OTC: Kevin Kietzman Names Royals As His Excuse For Listeners’ Ire



Chris Kamler (aka FakeNedYost) is a longtime listener to Kevin Kietzman’s Between The Lines sports talk show on WHB 810 AM. To put it bluntly, FakeNed has had it with KK’s show and posted an open letter to KK detailing his unhappiness on his http://www.RamblingMorons.com website. In his letter, FakeNed told Kietzman he was done with listening to his show and listed his many reasons. Not the least of these reasons being the abundance of commercial breaks, commercials disguised as live segments, and an overabundance of NASCAR, soccer and the NBA. “You, sir, have become Don Fortune,” wrote FakeNed. “You have become the thing that you once reviled.”

810’s famous “Powered By Fans” slogan was never more evident than Wednesday afternoon when Kietzman used the first hour of his show to address FakeNed’s letter. It was an entertaining and quote-filled hour. At least I found it so. Read on for my OTC on what went down.

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“I was alerted via Twitter by many people who follow me and a gentleman called the FakeNedYost, who wrote an open letter (Tuesday) to Kevin Kietzman.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Two problems with the above statement. 1) FakeNed a gentleman? Please. Sasquatch has better campfire manners. 2) KK doesn’t get to talk in third person. That is a microphone, not his bathroom mirror.

“FakeNedYost wants to talk about all of the Royals’ draft picks – which we will not do here either.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s hour and beyond discussing FakeNed’s open letter was filled with many fallacies. One of the largest was that FakeNed’s note centered on wanting KK to talk more about the Royals. Nowhere in his 873-word note does FakeNed ask, suggest or desire more Royals talk out of KK’s show. But as KK is known to do, he weaved an entire defense out of an accusation that did not exist.

“If the complaint is; ‘I don’t like (BTL) anymore and I can’t listen anymore, I understand. That happens in the summer. This has been a fact of life, a reality. I don’t think it’s a large number (of listeners who are upset). I think mostly it is people that are the best Royals fans in our city. And they want not just 60 segments (on the Royals) from me; they want 60 HOURS a week from this station.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Some of the reasons FakeNed listed for quitting KK’s show were the hour-long grilling show with Smoke & Fire’s Jim Cotty, the Jim Colburn hour of mumbling…uh, I mean interview…I mean Cookie Diet talk and the fact KK appears to be more concerned with making an advertising buck rather than delivering what made him rich, quality radio. KK expertly avoided every concern that FakeNed listed in his letter. Instead, he created a fake reason that made the Royals the source of his listeners’ ire.

“The Royals do this to us every single year! This is their fault! This is not my fault, Danny. It’s not your fault. It’s not Craig’s fault. It is nobody’s fault. It is the ROYALS fault! They stink every year.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Kevin Kietzman is a master at deflecting criticism. He is also in denial. FakeNed has stated he has received hundreds of emails from present and former 810 listeners who shared his disdain for the current state of Kietzman’s ad-rich show. It is my opinion this fan revolution has nothing to do with how bad the Royals are. The Royals have been bad for 25 years! Kietzman took down the unbeatable Don Fortune when the Royals reeked. They didn’t even have an owner in the early days of 1510/810! It was during this time of the Royals’ ineptness that Kietzman’s show built the base of the audience he enjoys today.

“That’s what it is.”
Danny Clinkscale
, agreeing with KK’s assessment that the rotten Royals are the reason BTL listeners are unhappy, 810 AM
GH: I cannot think of a worse job in Kansas City radio than Clink’s. Did his job description read; Wanted, guy with no balls or any desire to grow a pair. Danny must go home every night and ask his wife to zap him with that mind eraser gadget from Men in Black.

“What do you put on (the show) when the Royals are in the tank? When there’s no football in sight and we’re sitting here in the dog days of Kansas City?”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: This comment floored me. And KK didn’t just make this comment once – he repeatedly asked his listeners what they expected from him if the Royals stunk. Imagine you are hired to do a radio show, or write a column or any creative job…and you tell your boss you just don’t have any alternative ideas. None. KK has to make what, $300K? He can’t come up with better ideas for his show than a grilling hour? Somebody is way overpaid.

“I will take any and all suggestions how to improve the show over the next two months, because I’m anticipating we’re not going to have any football a couple of months. … If anybody has an idea of a suggestion or some help, I need a lifeline.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Again, I could not believe KK’s willingness to admit how clueless he is as to how to put on an entertaining show during the summer months if the Royals are playing poorly. He did offer some of the ideas he has tried in the past. That list included segments called; 1) Fishin’ Frank, 2) Tuesdays With Leabo, 3) A lawn care segment, 4) Free stuff for Craig to get his haircut. How in the hell is this guy number one in drive time? Nick Wright’s mom needs to petition Syracuse for a refund.

“When the Royals were winning and okay, this was not an issue.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Did KK have a radio show in 1985?

“The show is content driven! A sports show is a lot more interesting when there is something more compelling going on…”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: And who does KK think is responsible for the content of his show – the Royals? WHB has a bloated cast of people working their three main sports talk shows. There are more voices and producers attached to shows on 810 than the national shows I listen to. Howard Stern has fewer people at his beck and call than Kietz. And the best this consortium can come up with is Fishin’ Frank?

“It’s a big headline (for the Royals game in The Star’s Wednesday sports section) for the second game of a series. You’d think they just lost the first game of the World Series! It’s really tall and fat.”
Danny Clinkscale
, 810 AM
GH: This slam on The Star was an attempt by Kietzman and Clink to point out how difficult their job is compared to the local newspaper. The Star can run large photos and headlines to take up space in the sports section wailed KK. But he is stuck trying to fill 20 hours a week with content. Anybody who thinks publishing and delivering a daily newspaper is easier than doing a daily sports talk show needs to intern as a paperboy.

“This show every single day was never intended to be all things to everyone every single segment. It is very difficult to do.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Bob Fescoe does a daily sports talk show in Kansas City, right? Guess that destroys that level of “difficulty” theory.

“This will never be a show about minutia. This will never be a show about statistics and things that a fraction of the audience isn’t very interested in. We try to remain a mainstream show and do things that are fun and interesting.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: This sounded very close to a shot at Soren Petro, the midday host at Kietzman’s station. Petro once faced off head-to-head against KK in afternoon drive when the two were at competing radio stations. KK squashed the stats-and-minutia-filled Petro’s show in the ratings. Both have egos the size of Montana. KK hates that Petro doesn’t receive nearly the number of “open letters” that KK does from listeners. You want an idea for a segment? Put a hidden mic in Petro’s office and play tapes from that between 2 PM and 5 PM.

“Almost all of these people (who are complaining now), I will receive an email back from in October when the football season is underway and something wild is going on and they’ll say, ‘Man, I can’t stop listening! You guys are awesome!’”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: So why the hour-long explanation as to why the show sucks? If everything is going to be great again in October, grab Danny and Jack and hit the links! Diet Cookies for everybody! Put another Racin’ Boys on Jim Cotty’s barby! Somehow I think KK doth protest too much.

“I’m sorry if you don’t like (the Smoke & Fire segment with Jim Cotty). I’m sorry, we do it every summer. I find Jim to be a fascinating person. For every negative comment I get I get great comments. Just like the Racin’ Boys.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Fascinating? The guy was baking a chicken on top of a beer can last week.

“I really love Jim Cotty every week. That’s just wonderful stuff! You guys do a great job every week.”
Caller
, 810 AM
GH: Who knew Leabo could disguise his voice to sound like Kenny Kenny whispering through an anus?

“People say you pimp too many things, you’re on too many remotes. And I think that is extremely valid and constructive criticism. And I take that very, very seriously and personally. …This is not for me. Not for me! Other than I’m a partner in this business and we’re trying to keep this business going. .. Who’s the guy (advertisers) go to? Well, it’s me. So if you’re criticism is that I pimp too much, this isn’t for me. It’s for everybody else that works here. The entire building, the entire company, everything going on.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: KK sees himself as the only talent able to bring home the advertising bacon for the employees at WHB. He may be right. But man does that self-gloss attitude sour his reputation amongst the other on-air personalities at Union Broadcasting. I’m thinking that hidden-mic Petro segment would beat the hell out of Tuesdays With Leabo.

“The business side of our business is the true definition of underdog in business in Kansas City. There are very few companies in any business the size of our company competing and defeating on a daily basis companies that are so much bigger and have so many more employees and are bigger and have so many more employees and resources and BILLIONS of dollars! What is happening here with this radio station does not happen (elsewhere).”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: KK kind of sounded like that bearded TV lawyer from Brown & Crouppen who stresses that his firm did a quarter BILLION dollars of business chasing ambulances.

“Our hope is mainly that you trust us and secondly we would like you to like us. But mostly trust us that if something big is gonna happen you’re gonna hear about it here first and we’re gonna get it right.”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Like Missouri being signed, sealed and delivered to the Big 10?

“I’m an open and honest guy. I take it like a man. I’m self deprecating. I shared with you a couple of emailers who said they’d never listen again. Let me have it! Tell me what I’m doing wrong! I’m a big boy!”
Kevin Kietzman
, 810 AM
GH: Who calls themselves self-deprecating? In summary… You completely misrepresented the open letter from FakeNed. You allowed/forced Danny to play the role of the Washington Generals during your completely ridiculous charade. You blamed the Royals for your lack of imagination and work ethic. You have traded your radio passion for short-term financial success. You are killing the golden goose by alienating your audience and refusing to listen to their pleas. Excuses are the foreshadowing of failure.

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