Ranking Houston's Sports Radio Personalities

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The Houston sports talk landscape is complicated and fascinating. We are blessed with four full-time sports stations, several other sports-themed shows scattered along the dial and one national sports network headquartered right here in the Bayou City. When I ranked the best sports talk shows in Houston a few weeks back, I knew that this list would have to be next.

As is the case with radio, things change rapidly. Not only did Marc Vandermeer leave his spot as co-host of the 610 morning show, but Gow Entertainment, the group that owns 1560 and Yahoo! Sports Radio, bought 97.5. Even with those changes and how thin things can be spread with four stations, the truth is we are really lucky in Houston. We have some extremely good sports programming on the radio and a ton of different choices. My rankings certainly reflect that.

This list is only the main hosts during regular shows airing between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which excludes weekends, overnights and others. Additionally, I freely admit that I prefer my sports talk guys to actually talk about sports. I really don't like "guy talk." It can be fun when personalities occasionally veer off topic for a segment -- particularly if the hosts in question are entertaining -- but I would rather hear a 90-10 split with sports making up the 90 percent, and that certainly factored into these rankings.

Okay, now the list.


Off the List
Nick Wright, KILT
The newest addition to 610 and the replacement for Marc Vandermeer has only been on the air a few weeks, so I'll spare him any rankings at this point. Maybe next time.


Dave Tepper and Julie Takahashi, KNFC
Tepper is the program director for ESPN 97.5 and fills in with Carl Dukes on the drive-time show. Takahashi is the producer. While they both add to the show in their own ways, this is Dukes' baby and, as such, he is the only one included from this show.


21. Barry Warner, KILT
I really hate to give it to a guy who legitimately is a legend in the sports media business, but he is just SO tough to listen to. The ceaseless anecdotes and constant attempts to be clever belie the fact that this guy has reported on Houston sports longer than many of you reading this have been alive.


20. Josh Innes, KILT
Innes has real talent. Of that there can be no doubt. But his on-air persona of "I'm just a jerk and, oh well if you don't like it" and his need to be the center of virtually every on-air moment makes him sound, at best, a kid in need of Ritalin, at worst, an amateur. Exhibit A: his ridiculous on-air fight with comedian Frank Calliendo. He could be so much better than this, which is what makes his antics so frustrating.


19. John Lopez, KILT
Lopez is another guy who has been in the sports media business in Houston a long time, but his personality, at least on the air, is so abrasive, it's almost purposefully dickish. Maybe he is trying to ignite controversy and draw in listeners or maybe that is just who he is. Either way, it makes for a difficult listen. We'll have to see if this continues with Wright.


18. Dylan Gwinn, KBME
Gwinn has improved since he first hit the airwaves, but he still carries himself too often like he is trying to be Rush Limbaugh instead of a sports talk host. It doesn't help that he is often way off base in his opinions and refuses to recognize or acknowledge it. If I had written this six months ago, he might be number 20, so that's something.


17. Mike Meltser, KILT
Meltser's biggest issue is that he is young and still learning. He is cast as the hyper-logical guy on his show with Brad Davies and he may be that way in real life, but his inability to bend on issues can be really frustrating, particularly for someone who is still learning.


16. Shaun Bijani, KILT
In a way, Bijani suffers because there is such a gap in age between he and his partner, Warner. Bijani has some talent and I get the sense he could be a guy who, if he sticks it out, might wind up like Matt Jackson with a sizable resume in local sports. But he needs quite a bit more seasoning to get there.


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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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