KILT (AM)

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KILT
KILT AM.png
CityHouston, Texas
Broadcast areaGreater Houston
BrandingSports Radio 610
Frequency610 kHz
Repeater(s)100.3 HD-2
First air dateMarch 8, 1948 (70 years ago) (1948-03-08)
FormatSports talk
Language(s)English
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID25440
Transmitter coordinates29°55′4″N 95°25′33″W / 29.91778°N 95.42583°W / 29.91778; -95.42583Coordinates: 29°55′4″N 95°25′33″W / 29.91778°N 95.42583°W / 29.91778; -95.42583
Callsign meaningNickname/ethnicity of former owner, Gordon "Old Scotchman" McLendon
Former callsignsKLEE (1948–1952)
KLBS (1952–1957)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Houston Texans
Houston Dynamo
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsKHMX, KIKK, KILT-FM, KKHH, KLOL
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteSportsRadio610.com

KILT (610 AM, "SportsRadio 610") is a Sports/Talk formatted radio station in Houston, Texas. The station is currently owned by Entercom. KILT shares its call sign with its sister station KILT-FM 100.3 FM, which airs a country music radio format. Its studios are located in the Greenway Plaza district, and its transmitter is located on West Road, between Ella Boulevard and the Interstate 45 North Freeway, near Greenspoint in unincorporated Harris County.

KILT is the flagship station of the NFL's Houston Texans and the MLS' Houston Dynamo. It has aired every Texans game since the team's inception into the league in 2002.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

610 AM signed on the air on March 8, 1948. It was owned by W. Albert Lee. As such, the new station obtained KLEE calls when it debuted.

McLendon's "Big 610" KILT Hits the Air[edit]

On March 27, 1957, 610 was sold by Howard Broadcasting to Gordon McLendon, and the Top 40 legend was born. The station took on the calls of KILT in a tip of the hat to McLendon and for 24 years, was the Top 40 station in Houston, simply named the "Big 610 KILT". It used PAMS jingles that featured the call letters being sung out over the air.

Flip to Country[edit]

On February 16, 1981, sister station KILT-FM dropped album rock for country during the "Urban Cowboy" craze that swept through Houston, and the United States in general.[1] Having competition from KRBE and KRLY on the FM dial and losing ratings dramatically, on June 1, 1981, 610 dropped its famed Top 40 format for a simulcast of their FM sister station KILT-FM, then known as "FM 100". (Ironically, it would be longtime KILT AM competitor 79 KULF that would, just over a year later in July 1982, relaunch itself as Top 40 "79Q" KKBQ and soar to the top of the radio ratings, spawning the legendary "AM & FM Stereo Combo" that topped Houston ratings throughout the next decade after KILT threw in the towel and flipped its format to country.)

SportsRadio 610[edit]

The current sports-talk format debuted in September 1994.[2][3] KILT has been the top-rated sports-talk format many times since its inception, with only a few brief exceptions. KILT's main competition is, as it has historically been, 790 AM (now KBME), which has also aired Sports Talk programming since 2004. Before KBME moved from Adult Standards, KILT was the only sports station in the Houston market and was the radio home for the Houston Rockets, Texans, and Comets franchises. In recent years, KILT lost the rights to air Houston Rockets basketball games to KBME, and the WNBA Comets folded; however, KILT still outperforms KBME in most dayparts and in overall demographic ratings.

KILT's most popular show is "The Triple Threat" which airs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Triple Threat has consistently been one of the Top Rated sports talk shows in Houston. The show is hosted by Sean Pendergast, a five-time winner of the Jim Rome "Smack-Off," and Rich Lord. Other popular shows on SportsRadio 610 include; In the Loop with John Lopez, Landry Locker, and Fred Davis, MadRadio with Mike Meltser, Paul Gallant, and ten year NFL veteran Seth Payne.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[4] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[5][6]

Notable personalities[edit]

Shaun Bijani (left) and Paul Gallant airing live from a sports collectors show in Houston.

Flagship station for the Houston Texans & Houston Dynamo

  • Seth Payne, host
  • Ted Johnson, host (Left In 2018)
  • Wade Smith, host, contributor
  • Booker T, host
  • Clint Stoerner, host
  • Mike Meltser, host
  • Sean Pendergast, host
  • Rich Lord, host
  • John Lopez, host
  • Paul Gallant, host
  • Fred Davis, host
  • Landry Locker, Producer
  • Chris Jones, Producer
  • Brian McDonald, Producer
  • Laura Reynolds, Traffic & APD
  • Ryan McCredden, Program Director
  • Shaun Bijani, All Around Good Guy - host
  • Derek Fogel, 'Baseball Jesus', host
  • Patrick McLellan, host
  • Jeremy Brahnam - Part Time host - Houston Dynamo Play-by-Play
  • Garret Heinrich - Houston Dynamo Color Analyst
  • Brad Wright - the Digital guy

Controversy[edit]

In 2007, a lawsuit was filed by then morning show co-host John Granato against CBS.[7][8] This ultimately led to Granato leaving 610 and starting a new station: 1560 The Game. Shortly thereafter, his co-host Lance Zierlein joined him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Urban cowboy article" (PDF). Americanradiohistory.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ Terry Blount, "'KILT to become city's first all-sports station", The Houston Chronicle, September 8, 1994.
  3. ^ SportsRadio 610's 20th Anniversary Page, CBS Radio (September 10, 2014)
  4. ^ "CBS Radio To Merge With Entercom - RadioInsight". Radioinsight.com. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radioinsight.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "John Granato leaving?". Blogs.chron.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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