Craig Roberts is one of the lucky ones during this week of sadness and hardship in corporate radio: Not only did he get to keep his job, heâ€™s starting full-bore on a second job Monday.
Roberts escaped the Grim Reaper that claimed more than 1,800 jobs nationwide, including a reported 42 to 50 in Houston, at Clear Channel radio stations and other company divisions. He remains as the morning drive co-host with Brad Davies of The Menâ€™s Room on KBME (790 AM), but the two will soldier on without their sidekick Maggie, whose job was eliminated.
Roberts also will return to nightly television duties Monday when his weekly show Sports Off Center expands to weeknights at 10 p.m. on KTBU (Channel 55). Mike Vance, Stacie Lynn and Dave Knobler remain as his primary counterparts in the humor-based look at sports and other topics.
â€œWe think people will enjoy the show,â€ said Channel 55 station manager Matt Reiff. â€œWeâ€™re kind of riffing off Soup on E and The Daily Show. If at 10 p.m. youâ€™re bored with whatâ€™s going on in the world and donâ€™t want to watch car wrecks and hear about the economy, you can come to us for a little levity.â€