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According to this Article.

It seems that Atom and Maria, were dismissed immediately after their friday morning show. While Atom was abrasive and a bit on the crass at time, it was fun to hear Maria be the voice of reason and verbally pummel him.

I'm going to miss these two quite a bit.

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This similiar thing happened to my friend Nadine in Toronto when she was immediately departured of a show she was hosting (Much Music Electric Circus) and sadly the people who were important to the shows were immediately released and never had a chance to say goodbye!

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guess sam malone knew the end was coming..

i kinda wondered the same thing when he (sam malone) moved over to ktrh. i hear he had a really big following with maria at krbe, but i NEVER heard fo the guy until he got to 740 AM. needless to say, i like his humor, his voice of reason (generally), and his affable demeanor.

i wonder if people in media ever get that 6th senses and just ignore all the signs around them thinking 'it just COULDN'T happen to me'.

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Rumors flying fast and furious that Roula and Ryan will be the new morning hosts at KRBE. The station was purchased by Cumulus media in May and lots of changes are coming. The music is changing to a more "mix like" format. Less hip hop and rap and more Adult Contemporary I think they call it....chron.com had a good article about the change and it basically said Atom and Maria had no clue, they were told at the end of their show on Friday and their offices cleared out, email accounts cancelled and they were asked to leave. I guess that's how things change in the radio biz.

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Probably gonna make way for another Tejano station.

Wouldn't surprise me now.

I used to listen to 104 because of the great break-through music, TheBeat, the Sam Malone morning show that could be heard anywhere in the world, ruthless djs like Paul "Cubby" Bryant, Ryan Chase, and eventually Atom Smasher's prime-time show.

Now, the Beat's gone, Sam Malone jumped ship, you can only hear 104 in Houston, no one knows 104 BUT Houston, the last reminant of the Sam Malone show's now out, and the only dj on 104 that gave the station any attitude, Atom Smasher, also gone. They've almost completely relapsed into just another radio station. They need to snap out that "MTV following" mode and get back into their variety and innovative music. There's very few good bands on the station, and there's no more electronic live music mixes there.

Bring that edge back, or expect to become another tejano station in a couple months <_<

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What is the station going to be like now?.. mix 96.5 or 99.1?

If you go back and read the story they make no mention of the station changing format. Only that the station wants the morning show to go in a different direction.

As good as they are, they had a specific appeal with the 25 and under (age) range. We're hoping to broaden that a bit. We're about to introduce the market's next big thing.
said Patrick Fant, market manager for Cumulus Media Partners, which has owned KRBE since May.

I'm sure they'll keep the same format, they're the only station with the Top 40 format in the city. Roula and Ryan would be great, they fit the Top 40 format much better than the Mix format anyhow.

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when i first moved to houston, i used to like sam malone and mariah todd's show. what ever happened to psycho robbie? is that guy still around?

as for houston radio in general, there is a reason why i switched to sirius a few years ago. it sucked!

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when i first moved to houston, i used to like sam malone and mariah todd's show. what ever happened to psycho robbie? is that guy still around?

as for houston radio in general, there is a reason why i switched to sirius a few years ago. it sucked!

I listen to Myron Anderson's "Listening Back" show every Friday morning on KTSU...I figure if he's been doing it for 25 years, he must be doing something right!

We are blessed with some good public stations here in Houston, like KUHF (88.7), KPFT (90.1), KTSU (90.9) and KTRU (91.7).

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I listen to Myron Anderson's "Listening Back" show every Friday morning on KTSU...I figure if he's been doing it for 25 years, he must be doing something right!

We are blessed with some good public stations here in Houston, like KUHF (88.7), KPFT (90.1), KTSU (90.9) and KTRU (91.7).

yes, the community radio stations are pretty decent. i am a regular KPFT listener. the commerical stations on the otherhand...

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i've lately been into podcasts. since i subscribe to so many, and can no way listen to alll of them at home, i now burn rewritable cds with podcasts on them. i now have even greater 'radio' to listen to on my way to work, the gym, etc.

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what ever happened to sycho robbie? is that guy still around?

He is a realstate agent in Katy, Texas last I heard, SeePsycho Robbie's new job

As for the change in format, I heard an Alanis Morrisette song this morning at 7:30 ish when the Hollywood dirt was supposed to be on. I have not heard "Head over Feet" on this station and it literally reminded of, "is this 96.5"?

I thought that they were on vacation or something and had no idea they were fired until now.

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I was tuning in around 2 p.m. and they were playing Matchbox Twenty, "If Your Gone". That song is WAY old to be playing on a current top 40 station and it is not even Total Request Lunch.

They are looking more and more like 96.5 KHMX each hour.

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Atom made the morning show "unlistenable" with kids in the car. He won't be missed.

He was not that bad, just different from the typical boring republican rubish Sam Malone stated.

Just tuned in again, now they are playing the defunct band Creed, "My Sacrifice"

So I have heard a song from 1995, 2000, 2001.

This is not normal for them to play older songs this much in a day.

I am so used to hearing recent songs at least every 2 hours(that was annoying too), not the case anymore.

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I remember being pissed when Z Rock went off the air.

What i don't like is "It ultimately comes down to giving the listeners what they want," Fant said.

Wake up one morning.. Roula and Ryan are gone. Stevens and Pruitt gone. one morning, 101.1 is gone. one morning, nikki the intern is gone. one morning, atom and maria gone.

Maybe listeners want their radio personalities and sidekicks to be able to say goodbye. Maybe fans want some sort of warning. They all have some amount of fans...

It just seems like the whole radio buisness is full of sharks.

More news...

the morning guy on 107.5 klde got kicked off friday morning too.. and scott sparks is moving to klde.. but they're changin their name to K-Hits.

Also..

one thing KRBE is considering is doing a syndicated morning show.. like Kidd Kradick or Whoopi Goldberg

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That's crazy that there's so much shake-up in the radio biz the past week, although I'm way out of the loop, because I haven't listened to FM radio since 2001. I listen to AM radio for the sports shows, but that's about it. I can't believe that FM radio still exists. It's so boring and predictable, and the music is terrible and predictable. The commercials are annoying too.

I guess Atom Smasher won't be getting paid to go out to clubs anymore and party down.

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I listen to CD's in the car. I don't really like the mainstream stuff that comes out on the radio, anyway. 97.9 is still good though, but most of you seem like rock and oldies listeners.

The only FM stations that get run in our car is 88.7 (Dad), 102.1 (Mom), and 97.9 (me and older and younger sisters).

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Someone said there was no "mention" of a format change but it is definitely becoming a different station. I think they'll announce something later on. I listened last night and this morning before work and in 4 "ten songs in a row" plays, there were 21 songs that were older than 2 years. That's more than half their playlist. Sounds like they are taking on Mix to me. Who knows, Mix hasn't exactly been exploding in ratings, maybe they'll change somewhere down the line into a station like the old 104.

How ironic would that be? Or should that be, "Isn't that Ironic...it's like raaaaain on your wedding day....." oh, sorry, I digress....

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here is what Myspace.com said (KRBE's Myspace.com page)

"http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/features/4031998.html"

"http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=23446914&blogID=142075132&MyToken=7e234914-ecfa-44b1-91af-604edeb16834" what the fans say!

"About me:

104.1 KRBE is the biggest radio station in Texas with 1,000,000+ listeners. " -on myspace... WOW is that about to change!!!

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Looks like Scott Sparks is leaving too, going to 107.5. All the radio stations are a joke anyway, and probably second least to advertising, DJ's are not the reason I listen to the radio.

Scott Sparking is the cracker of crackers! I laugh everytime is see that beer belly bastard smoke a cigar. Does he really think his image is still cool. I don't know how his wife (who was my high school teacher at one time) puts up with his nasty tired looks.

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The format has definately changed. Old Creed and En Vouge for Christ's sake. I already turned off 104 in my office. It's what I used to keep on all day. And I'm very far from the 20 year olds that Corporate Radio Hacks think were attracted to the Atom and Maria show.

I may be old but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy a rap or hip-hop song. I loved Maria Todd and thought Atom was a good mix to her.

Thank goodness my iPod speakers for my office came in the mail yesterday. Not a day too soon.

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Here's another article from this morning's Chronicle:

http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/4037696.html

Actually the article is WAY wrong about Scott, I know for a FACT that he was on the radio yesterday between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They must have meant to say he was leaving this Friday. He is also still featured on the 104 website too.

Good riddance anyways, what a dweeb he was. (he was always playing old crap during he time on the air)

So what happened to the model wannabe Johnny Bravo?

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Changes are good. I think ever since Sam Malone left ( although I didn't like him) things started to go downhill and just became too repetitive. C'mon, how many times in a day can we listen to Kelly Clarkson, All American Rejects, Mariah Carey, Fall Out Boy etc...

I do support the more of a mix type music or probably go back to a techno-like station at night.

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Atom

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ACK! :o:o:o

He is DEFINATELY not photogenic, why did you do that Coog, you almost cracked my screen!

I saw him one time at a restaraunt with his One 2 One Personal trainer. I assumed it was his "lover" at first before I saw the uniform and put 2 and 2 together.

He fits the stereotype well although.

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I for one think the new format sucks, I think the new 107.5 format sucks even more. How can the 4th largest city in the nation be without a Top 40 station?

I really thought Roula and Ryan would be a great fit for 104 in the Top 40 format. But they need an older team if they're switching to a Mix format.

BTW, I like the Staind, Nickelback, Hoobastank, Linkin Park, Incubus, and Killers stuff. That's Top 40, it's what is selling today, not yesterday!

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BTW, I like the Staind, Nickelback, Hoobastank, Linkin Park, Incubus, and Killers stuff. That's Top 40, it's what is selling today, not yesterday!

Yeah, I agree, I like them too, but I hate hearing them every 2 hours! :closedeyes:

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Interesting. I had stopped listening to KRBE about two years ago. They had stopped playing a lot of the music I liked and were playing more hip hop and rap that I don't like. I used to listen to Sam and Maria every morning, but toward the end, their show just wasn't what it used to be.

I'd love to see KRBE return to being more like it was in the late 1990s, with more new music that wasn't being played everywhere else.

But these days, when I'm in my own car I've usually got XM on or a CD playing. When I'm traveling for work, I try to stick to the rental cars with XM too. I haven't really listened to much Houston radio, other than NPR, in the last year.

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i wonder if mariah todd will join sam malone at 96.5. or did they part ways on 104 on bad terms?

they were the only duo that i could tolerate here in town. dean and rog are cool too though. they still around?

Sam already took on his old midday DJ co-worker from 104, Michelle Fisher, as his sidekick. I doubt they'd bring in Maria now that Michelle is under contract. And pretty good I might add.

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