below a 1 share, while offering the last hour of Granato and Zierlein, followed by The Press Box with Charlie Pallilo and Joel Blank with Nick Sharara from 11a – 2p. 

From 10a – 3p, Sports Talk 790 placed 23rd, finishing similarly to their spring book with a 1.2 share. During the five-hour midday block, 790 features a combination of In The Trenches with ND Kalu and The Matt Thomas Show.  

In afternoons, 610’s Clint Stoerner and Ron ‘Show’ Hughley finished 21st with a 2 share from 2 – 6p. It was the lone daypart not won by 610, as Sports Talk 790 edged them out with a 2.2 share. The afternoon schedule on 790 offers the final hour of Matt Thomas, followed by The A-Team w/ Wexler and Clanton from 3 – 6p.. ESPN Houston was a point and a half behind, finishing tied for 25th in the same block, airing Josh Innes from 2 – 4p, followed by The Blitz with Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman from 4 – 7p.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami, according to sources.

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. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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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