OTC: KC’s RadioWars Gets Another Blast From Petro/Wright Feud

“What a sensitive little bitch that guy is!”
Nick Wright, after reading a tweet from @TheProgramKC [Soren Petro] that took offense at Bob Fescoe’s tweet that 610 Sports was the only KC radio station covering the Final Four, 610 AM
GH: It has been awhile since we have had a fresh round of RadioWars from our two favorite sports radio stations here in Kansas City. I picked up this quote from Wright on his Friday afternoon show. His ongoing feud with Petro, his fellow Syracuse grad, is well documented. He was just getting started. Read on.

“Is the key to winning at radio making up $h1T about your competition? I’m pretty sure I’m in New Orleans at radio row right now.”
Soren Petro, @TheProgramKC, responding to Fescoe’s tweet and igniting Wright’s fuse, Twitter

“I know the ratings aren’t what they once were for The Program, with Soren Petro and his mini-me Doug Stewart. But goodness gracious! Stop being such a Nancy! Whining about every possible slight!”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I think Wright might even be more upset with Doug Stewart than he is Petro. Wright rarely allows an opportunity to pass without firing a shot at Stewart’s second-tier status at 810. Stewart fuels this fire with some devastating body blows to Wright via Twitter.

“Bob Fescoe’s Twitter account is not exactly the place you go for deep insight and wisdom! I mean, come on!”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright didn’t just knock the 810 competition. He took a well-deserved shot at his own station’s morning guy as well.

“Let the record show that I stayed out of this round of Radio Wars and took no shots.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Yeah, he said that. And then Wright went on Twitter and really “took no shots.” Read on.

“While I’m here, congrats [Soren] on that Tad Boyle interview [on The Program]… The Colorado coach who isn’t going to KSU, must listen radio!”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter

“Thanks for listening!!!!!”
Soren Petro, @TheProgramKC, in a tweet directed at Wright, Twitter

“no problem. your paid interviews with gottlieb, glauber and stark are good… it’s the other 18 hours a week that, well, yanno.”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter

“For real tho, who am I to throw stones. You’re the KING of non-drive time statistical based radio in the #33 market. The KING!”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter

“Also for what’s its worth we are happy to live/work in Kansas City no matter what market number it is. Apparently A Gordon feels the same.”
Doug Stewart, @dougstewart1, Twitter
GH: These are the kind of tweaks from Stewart that sends Wright to his “you’re just a mini-me” bag of insults. Glad he decided to stay above the fray in this RadioWars chapter.

“Get Soren’s coffee? Just a guess. RT @dougstewart1 What to do. What to do.”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter

“But like I said, what do I know? You’ve reached the mountaintop… And, evidently, that’s 4th place in middays in KC. Salute!”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter
GH: Here we have three local AM radio personalities lighting each other up via their radio shows and on Twitter. Is this a great city or what?

“I saw you two guys walking down the street in Westport. Talk about glowing!”
Mark Carman, on seeing Nick Wright “glowing” while in the presence of the Chiefs’ Brandon Carr, 610 AM
GH: Wright cut Carman off with the comment, “I’m not listening to this.” I don’t blame Wright for being embarrassed – at least I hope that is the reason he cut off Carman. Read on.

“I actually have a relationship with Brandon Carr. We’re friends.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Yeah, this guy graduated from Syracuse with a broadcast journalism degree. Or at least that’s what I think he was doing there. What he has really perfected here in KC is jock sniffing. He could have saved his family a lot of money by skipping Syracuse and moving in with Kenny Kenny for four years.

“The reality of the situation is that Bill Self needs to find better players. And that’s a terrible thing to say the day after a national championship game. In the end, it would have been nicer to have a couple of more really good All-American players.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Sorry KU fans, but you had to know KK couldn’t keep up his faux crimson and blue glow much longer. The day after KU’s loss to UK, he was painting the Jayhawks a dark future unless Bill Self decides to get in the muck with John Calipari and recruit multiple one-and-done talent that might prove to be tainted. All Self could do with his group of crummy players was lose in the title game by eight. What a loser.

“It’s no surprise [how well KU did this season]. Because when you look at it they have four future NBA players in their starting lineup. And that’s no slight to Travis [Releford].”
Keith Langford, former KU player, 810 AM

“I still think the jury is still out on Frank Haith. These are not his players. I don’t know if we can fully grade a coach until we’ve seen a full cycle of his players in there.”
Kevin Harlan, on Mizzou’s first-year coach, 810 AM
GH: How tough will MU be in the SEC next season? We are all eager to find out. They will trade KU for UK. The Tigers might want to get an asbestos couch.

“The first eye-opening score has leaked from the 2012 edition of the 50-question Wonderlic test. Per multiple league sources, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
scored a four. Yes. A four. Out of 50.”
Mike Florio, Profootballtalk.com
GH: We use the Wonderlic at my work to evaluate new candidates. It would be almost impossible to score a four – unless you only answered five or six of the 50 questions. The first 10 questions on the test are almost all gifts. The average score nationwide is 21 correct. A score of 30 puts you in the top 98 percentile. A 40 is almost unheard of. But I
have seen scores in the 40s. I have never seen anything in the single digits. But a FOUR? How did Claiborne even find his way back to the huddle let alone to class at LSU?

“If you get less than 30 right you failed it. That’s just my opinion.”
Jake Gutiérrez, on his expectations for those taking the Wonderlic test, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John talked about having the members of The Border patrol take the Wonderlic. I would be happy to administer it here at our Overland Park office. If Jake can score a 30, we would like to talk with him about making a career change.

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36 Responses to OTC: KC’s RadioWars Gets Another Blast From Petro/Wright Feud

  1. donkeypunch says:

    Nick Whitlock came out of last week looking like an absolute bitch.

    • J says:

      Nick wright is currently in contract negotiations with 610 so he’s
      going to be throwing crap out all week….should be really fun!!!!!!

      • J says:

        nick is on a roll…regardless of what you people say…a young
        bright talent who has beaten the heck out of an old…stale..
        whb lineup. He’s come on and took on a big name in kc
        radio and has taken kk to the shed…look at the stats..
        610 is right behind dare in men…fescoe…wright…they
        are on a roll…and look for whb to try to regain the
        momentum they lost over the last year.
        Way to go nickky…you deserve a big big payraise from
        the east coast boys…don’t settle…they need you more than
        you need them………..good luck…bring home the bacon….

  2. kansas City Guy says:

    “He could have saved his family a lot of money by skipping Syracuse and moving in with Kenny Kenny for four years. ”

    That is gold.

  3. Jim says:

    I listen to 610 and 810, depending on who and what they discussing. But, there is a common thread between both of these stations. Be it Petro, KK, NW or any of the other personalities (sans SSJ), they are all such whiney, jock-licking tools. In regards to street-cred, they have none. Could anyone see themselves being friends with any of them? Thin-skinned bitches that can dish it, but certainly can’t take.

    • BlackJack says:

      Lump SSJ in that category as well. Have you ever heard any of his interviews? He is as soft as a cream puff, and never calls out any of his interview subjects on b.s. lies, dodging the question, etc. Especially if theya re wearing an MU jersey – then they basically get away with murder.

  4. kcredsox says:

    SSJ is a jock sniffer also, being “best friends” with any Latino boxer that grew up within a 100 mile radius of Kansas City. He is not a whiney ass bitch like the rest of them, but he has sniffed the undies of a few celebrities in the past few year.

    • TangoAlphaLima says:

      It’s worse than that. Victor Ortiz is from Garden City, which is 400 miles away from KC. Ortiz practically views SSJ as a father/older brother figure. Not that I care about SSJ’s boxing commentary, but it’s kinda hard to be impartial in that situation.

  5. chuckart says:

    Is there anywhere to take the Wonderlic online?

    • Greg Hall says:

      I think you can take sample test online but you are supposed to be a licensed partner with Wonderlic before you can access their online tests. There are probably some old paper tests still floating about but everything is done online now. Find a friend whose company uses it to screen candidates and see if they can set you up.

    • Gavin says:

      Here is a story with links to sample tests. I took the very last one. I got all the answers right, but it’s timed and I have no idea what my “score” would be since how quickly you work is a factor in your score. And the one I took doesn’t give you any scoring anyway, which they’d probably do if I was paying money to the people at Wonderlic.


  6. Kyle says:

    Name an on air sports personality anywhere who is not a jock sniffer. Maybe Rome, but he goes so far the other way that he gets the shit beat out of him on live TV.

  7. nick says:

    Nick Wright’s jabs at Petro are entertaining. I find them refreshing and funny…and mostly accurate. Wright is correct that the Gottlieb, Stark and Glauber interviews are good. I’ll add in the Predictalator guy and occassionally Kevin Harlan (is there a local mouth who likes to hear himself talk more than Harlan?…thankfully he’s mostly interesting). But when it’s just Soren and Doug and the other guy (Curtis?), it’s channel-changing time. Conversely, Wright and Carman are fairly entertaining…and somewhat humorous (an adjective foreign to The Program.)

    With baseball and soccer ahead, it’s the time of year I bow out of listening to sports talk and crank up the tunes.

    Greg, I’ll count on your blog to fill in what I’m missing. Be sure to relay to us readers who Soren thinks the Chiefs should draft in every round of the NFL draft…including those players’ 40-yard times, vertical leaps, bench press repetitions, shoe size, and when he interviews those players, I’ll absolutely die if I don’t know the answers to their “final four” questions.

    • Juan De Guzman says:

      Q-is there a local mouth who likes to hear himself talk more than Harlan?

      A- maybe not, but Holthus at least makes it close

    • BlackJack says:

      Arrgh! Draft talk. Now there is a channel-changer for me. I will happlily listen to soccer/SportingKC talk all day before I subject myself to draft combine, mock drafts, etc about little-known and meaningless college players.

    • J says:

      the world changed…and whb failed to change. The world of sports was getting edgy…a little cutting edge and the guys at whb failed to change..
      kind of like so many companies who are now gone…they failed to change
      with the market and got beaten.
      Whats really funny isthe critics on here. Wrightcomes in..takes on
      a giant in the sports media…kicks rear and you guys on here continue
      to bang on the guy. He’s successful and he made good. why all the
      jealousy? Why beat down the guy. Probably because in our society
      people are mad and jealous of people who are successful…

  8. Snock Jiffer says:

    I missed most of this stuff since I basically only listen to KK in the afternoons, except I’ll do 5 minutes of Nick here and there between commercials. Now that it’s baseball season I won’t be listening to any of this much except around draft time. (I like baseball talk, but I don’t follow the Royals–it’s a shame the sports talk is so bad in my town of Denver).

    I really enjoy Parkins and CDot–they can be pretty light on content, but they’re fun to listen to anyway. The interviews with big-time guests is what gets me to tune into Petro. I hope Danny and Carrington stay above the fray and don’t act like Nick Wright b****es.

  9. Cliffy says:

    If this is an indication of how slow it’s about to become, I don’t envy Greg coming up with content for this blog.

  10. Ssiknaf says:

    Hey petro, I still dont give two moist shits about who’s on your fantasy team!

  11. b12 says:

    We are 6 weeks away from Kietzman auctioning one of Leabo’s testicles in the 4:00 hour.

    That is how slow it’s about to become.

  12. JP says:

    Forget Kansas/Missouri, here is the real rivalry, 610 v. 810. Both stations have their good points and bad points. The Petro/Wright feud is funny to follow. They both appear to be cut from the same cloth (in fact they went to Syracuse, so they are). Soren had the best show with Pete Enich back in 94-96, and it was informative and funny. Now, he is Mr. Stat’s guy and he and Stewart and Sieboldt (most underutilized guy in radio IMO) discuss stats, till I’m ready to drive off the road. Petro doesn’t like callers who disagree and he argues with certain guests to the point that it’s ridiculous.

    Wright has his moments too, he generally will talk about what interests him, regardless of the sports landscape (usually the Chiefs). Hope this twitter war keeps going, these guys are basically clones of each other.

    • Taxee says:

      Has Petro ever let a caller finish his or her point/question if it goes beyond the first 15 seconds without correcting or interrupting them?

  13. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Once those dudes start tweeting petty childish shit back and forth they all devolve into looking like fools. Each and every one of em. It’s instant high school when you read them yapping at each other. Too bad Twitter doesn’t have a Shut The Fuck Up buzzer you can make go off in their ears.

  14. kcredsox says:

    Speaking of childish tweets, one word “Fescoe”

  15. Phaedrus says:

    Greg, what’s the job description and what’s the salary? A 30 on the wonderlic is cake.

    • Greg Hall says:

      P, We like for our employees to all score 28 or higher on the W. Maybe one in 20 applicants will score a 30 or better — and these are applicants that have already been screened for their skill set. Some people would not score a 30 if you gave them an hour and access to the Internet. But you’re right, for the talented few we are looking for, 30 is an easy number. But you would be amazed at how few people can score 30 or more.

      I have seen one 41 and a couple of 40s in 11 years. Someone said Buffalo’s QB, Fitzpatrick, scored a 48 in nine minutes. If true, that dude’s middle name must be Einstein.

      • Gavin says:

        Whenever you hear about a guy from the Ivy League or a school like Stanford or Northwestern wanting to play in the NFL, you always hear about the dude’s off-the-chart Wonderlic score. I think Fitzpatrick is just the latest Ivy Leaguer to crush that exam, but I’m also pretty sure that most Ivy League grads would get a comparably high score.

  16. brett says:

    i admit i got a good chuckle out of the Morris Claiborne wonderlic score, then i read this article by peter schrager and i felt like a huge dick.

    God gifted this guy with the ability to cover wide receivers. and by all accounts he’s a good person. so who cares if he has a learning disability? sounds like he overcame alot of adversity just to make grades in college so that he could pursue the talents he was blessed with. i wish him well- except when he plays the chiefs.


    • Mark X says:

      Unfortantately, everyone is not cut out for college. It would appear that’s Claiborne’s case. But the dude has football skills, so what does he supppose to do as an alternative?

      If he worked as hard as he could, utilized the resourses provided by the school, and at least attempted to education himself. What else matters?

      The kid sounds like a fighter, not at quitter. Most kids with his ability would just phone it in. Geez.

  17. Rick says:

    You do realize one of the unique ways SEC schools get semi-retarded players is by labeling them as “learning disabled” don’t you? They couldn’t spell “college” and shouldn’t be in one unless they are cleaning it.