Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Houston Sports Talk Ratings for January

Written by: Lamont

Earlier today, Josh Innes tweeted the following

I didn't think much of it, big "whoop" so you beat MAD Radio.  It was sort of interesting given the events on Radio Row last month.  Then it got really interesting with Lance Zierlein quoted Josh with the following.

I do not believe it was a shot because Josh and Lance are boys are at least they are not on bad terms.  Just a few guys in a competitive time slot and competing head to head.

January Book 


Clarifying Josh's Tweet, he may very well have won his time slop out right because this is only capturing 7-9 and 9-11.

Mad Radio,  I really expected them to blast Josh Innes out of the roof.

No show in the Market captured a 3 share

If the Radio Row argument didn't blow up, how much lower would these ratings be

Lastly, Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman winning the month. What's interesting about this, 97.5 went through an extended stretch with no signal and they recaptured those fans.  In addition to, their signal is not all of that strong in some areas of Houston specifically the West Side of town.

It is what it is, Ratings only mean something to personalities when they are winning.  The minute they are losing or not in 1st, you will likely hear how it's a flawed system but it is fun to see them beat their for a month or so.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Why are there more former NFL Players in Local Sports Radio than MLB AND NBA?

Written By: Lamont

Living in Houston and being a Sports Talk Radio slut, I've always wondered why they are there more NFL players in local sports talk radio than any other sport.

Locally, the first professional players I recall in reoccurring roles were ND Kalu then Greg Koch and the rest is history.

I have always wondered why are there more NFL Players in local radio than MLB and NBA players.  I took to Twitter and received a some interesting answers.

Some feel that NFL Players are more popular than MLB and NFL players.  I am not sure I totally buy that because the NFL players I hear in local sports radio all over the country are not exactly household names.  The NFL players I hear on radio are lower to mid level players.

Another response I received, Football is King in Texas.  Although I'm in Houston, the topic was not about Houston specifically.  Albeit, I am not sure "football is King in Texas" refers to the Cowboys and Texans.   Texans nor the Cowboys has had sustainable playoff success and I believe most non Texans who reference football being "king" are talking about "Friday Night Lights" High School Ball.

I appreciated the feedback but I have my own thoughts.  I believe we see more NFL Players in Local Radio because they do not get paid as much as MLB and NBA Players.  A mid level NBA or MLB can get a contract that could set them up for life without work post playing career.  I am not saying NFL players are poor or ignorant with their finances but it feels like they have to work post career.  Again, I am not talking about marquee players.

On a local level, I believe Sports Radio 610 and Sports Talk 790 feel they have to have professional athletes for bragging rights.  There was a time, I felt it was the best approach but I have come realize, just because they are professionals, does not mean they know other sports or hell even other positions in their game.  I have heard some shit that was totally wrong within their profession.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hip Hop has officially Joined Rock and R&B, thanks Mumble Rap

Hip Hop is my favorite music genre.  Although Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message was the Hot Song in the early 80s, my Hip Hop begins with Run DMC’s King Of Rock.
Hip Hop as I knew it, is no more.  Mumble Rap has taken over the genre.  There are still some elements of regular Hip Hop but Mumble Rap is what’s hot now. 

Mumble Rap sounds like a studio album mastered at a concert, the sound is distorted to me.  If you are a fan of HIP HOP, you know there are differently elements of Hip Hop.   Style and Fashion is not one of the main tenants but over the years, it’s been incorporated.   These cats wearing tight ass clothes, is not the business, this is Hip Hop not a promo for Yeast Infections.

Rock and R&B

After Rock enjoyed the likes of Little Richard, Elvis, Beetles, Led Zeppelin and many more, we were hit with Glam Rock.  Rock and Roll purist hate Glam Rock.  Glam is pretty much the Late 70s and 80s Big Hair Bands.  Some Rock fans even dislike Grunge.  I’ve heard Rock fans say Grunge killed the guitarists.

In R&B, we enjoyed the sounds of Motown, Delfonics, Manhattans, OJays just to name a few. R&B borned a mutation of music called DISCO.   Disco was so bad to R&B and Rock, there were actual events calling for the destruction of Disco albums.


In an odd twist, I’ve seen cases made, HIP HOP is a derivative of Disco.  Nevertheless, Hip Hop has finally arrived to a place where a sound that’s dominating it’s genre is hated by Old Heads. 
I hear so many people express their disdain with this new mumble rap and I agree, I hate this shit.   We are experiencing almost a 6-year run of this version of Hip Hop but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.


In both cases of Rock and R&B being invaded by mutations of their genre, they eventually reclaimed it.  After rock was hit with Glam, they bounced back with bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns and Roses, to name a few.   R&B bounced back with a slew of Boy Bands and male and female solo artists.  In the end, I believe Hip Hop will come back to form as more and more people express their hatred for this new sound.

Of course, there will be some who will to throw out the tired lazy take, “you are old and your parents didn’t like what you were listening too back then”.  I hear this take so often but they fail to say, my parents didn’t listen to rap, they were listening to a whole different genre so yes, I would expect my parents to say Hip Hop sucks.  Hip Hop has a specific formula and this current sound, is breaking the rules

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paul Gallant and Landry Locker should replace John Lopez and Cody Stoots

Written By: Lamont

Enough is enough, Sports Radio 610's  In The Loop is dry.  I have tried to listen but it's too quite.  There's not enough energy.  I am not a fan of John Lopez but I do cut for Cody Stoots; the show is stoic.  Even their promos that run throughout the day are dry to me

I believe Paul Gallant has paid his dues in Siberia (Nights and Weekends) that he should be rewarded a daytime spot.  I believe he's loud and edgy enough to carry a mid morning show.  The only concern I would have is Paul's ability to carry a 4 hour day show alone.  It could be easily remedied with another opinionated producer slash personality in Landry Locker.

Sports Radio 610's mid mornings can instantly be upgraded.  Paul will rub some wrong at times.  He's a Bill O'Brien supporter but at times he will challenge the status quo.  Over the last few months, I have noticed more and more of my Twitter Friends dialing into Paul's Show.   Landry (if he were the choice) goes against year's of Houston Fans popular opinions (we need that shit) and he's not afraid of telling the audience, hosts or whoever, that's stupid. 

Currently MAD radio is void of phone calls so I can't  gauge  Landry's ability to take the heat via phones.  I have rarely seen him engage on social media as far as a heated debate.  He usually tweets a take, a few people agree or freak out but there's little interaction so I don't know How he'd do with fan interaction.  However I do know Paul will mix that shit up with you.  He will welcome you to come at him.

All in all, I do not think Paul and Landry are Howard Stern good, hell they may be awful but I do know they would be better than the current pairing.

Friday, February 9, 2018

What's Good In Houston Sports Talk

Written By:  Lamont

When you are a self anointed media critique, it's easy to focus on the negative.  I think I am objective for the most part, I'm cool with lots of guys in the market.   Even the shows I really like, I will hammer their asses.

Truth of the matter, the Houston's Market is depressed, the ratings proves it.

Today, I wanted to observe the positives in the market.  I am just a Sports Talk Radio slut.


I really believe, the City of Houston was ready for someone to smack Josh Innes.  Sure, there were people who beefed with Josh on Twitter and Facebook but rarely have we seen someone called him out in person on video in Houston.

Mad Radio grabbing their nuts

Seth did his thing but so did Landry Locker (610's Producer).   Seth and Landry was on Josh Innes ass like flies on shit.  After months of listening to Josh berate them on-air and social media, they finally decided to lay down the gauntlet at radio row.  The more I think about it, I  believe they were ready for his shit and said, "Radio Row is GO TIME".  I was happy to see them finally defend themselves.

Josh Innes stirring up shit

I think Josh's antics are good for this market.  I hate the Jolly Gee Good ole boy shit in Houston.   Sometimes you hit and sometimes you take an L.  Josh took an L on Radio Row but he interjected some life into this market who still believe talking about the Texans is good for the market while more and more of the audience is leaving.  No matter how Josh tries to say he didn't instigate it, he did but I also witnessed every sports radio show in Houston and social media talking about it.

Hosts acknowledging Hosts, Good Riddance "Up The Dial"

One of my biggest pet peeves about Sports Talk Radio is this 2002 antiquated way of  thinking, If you do not acknowledge another station or personality by name, your listeners will not know them.  They will say, do no feed the competition.  In 2018, we (audience) all know your competing station and personalities exist.  It comes off as weak but lately, I've noticed shows casually mentioning other stations and personalities by name.   I have noticed it for a few months now.

Good Local Teams

Sports Radio Talk is good when you have good shit to talk about.  For a while, there was nothing to applaud locally in sports.  The Texans were the talk of the town.  Now, Houston has a World Series Champion in the Astros, a damn good Rockets team and a very interesting Texans led by DeShaun Watson.

Host can basically pick and choose at any moment what teams they would like to talk about because something is always happening.  I think that's part of the reason some hosts receive backlash.   For the amount of sports happening in Houston, there's no reason for a host to hover around one team.

ESPN 97.5

I believe outsiders are needed.  The general belief is that 610 is all things Texans and 790 is all things Rockets and Astros.  It really does not matter if it's true or not, that's perception.  610 is the Flagship for the Texans and 790 has the Astros and Rockets.

I like ESPN 97.5 because I know they are not beholden to the local teams.  When I listen to 97.5 and hear personalities speak about the local teams (good or bad) I know they are genuine in what they say.

I get the sense that Lance Zierlein is boys with Daryl Morey and he defends him.  However, what can you really say bad about Morey at this point with how the Rockets are playing.

There are positives in Houston Sports Talk.   The perfect storm is for the Texans to ball out.  I have seen what a Good Texan season can do for Sports Talk.  2011, 2012 and the anticipation of 2013, the market enjoyed crazy numbers.  Leading up to 2013 when Texas the talk of league, 610 was pulling 5 and high 4 shares in May.   Contrary to popular belief, it was not just 610 getting high numbers.  Of course 610 got the bulk but all stations ate big.