Sunday, January 01, 2017

Is something happening at Mix 96.5 KHMX?

UPDATE APRIL 5, 2017

Mix 96-5 (KHMX-FM) will launch The Morning Mix with Sarah Pepper, Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly on Monday, April 10, airing weekdays from 5:30 AM – 10:00 AM. The show can be heard on-air, online at www.mix965houston.com or via the Radio.com mobile app.

“The Morning Mix will be unlike any other morning show in Houston. We have three unique and likeable personalities with creative perspectives and strong opinions. They represent every member of the KHMX audience; they are a dynamic team that will give our listeners a fresh and unique way to start their day,” said Chase Murphy, Programming Director, KHMX Mix 96-5.

Sarah Pepper comes from CBS RADIO Houston’s sister station KKHH-FM, the former Hot 95.7. Geoff joins the team from San Antonio’s KTKR and Lauren Kelly moves to mornings after hosting the afternoon show.


UPDATE JANUARY 05, 2017
The New 92.1 Radio Now replaces Boom 92.1 KROI
Radio One Houston has responded to Hot 95.7 KKHH flipping to 95.7 The Spot by blowing up Boom 92.1 KROI and making it The New 92.1 Radio Now Houston's LIT Music Station

UPDATE JANUARY 02, 2017
A change for Mix 96.5 KHMX

Mix 96.5 KHMX starts 2017 at center of Houston radio rumor mill


I know Hot 95.7 KKHH's format flip to The Spot is on the minds of everyone's radio speakers in Houston right now, but what about CBS sister station Mix 96.5 KHMX?

KHMX was in the inscrutable radio rumor mill before 95.7 blew up its longtime identity last Friday. Neither station has been firing up the Nielsen Audio ratings in the last few months (People Meter 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid) so I can see why the gossip has been coming.

Apparently the Mix 96.5 "The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show" was let go earlier in the week. A little birdie told me that happened. I noticed the show being pulled from the station's web front page. Next, Dave Farra, "The Dave" of the bunch, changed his Twitter bio to remove the CBS and Mix 96.5 mention.

Old bio:
Dad. Husband. Host of @CBSRadio's @DaveMahoneyDK on @Mix965Houston. Play by Play announcer. Exec. Producer @ Farra Productions, Inc. Contact: @CMEGTalent
New bio:
Dad. Husband. Host of @DaveMahoneyDK Morning Show. Play by Play announcer. Exec. Producer @ Farra Productions, Inc. Contact: @CMEGTalent

Then radio trade site All Access also reported Mix 96.5 assistant program director/music director/mid-day DJ/man of many hats, Chris Jackson, left the station.

So where does all of this leave us? Well, anything is possible I guess. Here are questions/theories being floated around in the social media world.

Will the former Hot 95.7 staff move to Mix 96.5? Will Mix 96.5 get the CBS Amp treatment? Will Mix 96.5's alleged moribund condition prove untrue, and it continue on with the same programming? Will it go back to being more like Mix of the past? Will it go to a Spanish-language format? Is 95.7 The Spot a temporary stunt format that will quickly become a new station? Will these canards amount to nothing?

Whatever the case, I'm sure CBS Radio is pleased its stations are the subject of this much speculation.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE JANUARY 05, 2017
The New 92.1 Radio Now replaces Boom 92.1 KROI
Radio One Houston blows up Boom 92.1 KROI for The New 92.1 Radio Now Houston's LIT Music Station

UPDATE JANUARY 5, 2017
David Barron reports that Sara Pepper remains employed with CBS Radio Houston:

Former morning host Sarah Pepper remains under contract with CBS Radio, and Frazier said her next assignment will be determined within a month. Separately, Frazier said she expects to have a decision within a month on plans to fill the morning drive time vacancy on the company's KHMX (96.5 FM), prompting speculation that Pepper will fill that role. READ THE REST


UPDATE JANUARY 02, 2017
A change for Mix 96.5 KHMX





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