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Houston Stations Adjust Lineups

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Steve Bunin, the former ESPN and Comcast SportsNet Houston anchor who now hosts a midday show on KFNC (97.5 FM), will move to Gow Media’s KGOW (1560 AM) as part of a schedule shift announced Monday that will include shows featuring veteran Barry Warner and former KGOW host Raheel Ramzanali.

Bunin, who has been hosting a KFNC show with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury, will now work with Salisbury from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on KGOW and Gow Media’s Yahoo! Sports Radio network, company president David Gow said. The afternoon show is heard in about 65 markets nationwide.

KFNC, meanwhile, will rearrange its late morning schedule to add local programming in the time slot formerly devoted to ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show.

Warner, who has worked in Houston radio since the 1960s and recently was selected for induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, will work with YSR anchor and former KBME (790 AM) host Dylan Gwinn from 9 to 10 a.m. weekdays.

Ramzanali, a member of the original KGOW staff in 2007, will return to the company to handle social media and digital media duties in addition to on air duties on KFNC. He will work from 10 a.m. to noon, and Salisbury will retain his noon-2 p.m. slot on KFNC.

John Granato, who formerly co-hosted the Yahoo! Sports Radio show with Salisbury, will now work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KFNC alongside Ramzanali and Salisbury. Fred Faour and A.J. Hoffman will continue hosting afternoons on KFNC from 4-7 p.m.

“We think that Steve Bunin has done well for us, and we are glad to put him out nationally,” Gow said. “Barry and Dylan will put a lot into their hour, and we’re delighted to bring Raheel back as a hip, edgy, quick-witted addition to our lineup.

“The midday show with Steve and Sean Salisbury has registered with listeners, and now we’re giving it four hours (on KGOW). And we have a number of advertisers who would like to be endorsed by John Granato.”

The Bunin-Salisbury show had a 2.2 percent audience share among men 25-54 in the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings book for Houston. The Granato-Salisbury show did not register in the most recent ratings.

The schedule changes are effective Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Credit to the Houston Chronicle who originally published this article

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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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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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