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Lubbock Sports Station Adds News Programming

“Talk 1340 will still maintain their partnerships with Fox Sports Radio, the Houston Astros and Kansas City Chiefs.”

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A sports radio station in Lubbock, TX is set to make news more of a focal point, beginning on Friday January 4th as SportsRadio 1340 The Fan will become Talk 1340.

Changes to their lineup will see current morning show hosts Rob Breaux and Karson Robinson shift to the 9 – 11am timeslot.  Talk 1340 will also add Ryan Hyatt’s Raiderland from 11am – noon and national radio host Dave Ramsey from 1 – 4pm.  The new lineup features the full three hours of Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis, rather than only two hours as heard previously.

Talk 1340 will still maintain their partnerships with Fox Sports Radio, the Houston Astros and Kansas City Chiefs.  With quarterback Pat Mahomes taking the NFL by storm, SportsRadio 1340 acquired rights to the Chiefs games earlier this year.  The Lubbock, TX fan favorite Mahomes started 32 games at quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders over three seasons.

“The new Talk 1340 is a perfect complement to what we already doing on News/Talk 95.1 & 790, KFYO by providing national and local sports shows in the morning, and talkshows not being broadcast anywhere else in Lubbock,” said Rob Snyder News & Sports Operations Manager for Townsquare Media of Lubbock. “I’m also happy that we are able to create a new three-hour block of local programming with The Rob Breaux Show and Ryan Hyatt’s Raiderland.”

Hyatt, a veteran talk radio host had been previously broadcasting his show via periscope and theraiderland.com.  The nationally syndicated Dave Ramsey Show adds Talk 1340 to its more than 500 radio affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. 

“We are excited to have Dave Ramsey as a part of the new Talk 1340 lineup. Dave’s show has a following across Lubbock and West Texas and his show is popular with younger talkradio listeners,” said Snyder.

The new TALK 1340 weekday lineup beginning January 4, 2019:

5am-8am  Clay Travis from FOX Sports Radio
8am-9am  Texas in the Morning and Agriculture Today w/ Tony St. James
9am-11am  The Rob Breaux Show with Karson Robinson  (LIVE & LOCAL)
11am-12pm  Ryan Hyatt’s Raiderland  (LIVE & LOCAL)
12pm-1pm  Clark Howard
1pm-4pm  Dave Ramsey (LIVE)
4pm-5pm  Expert Hour with Rob Breaux and Chad Hasty (LIVE & LOCAL)
5pm-8pm  The Joe Pags Show (LIVE)
8pm-5am  FOX Sports Radio

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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