So what does 610 Sports host Nick Wright really think about Jason Whitock?
That’s a question worth asking in the wake of last week’s two part visitation by Whitlock to Wright’s afternoon drive local radio show. Calls during which Whitlock feigned friendship while calling Wright out for being a poser.
First the polite answer.
"I think Jason Whitlock is very talented and very good at what he does, at promoting the brand of Jason Whitlock in his writing," Wright says.
Now the unexpurgated version.
"I also think Jason is most likely bi-polar, very-very self conscious and vascilates between delusions of grandeur that have him – as he said to me – producing the two greatest examples of American writing in the history of American news. Between that and how, ‘Nobody likes me. How come I don’t have any friends?’ And, ‘How come I haven’t had a serious girlfriend in my adult life?’ "
Wright’s detractors in local Media Blogging Land seized on Whitlock’s disingenuous on-air critique of Wright as if it had been equal parts a throttling of Wright and useful, well-intentioned advice.
Obviously it was neither.
Had Whitlock intended to give Wright some friendly advice he would have called him off the air.
"I’m glad he did call, it was great for the show," Wright says. "It was interesting and it was great for some of the local pretend media critics, because they got so over-eager that their biases were exposed."
As for Whitlock’s faux, friendly approach to schooling Wright on how to be a better broadcaster, "We’ve met once, when we did The Explanation," Wright says. "We’re not friends, we’re not cordial. Jason’s not a friend, he doesn’t like me. And since I hung up on him last week he’s been Tweeting that on September 5th he’s taking my job."
Fat chance after Whitlock was escorted off of the air at 610 Sports six years ago and released into the wild.
"I mean, the guy’s a lunatic," Wright says. "I don’t think he has any plans of coming back to Kansas City. He’s just saying it because he’s insane and he likes the attention. Nobody was talking about Jason Whitlock before last week. He was used to walking around Kansas City and being awesome and being a celebrity. Now he’s walking around Los Angeles and nobody gives a damn.
"He wants to be talked about. He wants to be loved again. He wants to be important again. And he’s not. He wanted people to be Tweeting, ‘Oh Jason, Kansas City needs you to come back!’ "
Another reason that’s not likely to happen…
"I work at the same radio station Jason did in the same time slot, against the same competition, Kevin Kietzman," Wright says. "Jason was 610’s first afternoon drive host and I’m the current host. And right now, afternoons have the best ratings 610 has ever had – it’s not even close. My ratings are significantly better than when Jason was here."
Having been snookered twice last week by Whitlock, is Wright done letting Whitlock on the show?
"If he called the show again this week, maybe I’d take his call, maybe I wouldn’t," Wright says. "I don’t know what more there is to accomplish with it. Here’s the thing; when it comes to my radio show I am very singular-minded. I ask myself one question; is it entertaining radio? And if it is, I do it. So if it’s funny to the listeners to listen to Jason Whitlock be delusional, I’m fine with it."
But Big Sexy be warned, no more free passes. Wright’s done playing nicey-nice.