I read this at the Chronicle:
Denver talk show host Lois Melkonian tells the Denver Post she has left KOA-AM in that city to take a position in Houston, reportedly with Clear Channel Communications, but specifics remained unconfirmed Thursday.
Melkonian did not return a phone call placed through her agent, Clear Channel Houston GM Eddie Martiny is on vacation and unavailable for comment and AM operations director Bryan Erickson failed to return a telephone call and an e-mail seeking details on the report.
Melkonian hosted The Ride Home on the Clear Channel-owned station with Broncos play-by-play announcer Dave Logan, and a Denver radio chat board reported that Melkonian would land at KTRH (740 AM), one of Clear Channel’s three AM stations in Houston along with KPRC (950 AM) and KBME (790 AM).
KTRH’s only local slots at the moment are its morning news block from 5 to 9 a.m. and Michael Berry’s show from 5 to 7 p.m. (pending Astros pre-emptions). KPRC (950 AM) airs San Antonio host Joe Pagliarulo from 6 to 9 a.m. and Michael Garfield, Outlaw Dave and Berry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Melkonian came to Denver in 2005 after working at several stations in California, including KGO-TV and KCBS-AM in San Francisco, where she was a member of the station’s news team that won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.
I’m thinking she will replace one or the other of the morning news readers, Lana or J.P. Both have been around for a very long time, and instead of continuing to pretend like they are still actually reporting news (as opposed to mouthing wingnut talking points), I could see how one or the other or both of them would want to retire.
One thing I can’t see is KTRH or KPRC breaking up their week day monopoly of white male talkers. That’s not gonna happen.
I mean seriously, Michael Berry has expanded to San Antonio, Baton Rouge, and Portland! What’s next? Little Rock?
This past week I listened to the news waiting to hear of a massive ICE raid at Reliant Stadium or of crime spiking in the area as Michael Berry had related on his show. (Remember, he didn’t really say anything like that. Some “Hispanic” law enforcement officer said it to him and he was just repeating it.) Nothing of the kind happened. Should Michael Berry lose some credibility over this? Certainly. Will he? Nope. This sort of thing just increases his creds. Just like whining about having too many listeners does. His fans are like opened mouth fish on a feeding frenzy. They want more!
This new lady from Denver is not going to get a “talk show.” She’ll either be a “news” anchor or a reporter. That’s my prediction.