OTC: KK Lobs Another Salvo In Radio Wars / Lockouts / Big 12 Talk

“A lot of (sports talk hosts) think this is a really cool thing to do while they are still on Daddy’s dime.”
Kevin Kietzman, as he discussed transient nature of young radio sports talk hosts who are in and out of the business after only a few years, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman brought this topic up as he prepared to interview a former 810 intern and Kansas State grad who recently was chosen as one of the top college broadcast students in the country. As I listened to KK’s comment, I heard a cut in there directed at an unnamed sports talk host. Was he directing his comment at his afternoon-drive competition down the dial, Nick Wright? I don’t think it was meant for Fescoe. The Kansas City sports talk Radio Wars wage on.

“I just get a feeling they don’t have a sense of direction.”
Jack Harry, on the floundering Royals, 810 AM
GH: Mad Jack made this obvious comment about the hometown nine but it just as easily could have been said about our local sports talk radio stations. Do 610 or 810 have a plan in this Radio Wars? Are they simply tossing Twitter grenades without a thought to how to win this battle? While the war of words has escalated, I have yet to experience a jump in the entertainment value of most shows.

“I don’t see it. I am beginning to believe the Royals aren’t developing pitchers well enough to make a run at the division.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the much-ballyhooed Royals pitching prospects, 810 AM
GH: We could say the same about KK’s Between the Lines show. We have heard all year about their dominance despite 610’s counterclaims, but the on-air product is a lot of nothing. I am beginning to wonder if 810 is simply content with the idea they are number one.

“How many Ford vehicles are best in their class miles per gallon? The first caller…”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I am all for advertising on the radio. I understand that the media’s reason for existence is to sell advertising. But Kietzman has knitted advertising into his show in a way that the ads ARE the show.

“That might be the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”
Gregg Doyel, after Nick Wright proposed having MLB All-Star highest vote getters enter the game in the late innings instead of starting so the best players would be in the game in the eighth and ninth innings, 610 AM
GH: Doyel was a guest of Wright’s on Thursday and he blasted Wright for his outside-the-box idea. I noted this exchange because it is something you almost never hear on Kietzman’s show. Leabo will disagree with Kietzman at times but when he does it is evident that KK is not comfortable with his opinions being questioned. This weakens Kietzman’s show, his credibility and his entertainment value. Read on.

“This translates terribly to TV.”
Carrington Harrison, disagreeing with Wright’s All-Star idea, 610 AM
GH: Carrington is little more than a glorified intern on Wright’s show. But Wright allows dissention and disagreement on his show – even if he doesn’t like it. He understands it makes for better radio. On this point, Kietzman, the veteran sports talker, could learn much from Wright, the newbie.   

“I’m not trying to walk any more. It’s not going to do anything for my career. I’m done with that. It really doesn’t matter here, so I can take that chance. Numbers don’t mean anything, so I’m not really worried about that. I think everybody knows I can take a walk, so I’m not trying to improve that part of my game.”
Kila Ka’aihue, Omaha World Herald
GH: The 27-year-old first baseman has an on-base percentage of .423, and a .513 slugging percentage and an OPS of .936. But he is now considered a 4A kind of player – stuck between Triple A and MLB. Swing for the fences big guy and I hope you make it back somehow.

“While this may not play well with some of my union brethren, you guys know I’m from a union household. But in the NBA I’m not doing it. I’m all for an NBA lockout. In the long term it has to happen. … You can’t have a league lose $300 million plus and expect it to work out. I think what the NBA owners are asking for is reasonable and necessary for the league.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I mowed the lawn Thursday night and was stuck listening to ESPN Radio’s Brian Kenny talk ad nauseam about the NBA lockout. It made me question if our local sports talk shows are as bad as we think. Kenny’s network show was as boring and flat as North Dakota.

“You’re not investing enough intellectual capital into the argument if you think the (NFL owners have the right to do whatever they want with player compensation). You’re ignoring the fact that they have a union. You just can’t do what you want. Those are intellectually lazy arguments.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright immediately jumps on the intellect of anyone who disagrees with his stance on the NFL lockout. It is a union tactic – make the opposition appear ill-informed and dumb. So why is it okay for the NBA owners to get their league finances corrected but it’s not okay for the NFL to take measures now so they don’t suffer the same plight down the road? It must be my lack of intellectual investment.

“(The Big 12) still needs to add teams. They still need to be a stronger conference. They need to be proactive.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: These comments sounded like Bull Dog was contradicting himself with each sentence. Unless Nebraska and Colorado are coming back, the Big 12 is far stronger with 10 teams than adding two weak teams. Teams from the SEC, Pac 12 and other BCS conferences are not leaving their comfortable homes for the volatile Big 12.

“Texas is always going to do what’s best for Texas. I think the rest of the Big 12 would be wise if they understand that.”
Steven Weber, writer for USA Today, 610 AM
GH: What’s best for Texas is to do everything they can to keep the Big 12 together. The Longhorns are living in Nirvana. No other conference would tolerate the financial imbalance that UT has forced upon its “brothers.” Texas’ next and possibly only other move would be to a Notre Dame-like independence. But even that would likely not be as attractive as the nest they have built themselves in the Big 12.

“So you’re going to carry that Notre Dame pipe dream just like everybody in the Big 10?”
Steven Weber, to Bob Fescoe, who stated he believes the Big 12 is more attractive to Notre Dame than the Big 10, 810 AM
GH: Notre Dame is not coming to a conference that houses Texas for the same reasons Nebraska bolted. They don’t have to bow to the Burnt Orange.

“I think (the Morris twins) made a huge mistake. I think they’ll always look back on not playing their senior year (at Kansas). I’m not a Kansas fan. I’m just a radio guy working in Kansas. … It’s about your life and your legacy.”
Mark Carman, 610 AM
GH: This is an interesting take. If you simply look at the financial bottom line, it is difficult to think the twins should have stayed at Kansas. But they would have still made millions in the NBA if they would have stayed for their senior years. When you reflect on your life, what do you recall? The money you made or the moments that made you most proud? Being a senior All-American at KU would be a moment I would not want to miss.

“Reading the text messages (from listeners) the overall reaction is, ‘This guy sounds like a dummy. He sounds high. I can’t understand what he is saying.’ If you just don’t necessarily speak the King’s English right out of college and you got drafted by the NBA, people pointing that out and picking on that is nothing short of people being haters for the sake of being haters.”
Nick Wright, on listeners’ comments about Markieff Morris’ interview with Wright, 610 AM
GH: I don’t think the listener comments were at all meant to be hateful – except maybe a few from Mizzou fans with a sense of humor. Wright’s take is to immediately defend black athletes who come off as uneducated, street and unlistenable. Markieff sounded like he had just awoke and would rather be anywhere but on the radio. He was difficult to understand. That is on Markieff, not Wright’s audience. Just because you’re black, you don’t get a pass on effort. The University of Kansas should do a better job of preparing these young men for more than basketball. Interviews like this reflect poorly on both KU and Markieff.

“I know Charlie (Weis) and Matt Cassel had a great relationship. Matt Cassel answered to one person in that locker room (last season). I think he put up with (Todd) Haley but he answered to Charlie. Now who does he answer to? I think that could be a problem. It will be interesting to see.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: There was much conversation in the media last season that Weis was the problem and malcontent last season. Grunhard is tight with Weis and not an unbiased observer. But his relationship with Charlie does give us a glimpse of how the Chiefs’ former offensive coordinator viewed things last season.

“Today I weighed in at 264. I just want to live in the 60s.”
Tim Grunhard, who topped out at 345 during his playing days, 810 AM
GH: Congrats to Grunhard for changing his lifestyle and body to fit his new civilian life. Not all former NFL players are able to adapt.

“I’m hoping we miss all of the preseason so I can get a refund. Preseason football is not enough for me to go out (to Arrowhead) even with four tickets.”
Soren Petro, 610 AM

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9 Responses to OTC: KK Lobs Another Salvo In Radio Wars / Lockouts / Big 12 Talk

  1. smartman says:

    Nick Wright and Kevin Keitzman have piss flaps wider than the state of Texas. Their pictures should be in the slang dictionary next to the word cunt!

    Nick should know that NFL and NBA player unions have nothing in common structurally or operationally with the union his daddy uses for personal gain and to screw the taxpayers of KCMO.

    Hey Louis, take your weiner out of Mayor Slymes poop-chute for a while and go teach that nose with legs how to be a man.

    I have an aethiest friend who says it would be easier for him to believe in God than to believe that the Royals will ever win the AL pennant again. Same goes for the Chiefs being the AFC team in the Superbowl. Neither organization is committed to WINNING. They shovel more bullshit than the stall cleaners on the PBR circuit.

    The Morris twins are just plain stupid. They will not be impact players in the NBA. I know white kids from JOCO that graduated from KU that don’t strings words together much better. It’s the school.

    Notre Dame? Please? Ireland should demand they take the word “FIGHTING” out of the name. Even Touchdown Jesus is getting bored.

  2. JimmyD says:

    Nick Wright talks about how he’s such a big fan of Bill Simmons so it should be no surprise he “borrowed” his all-star “idea” from one of Simmons’ columns. He also talks ALL THE TIME about the ten best NBA players and who has to do what to move ahead of whoever…once again Simmons’ bread and butter. Is it also a coincidence Wright constantly references The Wire on his show? Wait, that’s Simmons thing too. Stealing from the most listened to and read sports authority out there isn’t the way to go Nick.

  3. Ptolemy says:

    Just heard Stan Weber AND Clinkscale both disagree with KK on the prospects of Ohio State football post-Tressell. It does happen.

  4. Gavin says:

    Now that’s weird. For all of your taking shot at Neil Smith and “Neilbonics,” I don’t recall you ever once taking the University of Nebraska to task for failing to prepare Neil Smith for more than football.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Consider this note my official taking to task of Nebraska for Neil Smith and his Neilbonics. Of course Nebraska should be embarrassed for every student who attends school in Lincoln and can’t communicate in their native language any better than Smith.

      I kind of thought my Neilbonics column did that all by itself.

  5. smartman says:

    Uh, Greg, um ah like all due respect and that, like, you know, uh but like uh Neil was like communicating in uh, um his uh NATIVE language. They needed to teach The KINGS English, since technically our native language is Indian…casino, not Slurpee.

  6. David Berryhill says:

    If you’re referring to the CBS sportsline guy, it’s Gregg Doyel.