It’s time for an update on the 810/610 Radio Wars.
The last month has been a particularly active one in the war for the Kansas City Sports Talk listener as we’ve had a head coach fired, bugged conference rooms, two outstanding college basketball teams in the top 10 in the country and the Super Bowl.
But it’s important to see how these stories are covered to make sure we’re getting the straight story. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that we have a true trustworthy source.
The start of January was occupied almost entirely by Todd Haley vs. Scott Pioli. And Haley’s charge that his personal cell phone was bugged and others charges that the Chiefs front office is an absolutely miserable place to work.
Kent Babb, who wrote the highly electric article for The Star (and whom we got to interview for the Royalman Report) is a regular guest on What’s Right with Nick Wright on 610 Sports. So he spent his time doing interviews there. The Star also gives Sam Mellinger to 610 Sports. The coverage of the story on 610 was very sympathetic to the Babb article, with the exception of Bob Fescoe’s program, that destroyed it. Much of that was chronicled in Greg Hall’s article. There even got to be a little dust up between Fescoe and Nick that played out on the air. Stay classy, boys.
Sports Radio 810 spun the story the completely opposite way and their front was nearly unanimous. The Chiefs, you see, have a contractual arrangement with 810. They are “business partners.” So, one wouldn’t expect there to be much in the way of objective reporting, or even interviewing the objective reporters there.
I did, however, get Kevin Kietzman, Between The Lines afternoon drive host and part owner of Union Broadcasting to send me a short response to an e-mail I sent.
I can assure you that Union Broadcasting has never, and will never, determine any on air coverage based on business partnerships.
@GetNickWright: Please believe me [REDACTED]. I wish we were [REDACTED].
And publicly to all his followers: