“Our whole (610 Sports) crew took a victory lap at the 810 Zone Saturday night to celebrate Nick (Wright) winning afternoons (in the last ratings book). The boss was there. … We took a couple of laps – Friday and Saturday night.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: 610 Sports is taking to the KC sports talk Radio Wars on like it was a Jihad. They are celebrating every book’s victory as if Jerry Green was their new owner. They have even made it a tradition to stomp right into the enemy territory of an 810 Zone to do their partying with their listeners. Crazy? Way too premature? Sure. But you know what else it is? Something I could see Kietzman, Boeger and Leabo doing back in 1999 at KCTE.
“Nick wasn’t the only success story for us in June. Our new 9a-11a host, Danny Parkins scored a win over WHB in our target demo of Men-25-54. And, for the second month in a row, the station overall had more listeners and higher audience share than 810.”
Ryan Maguire, Program Director at 610 Sports
GH: These overall numbers and also Nick Wright’s afternoon numbers still carry some taint from the Royals’ radio broadcasts – despite all the 610 Sports hoopla. Is Wright really beating Kietzman? He said exactly that on his radio show last Thursday. Will 610 look bad once football begins if Kietzman’s station clobbers the new kids on the
block? A bit – but what does 610 have to lose? They are the Royals looking for
any reason to tip one back and feel good – even if it is just a summer romance.
“In regards to 610’s constant self-promotion and their non-stop talking about ratings, it has completely turned me off to their station. I simply don’t care. I just want to listen to
sports. KK’s show is boring (but it IS July and the NFL is still locked out).
When college football and the NFL return, I imagine KK’s show will be more ‘listenable’
than the street-ghetto Wright.”
Reader Matt, GHKC Email
“(Lou Holtz) is so old. The whole interview he did with me, he could only open one eye!”
Nate Bukaty, on his interview with the former Notre Dame coach in Lake Tahoe, 810 AM
GH: I listened to almost none of the 810 interviews from the annual American Century party for celebs and the chosen few from 810 who get to make the trip to paradise. I have plenty of national shows to give me this pabulum. But Nate’s and Aaron Swarts’ tale about their interview with Holtz was funny stuff. Read on.
“It was like a sniper got him right in the knee. Wow, he went down!”
Nate Bukaty, on Holtz falling as he walked over to do the interview, 810 AM
“Watching (Holtz) eat – food was falling out of his mouth while he was trying to read the paper at the same time. I didn’t know if the guy was having an eating contest with himself or what. It was like Joey Chestnut in there.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: WHB was having technical issues in replaying the Holtz interview and so Swarts improvised by doing a Holtz impression that was hysterical stuff. I catch myself laughing while listening to the Border Patrol often – but almost never to any other sports talk show on either station. I believe that is a problem.
“Don’t let your golf game determine your attitude. Let your attitude determine your golf game.”
Ken Brown, former European Ryder Cup
player, via Mike Tirico, who said Brown gave this advice to Darren Clarke, winner of the 2011 British Open, ESP
“So don’t let anyone blow this out of proportion. The U.S. women’s soccer team is a fabulous group, easy to cheer for, and a symbol of the value in supporting gender equality in amateur sports. It’s just sort of like the free bread before dinner: not what we’re really
interested in, not why we care about sports.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Melliger’s Sunday column is sure to generate a lot of negative feedback from soccer fans. But the man writes the truth. Soccer is a beloved sport by most of the world and even has some ardent and passionate fans here in the states. But it ain’t our bag. Why does that bother those Americans who love the game? I could care less that as a fan of
track and distance racing, few share my passion. I understand it is not for all
and really not at all entertaining for those who don’t follow the sport. Do
bowlers get pissed when people make fun of bowling? No! They just slam another brew
and toss another ball down the lane. Why are soccer fans so touchy?
“Americans had every opportunity to win today but backed off and tried to protect a 2-1 lead and it back fired. Still another gutsy effort.”
Jack Harry, Twitter
GH: Gutsy effort? The USA team was ranked number-one in the world and taking on a game but inferior team from Japan. The USA team had scoring chance after scoring chance foiled by poor shot making or bad decisions on whether to pass or shoot. It looked like the Americans would win in a huge rout. So how did they show guts choking away what appeared to be a sure win? Harry is trying to cover his ass with comments like this to appease any soccer fans he may have offended with his first sentence. That is simply
“Right now, no. In the future, very possibly.”
Bobby Valentine, on Johnny Damon
being a candidate for the MLB Hall of Fame, ESPN
GH: Damon is 335 hits away from 3,000. Remember those Royals’ TV ads with him and George Brett early in his career? Looks like Damon just might join Brett in Cooperstown someday as some had predicted.
“We’re talking about a guy who played 140 games (a season) on average.”
Orel Hershiser, on Damon, ESPN
GH: That is a helluva stat. Think how productive Mike Sweeney could have been if he was as durable.
“The thing about Johnny Damon and him not getting (HOF) votes is that he looks really ugly at times when he’s playing the game of baseball.”
Bobby Valentine, ESPN
GH: Brett saw Damon throw in spring training and said, “He throws like a girl.” He still does.
“He just doesn’t come to mind when you think of a good-looking All-American baseball type. He runs the bases very awkwardly… He swings awkwardly, even though he gets it down with really good mechanics at the key moments. He plays outfield kind of awkwardly but gets the job done.”
Orel Hershiser, on Damon, ESPN
GH: Damon does almost everything awkwardly – including speaking, shaving and how he has bounced from team to team. But his numbers, titles and talent are hard to argue against. I hope he makes it to Cooperstown.
“In terms of where he ranks in my book, not very high. Jim Thome’s had a terrific career. I’m not saying no but…”
Mike Greenburg, on whether or not Jim Thome deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, ESPN Radio
GH: Thome is four dingers away from hitting 600 for his career. If he would have played in New York or LA everybody would be saying he’s a lock – especially Greenie. As a Royals fan, I would vote for him twice.
“Probably because my mom had a husband.”
Snoop Dog, when asked by Howard Stern why Snoop’s relatives never told him the guy who came over to his house when he was a kid and took him for rides was his real dad, Howard Stern Show on Sirius
GH: I listened to a lot of the History of Howard Stern on Sirius last week and over the weekend. It was great radio. Stern’s movie, Private Parts, is one that gets almost no mentions but deserves a place in everyone’s private DVD collection. Howard is not for everybody but he definitely speaks to me.
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