Charlie Pallilo grew up in Bayport on Long Island, N.Y.
Through high school, Charlie was a competitive and pretty damn good tennis player, but he realized at an early age that playing at Wimbledon or in a World Series or Super Bowl "was not in my future."
"From my preteen years, my design was on a career in sports," Charlie says. At age 12, he read Marv Albert's biography, "Yessss!" and his path began.
Like Marv, Bob Costas, Dick Stockton, and many other notables, Charlie attended Syracuse University and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate nominee along the way to earning bachelor's and master's degrees.
Out of school, Charlie's first full-time professional job was in Morgantown, W. Va. In April 1989, after 9½ months in Morgantown, he moved to Houston and joined the staff at KTRH. There, he worked up the ranks, first starting talk show duties in 1990.
After 10 years at KTRH, he moved on to SportsRadio 610 in August 1999. Some five years later, he's now taken on the new and exciting challenge of helping launch ESPN 790 — The Sports Animal.
"I admit that when I moved down here," Charlie says, "the thought was a couple of years in Houston would help me along, and the next stop would be back in the Northeast. But the career went well, Houston is a terrific place to live with tremendous diversity in almost all areas, and this is the place for me. Very few 75-degree January days in New York City."
is a University of Houston grad who's worked on the air in Houston for over 20 years. An award-winning journalist who has received multiple honors from the Houston Press Club, The Associated Press, United Press International and more, David is married to Rita Dalati, an executive with NewsRadio 740 KTRH. They have two daughters, Kayla and Kelli. — E-MAIL DAVID