The Texans have revoked media credentials for KBME (790 AM) talk show host Josh Innes and his producer, Jim Mudd, for “repeated violations of our media policies,” a spokesperson for the team said this week.
Team officials would not elaborate, but a podcast of Innes’ Aug. 22 broadcast reflects that Mudd broadcast live reports from a practice that was open to the public, using his cellular phone to speak with Innes on the air while describing plays and formations, and reported live on which players were and were not participating in drills.
After being informed by a team media representative that he could not talk on the phone while on the sidelines, Mudd continued talking live with Innes on the air outside the gate to the practice field and later from the spectator section.
The Texans’ media policy, a copy of which is posted on the team’s website and which is referenced on credentials, prohibits live broadcasts from practice, including the use of social media, and the broadcast of live interviews on social media.
Telephone calls are allowed from the sideline only after practice has concluded, and the team also limits topics that can be reported from practice, prohibiting reports on game strategy, personnel lineups and conversations on the field involving players and/or coaches.
In a response to email questions seeking comment, Innes said the Texans acted “randomly and arbitrarily” but acknowledged he was not familiar with the team’s media policies regarding access during practices, including events such as the Aug. 22 practice when fans were allowed to shoot audio and video from the stands.
“We were providing entertainment for our audience. We were trying to give information,” he said. “… Were people amused by it? Yes. My objective is to make people laugh, have a good show, don’t take ourselves seriously.”
KILT (610 AM), Innes’ former employer, is affiliated with with the Texans while KBME airs Rockets and Astros games. Innes said he is not influenced by station affiliations when commenting on local teams.
“When have partnerships ever stopped me from having fun, entertaining morning radio for people who like the show?” he said. “That is my objective, relationships be damned.”