Pendergast to Leave 1560, Join Rich Lord on 610 Drive Time Show
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.
Pendergast joins Lord in the afternoon drive at 610.
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.