Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Changes at 740 KTRH and 950 KPRC

Some changes for Houston Clear Channel stations NewsRadio 740 KTRH and The 950 KPRC. For one thing, Houston radio listeners get more Michael Berry, meanwhile Glenn Beck moves to 950AM and more. Here is the Clear Channel release from today:


Clear Channel Radio announced today that Houston’s top talk show will now be heard twice a day on KTRH, effective Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. The popular Michael Berry show will continue to air weekdays from 5-7:00 p.m. and will also air weekday mornings from 8-11:00 a.m. on AM 740 KTRH. Berry has served the Houston community as a former Mayor Pro Tem and city councilman.

“We heard from KTRH listeners that they wanted more of the Michael Berry Show, and our goal is to provide listeners with programming they want to hear. Local talk is alive and well in Houston,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Operations, Clear Channel Radio. “Going into a huge election year, and at a time when politics are on everyone’s mind, this lineup reflects our listeners’ passion.”

“Our commitment to provide the best local talk and news content is stronger than ever. While most news operations around the country are downsizing, we’re adding staff to our news team,” said Erickson.

KTRH is a 50,000 watt heritage station that began broadcasting in 1922 and has the largest signal in Texas. Berry will replace Glenn Beck in the mornings. Beck’s program will broadcast on sister station, KPRC 950 AM, weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The KTRH Morning News with Matt Patrick and Lois Melkonian will air weekdays from 5-8:00 a.m. Patrick will take over Berry’s weekday hosting position on KPRC AM 950 from 2-5:00 p.m.

“Patrick has been a great addition to the station,” said Erickson. “He is eager to take on this new opportunity and challenge.”

“I am excited for both Michael Berry and Matt Patrick; both are incredibly smart and entertaining. Berry and Patrick are two of our companies rising superstars and I am pleased that their loyal listeners will now be able to hear them in both mornings and afternoons,” said Houston Clear Channel Market Manager Eddie Martiny.

The KTRH lineup will feature Houston’s Morning News from 5-8:00 a.m.; the Michael Berry Show from 8-11:00 a.m.; the Rush Limbaugh Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sean Hannity from 2-5:00 p.m.; the Michael Berry Show from 5-7:00 p.m.; and Mark Levin from 7-10:00 p.m.

Fans can listen to KTRH, on the station’s website, ktrh.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience, offering more than 800 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration, all combined in one free, fully-integrated service.


I noticed that Michael Garfield's time slot on KPRC is being filled by Glenn Beck. Waiting to find out what happens to the High Tech Texan's show The World According to Garf on weekdays.

UPDATE: The Clear Channel media rep told me the new 950 KPRC schedule and then it was released on the station's Facebook page:

6a-10 Joe Pags
10a-Noon Glenn Beck
Garf will now be Noon-2pm weekdays
2p-5p Matt Patrick
5p-8p Michael Savage
Outlaw Dave goes to 8-10pm week nights
10p-1a Dennis Miller


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