Ranking Houston's Sports Radio Personalities

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Former pros, N.D. Kalu (left) and Greg Koch.
15. Brad Davies, KILT
I've grown to like Davies since he joined Meltser on their noon show. He strikes an interesting balance with his younger, less flexible partner and often puts Davies in the position of voice of reason, which suits him. He can get off point and occasionally they both make me want to beat my head against my steering wheel, but, overall, he's a solid listen at lunch.


14. N.D. Kalu, KBME
Kalu is one of my favorite former players on the radio. His takes are insightful and that Rice education certainly helps. He can sometimes sound a little uncomfortable on air and I'm still unsure if he and Greg Koch can hold down a show without a regular radio guy, but it's nice to have former pros on the air every day.


13. Fred Faour, KNFC
I have listened to Faour and his on-air partner A.J. Hoffman for a while now. Faour, like his partner, has one of the better voices on radio, but he is too fixated on gambling -- he even wrote a book on the subject -- that it pulls the focus away from sports more than it should. It often feels like he should be a guest talking betting lines rather than a full-time host. Still, he is clearly a pro and when he stays off the gambling takes, he's very, very solid.


12. Greg Koch, KBME
What I said about Kalu is pretty much the same for Koch with the key difference being that Koch is quite a bit more natural on the air. He can get a little too edgy with callers at times, but he's definitely got a knack for speaking his mind and the insights of a former player is often fascinating.


11. Carl Dukes, KNFC
I've listened to Dukes since he was on KTRH. He's a guy that can be a polarizing figure among sports fans with some of his takes, but he knows the Houston sports scene well. His approach can sometimes feel like he learned it at the Calvin Murphy school of outlandishness, but he's got an interesting perspective and a good demeanor.


10. A.J. Hoffman, KNFC
Hoffman might have the best voice on sports radio and he has talent to back it up. Like many young sports talk guys in town, it feels like he is a stand-up comedian biding his time on sports radio rather than a sports guy who occasionally makes a joke, a trend that frankly makes me uncomfortable. Fortunately, he's also very knowledgeable, which often translates into a good balance of facts and entertainment.


9. John Granato, KGOW
It's hard not to appreciate a guy like Granato, who seems to just sail through changes that would take others down. From TV to multiple stations to rotating co-hosts, he handles it all like it is no big deal even though it usually is. He has suffered without Lance Zierlein -- their chemistry was so good for so long -- but he is still a steady voice of Houston sports radio.


8. Matt Thomas, KBME
Thomas is a guy that, to me, is better than his show, which sounds weird considering he flies solo. He's got solid takes and a great voice. I just think there are times when he could benefit from a co-host to help him carry the load, particularly in a tough lunchtime slot where good guests are hard to come by. Still, he's entertaining and handles both guests and callers extremely well. Bonus points for his regular use of Lou Rawls.


7. Ralph Cooper, KCOH
One of the longest-tenured and, unfortunately, most under-appreciated voices of Houston sports is KCOH's Cooper. He's been on the air now since 1973 and his knowledge of Houston sports is rivaled by only a rare few. His appearances on channel 13's Extra Points helped to elevate his status among listeners, but not nearly enough.


6. Matt Jackson, KBME
It's funny to say this now considering he's still a fairly young guy, but Jackson is a survivor. He's bounced around from show to show, but his greatest success has come with long-time on-air partner Adam Wexler. The two are one of the best tandems on sports radio. Jackson's unflinching takes and unrepentant love of all things Houston are as entertaining as they are refreshing.


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19 comments
UH Coog
UH Coog

I don't listen to anything on KILT anymore.  Haven't since LZ and Granato left.  The station must REALLY suck for Dylan Gwinn not to be last on this list.  He has horrible, unintelligent takes and maybe an even worse voice.

JB
JB

hwm is awful!

Yer mom.
Yer mom.

#18 Mighty Douchebag has improved?  How so?  Hearing his spots, he really does need to take a clue that a journo need to give us the news of the day and cut to the chase.  He must not realize that op-eds are what is putting the news biz...out of biz. He needs to go challenge his own opinions in a locked closet or go back to traffic.  Phaggot!

Yer mom.
Yer mom.

If anyone can hear 1560 anywhere beyond their own parking garage/lot, then by all means they should cut the Rockets a deal.

Yer mom.
Yer mom.

If by "boring" you mean that he doesn't let idiot callers on because the hosts for that slot don't know what the fuark they are doing, I'll take that.

Yer mom.
Yer mom.

That's a good thing. Twelve months a year of "Derka duuuur.....let's talk Texans" sucks.

Yer mom.
Yer mom.

Have you heard many of the black callers?  If they're not suggesting dumb trades...you get the idea.

Owlvis
Owlvis

Matt Thomas is HORRIBLE, I switch stations or turn off the radio after 10-15 minutes. He is SO freaking repetitive, just states and restates the same thought over and over again. And if that is bad enough hes usually wrong.

Coachv79
Coachv79

Pallilo doesn't deserve #1 because of his dour negativity.

TheHawk
TheHawk

You not knowing who John Harris says it all.  Your an idiot. 

Chinese TheOSD
Chinese TheOSD

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Thetruthurts230
Thetruthurts230

There are tons of reasons, but here are a couple: 1)  Although a large percentage of pros are African-American, the large majority of sports radio listeners are white, therefore...so are the hosts. 2)  The majority of college students that major in communications in the major schools known for breeding talent are white.

Thetruthhurts230
Thetruthhurts230

I am conflicted a bit on the list. However he is spot on about Barry Warner.  This guy is the worst I have ever heard.  Every take is long, drawn out, and has some reference to his past.  He also makes up nicknames for people that nobody else on Earth references. Can it really be a nickname if only one person says it?  I can tell his co-hosts cringe as he goes off on his long, drawn out, boring, old fashioned and irrelevant rants. I also agree with Josh Innes being the second worst.  Everything is about him, his takes are childish at best.  He thinks he's funny as he laughs the loudest at his takes.  He is like fingernails on a chalkboard.  He is a Howard Stern wannabee in the worst way, yet there is a huge difference.  Howard has talent.

Joseph Choeng
Joseph Choeng

You do? Really? You fail to acknowledge that Warner is probably the most authentic, seasoned journalist on this list. I would put him in the top three in town with Charlie and Lance. Now please, lose your 1990s clothes and shit the hell up.

Joseph Choeng
Joseph Choeng

not true. Lance is very good, but not as good as Charlie. Granato is an idiot. Pendergast is a gravy trainer who sucked Rome's cock to get a show. And who the hell is John Harris?

Girl Power
Girl Power

Considering the percentage of African-Americans that dominate the NFL and NBA, how come there is nominal black representation on the larger sports radio stations. Is Houston similar to other large markets.

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