Saturday, January 26, 2019

Changes on The Blitz and ESPN 97.5, AJ Hoffman Project Director

Written by:  LM




Week before last, Jong was on vacation the whole week.  I remember thinking it was strange because everyone just returned Christmas and New Year's vacation.  That Tuesday, I begin asking around and everyone said it was just a vacation.

Friday evening, January 8, Jong tweeted the following.  Twitter went into a frenzy.


Jong has been with the Blitz since it's inception and the Blitz is kicking ass in ratings.  So it's odd, he would up and blaze out.  Again, I reached out and I was told by someone Jong is not on-board with some changes that were are about to be made. 

Since Jong dropped the news on Friday night, Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman couldn't discuss the issue until Monday.   Monday Fred and AJ discussed Jong's departure. To be honest, their segment on Jongwas vague.  The only interesting part, AJ mentioned how people are speculating that Jong left him out of farewell tweet which kind of make people think their was something between the two.   At the time, I didn't think so because AJ said gracious things about Jong on air.  In addition to, Jong and AJ were playing with each other on Twitter #Transition. Audio is below



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The Blitz

AJ THE PRODUCER

Friday, the AJ and Fred officially named Jong's replacement as producer and teased another major decision for 6:30.

WTF
After their hit with RJ Bell, Fred and AJ revealed that AJ Hoffman is the new program director.  Audio Below



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AJ the PD 

THOUGHTS

First thing first, I have no dog in this at all.  I cut for Jong and AJ.  It's just odd, after Dave Tepper left, I thought Jong was promoted to Assistant PD in addition to his producing duties.  Jong was actually in management.

This may come off as harsh towards AJ but it's not, if what he portrays about his personality on radio is actually true in real life, I just don't  see it.  AJ is the opposite of what management is.  AJ is not a people's person. Dude complains about everything.   I am also not sure how AJ worked for it as the it was said in the audio.  Was AJ making moves behind the scenes that were not public?  I am not saying, grouchy people cannot be in management, hell Fred is grouch.  I'm a damn grouch at times but AJ comes off as an anti-social person.

Hindsight, it always felt like it was something there with AJ and management.  Jokingly he would notate the fact that he's not in management and not included in some of things Jong and Fred were.  You can even go pull a couple of segments with David Gow, where he made comments about management.   All in all, I hope AJ succeeds as PD.

As stated earlier, I like both guys but I have to give Jong a Bravo Zulu for not immediately adding flames.  I asked him "what's the deal" and he constantly said, he didn't want to spread anything and it will eventually come out.  In other words, without Jong telling the public what happened, everything else is pure speculation.








Sunday, January 20, 2019

Why did Jong leave ESPN 97.5

Written by: LM





As we all know, The Producer for the Blitz (Jong) is no longer an employee for ESPN 97.5.
According to a source, "there's going to be changes at the stations and Jong did not agree with them"  therefore he resigned...

I am sure this will be discussed in detail however I am now more interested in the "change".  

Monday, December 31, 2018

Local Radio Stories of The Year

Written By: LM



It has been an interesting year for local radio programming.  I wanted to look back at some major events in 2018. 

In addition to radio, I am including a few wildcards.

Josh Innes vs Seth Payne - Super Bowl Radio Row Fight

It was long over due and most knew it would eventually happen.  Josh had been taking shots of MAD Radio for a while and when Seth had his chance to confront Josh publicly, he pounced.  The fight made national news and cause a tidal wave on the local landscape. 

From that event

- Mad Radio never won a book again
- Josh and Jayson Braddock nearly fought
- Mike Meltser invoked a person's name (Gavin Spittle) who was not involved in the beef

Super Bowl Fight

Mike Meltser On-Air collapse

Houston Astros newly acquired closer Roberto Osuna sent the City of Houston into a tailspin.  Upon learning the Astros acquired Osuna, the City of Houston were at odds but it came to head On MAD Radio when Seth Payne and Mike Meltser were discussing. They disagreed and Mike went on a tirade of Unbearables in the High Pitch Voice Mode.

It made National News and what's odd, many did not discuss what they were at odds about.  Of course Sports Radio used and continues to use the on-air skirmish but if you listen closely, Mike expresses that this was not a one time occurrence with Seth and it's hard working with him.

Mike Meltser's Unbearable Breakdown

Patrick Starr's Absence

Earlier in the year, Pat (State of the Texans) went Missing In Action.  For a couple of weeks, Twitter was worried about Pat because we never seen Pat go missing as we approached the off-season.  Later we learned, Pat was involved a tragic accident.  I don't want to go into specifics but the outpouring of love Pat received via charity and donations, made me feel good.

Not only did Patrick's fans show him love but a lot in the Media and the Texans Organization.

He was missed big time and we are happy to have him back.

The Blitz Ratings Run

Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman went on a ratings run out of no where.  It's little I can add because I talked about it for a solid year.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Ryan McCredden out as Sports Radio 610 Program Director


Written by: LM



According to multiple sources, Sports Radio 610's Ryan McCredden will no longer be Program Director.  Developing............