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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.

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  1. Debby says:

    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?

  2. Andy says:

    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??

  3. Cissi Barber says:

    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.
    BOYCOTT MIX 96.5!!!

  4. Diane says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Diana says:

    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!

  6. TMill says:

    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!

  7. Gladys says:

    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.

  8. AP says:

    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!

  9. Rose says:

    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…

  10. FRANCES says:

    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.

  11. Hollis says:

    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…

  12. Athena says:

    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!!!!!

  13. R&R Fan says:

    Try this link for contacting the Program Director at 96.5:

    If that doesn’t work then go to and click contacts, then email and phone numbers, there should be a link to the program director under the “Big Shots” section.

  14. paula says:

    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…

  15. Krysha says:

    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 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Andrea says:

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

  17. Xylenia says:

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

  18. Dawn says:

    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!!!!

  19. Walton says:

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

  20. Tammie says:

    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

  21. lacie says:

    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!!!

  22. Amy says:

    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!

  23. susan says:

    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????

  24. Belle D says:

    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”.

  25. Tina says:

    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..

  26. Elizabeth says:

    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.

  27. Pat X says:

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

  28. Wendy says:

    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.

  29. Letty says:

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

  30. Kristi says:

    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!

  31. Laura says:

    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!!!

  32. linda A says:

    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.

  33. Dave C. says:

    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.

  34. Melissa says:

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

  35. Roula, Ryan and Eric can now be found at

    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!

  36. Susan says:

    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!!!

  37. Melissa says:

    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!

  38. Jacob says:

    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.

  39. Connie says:

    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.

  40. adrian says:

    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.

  41. debbie says:

    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

  42. Scott says:

    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…… actually get dumber if you listen to them for 5 minutes.

  43. Gabrielle says:

    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.

  44. paul says:

    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

  45. anonymoooooose says:

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

  46. Kim says:

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

  47. sher says:

    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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