October 13, 2005
Double duty

Local radio DJ Sam Malone is about to be a very busy guy. He already does his thing on 740 AM from 10 till noon on weekdays. And now, as seen on the KHMX home page, he'll be their new morning show personality from 6 to 9 starting tomorrow. That's gonna be a lot of yakking to do every day.

I don't know what brought this on, but I figured it out because I've been getting deluged by Google searches by fans of the now-displaced Roula and Ryan morning show on Mix 96.5, several of whom have left agonized comments on this post. I swear, people, I know nothing more about the whys and wherefores of this than you do. I don't think I've ever tuned into Malone, but obviously the folks at Clear Channel think he's pretty hot stuff to work him this hard. We'll see how he does, since he'll likely be speaking to two very different audiences on the two stations.

UPDATE: Turns out that Roula and Ryan have a webpage, which currently has this on it:

Unfortunately, Clear Channel decided to terminate the Roula and Ryan show today. We knew this was coming, ever since Sam Malone left KRBE back in March but hoped, for the sake of our listeners, this would not turn out to be the case. We appreciate all the support our listeners have given us. Stay tuned to this web site for more information.

There's a voice message (MP3) as well if you want more.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 13, 2005 to Music | TrackBack

Kuff - not only does he get to spew his right-wing propaganda on KTRH, he also has KHMX as an outlet. Remember how he stood up for Tom DeLay a couple of weeks ago at that goofy rally the wingers in town had? Clear Channel is the evil empire and it now has Sam Malone on the throne.

Posted by: Marie on October 13, 2005 2:41 PM

Wow, it's odd that Sam Malone would end up on KHMX. The only reason he supposedly left KRBE was because he wanted to do talk radio. Interesting.

Posted by: Serena on October 13, 2005 8:24 PM

Malone is pretty light weight as far as dialogue goes. Just doing his gig is all he is up for.

Posted by: becky on October 13, 2005 8:47 PM

I got a 'form' letter from the program director saying that they want to bring a more 'positive' discussion to Houston. Huh? I don't get that. I replied and told him that I and everyone I know would be switching elsewhere in the morning. Sad. I love R&R. I will follow them to whatever station they go to.

Posted by: Faron on October 13, 2005 9:45 PM

Dang, so R&R got dropped just like that! Didn't they just win something... what was it...oh yeah, the best radio show in houston?!?! What's up with that? Well, I've already switched to 97.9, I only listened to KHMX for them.

Posted by: Mario on October 14, 2005 10:44 AM

Very dissapointing. I have been in Houston for 5 years now and they have changed this for me the third time.
R&R are a LOT OF FUN, every single day looking to hear from them .....

Posted by: Lilian on October 14, 2005 12:49 PM


Posted by: Sandra on October 14, 2005 3:15 PM

Sam Malone gets on my last nerve!! I was happy when he left KRBE. I enjoyed listening to Roula & Ryan in the mornings and now I tune in to Atom & Maria while I drive to work. They are begining to gel well together and are pretty darn funny. How great will it be if Atom & Maria can beat Sam Malone in the morning ratings and beat down that big ass ego of his while they're at it!

Thanks Roula, Ryan and Eric for great morning radio. Good luck in your next gig....hope its in Houston!!

Posted by: Ana on October 14, 2005 3:53 PM

I didnt like Sam Malone when he was on 104 KRBE so I stoped listening to them and started listening to R&R. I guess ff that many people are upset about the change then the ratings for the morning show will decrease, I wont be listening I dont think Sam Malone is funny or intresting.

Posted by: Lynda on October 14, 2005 4:21 PM

I started listening to R&R just before Sam left KRBE, and realized R&R was more interesting and kept me awake in those early hours in the morning, especially War of Roses. I cant believe they cancelled them. First Sam screws over Maria and now she screws over R&R, I hope his show fizzels out. At one time I liked listening to him but now he just SUCKS.

Posted by: Becky on October 14, 2005 6:18 PM

I can't stand Sam Malone. He gets on my last nerve with all of his close minded ways of thinking. I don't want to start my day out with someone like him ... I'd rather listen to Roula and Ryan and actually laugh!

Posted by: Matt on October 14, 2005 6:20 PM

I'm very happy to see Sam moving on to something else. He seems like a genuinely good guy to me and regular krbe listeners will certainly tune in to hear that oh so familiar voice. Unlike what seems to be most people here, I'm not a R&R fan. I just found their voices to be very annoying and tried to avoid hearing them as much as possible. Sam rocks.

Posted by: Ryan on October 14, 2005 6:23 PM

This sucks! I love Roula and Ryan. Sam is too old and boring. He sucked on KRBE and he sucks now. Will definitely not listen to 96.5

Posted by: Carol on October 14, 2005 6:30 PM

I too was extremely disappointed that Clear Channel terminated Roula and Ryan. They are great.. and Eric too. I emailed their program director and received the same basic message. The growth they are looking for won't happen. The guy drives me nuts.. didn't like him on KRBE either. Clearly a very poor decision by Clear Channel.. they lost me too!!!!!

Posted by: Maureen on October 14, 2005 7:35 PM

Man, nothing brings out the commenters like talking about local radio, does it?

Posted by: Pete on October 14, 2005 9:29 PM

I loved R&R in the morning. When I turned on my radio on Wednesday and heard constant music, I knew something was up. Then I heard they replaced them with Malone. I never listened to 104 in the morning because I couldn't stand his morning show. Great... now what do I listen to? Dean and Rodge?

Posted by: Michelle on October 14, 2005 9:52 PM

I was a huge fan of Sam and Maria on KRBE and got tired of Sam Malone being on his soap box every morning. Roula and Ryan were much more entertaining! Now I'll only listen to KRBE (which is way better without Sam). Hopefully his new show will be canned!!

Posted by: Andrew on October 14, 2005 10:47 PM

What a total bummer! Today is my birthday and what a horrible way to start it off without my R&R show! You don't realize what something means to you until it's gone. They've kept me laughing and smiling every morning for years. I even got my husband stuck on it! I wish them the best of luck and hope they return real soon! Until then.. I will remember them each morning I turn on the radio, and it won't be to 96.5!

Posted by: Natalie on October 15, 2005 12:49 AM

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!! I have loved Ryan Chase ever since I met him way back in the day and Roula was just sooooo much funnier than Sam and Maria. How greedy is Sam Malone? First he left KRBE abruptly and then went to AM then comes back at Mix? I use to listen to him when I was in high school but now he is way too political. If I wanted talk radio in the morning with commentary, I turn to the AM but R & R just made me laugh. Now this new chick and Sam are BORING!! ADAM AND MARIA ARE BORING and if you noticed, Maria isn't laughing much anymore. Now what do I do? I hope they get a spot at 107.9 since they are 80s junkies anyways! I use to work with Noonie and I hope he stays with R & R as well!! NO MORE SAM MALONE!!!

Posted by: Hanh on October 15, 2005 1:25 AM

Don't worry, some website says R&R will be at 104KRBE in January in the afternoon.

Posted by: Derek on October 15, 2005 8:03 AM

Atom & Maria > Sam Malone. For R&R listeners listen to 104 in the mornings, their show is similar to R&R.

Posted by: Sammy on October 15, 2005 8:08 AM

I use to listen to Sam & Maria for 11 plus years and then Sam left the show just like that. Totally screwed Maria over. Then I started listening to R&R in the mornings and now they're kicked off for Sam.
I refuse to listen to his show. Now I listen to Atom & Maria in the mornings and I hope they cann Sam soon! Good luck R&R. I will listen to ya'll wherever u go.

Posted by: Mayeli on October 15, 2005 6:27 PM

The R&R show was a tepid, boring, little piece of fluff which, quite frankly, didn't belong in the Houston market. The only surprise was that it lasted nearly five years. Maybe now Houston radio can grow-up and compete with other cities such as L.A, New York, and Chicago.

See Ya!

Posted by: Michelle on October 15, 2005 7:35 PM

I am devastated! The roula & ryan show needs to come back! I can't believe KHMX did that to them - the #1 morning show in Houston last month! - does that not count for something??!??

Posted by: Bonnie on October 15, 2005 10:21 PM

I'm very excited that Sam has returned to morning radio. I don't care for the volgar comments and language of Atom or the DJs on 94.5 in the mornings especially with my kids in the car. It's sad that you can't listen to the radio and not almost get into a wreck because the DJs start talking about adult topics with adult language and you can't reach to change the channel fast enough. I like the respect and dignity that Sam pours out....I feel happier and I am reminded that I should be proud to be an american when I listen to him! Welcome back Sam!

Posted by: Lisa on October 16, 2005 12:09 AM

I guess I better buy some more cds to listen to on my way to work in the morning. I loved R&R. All the other radio stations don't give me the good vibe they did. Fluff, someone mentioned above. Well, if I wanted to listen to what Sam Malone has to offer I'd switch to AM in the morning. I'm also not willing to listen to some right-winger spouting off.
Sorry Clear Channel, you lost me as well...

Posted by: laura on October 16, 2005 12:43 PM

I thought it was rather crummy to both R&R and to their listeners how they just dropped them like that. I certainly didn't have any warning, and the surprise of Sam Malone was certainly not a good wake-up call.

Obviously 96.5 has little regard to their listeners. Because of this, I'm looking elsewhere for morning radio talk.

Posted by: Becky on October 16, 2005 12:48 PM

Glad to see that that show go! Invading the lives of people with war of the roses please....hope they get sued over that ivasion of privacy...Go Walton and Johnson!

Posted by: not a R+R Fan on October 16, 2005 4:21 PM

I loved R&R in the morning. It is very disappointing that their show has been canceled. I never listened to KRBE in the morning because I couldn't stand listening to Sam.

Posted by: Shannon on October 16, 2005 11:22 PM

You must have been busted on War of the Roses!!

Posted by: not a R&R Fan?? on October 17, 2005 12:10 AM

Sorry, but I think good riddance to Roula and Ryab. Ryan is too shallow for my tastes and Roula is either incredibly stupid or playing up at being an incredibly stupid utterly naive person. I really hate their show and hav listened to it since I could find nothing else to get me up in the morning. Here's some instances of how shallow Ryan is - he had a go at a guy in New Orleans who was shorter than him because the guy had looked after himself and done some body building. Erm... well as for Ryan that sounds like he has an inferiority complex that makes him have to look for other people's differences. Other instances of this man doing what High School students do to anyone different is to pick out differences, such as accusing woman of going out with less attractive women in order to get dates. That is incredibly shallow and wake up Houston the majority of Houstons women are not 10's or supermodels so at the end of the day you are the ugly friend. In short I consider him a complete jerk. Roula has the naivety of a High School student. Otherwise can anyone really be that stupid? I won't even bother mentioning Eric, that guy is a complete waste of time, he opens his mouth and one of two things happens, out comes an meaningless unfunny attempt at humor, usually at the expense of the last caller, or he says something as shallow as Ryan. Recently he joked about one of the callers parents had died. Erm... Come on, get these people off the radio for good, or at least until they learn some manners.

Posted by: Adriane on October 17, 2005 7:41 AM

Hate to state the obvious Shannon, but the so called war of the roses was 'mostly' played by actors. If you had listened carefully to the show you'd hear the same voices over and over. Do you really imagine anyone in Houston would be so stupid as to fall for that (out of lack of knowledge) when it's on the radio every morning?

Posted by: Adriane on October 17, 2005 7:45 AM

How cruel and cut-throat of Clear Channel. And what complete disregard for fans of R&R. Mornings sure are quiet and bland as I cannot find anything as funny and entertaining.

Posted by: Jade on October 17, 2005 8:52 AM

i am happy Sam is back, I loved him with Maria but she is doing even better with Atom, i thought R&R were okay but they were very closed minded, and made fun of alot of people, very judgemental at that, so i am happy they are gone !

Go Atom & Maria, i hope they kick Sam's butt, but he can get second place as far as i am concerned.

Posted by: leeann on October 17, 2005 9:24 AM

What a boring show the mix has now, what a boring show it is. There is so much dead time that it's not worth my time. Nothing personal to Sam but he's old and jaded now. And how dare he (and CCC)do this to us! Even KSBJ has more spunk!!

Posted by: carlos on October 17, 2005 9:34 AM

I Really missed Sam & Maria, then I was totally hooked on R&R w/ Eric. I cant believe it!They are gone, Bring them back! Sam wont be the same without Maria. Poor thing, she is now stuck with Atom. ( yuck ) I just cant believe she is staying there at 104. I would like for them to bring R&R w/ Eric back! I am hooked like a fish. Maybe if you cant bring them back. Houston will be selling all the new Ipod's and we can just download our music, why have a morning show? You like them, they drop them. voted #1 and you still dropped them...... what does it say for Houston?

Posted by: Kathryn on October 17, 2005 10:19 AM

7 years ago I started listening to KRBE and instantly fell in love with Maria and learned to stomach Sam. But as I became more aquainted with my new city the more irritated I became with the moronic Right-winger SpAM. I couldn't handle his homophobic, male chovonistic, doom and gloom comments. Everyone has an opinion but his constant harping on his "personal" issues was a real turn-off. I was pleasently surprised when I rolled across the dial and found Roula and Ryan. They reminded me of the FUN morning shows I was used to back home. KHMX instantly became my new spot while driving to work. Honestly in the last couple month I have jumped from R&R over to Rod Ryan on 94.5 and then discovered Maria and silly Atom on KRBE. Great I had three stations to listen to depending on my morning mood. But now the snake (as big as he and his ego are let's call him a python) has wormed his way back to FM radio and I will NEVER tune in to KHMX unless I want to give someone an example of what a close-minded right-wing pig sounds like. Good luck Clear Channel you will need more than that from me and a million others in Houston.

Posted by: darius on October 17, 2005 12:02 PM

I am very sad to see R&R go! I loved listening to them in the morning, they made my 1 hour car ride in traffic okay. I hope they get put onto another station and I will follow them. I do not listen to Mix anymore, as Natalie voice is like nails on a chalkboard and Sam is about as entertaining as watching mold grown. As to Adriane and "Not an R&R Fan", why are ya'll so hostile. IT WAS A RADIO SHOW! If you did not like them turn the channel! Adriane said " If you had listened carefully to the show you'd hear the same voices over and over." If you hated the show so much, why were you listening so much and hard?? I am sorry I just can not stand hypocrites! Hope the R&R Show will find a new home and soon!

Posted by: Nikki on October 17, 2005 12:33 PM

I will miss R and R. S and N suck!?!

Posted by: jr on October 17, 2005 1:21 PM

I think it was terrible what they did Roula and Ryan. I stopped listen to 104 KRBE because of Sam Malone and I will do the same with khmx. I do hope to hear that Roula and Ryan will be back soon!


Posted by: Josie on October 17, 2005 2:18 PM

I think that R&R's ratings slumped because Ryan could be so offensive. I found him to be very egotistical and downright horrible. Main things that stick out in my head were his comments on the Bratz dolls being geared towards the minority girls and the dolls were ghetto. My daughter plays with them and we are not poor nor ghetto. 2nd was his view on the cheerleading dancing being toned down. He thought it was ridiculous, and that it's alright for young girls to beg for the negative attention that dancing provocatively brings. I don't see how any one likes the guy. I think that he got his. BUT on the other hand, I don't think that Sam is the solution. He is OLD. And I think he needs to be on 107.9. THE OLDIES STATION. YUK. Didnt' like him on 104. What a shame Roula & Eric ultimately paid for this whole thing. I didn't listen to 96.5 in the mornings other than Thursdays. So it's not a big loss to me. Just kiss the station goodbye as you all know it. I see the format changing really soon.

Posted by: Melissa on October 17, 2005 2:30 PM

I am sooooooooooooooooooooo bummed about Roula and Ryan. I really enjoyed listening to them every morning. I stopped listening to KRBE because of Sam Malone and now I've got to stop listening to KHMX because of him. I don't know what's up with the negative messages about R & R. If you hated them so much why were you listening? I hope R & R stay in Houston, they'll have an automatic listener here.

Posted by: Traci on October 17, 2005 4:05 PM

Sorry to see R&R go. I loathe Sam Malone. Now we've got Houston's very own Rush Limbaugh to gag over. Clear Channel has Clearly lost me as a listener as they certainly don't have any other station worth tuning in to.

Posted by: Rebekah on October 17, 2005 4:59 PM

Sam Malone sucks!! His voice is just annoying. Love the R&R show and now I won't be listening to 96.5. I looked up to every morning to them but thanks for ruining that. I will know be changing to a different station. R&R rock!!
SEE YA, 96.5!!

Posted by: Maria on October 17, 2005 5:06 PM

I had to do a double,triple take when I heard that old man Sam on MIX - I was horrified. Isn't there anyone under 50 on the radio anymore?

Roula & Ryan had a great show, they were very knowledgeable about current gossip, events, places to go, etc.

If I want to find out about prostrate exams I listen to Sam Malone - NOT what's the latest info from around town.

Posted by: JennSTX on October 17, 2005 6:17 PM

I was never a big fan of Roula & Ryan but would prefer them over Mr. America Sam Malone. I could never stand his ridiculous comments about how this country is so this and that..blah blah. Sam was too biased and closed minded that you'd wonder if the guy even had a brain. He won't amount amount too much he needs Maria to make him look good.

Posted by: Sunshine on October 17, 2005 6:35 PM

I was out of town for 5 days and come home to Sam Malone? Dammit I stopped listening to him when W got "elected" the first time and Sam made KRBE his pulpit--poor Maria(who is fabulous by the way). Since then I switched to 96.5 and when R&R came on the scene it was fresh and fun--and those who say they were judgemental--oh c'mon isn't that one of all of our hobbies? I too got the form letter from ClearChannel. Atom and Maria are ok in the morning but at least there's still Howard Stern to listen to on 650 AM even though it is only until the end of the year. Can anyone say satellite radio?

Posted by: Melissa O on October 17, 2005 8:09 PM

I never listen enough R&R. I will stay in my car listening to them even I already arrived at the office parking lot. I am so devastated for their leaving. Did they do anything wrong???
I stopped listening 104 because I hated Sam Malone. He thought he is a movie star, never respect people. I will stop listening 96.5 now.
I thought I finally found a station that I can stick with in my boring morning. I miss R&R&E!

Posted by: Channel on October 17, 2005 8:59 PM

Good to have Sam back. As far as R&R...I COULD NOT STAND Roula's voice...it was more annoying than anything. Ryan was a tool. At least Sam takes a stand on some issues. Nobody says you have to agree with his POV.

Posted by: inHouston on October 17, 2005 9:09 PM

I can't believe they got rid of R&R my boys and I have loved listening to them on the way to school everyday. I tried listening to Sam Malone but ended up changing stations. Hope they get some rest and let us know where they end up.

Posted by: R&R mom on October 17, 2005 9:13 PM

I loved Roula & Ryan in the morning and hope they find another station in Houston. I will now tune in to another music station because I am not a fan of Sam Malone. What was the station thinking?

Posted by: Debby on October 17, 2005 11:02 PM

I am so upset! Sam does not do it for us!! We will boycot Mix 96!! Please let usknow if R&R land on another BETTER Houston radio station!!! So Sad................ and Mix will not let anyone post any emails to them!!!! Think they are getting any messages like this one??

Posted by: Andy on October 18, 2005 8:30 AM

I have started a petition for Roula & Ryan. Lets show them how much we enjoyed their show and how much we want to hear them in Houston again.


Posted by: Cissi Barber on October 18, 2005 12:05 PM

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I refuse to listen to morning radio program shows anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just when you guys finally get it right- ROULA an RYAN you yank them. I can not stand Sam Malone at all he is the reason I switched to R&R. Now morning radio just S-CKS. I want them back and I want them back NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoever was in charge of this decision is a real idiot. They are funny, mainstream, real, and hip. Sam Malone is a dud! I am will not listen to another station and I am telling everyone I know to not listen. We want R&R back- with ERIC.

oh, I dislike Sam Malone's sidekick too!!!!!

Please just bring them back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Diane on October 18, 2005 12:15 PM

To those who are happy R&R are gone b/c they didn't like Roula or Ryan... your solution was very simple, just turn that dial and find something that you do like. It's that easy!

Posted by: Diana on October 18, 2005 12:22 PM

I was pretty disgusted when I heard music instead of War of the Roses last Thursday. I listened to Sam & Maria until Roula & Ryan came to KHMX. Sam's just too dull. Ryan annoyed the hell out of me most of the time, but he and Roula complimented each other and it worked. I'm back to satellite radio until R&R land somewhere else.

SEE YA, Mix!

Posted by: TMill on October 18, 2005 2:02 PM

I found out this past Sunday that Sam Malone would be replacing R and R. And to tell you the truth it was quite disappointing. Out of all of the morning shows this was the only one that I listened to. I really do hope that R and R will back on the radio soon in Houston but until then I will be listening to my cd's everyday in the morning.

Posted by: Gladys on October 18, 2005 3:57 PM

The comments in favor of R&R are like 20:1. It's so obvious that there are tons more R&R fans out there than decrepit SM fans. I am very disappointed and disgusted with this change. It is one thing to get rid of a GREAT morning trio, but to replace them with the MUNDANE banter of Sam (of course most of the time he is sipping on his coffee and smacking his lips rather than talking) is an insult! I hope they find another station, 96.5 doesn't deserve to have them back!

Posted by: AP on October 18, 2005 4:27 PM

I used to listen to Sam, Maria & Robbie on 104 when I first moved here, over 10 years ago. I actually liked that the show was a little more wholesome than most (and so could listen w/kids in the car) but still played cool music. Then, one time Sam made fun of the janitor that they had doing to weather, like he was a yokel and ignorant because he spoke slowly and with a strong Texas accent. That started my disenchantment. Then, he was going on one day about how they all knew that some of their collegues were going to get the boot and he said "I won't say who, but watch out Mix morning show." I found that to be so rude and cocky that I SWITCHED to R&R at that point. I boycotted 104 before Sam left, and I won't be listening to Mix anymore. I too emailed the program director and got the bull-hooey response that everyone else got. No, Mr. Program Director, I WON'T be "giving Sam a listen" because I didn't like him at the other station he worked at.

I sure hope R&R & Eric land somewhere that appreciates them as much as their fans on this page do. Maybe I'll give Maria & Atom a shot in the meantime...

Posted by: Rose on October 18, 2005 4:50 PM

I'm extremely disappointed with the Switch from Roula & Ryan to Sam Malone. I'm will not be listening anymore to 96.5 anymore. The R&R show was much more entertaining. I think this town has enough conservative commentators on the AM channel. Clear Channel obviously doesn't believe in fair and balanced programming. Most of us folks don't want to hear about politics on FM.

Posted by: FRANCES on October 18, 2005 8:27 PM

I am very upset that Roula & Ryan are gone! I have a 50 minute commute in the morning, and they are funny and interesting. Sam Malone almost made me fall asleep this morning while driving. It was awful. They play horrid background music and there is too much dead air. I will be finding another radio station. Does anyone know the email for the production manager at KHMX?? I couldn't find it, and on the website when you hit the "contact us" button, nothing happens. Guess they don't want any negative commentary...

Posted by: Hollis on October 18, 2005 8:32 PM

I say everyone call into other morning shows, whatever alternative (however incomparable) to R&R that you listen to now, and let them know you're a new listener b/c you refuse to listen to Sam Malone on KHMX.

They can take away our favorite morning show trio, but they can't take away our voices.

Let's speak up!!!!!

Posted by: Athena on October 18, 2005 8:43 PM

Try this link for contacting the Program Director at 96.5:

If that doesn't work then go to www.khmx.com and click contacts, then email and phone numbers, there should be a link to the program director under the "Big Shots" section.

Posted by: R&R Fan on October 18, 2005 9:57 PM

Roula and Ryan- wishing the best for you. I will miss hearing you m-f during my morning drive. Get some well deserved rest. :p ....... As for mix 96.5 I hate Sam Malone, Sorry Clear Channel, you lost me as well...

Posted by: paula on October 18, 2005 10:00 PM

Every morning I listened to Roula & Ryan while driving my kids to school.I LOVE listening to them.They helped get my day going.They are so funny and much more interesting than anyone else on radio (especially Malone BLAAAAAA}. R&R even became my 12 yr.old daughters favorite.When I tuned in last Thur.to listen to WAR of Roses and all I heard was music.I thought something bad happened to R&R.Well turns out something did & I am very angry!I very much miss R&R!!Won't be listening KHMX anymore.I kept searching all the stations for R&R.Still will!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Krysha on October 19, 2005 4:37 AM

How about everyone email Sam Malone? ...or Clear Channel itself?



Posted by: Andrea on October 19, 2005 7:53 AM

I doubt Sam Malone or Clear Channel even care, emailing them is a waste of time. Take other avenues.

Posted by: Xylenia on October 19, 2005 10:44 AM

I'm also disgusted by 96.5's decision to drop R & R and Producer Eric and replace them with that no talent, Sam Malone!! Who is this Natalie person and what is wrong with her??!! All she ever does is repeat what Sam just said. That show should be called Pete and Repeat!!! What's up with that?? I wrote a letter to Buddy Scott at 96.5 and received a response asking me to give it a couple of weeks and see how I felt then. I tried for as long as I could stomach it- I really did. It's just too painful to listen to the pregnant silences and the struggle for the two of them to string a complex sentence together. Forget it!! They are boring and not funny and in the morning I want someone on the radio to help start my day off with laughter and to help put a smile on my face. Bring back R & R and Producer Eric. . . .and send Sam packing pronto!!! . . .hopefully out of state!!!!

Posted by: Dawn on October 19, 2005 2:26 PM

103.7 is the way to go. Walton and Johnson are hilarious.

Posted by: Walton on October 19, 2005 6:32 PM

What was Ken Charles thinking???
Oh I know... let's see how many accidents Sam Malone can cause by boring his listeners to sleep!!!
R&R we love you and will be looking to find you on another dial. One that has enough class to appreciate great morning radio!!!!!
Love ya,Tammie

Posted by: Tammie on October 19, 2005 6:56 PM

Although i'm not a R&R fan it still sucks that they took them off of the air without any reguard to the listners, I remember when over night rock 101 was gone and i was like oh man what will I do... I moved on to 94.5 the buzz and thats where i'm sticking, but I love Sam Malone and will probobly listen from time to time... Give him a shot maybe he's not as bad as you think!!! good luck finding R&R!!!

Posted by: lacie on October 19, 2005 8:10 PM

Get them off the air. Natalie is not funny and acts like she has never been on the radio before. The "star files" (her voice) is so annoying it hurts! and it takes her forever to say what she wants to say. You have lost a listener. Also, pretty crummy how it was so sudden without any notice to the devoted listeners. Like I said, you have lost a listner. Oh! and i have NEVER cared for Malone, EVER!

Posted by: Amy on October 20, 2005 2:29 PM

I agree that Ryan was obnoxious, closed minded and arrogant. Additionally, for a professional communicator, his speaking skills were unbelievably awful. He said "You know" and "like" more than any imaginary Valley girl! I found myself listening to the R and R show for a few minutes and as soon as Ryan started talking, I got irritated and changed the station. Since I am a member of the demographic KHMX is trying to attract, I can understand that it was a needed business move. I have tried listening to Sam the past week and he b o r e s me. Where is a commuter to turn????

Posted by: susan on October 20, 2005 10:15 PM

A week has passed since the beloved R&R was abruptly removed from the airwaves of Houston. I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than words. To the persons that have written before me I am in agreement that all ex listeners of the R&R show should tune into Atom and Maria. They are better than what is now playing in the mornings on KHMX. For not all listeners are of a particular race, household income, etc. Just remember the old sayings "what goes around comes around" and "the persons you fuck over to get to the top is the ass you’ll be kissing on the way down".

Posted by: Belle D on October 21, 2005 12:08 AM

What is up with this chick? All she does is repeat what Sam says in a sing-song voice. It's absolutely annoying. She said the other morning that her son apparently spoke like that to her so "It must be catching on". Nope, no way! I think R&R should have been left alone and Sam & Maria too.. Two different groups that worked well together for two different types of people. These radio stations should listen to their listeners.. we're the reason they stay in buisness..

Posted by: Tina on October 21, 2005 6:41 AM

I am not a fan of Roula, but I thought Ryan's comments were always spot on. She seemed to me to be very combative and irritating. He always seemed to me to the better analyzer of the two. But in any case, I have to admit I enjoyed their show quite a bit. I always thought Sam Malone and his "See Ya" schtick were very juvenile.-Ultimately, I think this will prove to be the downfall of his morning show on KHMX. It's a totally different demographic, and it would appear that no one took that into account in replacing R&R with Sam Malone. One of the things I really liked on the R and R show was the daily discussions of morality-based issues. I liked hearing callers chime in their viewpoints and was interested to note that most people had a pretty firm grasp on decent behavior. In contrast, KRBE was more known for its celebrity gossip and the "Hollywood dirt". I just think the target audiences for each, while definitely there was some crossover, were by and large different. It's really unfortunate that someone at Clear Channel who had the power to make the change (who my guess is probably had a friendship with Sam Malone) made the decision to end the R & R show. To my mind, it isn't that the R&R show was not without faults. And I DO think that there was some negativity to the show that could have been mitigated more often. But, at the end of the day, it was just a more intelligent, enjoyable, entertaining, and *adult show* than that put on by Sam Malone. I think the decision to replace them *with him* was probably a mistake.

Posted by: Elizabeth on October 21, 2005 8:52 AM

R & R Miss you on my way to work ever morning.

Posted by: Pat X on October 21, 2005 11:54 AM

What possessed you people to think Sam Malone could replace Roula and Ryan for the morning show? I've tried listening to him for a week to see if he'd grow on me....NOT! I'll find some other station to listen to until I can locate where Roula and Ryan are. Hope your station loses ratings because of this decision.

Posted by: Wendy on October 22, 2005 10:46 AM

natalie and sam suck all natalie can respond with is a goofy giggle all the time sure do miss r&r

Posted by: Letty on October 23, 2005 5:51 PM

I am sorry to see R&R leave the airwaves so abruptly. I listened to both morning shows depending on my mood, but I am leaning towards R&R's side simply because of the way they were taken off the air. At least Sam had a choice on where he wanted to be. R&R definitely got taken. I actually feel bad for 96.5 for the poor handling of the situation.KHMX will surely be losing listeners simply because they didn't...LISTEN!

Posted by: Kristi on October 24, 2005 3:33 PM

Sam and Maria were great because Maria was the heart and soul of that show. When he betrayed her and all of his listeners to move to talk radio I was shocked. The to find out he thought he was to good to play a 50 Cent record after attending political events. He was a jerk then and is a jerk now. And that Natalie woman, could she be anymore annoying? Wait Natalie don't answer that. Finally can you say hypocrite??? Was it not Sam who referred to Clear Channel as the Devil?? Was it not Sam who always made comments about their contests being national and not local??? Well Clear Channel is the Devil and Sam Malone has sold his soul!!!

Posted by: Laura on October 24, 2005 3:42 PM

Don't like Sam, really miss my morning show. Loved Roula and Ryan. I actually left Sam once before and that is when I found Roula and Ryan. I left him and never went back and now I've left Clear channel.

Posted by: linda A on October 24, 2005 6:40 PM

What a horrid morning show it is now! Sam's schtick is old and boring -- like 1995 instead of 2005. And I can't believe they pair him with that traffic chick Natalie. She is almost incapable of making an intelligent or funny comment herself. I guess Sam thinks he can make it with a "Ed McMahon" sidekick. He is no Johnny Carson. At least Maria Todd had some spunk and added something to the old Sam Malone Show.

It does make you wonder if Clearchannel is trying to purge any non-Rebublican air talent. I can barely think of any talent on their many stations that could even be described as politically moderate.

Posted by: Dave C. on October 25, 2005 4:53 PM

HA HAH A.. People. Did you know that THE BUZZ is Clear Channel too?!? Geesh!

Posted by: Melissa on October 27, 2005 11:04 AM

Roula, Ryan and Eric can now be found at www.roulaandryan.com

There is even a forum there where listeners can chat.

I hope you all will join us and tell everyone you know where to find them!

Posted by: Erica de Leon on October 27, 2005 12:12 PM

I was very irritated when Sam Malone left KRBE. I thought that the Sam and Maria duo was Gold, and you would have to be quite an ego-maniac to think you could beat that gig on your own. I was always a fan of his, until I found out he was on khmx. Maria's direct competitor? Does the man have no loyalty? What a jerk. He has become way too political lately anyways, best of luck to Atom and Maria!!!

Posted by: Susan on October 28, 2005 10:11 AM

I am very disappointed. Rula & Ryan was the only morning show that I've liked in years!

I don't like Sam Malone- he is too much in your face type.

I won't be listening to 96.5... that's for sure!

Posted by: Melissa on November 7, 2005 7:01 PM

For those of you who are missing the R&R show on 96.5, you ought to listen to the Walton & Johnson show on FM 103.7. I tell you, after you hear the W&J show, you will wonder why you were listening to the R&R show.

The Walton & Johnson show on FM 103.7 is the BEST.

Posted by: Jacob on November 9, 2005 10:22 AM

I am a big talk radio fan and listened to Tom Martino religiously. They moved Tom and put that IDIOT Sam Malone in that time slot. I've emailed the program director but nothing. His jokes are stupid and the people that call into his station never get is jokes ---- I guess the callers are too smart for them, which isn't saying too much. Sam, Go Home! If you like talk radio, Debra Duncan is someone you could tune into. I think that she should get Sam and Chris's time slots.

Posted by: Connie on November 10, 2005 9:38 AM

Glad to see Sam Malone go. Annoying and full of himself. Was turned off since the Enron fiasco. He used the radio to cry about loosing his $250,000 in stock. So sorry,at least he still had a job. Just wish they would take his fat face off the houston billboard at 610 & I10 exit.

Posted by: adrian on December 8, 2005 3:25 PM

if as a gay female, if i wanted to listen to a right wing republican, bush loving idiot, i would listen to Rush Limbaugh, this isnt talk radio, Malone suxxxxx!!!!!, bring back R&R

Posted by: debbie on December 10, 2005 11:04 AM

Malone is just another Right Wing Chickenhawk spewing their hatred. You want real radio? Go to satellite, it's only $150 a year and you get real choices in music and talk, not just the Garbage Clear Channel force feeds you. Got my Sirius to listen to Howard Stern but i've got to say, i love all the other stuff Sirius offers......commercial free!
Join the revolution & get the satisfaction you're Pissing on Clear Channel at the same time!

As far as the guy who suggested W & J, talk about Stale, Right Wing Garbage........you actually get dumber if you listen to them for 5 minutes.

Posted by: Scott on December 19, 2005 6:28 PM

I also loved the R&R show. I looked forward to listening to them every morning. I even set my alarm to KHMX so I would instantly hear them when I woke up. I can't stand Sam Malone, and I can't stand that they replaced R&R with him. He is so dull. I will never listen to him or KHMX in the morning again, it will just never be the same again.

Posted by: Gabrielle on December 28, 2005 8:42 PM

I sincerely miss Roula and Ryan in the morning on the way to work, Sam Malone should have gone to a talk radio format show, CC has def pissed me off with their choice of morning broadcast hosts on 96.5

Posted by: paul on December 31, 2005 10:12 AM

Roula and Ryan will be back to Houston VERY VERY soon.


Posted by: anonymoooooose on January 25, 2006 2:12 PM

Can't wait until they are back on the air. Mix is no longer an option for me!

Posted by: Kim on February 4, 2006 8:07 PM

hey just want to say how shocked i was when i heard sam malone on mix96,i cannot stand him!! I listen to 104 now.I just sent sam malone a mean email,and i hope it makes him cry! go away sam malone,you are ANNOYING!

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