iHeartMedia Houston’s Newstalk 740 KTRH announced today that Skip Richter will be the new host of “Garden Line,” effective February 25. “Garden Line” broadcasts 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Richter has served as the National Gardening Association’s regional horticulturist for the southeastern U.S. and is a contributing editor to Texas Gardener magazine. Richter takes over for longtime show host Randy Lemmon who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.

“We’re all still reeling from the sudden loss of Randy,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “This was a difficult search and we feel fortunate to have found Skip. Not only is he one of the most qualified horticulturists in Texas, he has the perfect ‘down home’ demeanor when it comes to helping listeners with their gardening issues.”

Richter received his master’s degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and has worked with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for 34 years in various counties across the state, including Montgomery, Travis, Harris and most recently Brazos, where he currently serves as a County Extension Agent in Horticulture. He received the County Extension Agent Award from the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association in 2023 and was recently selected as a Regents Service Fellow by the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M University System.

“I’m excited to be hosting Garden Line and helping listeners have more bountiful gardens and beautiful landscapes! Randy was an old friend going back to college when we lived in the same dorm. We will all miss him, and I consider it an honor to carry on the Garden Line tradition,” said Richter.

iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than seven stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Houston market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users.

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