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Jason Barrett

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Things were pretty much status quo in the overall standings among the four sports stations (one of which, KGOW, did not show up in the ratings). KILT (610 AM) remained the weeklong leader for the May 22-June 18 survey period while KBME (790 AM) continues to be up substantially from a year ago and KFNC (97.5 FM) had a good upward bump in afternoon drive.

KILT’s weeklong share (6 a.m.-midnight) among men 25-54 remained at 3.2 percent, even with the May book. KBME was at 2.1, down four-tenths of a point. KFNC was even at 1.2, and KGOW (1560 AM) did not register.

KILT retook the lead in morning drive (6-10 a.m.) with a 3.7 percent share, down from 4.1 for the NFL Draft-fueled May book. KBME dropped to 3.2 from 4.5. KFNC held steady at 1.4.

In middays (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), KILT had a nice jump with a 4.6 share, up from 3.9 in May. KBME had a two-tenths drop to 3.4 but continues to enjoy the benefits of its recent change to local midday programming. KFNC was down one-tenth to 1.0.

KILT also increased by a tenth of a percentage point in afternoon drive (3-7 p.m.) to a 4.2 share. KFNC had a nice jump to 1.9, up four-tenths of a point, and KBME was down two-tenths at 1.6.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, KILT and KBME were tied at 1.8, with KILT down by four-tenths from May and KBME down two-tenths. KFNC was down one-tenth at 1.3.

Turning to show-by-show comparisons, the Mike Meltser-Seth Payne (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) show on KILT was the month’s leader with a 4.8 share to 4.2 for KBME’s Greg Koch-N.D. Kalu (9-11 a.m.) program. KILT’s Rich Lord-Sean Pendergast-Ted Johnson show (2-7 p.m.) continued its recent improvement to 4.1.

KILT’s Nick Wright-John Lopez (6-10 a.m.) show was fourth with a 3.7 share in its time slot, followed by KBME’s Matt Thomas (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) program at 3.2 and its Adam Clanton-Lance Zierlein (6-9 a.m.) show at 3.0.

Rounding out the field were KILT’s Paul Gallant-Brien Straw (7-11 p.m.) show at 2.4, KBME’s Charlie Pallilo (2-6 p.m.) at 2.1 and KFNC’s Fred Faour-A.J. Hoffman (4-7 p.m.) and Jerome Solomon-Dave Tepper (noon-2 p.m.) shows at 1.9 and 1.0, respectively.

For more on this story visit the Houston Chronicle where it was originally published

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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.

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.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

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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Vanessa and Gallant

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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