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The State of Houston Radio: Friday’s Show (September 4, 2015)

Amid technological advances, format changes, and frequencies bought and sold, the radio industry is constantly in flux. The rise of streaming, HD Radio, podcasts, and satellite radio all available on demand have provided listeners more choices than ever. What does it all mean for radio in Greater Houston today and in the future? On this […]

Amid technological advances, format changes, and frequencies bought and sold, the radio industry is constantly in flux. The rise of streaming, HD Radio, podcasts, and satellite radio all available on demand have provided listeners more choices than ever. What does it all mean for radio in Greater Houston today and in the future?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask three guests for their take on the state of Houston radio, and where it’s headed. We welcome your questions and comments for Houston-based media blogger Mike McGuff, former longtime Houston radio personality and YourDailySuccessTip.com CEO Dayna Steele, and afternoon drive host and Assistant Program Director Scott Sparks from classic rock station The Eagle (KGLK 106.9 and 107.5 FM). We also talk with Houston Public Media GM Lisa Shumate about the decision to put 91.7 FM up for sale while keeping Houston Public Media’s 24-hour classical service on 88.7 FM HD-2 and streamed online.

Then: A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in Houston news, we turn to a panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this week’s panel: La Voz de Houston editor Aurora Losada, The Breakfast Klub owner and Majic 102.1 FM’s Sunday Morning Live host Marcus Davis, and Native Texan columnist and Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley. We discuss mental health challenges in Houston, an oil and gas tech company layoff announcement and J.J. Watt’s appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Plus: Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn talks with the director and one of the actors in a production of Driving Miss Daisy at Stages Repertory Theatre through Sept. 13.

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