Saturday, November 19, 2011

740 KTRH issues statement on its heritage and News 92FM KROI

Earlier this month I posted What does 740 KTRH think of News92 FM KROI? Today we know the answer. AM Operations Manager and KTRH Program Director Bryan Erickson sent mikemcguff.com this statement:

"We’re focused on what we do – and what we’ve done for the past 80-plus years – and that’s provide our listeners with timely information and compelling content day in and day out. Our commitment to news, weather and traffic coverage is at the core of what we do. It’s why public officials have referred to KTRH as their official radio station.

We have an outstanding team of anchors, reporters, producers and support staff that work tirelessly to provide news, weather and traffic reports 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Every big story over the past eight decades has played out over the airwaves of KTRH. We’ve been there as storms roared ashore and hundreds of thousands of people were in the dark, their only lifeline a battery powered radio tuned to KTRH, and we’ve been there when terror attacks on our country’s soil struck fear in our the hearts of millions and a calming voice was needed in a time of despair and uncertainty. No matter the story, no matter the time of day, the one constant for Houstonians has been tuning to KTRH to be informed and that continues to be true today and will continue to be true for years to come.

Regarding the new station, it’s unfortunate for them that technical issues continue to delay their launch. It must be frustrating for them. I know we’d hate to be limited to talking about how we’re going to cover news while the heritage information station in the market continues to cover the events that shape our lives on a daily basis without missing a beat. On a personal note, it is good to see so many of our former colleagues who’ve been out of the business for so long getting another opportunity in our industry. We wish them the best.

We will continue to evolve to meet our listeners’ needs as technology changes how people get their news and we’re excited about our multiple platforms which reach far beyond traditional methods of delivering information. Whether it’s AM 740, www.ktrh.com or the free iHeartRadio app on your smart phone, KTRH is everywhere our listeners need us to be."


News 92FM KROI debuts Monday at 5am. This weekend on 92.1, there are construction noises with messages from the staff as well as ABC anchors like Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts...etc.

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43 comments:

  1. Dear Mr. Erickson,

    After reading your letter, I call bullshit.

    There's a difference between a news station and a station with news breaks that fall between talk shows and other programming.

    News isn't just the big story and the top headlines. It's deeper than that.

    And in case you need reminding, Hollywood gossip isn't news. It's filler when you don't have the staff or journalism skills to find the local news that's relevant to the public who are letting you borrow that slice of spectrum you're contaminating.

    Here's hoping KROI serves the public interest and keeps the public informed like y'all came close to doing way back when.

    -ls

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  2. Can you say KTR-Douche?

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  3. that smug-ness will come back to bite him in the a**

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  4. Mr. Erickson, this is crap and you know it. We are hoping that News 92 succeeds and dethrones "Houston's official radio station."

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  5. Let the radio news war begin. I hope 92.1 has an ad campaign ready to go. People not involved with the driving down the freeways will have no idea of other news options.

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  6. Why did this guy bother to write this note? Sure, the managers of the new station have taken some shots at KTRH, but a true leader in any industry should simply ignore such taunts. Wish them well, say the competition is good for the marketplace and "may the best team win," but don't leap into a mudfight that can only sully your own name.

    No class. No class at all.

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  7. Now you all could be a bit nicer you know.

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  8. I'm surprised 740 issued a statement at all. I think they'll wait to see how KROI does and then adapt accordingly.

    I have my radio preset and ready to go for the new news station. It's something I've waited years to hear in Houston. I normally plug my iphone in my car and listen to KNX or KRLD and just pretend we have some kind of informative, intelligent radio station in Houston.

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  9. What a nasty, snide note from a failing radio station that gave up on its commitment to news years ago. I hope 92.1 kicks KTRH's a**. And WTF is I HEART RADIO? Oh, I get it -- Cheap Channel's answer to Pandora...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

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  10. On a positive note, competition is something that's been sorely lacking in radio. I remember when every station had at least an hourly newscast and stations would run around like crazy to scoop the other stations...and the winner was...the listening audience who always was able to know what was going on by tuning in to the radio...

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  11. How incredibly petty. I hope they get their arses handed to them.

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  12. I have no dog in this hunt, but why is it okay for News 92's promos to go after KTRH, but it's not okay for KTRH to fight back? Is all I've heard via Facebook and on their promos running right now is them lamenting the "hole" in the market when it comes to news. So it's not okay for KTRH to tout what they're doing too? I don't get it. I know it's "cool" right now to bash KTRH, and honestly, I don't listen to 740 much anymore either, but it also rings hollow to act as if everything News 92 does is right and that KTRH is somehow the "dark side" that can do nothing right. Also, I heard one of the "construction" promos with an ABC news personality that talked about how nobody is covering "city hall or commissioner's court." Uh, KUHF has been covering both for the past 15 years or more. I guess the promo writer missed that. I'm all for creative promotion, but let's not get upset when the established stations fight back.

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  13. Step aside KTRH, there's a new sheriff in town.

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  14. KTRH ceased to be a true news station many years ago, and as for Bryan Erickson, well, IMHO, he's a poor excuse not only for a broadcaster, but also as an operations manager. While I understand that he follows orders like so many others, and he has little choice but to do as he's instructed. However, with so many former staffers of his now going to work at the new News92 - it's understandable that he is trying to save face as bet he can. With this said, I interviewed with Erickson back in 1999, and while I was offered a position there, after my interview I couldn't see myself working for Erickson, as he was, in my opinion, smug back then. And finally, many of my friends are going to work at News92, and I wish them nothing but the best.

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  15. Exactly the response I'd expect from the Houston home of Rush and Beck. Crash and burn, KTRH.

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  16. KTRH ceased being a news station years ago, and its gotten worse during disasters such as hurricanes. Its hard to cover things live and locally when you're in San Antonio, or even further away voice tracked to be on the air for KTRH.

    Apparently by the ratings, KTRH stopped being relevant some time ago. It can only get worse with the wingnuts they carry on the air now.

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  17. I hear new KTRH billboards have been printed and ready to go up. Take a listen to KTRH if you can stomach it. They dropped FOX News and have gone live and local at the top and bottom of the hour. Sounds like they are rebuilding their 24 hour news room. Just in time for the arrival of News 92.

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  18. Bryan, Bryan, Bryan. Smug and clueless as ever. Tune in on Monday morning. I'm sure you'll understand then why KROI waited an extra week. And you wonder why every single one of your staff members hates your guts. Your inability to be anything other than a corporate mouthpiece is legendary and your shortsightedness is on par with every other failed radio manager. That's why you keep an extra bottle of lube in your desk. You need to be prepared in case Clear Channel corporate descends upon your office.

    "Assume the position, Erickson."

    I'm sure you hear that daily though. Probably why you walk funny too.

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  19. Best of luck to the new radio station. I am excited to see some of my friends and former competitors back in the game.
    I hope the station is successful - great ratings and revenue - and continues to provide job opportunities for a great group of journalists and personalities.

    Mary B.

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  20. I am so excited! This is exactly what Houston needs. As for KTRH, I have listened to them for years, and I am so ready to say BYE! What an awful letter, a good example of the hatefulness and bitterness they advocate on a daily basis.

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  21. I must say Thanks to Mike McGuff for his excellent media blog. You give us a place to read whats up with the latest in the Texas media scene and to leave a comment or two. You've got that guy from the Chronicle beat by far.

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  22. I moved the Houston a few years ago and never realized KTRH was a "news" station until i saw their billboard one day. The few times I tuned in, some loud mouth was complaining about something in Washington. I rarely heard the word "Houston" on KTRH and as a result I rarely listened. Welcome News 92!

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  23. KTRH- You really are not a News station anymore. When Michael Berry became the GM with his next to zero experience in radio the news really slowed down from your station. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure that KTRH really serves the Houston area anymore. A lot of uninformed, biased talk is what I mostly hear. BTW- you don't have a news presence anymore- we NEVER see any of your people out in the field. And another thing- i hear technical problems on 740 ALL THE TIME! So maybe stop casting indirect stones and send your resume to Radio One.

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  24. Not sure why everyone says KTRH is not a news station anymore. Have you listened to KTRH? All of these posts seem to be from pissed off ex-KTRH's that were fired. Nothing more. As for the people that say there is no news, you must want to listen to the same crap over and over again. Would you watch four hours of straight news on TV or do you like having some featured stuff mixed in? Think about that all you KTRH haters. The new station will go down as fast as the people working there went down in their careers.

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  25. What I can never get over is that CC has the audacity to name their phone app "I radio" when it's their own consistent inability to program a station with any imagination that has been the largest contributor to radio's downfall.

    And this smug, smarmy letter from KTRH just shows what kind of arrogant, out-of-touch %$#*#$ are at CC's helm.

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  26. On a personal note, it is good to see so many of our former colleagues who’ve been out of the business for so long getting another opportunity in our industry. We wish them the best.
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    Snide or scared, Bryan? These people are more than qualified to do what they were hired to do. I wish this station every success and will be listening to them.

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  27. Well lets see what KTRH has going for them.

    1) They dropped their weekend and overnight newscasts long ago.

    2) They make an illiterate, dyslexic oaf of an idiot the news director, also to fill in and ruin every story he "reads" by stumbling through it like a three year old reading the United States tax code. He becomes the subject of MULTIPLE complaints, but instead of taking care of their employees and their morale by disciplining and eventually firing the source of 90% of all of their problems, they instead round up the staff in a room and tell them that the "idiot" stays and anyone with a problem with that can quit.

    3)They fire dozens of people so they can make room in the budget for a ridiculous lounge on the sales floor. A lot of good people lost their jobs so little corporate bootlickers on the 4th floor could have their little game room.

    4) They pull even farther back on their news, instead adding more fluff and minute-long segments from Michael Berry, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity, which ran during the actual newscast... Not biased? Sure.

    5)They fire their long-time anchors and the only glue holding the remaining shreds of credibility together for them, replacing them with some hack mouthpiece from out of state (as I call his show, "Michael Berry in the Morning and some chick who laughs").

    6) Repeatedly ignore the constant call from listeners for real news...until they felt threatened by legitimate competition.

    7) Now hiring more reporters to compete with the new news station, NOT because they want to or care about their listeners, but because they're pathetic, reactionary has-been managers who will only end up firing these new reporters in a few months when Bryan Erickson is up for another raise and they need to make room in the budget for him.

    Good luck, Clear Channel. More specifically, good luck Opie Erickson. Your decisions are bringing you closer and closer to the end of the line. Hopefully they'll clear all of you out then. YOU, Hudson, Berry, and yes, even Robles (because he's soft and only exists because he's Bryan's little girlfriend.)

    KROI, the City of Houston is with you! We're pulling for you 100%!!! Remember, the bigger the ego, the bigger the target. Put these losers on their asses for good!!!!! Good luck to EVERYONE at News 92 FM!!!

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  28. "As for the people that say there is no news, you must want to listen to the same crap over and over again. Would you watch four hours of straight news on TV or do you like having some featured stuff mixed in?"

    Is this Bryan Erickson?

    It's that kind of garbage that ruined radio stations like KTRH and to an extension made TV News (especially on cable) the huge suckfest that it is.

    Just give me the straight unbiased news, I don't need to hear some idiot whining about it as he's reading it.

    So yes, just give me the straight news and keep the feature crap to a minimum. This is why I listen to NPR and I'll probably start listening to News 92 as well.

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  29. That long list that AS posted: clearly a person fired from KTRH and has an ax to grind.

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  30. I really like KTRh. I also really like what I heard from the new station. I'm one to stay loyal to a station I've listened to for many years and for many reasons. But news at KTRH has gone down hill and I don't believe it is the fault of the reporters. I really enjoy many of them on the KTRH morning show especially Sam Jordan because she adds energy to the newscast and is unbiased.

    I get sick of hearing conservative everything on KTRh, but I still think the news is delivered better than it was by Lanna and JP.

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  31. Sam Jordan is no Michelle Merhar. Michelle was fun. Sam is obnoxious.

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  32. Spite or fright, Bryan Erickson? Which provoked you to issue such a backhanded missive of meanspiritedness? It's been a long since KTRH was anything but a rant-radio outlet with a bit of news. I've listened to 92.1, and wish them a long run of success. You can keep whiny, nasal Michael Berry railing against whatever. I'd rather listen to the real professionals on 92.1 FM.

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  33. Who cares about either of these stations? This is 2011, not 1953. More and more people get their news from the internet these days. These outdated old hacks on both of these stations need to recognize their time is up. Either move with the times or go out of business. Just ask anybody in the music business.

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  34. I'm a fan of both stations. I'll stick with KTRH because of Michael Berry and to hear Samantha Jordyn in the morning. I'll listen to Scott Braddock on News 92.

    Oh and whoever said Sam Jordan is obnoxious, that girl kicks Merhar's ass. I couldn't listen to that whiny voice when she was on KTRH and I've stopped watching FOX because that airhead screws up the traffic. Glad she's gone and Sam is in!

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  35. Whoever the yo yo is that said Sam Jordan is obnoxious she must have turned you down for a date or you're threatened by her. Michelle Merhar was boring and stupid.

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  36. I think News 92 will only make KTRH stronger. THey know they've got competition and have to step it up. It'll be an interesting battle.

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  37. Oh Bryan Erickson. When will you learn to not be such a pretentious man?

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  38. Does anyone listen to news stations anymore? I go to their webistes for news. I will say i like News 92's website layout better than KTRH's. Must be a clear channel thing.

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  39. WOW this is KTRH haters blog! I have to agree that kt rh has lost a lot of its news reputation but maybe the new station will light a fire under them. I do think that ktrh does more local news tho. an they have that hottie Samantha. Not sure of her broadcasting skills but she's a lot nicer to look at than the michele girl. she looked like an ostrich.

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  40. The only way I listen to KTRH is late night Coast to Coast with George Nury comes on. That's the most relevance this station can wring out.

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  41. I hope KROI can keep it up. It is great to get in the car after work and hear news and a traffic report without having to wait for a break in the syndicated and hard-to-stay-tuned-through local talk in afternoon drive. As a KTRH alumn from the 80's I am happy to see an all-news format back in the market.

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  42. News 92 is terrible. I'm sorry even though they do news constantly, there is no personality at that station. JP sounds like he's going senile and the rest of the "reporters" can't pronounce anything correctly, nor do they report on anything interesting. All the things this station promised has not delivered. At least KTRH delivers what they promise.

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  43. Marry me Samantha Jordan!!!!

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