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

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The move will certainly bolster a sometimes shaky lineup at 610. While the afternoon show has remained at the top of the ratings and the station continues to rake in success thanks to its affiliation with the Texans, there is a perception in the industry that the majority of talent resides up the dial at 790. Pendergast should be a perfect fit for Lord, a pro's pro in the radio business dating back to his days at KTRH. Pendergast will bring a combination of real sports knowledge mixed with his pop culture-centric sense of humor that should work well with Lord. Pendergast also would seem to be a better fit for Lord than Innes was despite the duo's ratings success.

As for Innes, there has rarely been a more polarizing figure in sports talk in Houston. His brand of acerbic humor could certainly rub people the wrong way and often seemed at odds with the button-downed approach at 610. His confrontational demeanor found him in the middle of on-air fights with everyone from Rockets GM Daryl Morey to comedian Frank Caliendo.

Still, Innes has real talent and the potential to be very successful in the industry. It's possible that a move to Philly, a city known for its edgy fans and sports coverage, will suit him and give him an opportunity to be more of the character he wasn't able to be in Houston.

If it works out between Lord and Pendergast, and it's hard to imagine it won't, it is likely they will continue to rule the ratings, something Pendergast won't be used to after his time at 1560. Something tells me, he'll enjoy the view from the front, nevermind the fact that listeners will actually be able to tune the station in after dark, something that 1560's weak transmitter rarely allowed.

As per usual, the landscape of sports radio in Houston continues to change. In this case, 610 definitely got it right.



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11 comments
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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