Friday, October 28, 2011

Houston getting News 92 FM - 24 hour radio news

Radio One is jumping into the 24 hour news radio business for the first time anywhere, right here in Houston. Just announced today, the owner of 97.9 The Box KBXX and Magic 102 KMJQ, is flipping Praise 92.1 KROI to News 92 FM on November 14. This after 740 KTRH abandoned the News Radio slogan and fired longtime morning anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes. Well now Pritchard and Hughes will reunite at the new station with a ton of other famous Houston broadcasting names (see below).

I've been alluding to an FM news station coming to Houston over the last few weeks. Rumors were flying, but no one was talking about it until now. Here is the official Radio One release about KROI:

Radio One Regional Vice-President Doug Abernethy announced today that KROI-FM/Houston (92.1 FM) will begin its programming as a full service news station the week of November 14, 2011. Using the on air moniker "News 92 FM," this 24 hour news and information station will be fortified by the world wide resources of ABC News Radio and Associated Press Platinum and will be populated with the voices of some of Houston's most well known and award-winning radio and television personalities.

The morning news will be anchored by Texas Radio Hall of Fame honorees J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes, who served the Houston market as a broadcast duo for over 27 years. Additional duties throughout the day will be handled by other local notables including (listed alphabetically) Mike Barajas (formerly of Fox 26 KRIV), Scott Braddock (formerly of 740 KTRH, 1080 KLRD), Carolyn Campbell (KHOU 11), Kevin Charles (Metro Networks,700 KSEV), Brent Clanton (formerly of 650 KIKK, 700 KSEV), Lanny Griffith (formerly of 101 KLOL, 94.5 KTBZ, Fox 26 KRIV), Laurie Kendrick (740 KTRH, 101 KLOL, 97.5 KFNC) , Martha Martinez (101 KLOL), Bonnie Petrie (740 KTRH, 1080 KRLD), Matt Sampsell Fox 26 KRIV, KIAH 39), Pattie Shieh (Fox 26 KRIV), Meteorologist Dr. Joe Sobel, Craig Roberts (KPRC 2, 101 KLOL, 55 KTBU), and Jorge Vargas (KIAH 39).

"Our review of Houston's broadcast landscape told us that those listeners interested in local news as well as national news were being poorly served," says Abernethy, "so we decided to make a commitment to delivering the news in a dependable fashion. People want to hear about news as it happens, and they shouldn't have to wait until their radio station 'catches up'. We'll deliver the news as it unfolds."

Ed Shane, founder and president of the Houston-based Shane Media Services, is serving as Project Manager on the format flip from gospel music to all news and predicts that Houstonians will find much to like about News 92 FM.

"We're going to give people the facts without the biased opinions that dominate so-called news stations," offers Shane. "We've assembled an A-list of broadcast journalists whose mission is to report the news and let people make up their own minds."

Shane says that the programming team, led by veteran news director Denise Bishop, will deliver an appealing blend of local, regional and national news along with topical information and the traffic and weather updates that are essential to Houston listeners.

Barry Mayo, President of the radio division for Radio One agrees. "The change that we announced today is a ground-breaking and necessary addition to the choices available to the residents of the Houston metro area," said Mayo. "The ability to realize a need and then take the appropriate action to satisfy it is what has sustained the popularity of our Houston radio stations."

The station will broadcast from recently expanded studios in the Radio One broadcast center that currently houses market leaders Majic 102 (KMJQ-FM) and 97.9 The Box (KBXX-FM). KROI-FM's current programming, Praise 92.1 will moved to Majic 102's HD channel and will stream online at www.PraiseHouston.com.

Praise 92.1 is home to the syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show, but I assume Adams will just keep broadcasting across the nation from the Radio One Houston studios (assuming she still broadcasts the show from here).

RELATED
- 740 KTRH anchors Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard being inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame
- Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard of 740 KTRH fame together again
- Houston radio changes = change in ratings? Plus news radio?

25 comments:

  1. Reading through the names of the people that are going to be on the new NEWS 92 FM station reminded me of the following song:

    IF THERE IS A ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN

    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band
    Jimmy gave us rainbows
    And Janis took a piece of our hearts
    And Otis brought us all to the dock of a bay
    Sing a song to light my fire
    Remember Jim that way
    They've all found another place
    Another place to play
    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band
    Remember bad bad Leroy Brown
    Hey Jimmy touched us with that song
    Time won't change a friend we came to know
    And Bobby gave us Mack the Knife
    Well look out, he's back in town
    They'll all be there together
    When they meet in one big show
    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band
    There's a spotlight waiting
    No matter who you are
    'Cause everybody's got a song to sing
    Everyone's a star
    (Everybody's got to be a star)
    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band
    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band
    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there's a rock and roll heaven
    Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band

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  2. Gotta suck for those Praise 92.1 listeners. Isn't Radio One's audience very religious anyway? That's like flipping KSBJ to 94.5-style Modern Rock.

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  3. That list includes a lot of good people I've worked with over the years, and I sincerely wish them all well. I hope this operation succeeds.

    It's shocking to see how many truly good radio and TV people have lost their jobs in recent years. They're getting another chance.

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  4. Radio one listeners aren't exactly religious- but Praise 92.1 was. While I understand the Praise listeners will be upset I just can't hide the fact that a real News station is exactly what Houston needs. It is more clear now than ever. Since 740 gradually abandoned news over the course of a few years it kind of snuck up on us. Way to go Radio One! Also- Praise listeners can tune into the new HD frequency or stream. I know that is not the same but it is better than nothing.

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  5. Wow, there sure are a lot of employees that were let go by one particular GM in town. What does that tell you?

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  6. Mike,
    Any idea what the format will be? Take a listen at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/station/kyw-newsradio/ to hear a format that is common among 24 hour news radio stations in the northeast. Usually headlines at the top and bottom of the hour, then traffic and weather (on the 2s or 3s), then some of the top stories, market reports.. sports at :15 and :45. Perhaps a kicker at the end of the half hour. That combination has earned KYW in Philadelphia top ratings.

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  7. So excited! Thank you Radio One for giving Houston a chance for an all news station.

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  8. I assume KSBJ got more listeners now.

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  9. Considering Radio One's audience is mostly African American, I wonder how will this format do among a mainstream Houston audience? I know KBXX 97.9 does well among non-blacks, I just want to know how will this news station do.

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  10. Looks like News 92 FM is the Rock & Roll Heaven for all of these talented people to get back together. Good news for them and good news for Houston and hats off to Radio One for putting it all together.

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  11. If Nothing else I'll listen to hear my old favorite Fox 26 people. (Lanny, Mike and Pattie alone should be enough for it ot be the next best thing on radio in H-town!)

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  12. Yeah for all the ex-Foxers! Good luck to you all from another ex :)

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  13. Any idea what the format will be? Traffic and weather together on the 2s. Sports at :15 and :45 after the hour? If they can emulate the 24 hour news radio stations up in the northeast, they may do well, especially on FM.

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  14. So what is going to happen to the urban 102.1? Is it disappearing or merging

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  15. Great news for all those who have found themselves in difficult situations. Not because they aren't talented, I know many of them personally and they're the best, but because they were caught up in stations oftentimes making poor decisions based on salary and not ability. Good luck to all and be sure to stream live so those of us who've moved on could share in your success!

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  16. It's not going to do well. There is only a small audience of people that actually 'listen' to news anymore. They are now turning to TV. I give it a year and then everyone is back on the unemployment line.

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  17. I am sure it's going to do well. I listened today on my way to work and on my way home. Some tweaking here and there and it should be great. I hope it becomes more like the format of the old ktrh where I listened to Lana and JP until earlier this year.

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  18. I JUST HEARD THE NEWS......
    J P AND LANA ON THE AIR AGAIN.....

    I can't wait to get up in the morning.....

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  19. I like it already. I used to listen to 740 for traffic. But I was getting tired of the antics of there talk show hosts that seemed to be getting more and more outrageous (apparently for ratings.) Thank God for pure news and traffic and no bull.

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  20. I listened to the morning news for years on 740 AM while driving to work. It was a great way to receive updates on the latest local and national developments to start the day. I was extremely disappointed when JP and Lana were relieved and the format was changed to talk show with only a few minutes of news every half hour. Since then I've been searching for better options. When I heard that 92.1 FM was starting up a 24 hour news station hosted by JP and Lana in the morning I was ecstatic. OUTSTANDING CALL and what a great crew you've recruited! I'm tuned in now during my commute every morning and evening. I sincerely hope the station is successful. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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  21. Glad to see this new station! 740 KTRH began to get on my nerves after they switched to psycho talk. I've been an NPR listener ever since, but I plan on giving News 92 some ear time during my commutes.

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  22. Look at who is anchoring at stations now--especially channel 2---traffic reporters move right into anchor chairs with no reporting--no background in the news business.Where is credibility in the news anymore? Hats off to this station,and if you are going to watch t.v.--channel 13 for keeping experienced reporters--good luck will there be any entertainment--houston-needs a movie reviwewer that is not 20 years old--and please not that joe leyton--arrogant guy who used to be around. Like your news

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  23. Congratulations--all your reporters are not 20something year olds who last week were traffic reporters and now sit in anchor chairs as is as Channel 2 and 11. I guess their bosses never heard the word-"credibility". Good luck--great idea--will you have any movie reviews--chronicles reviewers are also very young,please not that Joe Leyton guy--tried to talk to him after a pre-screeing one time,and he was very rude to our group. We will be listening good luck

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  24. Welcome News 92 FM. I met one of your staff at the "Hiring our Heroes" job fair on Friday the 13th and spoke to her about my military experience. I am a Disabled Veteran. However, I have some information about corruption in the Federal Government that will make the CIA and GSA scandals look like "child's play"

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  25. I listen to your station for alittle bit now, Im turned off by the fact that you keep repeating the same news all day long, its a big World out there, surely you can tap into more news than what you have now.

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