“610 Sports Radio. The Most Listened To Sports Radio Station in the History of Kansas City”
Promo for 610 Sports promotional email, 610 AM
GH: 610 is tossing off their mittens and declaring an all-out in-your-face sports talk radio war on 810. WHB has dominated 610 Sports and every sports talk show host they have lined up against WHB since Entercom turned 610 from a Country giant into a sports talk also ran in 2002. The “history” of Kansas City radio has seen only three all-sports radio station, 1510, 810 and 610. 1510 was a daytimer station that never reached the audience these two 50K-watt giants access. Is 610’s claim true? Probably. Does it mean 610’s sports talk hosts are winning their time slots over 810’s hosts? No.
“Less shillin’. less grillin’, less cookie diet chit chat”
Tag Line, for 610 Sports promotional email
GH: Great line. I know I chuckled when I read it. But the truth is that Kevin Kietzman’s ad-heavy program still dominates Nick Wright’s show when the two go head-to-head. Wright himself admitted this a few weeks ago on the air when he told his audience KK is “kicking my ass.” Royals baseball gives 610 a lot more ears in the afternoon and evening. That is a good thing for 610. But it in no way means Fescoe, Parkins and Wright are making any headway in taking down St. John, Petro and Kietzman.
“610 Sports Radio… Real Sports Talk, Real Substance”
Tag Line, for 610 Sports promotional email
GH: I wish. 810 needs real competition, not the mess currently offered to 810 listeners by 610 Sports who are looking for entertaining, substantive sports talk. Fescoe has no idea how to be entertaining or informative. He is a buffoon on the radio who makes me feel dumber every time I tune him in. Having him in 610’s morning drive is akin to telling your audience, “We simply don’t give a damn.” Parkins has talent. He sounds like a radio host. He organizes his show like he has done his prep work. But who is left to listen to him when he has to follow Fescoe? Wright is also talented but clueless as to how to do a quality radio show. He is getting pummeled by the weakest Kevin Kietzman shows I can remember in the past 13 years. I had hope for Wright at one time but his unbridled arrogance has proven to be his Achilles. He thinks he knows what he is surely too inexperienced to understand. He will one day look back on this missed opportunity and weep – likely from a job as a fireman his dad lands him.
“My comment is if it’s not broke don’t fix it.”
Caller, to KK, reassuring Kietzman that his show is still stellar stuff, 810 AM
GH: Well, it’s broke and in dire need of fixing. KK blamed the poor play of the Royals for FakeNedYost’s open letter and the negative emails that followed. Kevin lives in a world most of us do not so he may actually believe that. It is unfortunate if no one at Union Broadcasting is kicking him in his Lenexa sunset and telling him he’s slipping. If Whitlock had faced this Kietzman head-to-head in 2002, Pork Chop would have crushed him. Nick Wright is no Whitlock. He’s a high-pitched Roger Twibell in a sweatsuit.
“I wonder if the media coverage in this town is a little overblown when it comes to the Royals?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Anyone else care to take a stab at why KK would like to see everyone pay less attention to the Royals? That will change once the Chiefs go back to work. While the Royals radio contract helps 610 in the spring, it cripples them starting in July with the Chiefs’ minicamp. Once those Royals’ games in August and then September roll around, those same numbers 610 is promoting today will be drowning them.
“I think there is some kind of consumer advocate in me. I’ve got a microphone and I want to try and help protect the fans.”
Kevin Kietzman, on continuing his crusade to force the Royals to put up screens to protect their fans from foul balls and baseball bats, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman reported that Royals’ beat writer Dick Kaegel’s wife was recently hit in the head by a flying bat and received 30 stitches. KK claims the Royals have repressed this incident because they feared the bad publicity it might foster. KK also stated some local media outlets – specifically naming Bob Dutton and The Star — are cooperating with the Royals in not report it.
“I can make it really uncomfortable in this town for the Royals.”
Kevin Kietzman, after a prolonged diatribe on how he wants to force the Royals to add screens at The K to protect fans against foul balls and flying bats, 810 AM
GH: This is the kind of talk that makes Kietzman easy to not like. He sees himself as something he is not. While many of us see him for exactly what he is.
“I used to watch hockey with a keen eye but since I’ve moved out here (from the Boston area) I haven’t been able to as much.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: How did moving to Kansas City make Danny lose his keen eye for hockey? Was it the humidity?
“I would say that HD has saved hockey because you can see the play and you can see the puck.”
Paul McGannon, with the NHL21 group, talking with Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Earth to McGannon, hockey has not been saved. As a matter of fact it is in danger of falling below soccer as a spectator sport in this country. McGannon swears he will get Kansas City an NHL team at Sprint Center. What he fails to acknowledge is that we don’t want one.
“Five NFL players were featured in a recent advertisement for an Exxxotica Expo 2011 party in Miami last month. The problem: They were in uniform.”
Gregg Rosenthal, writer, Chiefs’ players Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry were pictured in the ad, ProFootballTalk.com
“Flowers, btw, tweeted his tail off about going to the party, in the days before & the day of. His contention he was unaware weakens others’.”
Kent Babb, on the Chiefs’ defender being at the porn party he has been linked to, Twitter
GH: I have a feeling tweeting wasn’t the only thing going off on Flowers at the party.
“Porn, Chiefs, and barbecue is the holy Kansas City trinity!”
Jeff Passan, YahooSports columnist, 610 AM
“I think (Tiger) is an absolute candidate to walk away (from golf). I think he could come back when he’s 50 and say, ‘I’ll play with those guys.’ I could see him never contending again for another major accept for The Masters.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Tiger looks as done as they come right now…but I don’t believe for a second he’s done wining majors. I still think he’ll catch my all-time favorite – The Golden Bear.
“I’m always for a guy who’s got man boobs and a hot wife. So more power to Phil (Michelson).”
Soren Petro, on who he is rooting for in the U.S. Open this weekend, 810 AM
“I think it was twenty bucks. I wish now it would have been more.”
Jamie Bluma, former Royals pitcher, retelling how he once ate a bug off the grill of his Wichita State team bus for $20 on a trip back from playing Arkansas, 810 AM
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