Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sam Malone of KRBE, KHMX talks to Mike McGuff

8/2009 update
Listen to Sam Malone again here!


Sam Malone is a morning radio institution in Houston. He's the voice you've had a cup of coffee with on 104.1 KRBE or 96.5 KHMX on the way to work for more than 15 years!

I caught up with Malone since he left Mix 96.5 KHMX to talk about if he'll ever hit the Houston airwaves again, why he left 104.1 KRBE and if he and Maria Todd are on speaking terms.

Mike McGuff: So first of all, everyone's going to want to know - what happened at Mix 96.5 KHMX? Why did you leave the morning show?

Sam Malone: Well, the station was put up for a forced sale. It was forcibly sold by (requirements of) the DOJ (Department of Justice). It demanded Clear Channel, say if you want this leveraged buyout to go through, you've got to divest of six stations around the country. Because Bain Capital and Thomas H Lee Partners (private equity firm that had agreed to acquire parts of Clear Channel) have interests in stations already in the market (Houston) so they already have a piece of, like my old station, 104. So, that's why they designated stations that must be sold. So, when stations didn't sell, they got into a little panic mode.

As they told me, it was a business decision, but you could tell it was like, OK, get rid of Sam; get rid of the contract. Now, it never sold. It ended up being swapped .




Mike: But, at this point, we don't know what's going to happen with KHMX and KLOL. I mean, the new owners, CBS, says it’s not going to change formats, but of course anything can happen at this point.

Sam: Oh God, yeah, anything. People always say, "We're not going to make any changes right now. We're happy with what we have."
I was at one station that was a Top 40 station. First got started in '88, and it was great. We had a downfall. Everything was OK, and boom, we went oldies [format]. I mean, I think when I left Friday, it was a Top 40 and Monday it was the oldies station.

Mike: Is that the scary thing about the radio industry, because there is a lot of uncertainty?

Sam: I think, the main thing scary about the radio industry, just a lot of people, they're very nervous. A lot of mangers get very nervous, and a lot of managers make very quick decisions on what they think they're going to need for today or tomorrow.

That oldies station crashed. And if you read the trades and you look at all the format changes, you'll see a lot of those, they'll change again. They'll change again. So they might try this format du jour, that format. You know, they might go to this whatever the format, like the jammin' format was real hot for a while and then that's gone.

There's a lot of uncertainties in accounting, a lot of uncertainties in sales, computer sales, a lot of uncertainties in retail, you know, automotive. But, nobody ever walks in and changes a Chevrolet into a plane. You know what I'm saying? Let's make planes today!

Mike: So, why weren't you able to say goodbye?

Sam: I don't know. I have no idea. I mean, literally, I remember doing a show, I think it was a Thursday, and I talked to Mark Steines. He was an old friend from Entertainment Tonight and then one of the actors from Grey's Anatomy, the new guy, the army major.

And I remember walking out of the studio and our operations manager was like, "Can we talk to you?" and I'm like, "Yeah, whatever." I was saying what's it about and he said, "Today's your last day. We're letting you go." And I remember saying, "OK, well, I'm going to say goodbye to coworkers," because we've had a wonderful relationship, but they're like, "No."

"Why not?"
"We have to leave now."
I'm like, "Well, I'm going to say goodbye to my crew."
"No, you have to leave now."
I'm like, "Well, I'll just go back to my office and email. I'll just leave."
"No, we've already locked you out."

And I'm like, "Well, I happen to have a beautiful big office with lots of stuff in it, so what about that?" "We'll have the movers ship it to your house." I'm like, "Well, what do I do?" They said, "Leave." And they walked me out. They had a guy walk me out to my car. And I'm like, "Do I look like a nut bag or something?"

Mike: What is that like? I mean, you're standing there hearing this. I guess, you're just kind of stunned at that point, right?

Sam: Well, you're stunned, but I made a lot of money for this station. We just hit phenomenally. We hit number one. The August book came out, and 30 days earlier I was like, "I'm number one in 18-49 women and number two in 25-54 women."

That's really good. I was surprised, I was like, "What? What?" So I mean, and I have a wonderful relationship, even with the operations manager, the guy who fired me. I was like, "Are you sure? All right. Well, I'll see you later. I'll talk to you later." Because he's such a nice guy.
I was really shocked to be let go and not to be able to say goodbye. I don't know. I don't get it. I don't know. And then they wiped me off the website right away, like 9:05 or 9:10, whatever, early that morning, like I didn't exist.

Mike: So, that day, it was already done?

Sam: It was already pre-planned, you know, whatever. And I remember people were like, "Oh, my God. You're off the website." And it's almost like the radio station was like, "Well, he never worked here. We have no idea who he is."

I don't know. I would let people say goodbye. I think it would have been a great cume builder to have a sponsored goodbye tour, introduce the new morning show.

I did that in Buffalo when I left. We had a 30 day goodbye thing, and it was tons of media and just sold the hell out of it. And then the new morning guy came on my show on the last day and I welcomed him. His name was Bruce. I said, "Good luck. I'm going to Houston." And it was TV cameras, members of the Buffalo Bills. It was just a good vibe.

And the listeners were appreciative because it's like, "Hey, I'm going now, but you're taking over." And here in Houston, it was like, "We don't know who he is. He doesn't exist. He's off the web page."

Mike: So, you've worked in Buffalo. Where else have you worked?

Sam: I started in Philadelphia for three years, and then went to Sarasota Park for three years. And then Buffalo for three years. And then here, it was 16 years.

Mike: For people who really don't know much about radio…that is an incredibly long time for someone to be in one city.

Sam: I think it's the record, at least in Houston. It's impossible to stay. I mean, we jokingly sat down with one of the trades and counted all the morning shows when I got here in '93. And the list was long. And there were names that we couldn't like, sometimes we would remember. Oh yeah, I remember! Oh, wait. So, sixteen years is a long time. It's going to be longer.

Mike: What do you owe that? How have you managed to survive?

Sam: I don't know. Lack of competition. You know, the one thing is we've never had really dominant, huge morning shows in this town, which is why I came here. You know, I'm not that great, it's just that nobody else was really that good.

And the other thing is I love the city. I really do. I mean, I love Houston. And when people get here, they're like they are the next market. Well. it's just a stopping ground, “I'll be two or three years in Houston, then I'll be in New York or L.A.”

And I just love the city. So, when you love it and you come on the air and you talk about the Rockets or the Texans or the mayor or the news anchor or people are doing goofy things, it's like you have a personal interest. I think, the people pick up that you have an interest in it, and they dig it, you know?

Mike: What do you like about the city?

Sam: It's so damn friendly. My hometown is Philadelphia and everyone is just mean. I mean, when you are driving, people are expressing themselves if they don't like your driving. Nobody looks at you in the elevator.

In Houston, they're just, "Hey! How are you doing?" You get on the elevator, "How are you doing? What floor?" You know, it's just a friendly city. It's just a great place to raise your kid and live.

Mike: Another station obviously that everyone associates you with is 104 KRBE. What made you leave there? Because that was obviously an incredibly successful run.

Sam: [laughs] It was. It was 12 years. And Clear Channel, as they told me, their line was, "We're just tired of getting beat by you. Would you just come work for us?" That's pretty much how they laid it out. Guy named Ken Charles.

Mike: So, that's a great compliment then.

Sam: Yeah, it was. So, they just made an offer that was just ridiculous. And I went to KRBE and I said, "My contract's up. You have right of first refusal. Here is the offer from Clear Channel, in writing." And they just said, "We cannot match this." So, I said, "See ya!" [laughs]

Mike: Speaking of that, where did your classic trademark line come from? How did that happen? Where did the "See ya" come from?

Sam: That is high school. That's Philadelphia high school talk. Tough guys don't ever say, "Take care. Look forward to going out and doing it again tomorrow for more beer and broads." It was always, "See ya!" And then you punch the guy when you say it. So, when we'd be out, you don't say, "Good-bye," because that's not very macho. It was always, "See ya!" And you'd just punch the person in the shoulder. Well, obviously, I can't walk around punching people. And that just became the way. In Philly, "Good-bye"? [laughs] I couldn't do that.

Mike: It's kind of like, I guess, the "howdy" here, right?

Sam: Howdy. Right. And if somebody went up north and did a morning show, they'd, "Howdy? Where the hell did you pick that up, redneck?"

Mike: How much of Philadelphia is still in you? I mean, how much of what we see of the Sam Malone on air do we kind of attribute to growing up in Philadelphia?

Sam: A lot. Philly, I grew up in a very blue-collar, tough neighborhood, so I really don't take a lot of gruff from people. I hang up on bad interviews. I hung up on Heath Ledger, hung up on Carmen Electra. I don't really have patience for bad manners and bad attitude. I can fly back to Philly and get that. So, a lot of times in radio, hosts are afraid and get uncomfortable when a guest sucks. It's like, "OK. You've got to go." So, as a Philly guy, I have no problem, [laughs] absolutely no problem, with Heath Ledger: "Dude, you're out. You're done. We're done with you. Good-bye."

Mike: What was he doing?

Sam: He was being a real jerk in an interview. I asked him about... He was dating, I think, Heather Graham at the time, and he goes, "I don't want to talk about Heather Graham." He says, "I'm here to plug my movie [he says in Australian accent]." Well, I said, "Good-bye" and hung up. And I remember Carmen Electra had that same attitude. So, being from Philly, you just don't have a lot of patience for bad manners, especially from a guest. That's the other thing. I throw people out of the studio. I mean, I have no problem with that. The sidekick, she's always like, "Oh my God!" [laughs] Get out. Get out of the studio. You're done.

Mike: It makes great radio, right?

Sam: [laughs] I always left the mike on when I throw people out of the studio. [laughs] Just in case.

Mike: [laughs] What's the audience reaction like when you kick those big stars off?

Sam: OK, how's this? When Heath Ledger died, the next morning I remember coming on the air, right? For like an hour, all people talked about was, "I remember when you hung up on Heath Ledger." So, for an hour, "I remember..." And I don't know if it's one of those things. I don't know if you actually heard it or heard about it, but it lasted - I mean, gosh, that was years ago, and he just passed away this past year. And the other thing is, people agree. They were like, "He was rude. And we're glad that you got him off the show because we don't want our children to get that kind of bad attitude."

I always feel, if you're coming on my show, you're selling something. Nobody goes on Letterman because they like Dave. They go on because they have a new movie, TV, whatever. You should at least be gracious, like, "Thanks for the exposure to come on your show and plug my movie or my whatever." That's when the Philly comes out of me. That's when it gets rowdy.

Mike: There are some morning shows, like in Houston, people would know Stevens and Pruett were kind of the shock jocks. But, you've been on top-40 stations, family stations. How much do you think about that when you're putting on a show? I mean, obviously, you do have, probably, kids in the car listening with mom or dad. How much does that play a part when you're planning the show?

Sam: Well, two things my wife has said, because we were talking about Howard Stern once, and I think he had signed, at that point, like a $20-million-a-year deal. This was a while back. And I said, "Wouldn't that be cool?" And she said, "No, I would never want you to do that, because I never want to be embarrassed by what you do." Right? And all the stuff. Obviously, it really led to a very strong marriage that he had with Alison (Stern's ex-wife).

Mike: Yeah. Right. [laughs]

Sam: And so she always said that: "Don't ever embarrass me."

And the other thing is now I'm a daddy. So my little boy's been in the car for years. He calls the show all the time. I know he's listening. You just can't say things that are blue or overly obvious. If you want to make a double entendre remark and you can mask it well enough that educated people can pick up on it and not kids, right? It'd be like if you have a kid and he's in a car and he's listening to some schmuck DJ saying, and your kid goes, "Daddy, what does that mean?" You're like, "Oh!"

That's what made us number one with women in the morning in Houston is by just being funny. But be as clean as possible. And if there's anything that may be questionable, let the guests say it. Let the guest be the one who says whatever and you go, "Hey, hey, hey. Family show." That's what I used to say all the time. [laughs] It's a family show. [laughs]

Mike: What makes a good host? Why do people listen to one person over another?

Sam: The research has found that the reason people listen is because they can relate quickly to that person. There's a million disc jockeys - well, maybe half a million after next week. [laughs] You're in a car, and a woman's in a car, and they listen. They like the voice, but then like, "Oh, OK. They're talking about things like, 'Hey, I was shopping at the mall, and, oh, yeah! I remember that person-in-line story."

And it's just being relatable. It's just telling stories that everyone can relate to, as often as possible. Sometimes they'll never be relatable, but they're enjoyable stories. Regis on "Regis and Kelly" will tell a story about he lives in a high-rise with Donald Trump. Nobody can relate, but it's an enjoyable story.

But, for the most part, Regis is relating. So, I always try to relate. And once in a while, you're going to tell a story about you and Elton John, or you're at the White House, or you on a private jet with somebody, and you'll just share it so they can enjoy the story.

Mike: How much of the show is spontaneous, and how much is planned out? Because I think people wouldn't realize how much you put into the show outside of the time you're on the air. It's not like you just kind of walk in and go.

Sam: No. You can't. There's a guy I worked with, though in Philly [laughs] who tried it. It didn't last.

The show, I always say - this is my opinion - is about 70 percent planned from the day before. Right? Like I'm here at the gym. I have my text, and I'm watching ESPN, and I'm like, "Oh, my God. Get Kris Brown on. He's going to kick. Make sure the Mayor is on and call Mary Hart” - because you're constantly thinking, but you walk in and Ken Lay dies. [slaps hand on table]

So, you have to be ready to throw out everything. That 70% should be what I call in the can. All morning I’ll be on the phone with the producer the whole time - you know, the kids at the station. It's this and that. Do we have the big sound bite from Britney Spears? Is the - whatever - survey ready? Do we have the video to put up on the web? [snaps fingers]. It's impossible to really walk in and do four hours. You can do it by one day - unprepared. You can't do it five days a week, 20 days a month.

Mike: Speaking of shows, I think everyone will associate Maria Todd with Sam Malone in this city.

Sam: Yeah.

Mike: You two were a big team.

Sam: My wife?

Mike: Exactly. Your work-wife. Right? How come you two work so well together? Is it just immediate chemistry that you can't explain or is there more than that?

Sam: I have no idea. I hired Maria in September of 1990 and we didn't get along. She was my news girl. She was just angry. Oh, my God she had so much anger. She had such a chip on her shoulder. At that point, I would wear nice sweaters and Dockside, whatever. She would have her Malcolm X shirt on and her Malcolm X hat on. She'd look at me and I was like, "Could we be anymore opposite?"
Something made her laugh one day. I said something and she'd just look at you like she wanted to fight, and she smiled. She has a beautiful smile. We were laughing and she started coming out of her shell. I don't know what it was. We just clicked at Buffalo in '92 or something. We realized that - as different as we are - we had so much in common intellectually. We love the same television shows. We love the same food. We love to eat. We both could eat a whole pig [snaps fingers] like that. [laughs] We both love this kind of movie. We both dig Laugh-in, Dick Van Dyke, Hill Street Blues, Bill's football, whatever.

We joined forces on the things that we liked. She is so talented. It wasn't even work with her. You could just say anything - packet of sugar. "Oh, let me tell you something about a packet of sugar." I would jump in and she would jump in. She was really good, really talented. I've been talking to her a lot. She's real sweet. She cracks me up.

Mike: So, she's now in San Francisco? Is that right?

Sam: Yeah.

Mike: How is she doing up there?

Sam: She's bitching about how expensive it is. I miss her and she misses me, because we just have that. Our old station manager called it "lightning in a bottle." It never happens in radio or TV where two people just click.

Mike: Yeah, because you can go through your whole career and never have another Maria Todd.

Sam: Yeah, she's just one-of-a-kind. She's self deprecating, which is so enjoyable. I put myself down like "I'm just a fat loser with a red mustache." She'd go, "Oh, no you aren't fat, but I look, you know. I'm 72 pounds too heavier than I was." It's just enjoyable.

When she tells stories about dating - women in radio want to be the know-all, the end-all, the prettiest, the smartest, "I don't know nothing."

[laughter]

Even if you open up the paper, "Let me see what it says. Oh my God, look who got married." She was an artist. She was a real radio artist. Good girl.

Mike: There was probably a lot of heart-ache when you left for MIX and you had to leave her behind.

Sam: It was tough. Our contracts were staggered so she couldn't leave. I told her I was going to do it. I said, "Listen, I can't turn this down. This is it."

Mike: Yeah.

Sam: When the contract is up, I'm pretty much a by-the-book-guy. So, it would be no hanky, panky with the contract. I just said, "When your contract is up, let me know." We have got to rock and roll together. They may want her to stay after this part.

It was tough, but we're still pretty close. It was just tough to getting away from having her on the radio. She's so talented.

Mike: When you first moved over to Clear Channel, you were doing KTRH, which was a new Sam for us. Right? You're doing news, you're doing commentary. Did you enjoy that?

Sam: I loved it. That's one of the things I really went over there for, aside from the benefits package, was the ability to do a two-hour AM talk show. It was unheard of from when I got out. Unheard of - not like it ever happened again, but they said, "You sound like you could do talk radio. Why don't we give you a show too." I'm like, [pause]. It was so cool to do that and - as I always say - continue the conversation. You can continue the conversation with your listeners, I'll be at 740, whatever. Aw! That was fun!

Mike: People might not understand that that's a big station; 740 has a booming signal. That's a big heritage news station.

Sam: Huge! I was blown away. When Ken Charles was putting together the package and said, "We think we have something for you in Talk." I was like, "Wow! Talk". It just opens you to a whole new avenue. Like here I used to be #1 with moms, but dads weren't really listening to me in the morning - not the kind of shows for them. They're more rock and roll kind of guys.

Then all of a sudden I'm talking to all these dads on AM Talk Radio. Now, I'm talking to moms in the morning and the dads during the midday - almost talking to the family. So, you hear callers say, "Well, my wife heard you say that this morning."

Mike: You've got the whole family.

Sam: I'm like, "Yeah, you know, it's amazing!"

Mike: What's next for Sam Malone?

Sam: Well, I have to get to my kid's school, but other than that... [laughs]. I have to sit out my non-compete (clause in contract that says host will not work at another Houston radio station for a determined period of time) which I did last time, and then I'll be back. The non-competes are immensely strict to the point where the whole [deal with the new station] could just collapse if you say the wrong thing.

Mike: Right.

Sam: So, all I'm going to say is, "I'll be back real soon.” [laughs]

I am enjoying this break. It's so refreshing. I feel stronger than ever, faster than ever, better than ever. I've had a chance to travel a lot. I want to travel again. I was able to go to Geneva, Switzerland, which who the hell has time to go Geneva? [laughter] It's one of those things like, "I don't know - Geneva?"

It's so nice. I've spent all this time, I take my boy to school every day. It's just so nice! I was at Tony's yesterday, having lunch with friends. I'm having lunch tomorrow. It's just one of those things. It's like I’m sure you get busy and you always think, "I would like to have lunch with that person. If only I had time. If only I could get to New York for Christmas and see the Spectacular and walk Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, or something like that."

It's a chance to do it. Sleeping late isn't too bad.

(Image courtesy of sammalone.com)

34 comments:

  1. I loved Sam Malone when I lived in Houston in the 90's. Glad to see he is still kicking around. He will do great things where ever he goes.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Perhaps the whole "leave now, we'll send you your stuff later" is payback for how he behaved when he quit KRBE while he was live on the air.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mike great intreview. Sam and Maria made so many people happy in Houston. They both were great. Damn! I missed them. Sam, If you are reading this. GOD Bless you and your family. And dont forget once one door closes an other one opens.Mike great job done here.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! Those were the good old days. How radio has changed. GOOD OLD AMERICAN GREED. I have to admit that i got teary eyed reading this. I grew up listening to Sam and Maria on KRBE and they made me feel so good about starting my day by listening to them.Houston Radio is no loger the same.What the hell is wrong with these corporate fools.Sam, Thanks for the memories which are so dear to me. Droping off my son at school and listening to you and Maria was part of our lives and I thank you for this. God Bless!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for all of the kind words. I've been getting a lot of positive feedback via social networks too.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Dave E. Crockett1/08/2009 09:17:00 AM

    Great interview Mike. Sam and I have become pretty good friends despite being competitors for a few year when he first got to Houston. Sam is first and foremost a fantastic businessman who also happens to be good on the radio. No doubt he will land on his feet back in radio. But given the current state of the industry why would he want to?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Most people on the radio have big egos. I really have never understood why!! They are basically a bunch of people that want to be famous but don't have the talent or the looks to be "real" stars.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I`m like, Whatever. Then, I go. I`m like It`s so nice. Whatever. you know.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Outstanding interview. Don't agree with a lot of what Sam said, but thought provoking. You need to be on air yourself.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I hope he and Maria Todd get back together on radio. I miss her.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I can never be on air. People have told me I have a face for radio, just too bad I don't have a voice for it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Sam's like herpes...he won't go away...what a fluff piece...

    ReplyDelete
  13. Mike,

    You don't have to have a voice for radio. In most case, just a lack of integrity and the superb ability to kiss you know what!!!. Writing requires more talent so just stick with that!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I HAVE LISTEN TO SAM MALONE FOR YEAR AND REALLY MIS HIM IN THE MORNINGS HE MADE ME LAUGH EVERY MORNING. HOPE HE COMES BACK SOOOON.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for this - I thought I was going crazy when I quite hearing him on the Morning Show. Not surprising, media's a competitive and volatile industry, but they should pay more attention to impact on listeners and at least acknowledge that someone's left.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Good bye...good riddance. Notice he says how popular he was w/ the female crowd. Of course, he's a chauvinist. I have not sympathy and am glad he's gone.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm glad he's gone. Now I can listen to the Mix again without getting sick

    ReplyDelete
  18. WOW! Such interesting comments that are being posted. From one extreme to the other. The one thing that I admired most about Sam is that he was always open and respectful about his listeners opinions. He always reiterated that there were no wrong answers and always appreciated everyone's thoughts whether he agreed with them or not. Obviously that lesson hasn't been learned by many and that's a shame. Everyone has the right to pursue their employment interests. Why should it be any different for him? We all know that not everyone is going to agree or feel the same way about what happened at KRBE. And that's OK. But why the animosity? Are insults necessary? The fact is, everyone is quick to judge and place blame without really knowing specifics, unless of course they were there. But that truly shouldn't matter. An opportunity presented itself and Sam had a choice to make. He did what he felt was best for him and his family. Everyone has choices to make and they're acted upon as one sees fit. So why judge Sam for making his? As for the way he was escorted out at KHMX, unfortunately that is business and although the stations actions may not have been necessary, many corporations do that (welcome to Corporate America). All in all, everyone needs to look out for themselves because when it comes down to it, a company is not going to look out for you. These are tough times folks, take care of yourselves, do what's best for you! Excellent interview Mike and thanks, I wondered to this day what happened and it was good to read what Sam had to say. And Sam, as you know, things happen for a reason. I'm sure a new opportunity is in the horizon and I just hope that it's here in Houston. The best to you, Denise and Jake!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I actually called Mix and asked where you were? Of course all they would say is,"He is no longer with the company" I felt like I had lost a friend. I googled you for a few weeks and never found anything. Then for some reason today, I thought of you. Please come back on the Houston air waves. We need you.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Sam Malone comes across as an egotistically self centered, caught up in his own hype, it's his way or the highway type. It's like the story his "sidekick' told on the air at "Mix" about the lady she met while out and about and the woman told her she hated their show because Sam is rude...relaying a story about running at a popular local park and Malone is coming down the trail and yelling for her to get off the track and out of his way, and he serves her with an attitude. The woman sted there was PLENTY of room for him to go around her on that expansive running track. Sam finally got the boot from local Radio - exactly what he deserves! He is the exact rude product of his peers from his hometown, as he stated in the interview. Hopefully, no local radio stations will hire him. He needs to move on.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Sammy baby ... found ya, when ya coming back?

    ReplyDelete
  22. Mike, thanks for the update on Sam. I'm glad to hear he is enjoying his time off and can't wait till he is back on the airwaves! C-ya!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I've thought about Sam since he left the air and wondered what was going on in his life. So, glad I found this post. Sammy, I miss you. I loved listening to you in the mornings and can't wait for you to come back to us. See ya!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I liked Sam Malone with Maria Todd but stopped listening to him when he was on his own because he was too conservative for me. The Sam/Maria duo was a great balance and I do miss them. With the state of Houston radio, from Dean and Rog to the god awful Walton and Johnson, Houston needs a change. I will enjoy my IPOD until then. Good luck Sam in your new endeavors.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Definitely listened to Sam with Maria Todd. When he went to 96.5 it just wasn't the same I started switching back to 104.1 for the R & R morning show...

    But if Maria and Sam got back together... Now I'd most def follow!

    ...(sigh)...memories...

    ReplyDelete
  26. I loved listening to Sam Malone & Maria Todd...

    Shortly after they parted ways, i was working for a title company and we handled the renewal of Sam Malone's home. It was extremely disappointing to see how arrogant he really was! He refused to come in through the front entrance and ran in covered up from the back as if he expected papparazzi to be waiting. Further he kept referring to himself as a "local" celebrity.

    Boo.

    ReplyDelete
  27. My guess where Sam lands....KSEV, to replace Pat Gray....bet on it!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sam is rude, arrogant and out-of-date.

    Many times I found him offensive wben I listened to him and didn't really find any of his jokes funny.

    He had his hey-day...time for him to retire to greener pastures.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I miss Sam and Maria. I have not tuned in to anyone elese who can make me laugh. Hope to hear Sam again on the radio here in Houston!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Don't even know why I searched this tonight...glad he's gone. Obnoxious Philly asshole is what he is. Who cares about listening to his on-air crap about his "Little Princess" I think is what he called his wife...he's an ass and a chauvanist.

    ReplyDelete
  31. WHEN I THINK OF SAM MALONE I THINK OF CHEESY....REAL CHEESY...REPUBLICAN...I REMEMBER WHEN HE SAT IN FOR KEN LAY FOR A DAY AT ENRON....HMMM....GOOD OLD REPUBLICAN GREED

    THE ONLY CAT WORTH A DAMN ON THAT SHOW WAS PSYCHO ROBBIE...


    REMEMBER WHEN THEY DID SURVIVOR IN THE GALLERY FURNITURE PARKING LOT?

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sam Malone **yawns** he's still around...

    ReplyDelete
  33. The replacement for Sam Malone on KSEV 700AM is so lackluster, and I think Sam was the glue that held it together. The only reason I even went to 700am was Pat Gray was removed from 950am and found that he was gone. Now that Sam is gone, I listen to Bill Bennett 1070 AM from 5-8 and Mike Gallagher. Time to seel KSEV

    ReplyDelete

AD