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Welcome back! Charlie Pallilo returns to Houston sports talk radio in a big way

Welcome back! Charlie Pallilo returns to Houston sports talk radio

Charlie Palillo
Charlie Palillo is returning to sports talk radio. Courtesy photo

He's baaaack! After a nine-month absence, Charlie Pallilo is returning to Houston sports talk radio.

Gow Media announced on Wednesday that Pallilo will appear regularly on the two sports radio stations owned by the Houston-based multi-platform media company. Earlier this year, Gow acquired CultureMap,  the leading online destination for lifestyle content in Texas.

Starting August 21, Pallilo will host a weekday show on SB Nation 1560AM from 11 am-1 pm. He will also make guest appearances on ESPN 97.5FM Mondays and Fridays from 1-1:30 pm on “The Usual Suspects” hosted by Joel Blank and Barry Laminack, and on Wednesdays from 10-10:30 am on “John Granato and Raheel Ramzanali with Del.”

Pallilo will also write for the company’s websites, including CultureMap.

“I am thrilled to add Charlie to our lineup,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “Charlie has a longtime, loyal following. He provides thoughtful, insightful analysis and dialogue with his listeners. He is going to make a mark at Gow Media.”

A Houston sports talk fixture since 1989, Pallilo has earned a reputation as the most informed and knowledgeable host in the city. Locally, he has been recognized on the “best of” lists by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press. Radio Ink ranked Pallilo on its list of top sports talk show hosts in the country, placing him at No. 11 and No. 10 in consecutive years.

Pallilo worked at KTRH (740AM) and KILT (610 AM) before joining KBME (790 AM) in 2004 after owner iHeart Media launched an all-sports format. He left the station in October, 2016, after he was replaced by former KILT host Josh Innes.

“I am eager to get back at it,” Pallilo said. “It has been great getting to know the team at Gow Media, and I look forward to reconnecting with listeners.”

In addition to its Houston sports radio stations and CultureMap, Gow Media also owns SB Nation Radio, one of the nation's largest national sports radio networks.

In recent months, Gow has also launched a new national TV sports broadcast, The Sean Salisbury Show, on the BeInSports TV network; hired former Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman as a columnist for CultureMap and contributor on the Gow sports radio stations; and entered into a new contentsharing and cross-promotion partnership with ABC13 KTRK-TV.

The company plans to launch a new sports site,, in September.

“With a focus on sports and lifestyle content, we are building the leading multi-platform media company in Texas,” Gow said.