Dear Mr. Kietzman:
I feel that I should publicly apologize to you for this, but Iâ€™m done. Â I hereby resign my listener-ship of Between The Lines.
This is not a decision I take lightly. Â Let me tell you that I have listened to Union Broadcasting religiously daily. Â Specifically, your program — since it was on 1510. Â I remember altering my start time at a job so that I could be driving to work when the sun came up one autumn so I couldnâ€™t drive to work without the sound of your station.
I remember the venom with which you went after Don Fortune at 980. Â Those were the days, right? You openly mocked him for his Tippins pies commercials and how stale his radio program had gotten. Â You were a maverick and I felt I was part of something special.
I was at the Walk-Out. Â One of the greatest Radio promotions ever, in my humble opinion. Â I feel that it was a turning point in the history of the Royals. Â I was one of the first ones in the parking lot and I remember throwing money at the Yankees as they were walking into Royals Stadium.
I listened to you as you transitioned to 810 WHB. Â I also enjoyed listening to your other programs, but I ALWAYS tuned in at 2:00 to hear the real sports news of the day. Â The entire day hinged on 2:00 for me. Â I admit, I sound like a bit of a sports radio junkie here. Â But I guess I am. Â All of the above are truths.
You seemed to only strengthen over the first several years at 810. Â Petro came over and provided a more statistical analysis of sports, and you brought the heat, the passion. Â Sometimes I disagreed with you, sometimes I passionately agreed. Â But I always listened.
You were part of my family.
The past few years, however, my listening began to evolve. Â I began to notice that commercial breaks were just a little bit longer. Â That you didnâ€™t start your 2:00 program until 2:06. Â Add to that 5 minutes of commercials at the end of Petroâ€™s show, and that starts to be noticed.
When you do start your program at 2:06, you are usually on a remote. Â This is inevitably a result of the economy and itâ€™s good that you have so much interest in local businesses wanting to host your show. I have been to many of your stationâ€™s remotes and do try to use 810 sponsors where possible. Â However, when you start your program, you spend at least 10 minutes pimping the remote location ad libbing about the location, what can be found there. Â It feels very stock and unentertaining. Â By the time you do get to the first story of the day, the story that you will provide your much admired opinion and analysis of, itâ€™s nearly 2:20, if that early. Â By that time, Iâ€™ve usually tuned out or moved to something else.
Thatâ€™s your 2:00 hour.
The 3:00 and 4:00 hours are typically filled with content that I have no interest in. Â NASCAR, Soccer, NBA.
Finally, the long-winded discussions with Jim Colbert as a paid product endorsement of the cookie diet and the weekly one-hour Grilling segment are simply wastes of time. Â There has to be a more entertaining way to pimp your sponsors without making it like the Tippins Pies live reads that you once made fun of. I donâ€™t fault you for trying to make a buck, but it seems, to me, that the heavy majority of your program has become trying to make a buck with very little interest in delivering news and analysis.
You, sir, have become Don Fortune. Â You have become the thing that you once reviled.
Today was the straw that broke the camelâ€™s back, however, when I listened to you at 2:00 talk for 35 minutes about the hygiene â€œthe odorâ€ of the studio headsets in use at your remote. Â I regrettably came to the realization that I have better things to do with my time.
I write this to you today, sir, not with hatred, or ill will. Â As I mentioned before, 810 is family. Â I have spent countless hours listening to your radio station. Â I will continue to listen to The Border Patrol and The Program as my schedule allows.
I did feel compelled, however, to share with you my concerns.
I may move down the dial and listen to Nick Wright. I have tried listening to his program in the past, but I have very little interest in the NBA and heâ€™s pretty NBA heavy right now. Â I will say that his edge is refreshing. Â I donâ€™t know if heâ€™ll be around for long, so Iâ€™m not getting to used to his program.
I wish you the best of luck in the future. I do hope that youâ€™ll temper the vamping that goes on in your program and cut back on the grilling/cookie diet/Len Zimmer & The Jazz Band/Golf/Chuckles with Jack Harry/Chuckles with Frank Boal/Whats Up Leabo/Picks Segment wastes of time so that you can get back to the issues that made you great. Â In my eyes at least.
Fake Ned Yost
Chris Kamler, Listener since the beginning