Saturday, June 29, 2019
TKC READER: 810 WHB AND KANSAS CITY SPORTS RADIO CONFRONT IDENTITY CRISIS AFTER KIETZMAN DEPARTURE!!!
In terms of traffic, comments and insight from some of the really smart people who seem to enjoy our online scribbling, this online community is stronger than it has ever been and right now one of our KICK-ASS BLOG DENIZENS shares thoughtful commentary on the local sports news scene that has enjoyed digital era growth but once again faces pressure to offer quality content after a controversy has threatened editorial autonomy.
More to the point . . .
HAS THE KK DEPARTURE WEAKENED 810 WHB AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF LOCAL SPORTS TALKERS ALTOGETHER?!?!
We've enjoyed a lot of great conversation on this topic and here's a word that deserves attention as it speaks to changing times whilst the struggle for both revenue and freedom remain constant.
TKC Reader: What does 810 do now?
TKC, I find it interesting that KK left or got fired from WHB for being controversial. On Friday, you wrote that Kietzman couldn't hack, "Kansas City Nice." But that's largely why he succeed on the airwaves. He was quick to call out our local sports teams. Something few other sports talkers or writers were willing to do. So much so that Kietzman and Jason Whitlock were the two biggest thorns in Carl Peterson's side during his tenure in Kansas City.
So where does 810 go from now? More then likely they will promote from within. But who? It could be the Border Patrol. But Steven St. John is a infamous jock sniffer and Nate Bukaty worships at the altar of Bill Self and talks WAY too much about Sporting Kansas City. Or it could be Soren Petro who is another jock sniffer who talks stats more then a computer. It could be Todd Lebo but he's better behind the mic reporting and in the locker room then in front of it.
WHB is in trouble.
Its just odd to me. Back in the late '90s this town was begging for the sports media to be harder of the local teams. We were tired of David Glass's cheapness following one losing season after the next. We were tired of King Carl and Mitch Holthus telling us the Chiefs were close to going to the Super Bowl when our own eyes said differently.
But I guess times has changed in this town.
You decide . . .