Radio One/Houston To Flip 'Praise 92.1' To News
Flip Set For Week Of Nov. 14th; Gospel Format To HD2, Online
October 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM (PT)
RADIO ONE has announced that Christian Inspirational KROI (PRAISE 92.1)/HOUSTON will flip to News/Talk "NEWS 92 FM" on the week of NOVEMBER 14th. The 24-hour news and information station will be fortified by the world wide resources of ABC NEWS RADIO and ASSOCIATED PRESS PLATINUM; The Gospel format will move to sister Urban MAJIC 102's HD channel and will stream online.
A well-known air staff has already been assembled. Mornings will be anchored by TEXAS RADIO HALL OF FAME honorees J.P. PRITCHARD and LANA HUGHES, who served the HOUSTON market as a broadcast duo for over 27 years. Others to be heard include MIKE BARAJAS, SCOTT BRADDOCK, CAROLYN CAMPBELL, KEVIN CHARLES, BRENT CLANTON, LANNY GRIFFITH, LAURIE KENDRICK, MARTHA MARTINEZ, BONNIE PETRIE, MATT SAMPSELL, PATTIE SHIEH, meteorologist DR. JOE SOBEL, CRAIG ROBERTS and JORGE VARGAS.
"Our review of HOUSTON's broadcast landscape told us that those listeners interested in local news as well as national news were being poorly served," RADIO ONE Regional VP DOUG ABERNETHY said, "so we decided to make a commitment to delivering the news in a dependable fashion. People want to hear about news as it happens, and they shouldn't have to wait until their radio station 'catches up'. We'll deliver the news as it unfolds."
SHANE MEDIA SERVICES Founder/Pres. ED SHANE is serving as Project Manager on the format flip from Gospel music to all news and predicts that Houstonians will find much to like about News 92 FM. "We're going to give people the facts without the biased opinions that dominate so-called news stations," SHANE said. "We've assembled an A-list of broadcast journalists whose mission is to report the news and let people make up their own minds."
The programming team, led by News Dir. DENISE BISHOP, will deliver an appealing blend of local, regional and national news along with topical information and the traffic and weather updates that are essential to HOUSTON listeners.
"The change that we announced today is a ground-breaking and necessary addition to the choices available to the residents of the HOUSTON metro area," RADIO ONE Pres./Radio BARRY MAYO said. "The ability to realize a need and then take the appropriate action to satisfy it is what has sustained the popularity of our HOUSTON radio stations."