Bob Allen said when he left KTRK abc13, he wasn't ready to retire. He was not joking as he moves down the Houston TV dial to KHOU 11. My email box and social accounts are blowing up as KHOU revealed the news today. This one was kept quiet ahead of time because I didn't hear any rumors about it.
Allen replaces Butch Alsandor who left KHOU at the end of February in a surprise move.
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Here is more from KHOU:
KHOU 11 announced Thursday that veteran sports broadcaster Bob Allen is joining the station later this month as weekday sports anchor. For nearly four decades, Allen has been a trusted voice for Houston-area viewers, covering everything from high school sports to the Super Bowl.
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"We’re pleased to welcome Bob to KHOU 11," said Susan McEldoon, KHOU 11 President & General Manager. "His unparalleled experience in this market, his commitment to the communities we serve, and his genuine love of Houston sports are invaluable assets."
Allen’s return to Houston television follows his departure from KTRK in January, where he was sports director since 1974. Allen said after being off the air a while, and looking at what promises to be another exciting year for Houston sports, he realized he’s not ready to step away from covering sports just yet.
"I’ve still got a lot of stories left to tell," Allen said. "And I’m very excited for the opportunity to be covering the stories so many people care about on a great television station like KHOU."
"Bob’s not just another TV sportscaster, he’s a Houston icon," said Philip Bruce, KHOU’s Executive News Director. "Having Bob on our team is an enormous plus. And I know Houston viewers will appreciate having him in their homes again each night, as they have for so many years."
Allen will join KHOU 11’s award-winning sports team of Matt Musil and Daniel Gotera. His KHOU 11 debut is Thursday, April 25.