Monday, February 11, 2013

Sam Malone joins 1070 The Answer KNTH

AM 1070 The Answer KNTH is Sam Malone's new Houston radio home

Sam Malone's new radio show will be on AM 1070 The Answer KNTH the talk show host announced today in a video with quotes from Plato, Benjamin Franklin and the Three Stooges. Currently KNTH is branded as News Talk 1070, so Sam is such a big get, they needed to re-brand just for him I guess. This was the station I figured he might end up on. (UPDATE: click for more on 1070 KTNH re-branding)

The show debuts Monday morning, February 18th from 7 to 10am.

Last week, Malone revealed a new TV show on Phonoscope.

Sam Malone
Sam Malone 1070 The Answer
Malone tells me both the TV and radio shows will be on at the same time. The show will air on Phonoscope cable channel 11, and will also stream on the radio station's website live. If you missed the show, it can be watched later on demand.

"This is where radio has to move to," Malone told "We have to get the message to the people at work, or the doctor's office, airport or wherever they are. We want to reach them where they are listening."

It's a rarity that a radio talent gets to keep working many years in the same city. Malone thinks he's found the next step for those behind the microphone.

"This is the future for radio talent," Malone told me. "We're seeing mass firings, seeing them disappear. Radio people have to get on to multi-platforms to get to the people. Create your own platforms, create your own brands."

Cynical me, since Malone is the president of Phonoscope New Media, I figured this whole radio/tv project was a thinly veiled sales pitch for Phonoscope's services. Sam says no, this will be a seriously produced show and not just an ad for the company's offerings.

Anytime I write about Sam, there are comments about his turn to conservative radio over the last years. Sam says that's who he is and always has been, even on 104.1 KRBE. He went to both President George W. Bush inaugurations, spoke at his first pro-life dinner in 2001 and even had Governor Rick Perry and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on as guest DJs in this top 40 days.

"There's an old radio saying, 'People don't care what you say, they care about you,'" Malone said.

[RELATED: Should Sam Malone have stayed at 104.1 KRBE?]

Malone was let go from the 700 KSEV morning show last May (a story that made Top posts for 2012). He was replaced by The MACK Show with Richard Mack Machowicz who was just replaced in mornings by Edd Hendee who is making his return to the station.

Before that Sam was at Mix 96.5 KHMX and 740 KTRH, but he is most famously known for his 104.1 KRBE mornings tenure with Maria Todd. Todd went on to work at Mix 96.5 KHMX after Malone. She now works at News 92 KROI.

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  1. The Answer formats are on in New York, Chicago,Los Angeles, Dallas and now in Houston. This change came about after the hiring of Phil Boyce as Vice President of the spoken word formats for Salem communications. For fourteen years, Phil successfully programmed 77 WABC in New York. Needless to say, Phil brings a lot to the table for Salem radio. Most of the aforementioned stations flipped to the new name last year. It was inevitable that the branding would change. We will be known as AM 1070, The Answer.

    Chuck Tiller

  2. Thanks for the answer Chuck, disregard the message I sent to your station earlier.

  3. So, I guess this will drop an hour of Bill Bennet, Morning in America, Yes ?

  4. I just checked out 1070's site and as of right now Bill Bennet's show is not even listed at all. Is this an ominous sign of the show's future or is it just a matter of waiting for the new schedule to be finalized before putting it back up?

    1. The website is currently in transition. There is no ominous sign. Here is the line-up:

      5AM-7AM Bill Bennett
      7AM-10AM Sam Malone
      10AM-Noon Mike Gallagher
      Noon-2PM Dennis Prager
      2PM-5PM Michael Medved
      5PM-8PM Hugh Hewitt

      That is the new schedule; everything else remains the same. I have been there since December 2004, the inception of the format and will continue to host the morning show. Lyndon Joslin has been there as well since day one. We probably have the most stable radio staff in Houston. There has been little change. Lyndon will continue to do his commentaries during the midday and my old com-padre from my old KILT days, Ron Samuels will continue to host afternoon drive.

      Chuck Tiller

  5. Whats up Chuck?

    Sorry I just wanted to say that.

  6. What a mistake to take away an hour of Dennis Prager. He is one of the most honest and insightful hosts on the radio.

  7. It is a shame that Dennis Prager has been cut back.
    I've enjoyed listening to him during the day.
    Try to add Michael Savage from 8p to 11p please

  8. I very much agree with getting Michael Savage! Especially for drive home time even if it has to be prerecorded from the evening before.

    1. Michael Savage is now on evenings over at 700 KSEV.

  9. I very much miss Bill Bennett and will not be listening to Sam Malone. It's too disturbing to listen to part of the Bennett program and realize that a guest you want to hear is in the third hour that will not be broadcast in the Houston market. I'm signing off 1070 AM permanently. The high caliber guests on the Bennett program were the reason I tuned in. Sam Malone will not draw such guests. What a shame for a major metropolitan area to lose quality programming like Bennett and opt for local chatter instead.


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