Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Lance Zierlein (left) with his former on-air partner, John Granato, at 1560 the Game.
photo by Jeff Balke
Houston sports radio is about to endure another shakeup. Longtime on-air talent and native son Lance Zierlein announced Tuesday he would not sign a contract extension with 790 KBME, where he has been since 2011. During his time at KBME, he has worked the morning show with both Adam Clanton and, most recently, Matt Thomas, and had a brief stint on the afternoon drive with former 790 alum Charlie Pallilo.
For those who follow sports radio, Zierlein’s decision to decline his contract option is not a shock. Not only had he said he was going to do it sometime ago, but his analysis of the NFL draft has grown in recent months with his work on NFL.com. In his statement on social media, he admits as much and says he is open to new opportunities that fit with his NFL focus:
I’ve decided to decline my contract offer to continue doing morning shows for 790. After years of doing morning radio, I think the 6 AM start time is something I need to take a break from for now.
I’m still friends with Matt Thomas and all of my bosses at iHeartRadio. We still have a good relationships and there is no ill-will. I’m going to take this summer to spend some time with my family and get a head start on my NFL Draft work for NFL.com which is a big part of what I love to do on a daily basis.
I will explore other opportunities that fit with my football work. My contract isn’t up just yet so you can still keep listening to me on Sports 790.
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