Huge Lineup Shifts at 790 Leave Jackson, Wexler Out in the Cold

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Less than a year after two of the sharpest minds in the Houston sports radio world joined forces, they were split up. The Lance Zierlein-Charlie Pallilo experiment is over as 790 KMBE will shake up their lineup in dramatic fashion beginning Monday.

In the shuffle, veterans Matt Jackson and Adam Wexler lost their jobs. The Big Show page of the KBME Web site, along with the individual profiles for Wexler and Jackson, was removed and it was confirmed later in the day that they were out. Since Zierlein left the Big Show to join Pallilo, the ratings have not been great, and word is that their latest numbers put them below even the 97.5 KNFC morning show.

It's a shame for the pair, who have been co-hosting shows together for many years.

Zierlein will go back to morning duty and be paired with Adam Clanton, who has been doing sporadic duty at various times of the day. Clanton worked on KPRC Channel 2 as a weekend sports anchor before moving to 1560 KBME to host a show. He was fired along with his co-host at the time, John Wessling, and jumped over to 790.

The station will also add three hours of nationally syndicated radio in the Jay Mohr show from 11 to 2. Mohr, a comedian and actor, was a regular fill-in for Jim Rome on his national program. That will push Matt Thomas to a 2-4 slot, with Pallilo flying solo again from 4 to 7. Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu will stay from 9 to 11.

That puts Zierlein and Clanton on from 6 to 9, a pretty short and early show, but fitting with Zierlein's contract time and probably better suited for his personality and advertisers.

I am most disappointed in the loss of Wexler and Jackson. Both, in my opinion, are solid sports radio contributors and deserve a spot on the air. Additionally, dropping three hours of non-local programming in the middle of what was already a pretty solid lineup -- particularly the guy-talk-centric Mohr -- is frustrating.

To be honest, the whole mess of a schedule now feels like an attempt to shoehorn Mohr into the lineup, but it probably saves the station money. With only three hours for Zierlein and Clanton in the EARLY morning, a solo show for Pallilo that will almost certainly be frequently pre-empted by the Rockets and Astros, and shoving Thomas, a guy I thought was really starting to do well at midday, into two hours in the dead of the day, it's pretty disappointing.

We'll see if it works for Clear Channel in the ratings. I'm sure Zierlein will be great in the mornings, but whether Clanton will be the ultimate answer to pair with him is uncertain. They have similar schticks outside of the sports talk, so it will be interesting to see if they can figure out a rhythm together.

Then there's Pallilo going solo yet again. He's a fantastic sports mind, but he can be tremendously dry when on his own, which is why I had hoped the Zierlein pairing would work.

And I just can't see the Mohr experiment lasting. If Jim Rome couldn't hold a midday spot on one of the big three stations in Houston -- 650 doesn't count -- it's hard to imagine Mohr doing it.

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12 comments
thetruthhurtsbuddy
thetruthhurtsbuddy

Okay, I get that the Zerlien/Palillo experiment was a failure. Ray Charles could have seen that coming. But getting rid of a great morning show??? Matt and Adam were no nonsense sports guys. They did’nt do impressions, talk about the best candy bars of all time or participate in sophomoric humor. They could be humorous while giving the listener intelligent and informative sports.

In comes 790's version of Josh Annis in stereo. I can get the same programing on 610 in the morning, I want neither. Now I get to listen to Jay Mohr, a "comedian/actor". The first question he asked Owen Daniel on his show today was about Gary Kubiak's flat top haircut, making analogies to building a deck. Really? I this the kind of programing they think the Houston sports fan wants? I guess time and ratings will tell. I don't know anything about radio or marketing, I just know what I like.

I hope that Matt and Adam get another show somewhere locally. I'll be switching to them. At least Charlie's show is getting an immediate upgrade. Meanwhile I will be tuning into Koch and Kālu and switching to 610 (Payne and Meltzer) until Palillo comes on. Someone at 790 needs to go other than the radio personalities.

tdiddyafg
tdiddyafg

make Kalu and Koch a 4 hour show

tdiddyafg
tdiddyafg

ND Kalu and Greg Koch are they only show i like on 790 that is local

bricklayer
bricklayer

Zierlein is so overrated.  I can't stand his bloviating and overstating the obvious.  He kind of reminds me of that drunk guy in the bar with the loud, annoying voice with lots of blabber, but not much substance.  He's okay on the Texans, but was terrible with the Rockets.  He didn't even watch any of the games, and it showed by his constant bashing of Jeremy Lin when every NBA analyst with a brain knows that Lin is serviceable and good at several things.   I hated him with Palillo and will now go back to listening.

Chris Conaton
Chris Conaton

Same old story with 790 and their morning show. When I moved here in August '06 Brad Davies and Carl Dukes were just getting started. That lineup has changed at least 5-6 times in the past 7 years.

bjcaldwell2
bjcaldwell2

Sigh, 790 just can't stick to shit that might actually work for them.

James Dragon Reilly
James Dragon Reilly

I will miss Jackson and Wexler but Lance and Charlie never really meshed so maybe this will be a better show. I do like Jay Mohr but only listened to him as a Rome fill in, could be good could suck.

Eric Walls
Eric Walls

Who in the Houston fuck listens to radio anymore? You guys/girls need to get your shit together better.

rebel
rebel

AW and MJs voices were too close.  After 3 years of listening I still dont know who is who.  Matt Thomas is good and I will miss him during lunch.  Jay Mohr is bad but not even local so that means really bad.  I will listen to LZ in the morning and some ND/Koch, but def no Mohr and no astros.  I cant listen to 610 for more than 5 min.

Grinch
Grinch

sorry, double post.

Grinch
Grinch

I hate Adam Clanton.  I hate his voice, I hate his attitude.  He tries to be funny, but he's not.  He's obnoxious.  Wasn't the biggest MJ fan, but I liked Adam Wexler.  Looks like I'm going back to 610am in the mornings.  No way i can listen to Clanton.  

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