Back Together Again

Legendary sports duo Zierlein and Granato reunite on ESPN97.5 radio show

Legendary sports duo Zierlein and Granato reunite on ESPN97.5 show

The Bench John Granato, Lance Zierlein ESPN97.5
John Granato, left, and Lance Zierlein will team up again on ESPN97.5 on November 27. Courtesy photo

One of the most prominent names in Houston sports talk will return to the air on November 27 when Lance Zierlein rejoins the team at Gow Media.

Zierlein will reunite with John Granato on ESPN 97.5, on a show that will air each weekday morning from 7-9:30 a.m., reprising a legendary duo that dominated the Houston sports talk landscape for more than a decade.

“Lance has long been one of the top talents in sports.   He can both inform and entertain,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media.  “And to reunite John and Lance is a home run.  For years people have asked me when those two could do a show again – now the stars have aligned.”

The Bench will air from 7-9 a.m., followed by 30 minutes with Granato and Raheel Ramzanali. Zierlein will also make appearances throughout the day on the station's other shows.

Zierlein worked for Gow Media from 2007 until 2011 and was instrumental in the launch of the company’s initial station, 1560 The Game. He and Granato were the key players in that station’s birth after working together for roughly 10 years at 610 AM. Zeirlein  most recently worked for SportsTalk 790.

He also works for NFL Network and specializes in draft coverage.

Zierlein’s addition adds to an already strong stable of radio talent at ESPN 97.5, SportsMap 94.1 and the SB Nation Radio Network, including Granato, Sean Salisbury, Charlie Pallilo, Barry Laminack, Joel Blank, Ramzanali, Del Olaleye, Patrick Creighton, Nate Griffin, Barry Warner, and The Blitz with Fred Faour and A.J. Hoffman.

The local lineup at ESPN 97.5 will feature The Bench from 7-9 am, Granato and Raheel from 9-11 am with Zierlein doing the first 30 minutes, Ramzanali and Olaleye hosting from 11 am -1 pm, The Usual Suspects with Blank and Laminack from 1-4 pm and The Blitz from 4-7 p.m. Salisbury will move to the SBNation Radio Network to focus on his highly successful national show and TV show simulcast on beIN Sports.

In addition, the company added longtime columnist Ken Hoffman to CultureMap this year.

“Lance caps off a great year for us,” Gow said. “With Ken Hoffman, Charlie Pallilo and now Lance Zierlein joining our already-strong roster of talent, we believe we have assembled a 'dream team' at Gow Media.”

Gow Media owns SportsMap, CultureMap, ESPN 97.5 FM, SportsMap 94.1 FM, the SBNation national radio network, PodcastArena, and Gow Media Audio Publishing, an audio book hosting site that recently released a commemorative audio book, History Earned: An audio retelling of the Astros magical journey to the 2017 World Series title.