Innes, the son of radio host and voice actor Scott Innes, joined KILT in December 2009 and a year later joined Lord in afternoon drive. That change, combined with the Texans’ improved play, helped launch KILT toward its best ratings of the Arbitron portable people meter era.
From a 2.2 percent audience share in January 2011 in afternoon drive among men 25-54, the key demo for sports radio, KILT improved to 5.3 in October 2011, the second month of a 21-month stretch in the top 10 during which the station climbed as high as No. 4 among all local stations.
That streak ended with the April 2013 book, and the station dropped as low as 21st in afternoon drive in the June rankings before returning to the top 10 in October.
Perhaps reflecting the higher numbers, Innes proved to be a polarizing figure. He focused daily on his personal exploits, travails and health issues, and regularly disagreed with callers and his co-host on the relative merits of local teams and local athletes.
Still, the program proved to be popular with young male listeners and was recognized by Talkers magazine at No. 44 among the nation’s best sports talk shows.