The strangest part of 610 Sports Nick Wright’s interview with Jason Whitlock?
Near the very end of their talk – and yes, Jason had been on with Nick since his infamous TV/radio meltdown about leaving the Star – Nick asked him a question that went something like this:
"Hey man, guess we aren’t really friends. I mean, you took me off your Twitter friends. I’m blocked. Why?" And Jason answered, "Well, OK, no we are not friends Nick. And that’s because you aren’t honest."
Nick then pushed it, and Whitlock confessed: "Look, you tried to be me, not as well, but you kinda did what I did to make it in the media. You copied me."
Nick denied it. There was a brief argument over the issue. Then the show was over. Or was it?
I have to take Nick Wright’s side here.
Whitlock was a big time writer/journalist, not a media star on radio or TV. So how can Nick copy Whitlock when two completely different medias are involved? To be honest, Nick is now in the catbird seat.
Wright without argument has joined Kevin Kitzman and Soren Petro as the big name in Sports Talk in Kansas City. Period.
Let me go further, Nick will surpass those two.
Why? Wright is younger, has his own younger posse, a-la Johnny Dare. And by the way, it’s working.
Whitlock had none of that.
Jason ruled the Star sports page, that’s true. He did that for quite some time. He was a big name in this town. Whitlock was always – and I mean always – kind to me. He had me on his show often. Jason even helped open my Johnny Dare’s bar with a special on-air show. He liked the place.
I’ve worked with pretty much everyone in sports radio and TV here over the past 20 plus years;, Don Fortune, Soren, Keitzman, Dave Stewart, Bill Maas,Tim Grunhard and Wright. I also did a ton of shows with guys who came and went on sports talk. Nobody was any nicer to me than Jason Whitlock. I pull for him I really do.
One more odd thing talked about. Nick brought up that Jason put it out there that he’d eaten a $260 dollar steak in Las Vegas. Nick said he could never afford something like that. Nick then asked Jason, "Since you now spend most of your time in LA, how does that compare with KC?"
Whilock said while he loved KC, he enjoyed going out in LA because he was left alone, just a regular guy. Nobody knew him there.
You can read that a couple of ways. Jason was a star in Kansas City. It’s tough being known in LA with so many stars living there. At some point you want some attention though. I get the feeling Jason enjoyed that when he lived here.
It seemed Nick was implying that things were not so great for Jason right now.
Clearly Whitlock’s not making anywhere the big bucks rumored early on by doing a sports blog for Fox with no other duties.
No TV, no radio and so on. Believe me if Jim Rome goes out to eat in LA people know who he is and come over for an autograph now and then. Celebrities want to be just that. I hung out with Damon Wayons for about a week on his first trip to KC in 1999. The first couple nights he wanted to go somewhere nobody would bug him. Like a quiet restaurant. The weekend nights he said, "Craig let’s get a limo and go to clubs where people will go nuts over me – you know meet some hot chicks."
A star can only take being left alone for a short time. They always want to remind themselves that they are important at some point.
Back to Nick’s interview with Jason….
It was great radio. Nick is getting better and better all the time. He has his own style, likeable but on point. Being in the media limelight, not everyone is going to love you (Bottomline Communications, for example). Sometimes people watch or listen because they don’t like you or even hate you. Howard Stern is a good example of that theory. So is Rush Limbaugh. Hey, it works.
I miss Jason, he was a world beater here.
He attacked Chiefs head Carl Peterson and then star sports talker Don Fortune. Now its Nick Wright’s turn. We all have our time in the spotlight. Sometimes it comes around again, sometimes not.
I hope you make it to Round Two, Jason. Good luck and thanks for having me on so much back in the day. You’ll land on your feet before too long.