Know Your Local Media: Adam Clanton, the Jim Rome-Impersonating Sports Guy from Channel 2

Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse.

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Courtesy KPRC
Adam Clanton
Name: Adam Clanton
Employer: KPRC-TV Channel 2
Title: Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer

With so many local sports personalities hailing from up north -- we have more than our fair share of Syracuse alums -- it's good to know that some of them are still homegrown. Adam Clanton, the weekend sports anchor, reporter and producer, arrived in Houston at the age of eight. He grew up here, went to college at Sam Houston State University right up the road in Huntsville and interned at KILT 610 AM before getting a job at Channel 2.

Clanton is known not only for his local sports coverage but for his uncanny ability to mimic national sports talk host Jim Rome, which he has done numerous times on the radio. His frequent guest spots on sports radio often include at least a few Rome moments and probably at least one Anchorman.

What is your background in the media?
I graduated from SHSU back in May of 2005, and had already been working at Sports Radio 610 doing sports flashes & reporting since December of 2004. I interned that final semester at Local 2 on the weekends, hung around doing freelance work on the assignments desk and overnight producing that summer, and eventually when the sports editor got promoted to producer, I was hired into the department.

I worked my way up from there to producer, reporter and eventually weekend anchor. Not the traditional route, by any means, but I've worked as hard as anyone to get where I am. In addition, I had a second stint at SR 610 from April of 2008 until September of 2009. I was part of the morning show, primarily with Marc Vandermeer and Andre Ware, and I wouldn't trade that time for anything. But eventually, I had to choose between one or the other, because the schedule was killing me doing both TV and radio.


How did the Jim Rome impersonation develop?
I've listened to Jim Rome ever since the summer before my senior year at Cypress Creek High School. A co-worker (Adrian Sessum) was listening to it in the car one day and got me hooked. As far as the impression, it's a combination of being able to throw my voice like Jim's, along with hearing his nuances/mannerism/pacing from listening all those years. Still not sure if it's a blessing or a curse.

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Forehead for Rent
Forehead for Rent

Clanton sucks and has a job only because of his old man.  He was funny as Mini Me in the Austin Powers movie. Besides that, this diminutive, large foreheaded, arrogant hack trails only Josh Innes as the worst sports "journalist" in our city. Even the infamously unqualified and untalented AnnaMegan Raley is better.

Mickeymouse1001
Mickeymouse1001

 Damn, except for that awful hair-do, the dude is cute!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

If Rome can't appreciate the impersonation, then he really is a scumbag.  Imitation should always be flattering, and Adam does one hell of a job.  There have been times I turned on the radio, heard Adam doing Rome, and honestly having to take a minute for my brain to realize it wasn't Rome himself.

Excellent write up, and glad you gave ABC his props.

Mr. Blonde
Mr. Blonde

Which dude has a bigger forehead - Adam Clanton or Travis Rodgers?  Cut that hair off short, Adam, you've done lost the battle.  The Rome impression is great.

juanathan hoseph
juanathan hoseph

his Walton on a Mobile is far superior to the Rome bit. just wish he'd dial back the snarky-ness when he guest hosts on sports radio slots. (none of these a-holes are as funny as they think they are) plus, he seems like some d-bag who should be hanging out on washington with his ex-frat brothers. but other than that, I'm down

Da TRUF
Da TRUF

Haha, shout out to Adrian Sessum! Come on Adam, tell the whole story. You were in the SUNNY van with the big inflatable on the side of the road.

Weck
Weck

Clanton's strong takes make up for his weak chin.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 Just an FYI, I've had the same type of high forehead since I was 21, and still have a full head of hair at 40.

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