HOW WILL SPORTS RADIO 610 TACKLE FOOTBALL WITHOUT KALU & KOCH?
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 4/10/2012
It's not an uncommon sight to see SportsRadio610 (610) program director (PD), Gavin Spittle, meandering throughout the CBS studios weekdays as late as 9 pm typically. Grabbing the bull by the horns has served Spittle well to date, and he'll need to draw from that momentum in tackling his latest set of tasks.
The sudden departure of two former NFL veterans from Spittle's 610 talent tree (ND Kalu & Greg Koch) unveils an issue I'm certain Spittle could do without.
With Marc Vandermeer prepared to "exit stage left" soon from the 610 morning show, and Kalu and Koch bolting for a weekday morning slot at SportsTalk790 (790), 610's football savvy talent pool is dried out. Barry Warner is the only credible football mind remaining on air at 610.
There's not a lot of basis to argue against my saying that John Lopez and Brad Davies aren't valued as football minds by Houston Texan fans. An ironic fact being both Lopez and Davies are part of the Texans pre- and post-game radio broadcasts Sundays during the NFL season.
SportsRadio610 drive-time host, Rich Lord, doubles as the sideline correspondent on the Texans game-day broadcasts. Rich Lord and his drive-time co-host, Josh Innes, are quick to remind listeners that neither he or Innes considers themselves "football minds".
SportsRadio610's MaD Radio host, Mike Meltser, is a solid sports mind that brings relevant analysis to any sports conversation, but falls short of being considered a relative "x&o" football mind.
A source recently indicated to me that former Texan, Chester Pitts, may have been offered an opportunity with SportsRadio610. The comment was made to me after Pitts made an appearance on MaD Radio in Kalu's absence.
It's my view that Pitts would make an excellent addition to the 610 cast. Pitts is well spoken, intelligent, and has on-the-field knowledge, as well as an understanding of NFL administrative culture.
HMW has not been able to confirm if Chester Pitts was actually offered a position by CBS Radio.
Current ESPN 97.5 drive-time lead host, Carl Dukes, may be an option for Spittle and CBS. Dukes would offer professionalism and like Pitts, Dukes would immediately add a level of credibility to the overall football acumen of the station.
I've spoken with two individuals that I trust who are close to the situation and both say Carl Dukes has not been approached about an opportunity to replace Marc Vandermeer as the 610 lead morning host.
One of the strongest football minds I'd recruit is John Harris of YahooRadio. Harris is likeable on-air, and is a football library always open for business. I'm not certain Harris is ideal experience-wise for a lead morning show role on 610, but in terms of an upgrade of relevant football acumen on 610, if I were Spittle, Harris would have my eye. Harris would be excellent in the MaD Radio format and on Texans broadcasts.
A former online radio host, "BoatieInPearland", tweeted last week asking me if there was any truth to the rumor that 1560TheGame/YahooRadio host and ABC 13 sports anchor, David Nuno, was going to join SportsRadio610?
The only response I could offer to the tweeter is I believe if true, it would be a great opportunity for Nuno. Personally, I have no knowledge of the Nuno/610 rumor and it was the first I had heard of it when "BoatieInPearland" tweeted me the question.
THE ZIERLEIN AFTERMATH
One has to consider "what if", in reflecting on Lance Zierlein's decision to join SportsTalk790 over SportsRadio610? Perhaps SportsTalk790 morning drive host, Lance Zierlein, may find his decision not to strike a deal with 610 regrettable?
Before joining SportsTalk790, Zierlein had conversations with SportsRadio610 regarding a possible return to the place where it all began for him.
It's believed 610 PD, Gavin Spittle, suggested pairing Zierlein up with Rich Lord or perhaps Brad Davies. I'm told Zierlein wasn't a fan of either pairing and eventually joined SportsTalk790. Looking back on that decision, it may have been the wrong move for Zierlein.
I believe the money grab would have been greater at CBS/610, as a source has indicated Zierlein took a significant salary bump down to get away from YahooRadio. Considering that Marc Vandermeer is scheduled to evacuate his morning show role, the opportunity to now move Zierlein back into the 610 morning show role would be an obvious fit.
After all, we are talking about upgrading the football acumen on the Texans' home broadcast station.
Just a thought.
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