Pendergast to Leave 1560, Join Rich Lord on 610 Drive Time Show

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Pendergast joins Lord in the afternoon drive at 610.
Back in March, I wrote my list of fantasy sports talk radio pairings based on the current hosts. One of them was long-time host at KILT 610 and Texans sideline reporter Rich Lord with KGOW co-host and Houston Press contributor Sean Pendergast. Someone must have been listening. Beginning the first of the year, Pendergast will join Lord at 610 after six years on the air at 1560, his first ever radio job.

To make room for Pendergast (and perhaps just as significant to many), love-him-or-hate-him afternoon co-host Josh Innes is moving on to a nighttime show on WIP in Philadelphia. In the opening minutes of his final show on the air Thursday, Innes mentioned how the program director at his new station -- also a CBS affiliate, so he remains in the chain -- first put Howard Stern on the air in Philly at a rock radio station, and cited the challenge to move into that market on one of the largest sports stations in the country.

For Pendergast, it represents his first jump from station to station, something common among radio hosts as the landscape of talk radio changes rapidly. He initially came to prominence as a repeat winner of syndicated sports talk host Jim Rome's annual Smack Off. He was courted by KGOW president David Gow and then program director Chance McLain.

Pendergast represents one of the last on or off-air personalities to remain at KGOW since it's inception as an upstart independent, which we wrote about in our cover story almost three years ago. None of the creative staff remain and Lance Zierlein, arguably the station's best ever on-air talent, is now the co-host of the morning show on 790 KBME. Only midday host John Harris and afternoon long-timer John Granato remain.


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theonecalledjake
theonecalledjake

I quit listening to 610 after about three months of Innes (I gave him an honest shot, but he repeatedly let me down). I was a 610-only listener for 5-6 years and he completely destroyed all of that.


Thanks for the Frank Caliendo gold, Josh. Don't let the door hit yeah.


Sincerely,

97.5 Listener

Puller58
Puller58

Innes isn't a sports talk host.  He fancies himself a gonzo on air personality, and that is why he should never have been given a job in a sports format.  Pendergast is a major improvement.

Chevy
Chevy

Thank you for replacing the jabroni chatch innes. He looks like a wet piece of KFC. I hope enjoys the demotion where he can do his stupid bits that nobody thinks are funny but him.

Sincerely,

Frank caliendo

thetruthhurtsbuddy
thetruthhurtsbuddy

I can finally start listening to 610 in the afternoon again. Innes’ comment about Howard Stern was appropriate.Innes was a hypocritical, foul mouthed bigot that was intolerant of certain groups.Getting Spittle and Innes down the road was a great move by 610.

hoosierrobert
hoosierrobert

Good move 610. Innes' low brow style never fit in Houston.

asas
asas

I hope they get rid of celebrity birthdays. That would reduce rich lord's air time. Everybody wins.

ching_chong_cheeba
ching_chong_cheeba

While it's good to see Innes go, Pendergast isn't necessarily an improvement. He's one of the biggest "anti everything," snarky cynics in town and lets his cutesy personal opinions far too often taint any sliver of objectivity he may possess. But I suppose he is only following in the footsteps of the guy who made him, Jim Rome. His presence only further adds to the annoyance factor at 610, with hosts such as Mike "I went to Syracuse, but really know nothing about sports or culture, because I'm only 25" Meltser, Nick Wright and Juan Lopez. Aside from Pulillo and Barry Warner cameo appearances, there is very little genuine on-air talent or knowledge left in Houston sports radio. This even extends to "if it's free it's for me" name-dropper LZ, who has once again played down to his partner, this time in the form of the very punchable angry frat-boy, Adam Clanton.

theonecalledjake
theonecalledjake

@asas

Celebrity birthdays have been around forever, even back when Matt Jackson was Rich's co-host. I agree it's a stupid segment.

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