After I was fired from Sports Radio 610 after Adam Wexler and I had an on-air disagreement and Wexler went unpunished for the incident, I began taking a close look at sports talk stations hiring practices. What was immediately apparent was the glaring lack of minorities working in full-time on-air rolls. I quickly realized that the only people who have an issue with the community hiring practices of the local sports talk stations were minorities themselves. The status quo including station administrators and hosts pretty much across the board doesn’t believe it’s an issue. Imagine the likelihood of that being the case...hmmm? Oh well....
There's another gaping hole in the sports media and in particular the sports talk radio environment locally. The noticeable absence of women in full time rolls on sports talk station is further confirmation that the "good ole boy" network in Houston is maintaining its strong hold on the market.
Rather than grow their listening base by expanding the makeup of their hosts, collectively sports talk stations are stubbornly staying the course of mostly allowing middle-aged white males to earn a living while pursuing their career goals.
"MAKE MY DAY"!
I'm all ears and more than willing to listen to any station's explanation of why the make up of their station is primarily middle-aged white males in a city with so much diversity?
Don't worry folks I'll be sure and let you know if anyone takes me up on my offer for a open forum decision. I'm sure my phone will be ringing off the hook? Yea right...please.
THE PROSECUTION RESTS?
When you think about it in realistic terms, it really makes no common or business sense not to diversify your station and put it out front to show the listening public you're doing so. These guys running these stations are all very bright people who none of which can pretend not to understand the city's makeup.
Ask yourself what could be the source of their stubbornness and reluctance to put women in premier roles?
ESPN LEADING IN DIVERSITY
The only woman getting daily run in Houston's sports talk radio market is Julie Takahashi of ESPN 97 5 The Ticket. Julie Takahashi co-hosts with Carl Dukes and program director Dave Tepper weekdays 4p-7p on ESPN 97 5 The Ticket.
You can catch Anna Megan Raley on Sports Radio 610, Tuesdays 10a-11a co-hosting with Josh "The Wolfman" Innes.
I love Anna because she always up beat and not afraid to be a babe and still maintain respectability as an individual.
Erin "The Fantasy Girl" Skelly can be heard weekly during the NFL season on with Vandermeer & Lopez on Sports Radio 610. Erin is great and really knowledgeable in regards to all of your fantasy league questions. Erin obviously follows the league closely as she gives more than a surfaced response when she takes caller questions.
Lately Erin has been making guest appearances on weekends (Sunday nights) with ND Kalu and Kyle Kennedy also of Sports Radio 610.
Alyson Footer makes guest appearances on 1560 The Game and is always strong in her game, mixing up with the 1560 guys who aren't afraid to have fun on the air. Alyson comes off as confident and knowledgeable when working opposite the men of 1560 The Game.
BEAUTY FOR THE BEAST IN US ALL!
Maybe the best argument, and at the same time the most predictable and obviously shallow chauvinistic argument to make would be this: The obvious fact is, going to station events would be a lot more exciting with the likes of Anna Megan Raley, Erin Skelly, or Brooke Bentley in the picture. Genius!