October 31, 2011

Radio One will dump Praise 92.1 and bring in "News 92 FM" to Houston

Radio One is expected to launch "News 92 FM" the week of Nov. 14, filling the all-news void in Houston that was left when former all news station 740 AM KTRH became a conservative talk station back in July.

The new all-news station will feature the former popular KTRH morning news team of Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard. Those two hosted the news in Houston for 27 years.

Radio One will move the Praise 92.1 gospel format to Urban AC station Majic 102.1 KMJQ’s HD2 channel and will stream online at www.PraiseHouston.com. The move has to be bittersweet for Houston native Yolanda Adams who hosts the syndicated morning show on this station and many other gospel stations through out the country.

It will interesting to see how Radio One will manage this new station. They have bucked the hottest trend in urban formats; that being gospel music- to take on a mainstream all-news radio station- a format that requires much more resources in terms of personnel. It is much more expensive to run a news station on a daily operational basis compared to a music driven format. But in terms of revenue, a news format can generate a lot more revenue than a gospel station.

The Houston Chronicle details more personnel moves at the station
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