Since the beginning of the semester, students can tune in to Coog Radio’s “Mo-Jo Sports Radio Show” for talk radio focused on the Cougars.
The show airs from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays at coogradio.com and is hosted by broadcast journalism senior Mohammed Haider and media productions senior Josue Garcia.
“With a university this big, I was surprised to find that no one had started a sports talk show,” Haider said.
Haider said he overheard students conversing about Coog Radio, and later that day learned he shared a class with Sofia Straus, Coog Radio’s operations director.
Haider and Garcia decided to start their own Coog Radio, which they named “Mo-Jo Sports Radio Show.”
“We never had any DJs … that expressed any interest in doing a sports show, a lot of people were just into music,” Garcia said.
“We need that; it’s going to bring another aspect to UH radio.”
When people think college radio, they think obscure music, spoken word and poetry, Garcia said.
“People don’t equate college radio with sports just because sports is a very mainstream thing,” said Garcia.
It is important for UH to have a radio show giving students Cougar-focused content, something that other Houston sports radio shows don’t offer, Haider said, especially considering the University’s imminent move to the Big East in July of 2013.
The Mo-Jo Sports Show focuses on UH athletics, but it also covers major league sports and other related topics.
“We love to talk sports, but we also like to (add some) humor to our show,” Haider said.
To get the word out about the Mo-Jo Sports Show, Haider has reached out to local radio station hosts Matt Thomas and Dylan “Mighty” Gwinn of Sports Talk 790 and is using Facebook and Twitter.
Haider, who hasn’t worked in radio before, has found co-hosting Mo-Jo to be a great experience and hopes it will get his “foot in the door,” he said.
The pair have already begun generating content for the show.
“We plan on having a special guest come in the studio with us, and we are getting ready for the draft at the moment,” Haider said.
The Mo-Jo Sports Show has no plans for expanding their time slot and will stay on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. through the spring semester.