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KLOL changes format

Damn. Did anyone see this coming?

KLOL, 101.1 FM announced Friday that station has changed formats. The station switched from a rock format to a Latino music format branded as Mega 101.

The station’s web site was listed as under construction, but KLOL’s former morning show hosts Walton and Johnson announced on their web site that they were informed Thursday night of the change.

The radio hosts stated on WaltonandJohnson.com that, “Thursday night Walton and Johnson were informed by lower-level management sources via a last-minute phone call that there would be no Walton and Johnson Show tomorrow. In its place would be Hispanic music programs.”

Walton and Johnson were the #7 rated morning show in the latest ratings. I’m happy to see them go since I think they’re a couple of crapmeisters, but I’m shocked it happened like this.

What this means is that there’s no rock station in Houston which isn’t limited to a time period. You’ve got your Oldies Rock on 107.5, your Classic Rock on 93.7,and your Alternative Rock on 94.5, but no one station that might play anything from the Beatles and Cream to Collective Soul and Green Day, which KLOL used to do. If there’s a better definition of “vast radio wasteland” than that, I don’t know what it is.

Found via Metroblogging Houston.

UPDATE: Various KLOL fans have found this old post and are expressing their angst over the format change. Google’s cache still has the old KLOL web page in it. This discussion thread was complaining about KLOL’s format – one can perhaps see how a change might have been in the works, though clearly what they got was not what they were asking for. I hope Ken Hoffman and.or John Nova Lomax has something to say about why this happened soon.

UPDATE: Pete piles on. Jim D wails. Michael finds a scapegoat. Callie has some words from Walton and Johnson. Kevin examines his non-FM options.

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285 Comments

  1. Reuben says:

    Clear Channel is really out of touch with this and any other educated Hispanic. I am so pissed off at CC that I can’t put into words the anger and frustration they created by getting rid of Walton and Johnson. Like them or not, they spoke truth about racism, sexism, prejudice and stereotypes here in Houston.
    I almost never agreed with W&J but they told it like it is and voiced the opinions that people would end up in a Human Resources office for if we said those things in the workplace!
    Please find your way back into Houston’s PATHETIC airwaves!! Is there anyone out there besides Clear Channel??!!
    Oh Yeah, FUCK YOU Clear Channel!!!!!

  2. Paul says:

    NO Freaking way!!! Walton and Johnson were with me every single morning on my commute from Houston to College Station – thank God I can still get them in C.S. even though it’s only been re-runs – hope they get back on the air soon!

  3. Beck says:

    I can’t believe CC could do something like this, but someone may have found a way to save KLOL. I signed this petition and there arer over 14,000 signatures already. Anyone wanting to sign, just go to the website here…

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?rock101

    Let’s pray it works!

  4. Beck says:

    I can’t believe CC could do something like this, but someone may have found a way to save KLOL. I signed this petition and there are over 14,000 signatures already. Anyone wanting to sign, just go to the website here…

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?rock101

    Let’s pray it works!

  5. robert camp says:

    klol was our only rock station we had and now that it’s gone that realy suck’s bring it back

  6. robert camp says:

    klol was our only rock station we had and now that it’s gone that realy stink’s.bring back out law dave

  7. robert camp says:

    klol was our only rock station we had and now that it’s gone that realy stink’s.bring back out law dave

  8. robert camp says:

    bring back klol 101

  9. Michele Townsend says:

    We are allllll suffering without KLOL and OUTLAW DAVE!!! Clear Channel can go f*** themselves!! We need to keep on protesting until something is done. How can the OUTLAW be gone from our airwaves??? I am in Hell!!!!!!!!

  10. rex says:

    clear channel really F*$KED UP. they removed the only real rock station around. it times i have to drive to ft. hood see friends and family, and in my truck i can rock to klol all the way to temple and at times i can still get them at ft. hood. this is the darkest day for radio. i plan on boycotting all of clear channel stations and events. clear channel could make up a new channel or that over another channel for their crappy new format. GIVE ME MY ROCK KLOL BACK. let us all fight for right to get our station back.

  11. doug allen says:

    ive been here in houston 25 years, listening to klol. moby was killer, stevens and pruitt had a good following, but these other guys that followed,they definitley sucked, bigtime.clear channel did the right thing. outlaw dave is a wannabe. 93.7 rock on!what houston needs is an independent radio station, that will play the songs the listener wants to hear,not what the program director dictates. what the listener wants to hear is current rock, old rock, and local talent especially in houston,wehave the best local talent anywhere in the usa. one of the best local bands in houston is STRIDE,DISTANT THUNDER,with JAMES RIVERA, MIKE CONDE,BIG LEFT TURN, AZREALS BANE,ETC .ETC NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE BLUES ARTISTS IN TOWN. independent radio is needed here in houston, to back up local talent ,as well as giving the listener what THEY WANT!!!!!

  12. doug allen says:

    ive been here in houston 25 years, listening to klol. moby was killer, stevens and pruitt had a good following, but these other guys that followed,they definitley sucked, bigtime.clear channel did the right thing. outlaw dave is a wannabe. 93.7 rock on!what houston needs is an independent radio station, that will play the songs the listener wants to hear,not what the program director dictates. what the listener wants to hear is current rock, old rock, and local talent especially in houston,wehave the best local talent anywhere in the usa. one of the best local bands in houston is STRIDE,DISTANT THUNDER,with JAMES RIVERA, MIKE CONDE,BIG LEFT TURN, AZREALS BANE,ETC .ETC NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE BLUES ARTISTS IN TOWN. independent radio is needed here in houston, to back up local talent ,as well as giving the listener what THEY WANT!!!!!

  13. doug allen says:

    ive been here in houston 25 years, listening to klol. moby was killer, stevens and pruitt had a good following, but these other guys that followed,they definitley sucked, bigtime.clear channel did the right thing. outlaw dave is a wannabe. 93.7 rock on!what houston needs is an independent radio station, that will play the songs the listener wants to hear,not what the program director dictates. what the listener wants to hear is current rock, old rock, and local talent especially in houston,wehave the best local talent anywhere in the usa. one of the best local bands in houston is STRIDE,DISTANT THUNDER,with JAMES RIVERA, MIKE CONDE,BIG LEFT TURN, AZREALS BANE,ETC .ETC NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE BLUES ARTISTS IN TOWN. independent radio is needed here in houston, to back up local talent ,as well as giving the listener what THEY WANT!!!!! THERE IS ENOUGH LOCAL UNSIGNED TALENT THAT HAVE BETTER MUSIC AND SONGS THAN SIGNED ACTS THESE DAYS!!!

  14. What can I say? I agree with most of you. However, you can’t be a mysoginist, homophobic, racist, radio station without consequences these days. And let’s face it that is exactly what Walton & Johnson were. If not, they certainly played the part impeccably.

    In the days of Mark Stevens, Jim Pruett, Eddie Sanchez,Laurie Kendrick, Elaine Closure and Chuck Schramek, 101 was an absolute joy to listen to. But, it seems since February of 2000 when Mark Stevens left, the station went further and further downhill. And something like this was inevitable. As a matter of fact, Wendy Miller and Dave Andrews were the only two who were keeping the station alive.

    So, we may say we’re stunned and shocked. But deep down we knew it was coming. And we have no one to blame but ourselves for ignoring what was clearly the de-evolution of our rock station to the likes of Walton & Johnson

  15. Robin Banks says:

    This sux

  16. Joe Blow says:

    I am white! The NEW Mega101 website which still is not up and running says in Bold “LATINO AND PROUD”. If i were to say “WHITE AND PROUD” I’d be a racists? Right? If you read on Clear Channels their website, it caters to hispanics ONLY-and they want spanglish listeners tuning in to their radio stations! They also did away with the Eagle 97.1[in Dallas]now plays tinkerbell lite rock,WOW! If You are a wealthy person PLEASE step forward and fund a radio station that we can all listen to and not have to worry about having undesirable music forcefed. If you notice there is all kinds of ethnicities that listened to ROCK 101 KLOL and have for Mannnnyy yrs. Walton and Johnson were idiots that people liked just because who they were. They made people laugh early in the morning and that gave them something to look forward to in the morning[it also made people feel smarter than W&J were]HEHE. I miss them all at KLOL[everyone there].GOD BLESS ROCK 101-this is AMERICA , FREE ?? This MONOPOLY has happened in Florida,San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and coming to a MAJOR CITY near you!!!!

  17. Willie R. says:

    Even though 101 was a “landmark” as far as radio stations go,I stopped listening to it years ago when they played the same songs over, and over.
    As sadden as it might be to know it is now off the air, I only wish some other station will pick up where KLOL left, only with a little bit more of Purple, Floyd, Yes, Sabbath and a lot of new Progressive bands as Dream Theater, Flower Kings, Cairo, etc. and none of the alternative crap.
    Salsa, Tejano, Norteno? Who gives a flying F%$K!

  18. Willie R. says:

    Even though 101 was a “landmark” as far as radio stations go,I stopped listening to it years ago when they played the same songs over, and over.
    As sadden as it might be to know it is now off the air, I only wish some other station will pick up where KLOL left, only with a little bit more of Purple, Floyd, Yes, Sabbath and a lot of new Progressive bands as Dream Theater, Flower Kings, Cairo, etc. and none of the alternative crap.
    Salsa, Tejano, Norteno? Who gives a flying F%$K!

  19. Dennis B. says:

    CC sucks major ass!!!!!!! Where am i supposed to hear AC/dc or metallica or any other rock? Where am i supposed to go to hear Outlaw Dave? what about the out to lunch show with Wendy Miller? Bring back our rock station. It may not have been the best station at all times, but they were the best station in houston, and the only station for the best rock. U are all pigs at clear channel, fuck u

  20. Cali says:

    HELP
    I heard about this at the TRF, and I WAS SO TICKED. It was AFTER I awoke to “BLAH BLAH BALH” on my alarm radio. I had it SET to KLOL!! DAM* them. I’ve been listening to KLOL for abou 5 years..and considering that I’m not that old, well..heck…I WANT KLOL BACK!!! BRING IT BACK YOU CCC BUTTHEADS!!

  21. cali says:

    http://www.klol.info
    SING TO THEM…DON’T GIVE CC WHAT THEY WANT. SIGN THE PETITION!!!
    BRING BACK THE ROCK!!!!

  22. Audrey says:

    This is extremly not cool..I mean one day your flipping through the stations and of course I go to my favorite station ROCK 101 and what do we get LATINO music…i mean nothing against that but come on that’s OUR rock station..practically the only one that plays all the best rock songs…BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!

  23. B.M. says:

    THERE IS A COMMENT ABOUT PLEASING THE MAJORITY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO PLEASE THE MINORITIES…… IF YOU DONT KNOW THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IS NOW THE MAJORITY…..LOOK AT THE CENSUS….AND YOU WILL FIND OUT…..THE RADIO STATION WAS COOL I AM HISPANIC AND MY FATHER GREW UP LISTENING TO THAT RADIO SATION DONT HATE AGAINST OUR MUSIC JUST TRY TO BRING BACK THE RADIO STATION FOR ALL OF US DONT MATTER OUR RACE….COME ON NOW WE ARE IN 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. red says:

    It is a sad day when a company like CC can torpedo the flagship KLOL of rock in texas. I have listened to this station since only god knows when .These pukes sneak in anywhere they find a hole ,but what they are setting up the mexican ppl for is beyond me .
    When they can shut down a landmark,icon like KLOL ,,who is next ,,maybe the ppl in texas should boycott all the advertiser,s of CC ,,this should show our dismay at how a company could treat its listener,s.
    The ppl in DALLAS and other cities in texas should step up before they have the same thing happen to them.
    We hope W&J,OUTLAW DAVE and the entire STAFF the best ,,sorry guy,s

  25. PISSED says:

    DONT BE FKING RACIST…..GET OVER IT AND JUST TRY TO BRING IT BACK………ARE YALL IGNORANT OR WHAT? JUST DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO TO BRING THE RADIO STATION FOR ALL OF US MAN!!!!!!!! THIS IS EMBARRASING.OH AND JUST FOR YOUR INFO THIS IS NOT MEXICAN MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MAN LEARN B4 YOU SPEAK YOUR MOUTH

  26. hippychick says:

    This sucks! I miss the Walton and Johnson show. They need to bring them back!

  27. MATT C says:

    /WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD ALL COMES DOWN TO COMMUNICATION OR LACK THERE OF. WE ALL GREW UP LISTENING TO KLOL AND TO CHANGE THE FORMAT IS WRONG. WE MUST ALL LET ARE VOICES BE HEARD. WE HAVE FM RADIOS IN OUR CARS DO THEY? I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE NEW MUSIC IT SHOULD STAY ON AM RADIO WHERE THEY CAN ALL HEAR IT. ROCK N ROCK WILL NEVER DIE IT JUST CHANGES TO ANOTHER STATION, I’LL BE WAITING FOR THE OLD KLOL TO RESURFACE SOON.

  28. Christy says:

    Maybe we should all march right up to CC’s doors in San Antonio. Maybe that would get their attention. Appearntly all of this on the net isn’t working. But if someone is reading this from Clear Channel.. YA’ll SUCK for changing KLOL. I have listened to that station for at least 20 years. I am just going to start buying CDs. NO more radio for me!!! Unless ya’ll bring back ROCK 101 KLOL !!!!!!!!

  29. Marco says:

    As a Mexican, we don’t like that new crap “music”. We’re not all Sheeple!

  30. j says:

    this is the email i just sent clear channel (bastards) I encourage anyone and everyone to do the same.

    “Why would you change your target audience who is at least half if not better, of houston from a rock station (101) to a latino station? What demon crawled up your ass to do something like that? You have too many latino/spanish stations as well as other pathetic stations in the houston area to cancle and change and nobody would have noticed! in order to please “48% of latino age 14-26″ you deny half of the people age 4-76! I can’t complain about the W&J show and sleep at night, because they are pathetic. You should put on a great rock station playing everything from Lynard Skynard to Ozzy like old 101 and try something completely new in the morning….like PLAY FUCKING MUSIC!!! I’m your average, working houstonian who now has two choices: boycot CC including the XM, Radio and the whole lot, as well as family and friends (not far from it right now) OR listen to CC put on a new, better rock station than houston ever had and listen to the first song played – CC Public Apology. Untill then, ypu and your current shitty advertisement can go to hell just like rock 101!”

  31. marci says:

    I can’t believe that they think we have too many rock stations. Not to offend anyone but I believe we have enough hispanic and country stations. I just can’t believe 101 is gone.

  32. Drillbit says:

    KLOL was once my fav station. The ROCK format was one of the best. Too many Country stations, and today I counted NINE hispanic stations versus only these three (93.7, 94.5, 106.9) that are worth a krap to me now. CC truely stepped on their dicks this time.

    What’s next..am I going to wake up tomorrow and turn on the news to hear that the San Jacinto Monument is getting a big Sombrero mounted permanently on top???? 🙁

    This city (Houston and surrounding) is changing. The Mexican border is no longer at the state line, it’s at the Montgomery County line!!!

  33. Steve says:

    I have enjoyed the Walton & Johnson morning show for years. Cannot believe they are off the air. What a dumb move. I suppose you think all of us 10 percenters are going o listn to that Latino BS…Ha!

  34. Mike says:

    About a month before the canning I heard Walton say “I don’t mind all the illegal mexicans, I need someone to cut my grass.” Well, you republican dumbass, they got your job too.

  35. Rachael Alvarez says:

    What can I do to save/reserect 101 KLOL and the Running Radio? Give out my Phone number? I will..
    Rachael Alvarez 10%