Afternoon drive 610 Sports host Nick Wright has taken KC sports radio by storm.
A year ago everybody went round and round about Nick Wright’s survival and could he compete or beat Kevin Kietzman and Soren Petro on 810 WHB. I voiced my opinion as YES, he would survive and eventually win out. Now it seems he’s just about there!
Nick has that cool, hip-hop style – the good part. He’s young and full of energy. And I like that he’s surrounded himself with his own on-air mafia. In year one, with less "name" guests, no less. He used to have me on quite a bit, but now I have to stand in line. Unlike WHB, Nick did my book interview a couple times, and 610 had me on with my new Ali film last year, WHB didn’t but was kind enough to ask me to get them Frank Caliendo on the station.
Mean me, I set it up.
WHB was the only major KC radio to pass on both my book and the Ali movie. Just a personal note. So I guess I’m too bad a boy for WHB’s clean cut world now, but in the ’90’s I did KK and Petro a ton.
Nick now needs nobody’s help now. He has monster guests and local voices that matter.
He’s captured KC Star sports guy Sam Mellinger for his show – a great move. Nick’s befriended Chiefs Main Man Todd Haley, who is on all the time, as well as many Chiefs players. Yes, WHB still has them on too, but not as much and not as inside. It’s clear Nick and Todd like each other and respect one another.
Nick’s about the same age as many of the Chiefs players and it shows in the interviews.
KK and Soren are the old stodgy guys now.
KK is too worried about K-State and Soren is never wrong, even when he is. "Here’s why that happened, it’s not my fault!" he tells listeners. When Nick misses he say loudly, "My bad, I suck. Don’t listen to my predictions."
Hey, predicting is tough – if we all were better at it, we’d own Vegas and none of us do.
Nick’s ratings are climbing. He has the young listener and his show is growing. The guy is on the air all the time and he just really cares about his job at the 100% level. It shows. We feel it. He loves what he does.
Nick is a combination of Jim Rome and Johnny Dare. Nice.
And guess who the two most recognized voices in KC radio are by a long shot, Johnny Dare and Craig Glazer.
If either of us go into a store, restaurant or anywhere in this town, people always go, "Hey, I know you. I recognize your voice from….."
And now in the third spot, NICK WRIGHT!
I’m proud of Nick, he’s earned his stripes, so give him his just due.
Oh yes, he just made page one of the KC Star and the cover of INK magazine.
Not a bad start for year number TWO.