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October 03, 2016

Josh Innes lands back on Houston radio, which has a new problem

Former afternoon host at SportsRadio 94 WIP announces return home

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Former 94WYSP SportsTalk radio host Josh Innes.

Did Houston ever ask to be stabbed a second time with a spoon? It doesn't matter. Josh Innes, the controversial sports talk host fired by Sportsradio 94 WIP in August, is going home.

Innes announced Monday on Twitter that he will join Houston's SportsTalk 790, a former ESPN station now owned by iHeartRadio.

Innes lost his afternoon job in Philadelphia amid an extended ratings slump that saw his archrival, 97.5 The Fanatic's Mike Missinelli, take nine consecutive months in the market's top position. The situation reached a head after The Fanatic was exposed for broadcasting a routine skit featuring an in-house, fake African-American caller voiced by a white man. Many felt "Dwayne from Swedesboro" promoted racial stereotypes. 

Never one to ignore his rival's failures, Innes attacked the station and posted an image on Twitter of a man from a "menstrual" show, one of a series of missteps concerning race during his tenure at WIP. His time here wasn't without bright moments, however, such as the thousands of dollars Innes helped raise for a women's shelter in Dallas after chilling details emerged during a domestic violence investigation of former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. 

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In the weeks following his departure, Innes took to Facebook Live with an unrestrained webcam show appealing to his devoted local fans. 

Sportsradio 94 WIP continues its search for a permanent replacement for Innes, bringing in a rotating cast of guest hosts including longtime afternoon "King" Howard Eskin. Innes believes his downfall was precipitated by the removal of former operations manager Andy Bloom last December. 

In Houston, Innes will join the competitor of his former station, 610 SportsRadio 610, which is owned by CBS. In Philadelphia, one can only imagine what he once said about SportsTalk 790. 

A call for reaction from Ryan McReddin, program director for SportsRadio 610 in Houston, was not immediately returned. Houston radio, you have a new problem. Same as the old one.