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Image 1 of 1 Departing KBME morning host Lance Zierlein was part of top-ranked shows at three different Houston sports talk stations. Departing KBME morning host Lance Zierlein was part of top-ranked shows at three different Houston sports talk stations. Photo: Michael Paulsen, Staff Sports talk show host Lance Zierlein to return to radio 1 / 1 Back to Gallery

Houston sports talk show host Lance Zierlein will return to the air Monday, working alongside longtime on-air partner John Granato on Gow Broadcasting’s sports talk stations at 97.5 FM and 94.1 FM.

Zierlein, who left iHeartMedia’s KBME (790 AM) in July, and Granato will be on the air from 7-9 a.m. weekdays on KFNC (97.5 FM). They will be joined by Raheel Ramzanali for a 9-10 a.m. simulcast on 97.5 FM and Gow’s recently launched second FM signal, KFNC HD-2 (97.5-2 FM and 94.1 FM).

Zierlein also will write for Gow’s CultureMap and SportsMap websites while continuing with other projects, including college player analysis for NFL.com.

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Zierlein and Granato worked together from 1997-2007 on KILT (610 AM) and on Gow Broadcasting’s KGOW (1560 AM) from 2007-11 before Zierlein left for KBME. Zierlein said in July he wanted to take a break from radio to focus on other projects but said Wednesday the chance to work again with Granato was one factor prompting his return.

“This is the perfect time to return, and this job checks all the boxes,” he said. “I like being in morning drive, and John and I have good chemistry, so nothing will change there.

“The ability to start the show an hour later to me is huge for me from a sleep standpoint. I love morning drive, but it wears you out. I can start later and end earlier, and it fits with my NFL.com job. And I also like the platforms of CultureMap and SportsMap and being on an FM (signal).”

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Zierlein’s return to the Gow stations coincides with Monday’s debut of the Trey Wingo-Mike Golic show on ESPN Radio, replacing Golic’s longtime on-air partnership with Mike Greenberg. Gow said that show, like the Zierlein-Granato show, will air on both stations, from 5-7 a.m. on 97.5 FM and from 7-9 a.m. on 94.1 FM.

“I’ve long wanted Lance to come back (to the Gow station),” Gow said. “He is one of the top talents in the city, and when he stepped away from 790 it certainly was top of mind that we would love to figure out how to bring him back.”

Gow said Zierlein will work until 9:30 a.m. daily before giving way to Granato and Ramzanali, who continue on 97.5 FM until 11 a.m.

Gow also announced this week that former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury would end his daily show with Granato on 97.5 FM to focus on his nationally syndicated show that airs on Gow’s SB Nation Radio network and is heard in Houston on 94.1 FM.

Source : http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Sports-talk-show-host-Lance-Zierlein-to-return-to-12377347.php

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