A year ago there were some questions from some of you oldsters about would Nick Wright make or even to be on the air in a year or two?
I wrote several times, not only would he be on the air in KC – that is if ESPN didn’t grab him – he’d be THE MAN, in local sports talk radio. And, guess what?
Step aside, naysayers because, a year later, Nick is THE sports guy in Kansas City, no argument.
610 Sports and Entercom, has built their ENTIRE day around Nick. "That’s Wright." He comes on any show he wishes, just about whenever he wants too, day or night. When a big scoop occurs, it’s Nick to the mic, baby. Anytime, anywhere.
He’s talked about daily by all the other on air guys at 610, Bob Fescoe, Danny Parkins, Josh Klingler, Carrington Harrison, and Nick’s gang…Mark Carman and Jared Carter.
Yep, Nick is the go to guy on sports in KC pretty much. And 810, you wonder, what is their position? While the unofficial numbers show them as leading here and there, it’s kinda not true. Those radio surveys are somewhat bogus to begin with.
WHB, led by Soren Petro and Kevin Kietzman, are becoming the Mike Murphy‘s of sports radio. In other words, tired, yesterday’s news.
Now Mike had a damn nice career, but in the last few years was a geezer guy – meaning older listeners, not at all hip, etc. That often happens as guys get towards the end of the line in broadcasting. "Same old noise" – or so it seems.
Nick has become the No. 2 man in the building at Entercom, trailing only Johnny Dare in power today.
Dare has ‘building power" – something Nick is moving towards. He has sway over things that happen in general around Entercom is what that means.
Wright’s co-stars talk, well, kinda in some awe of him.
They say he has a big ego, is kinda a know it all and is wrong on his sports picks, but he’s still the king.
And they are all under his watch. Yes, Nick pokes fun at Jarad and Mark, his on air crew, and often makes some insulting comments about other day part guys. All of this to effect his "personality" to the station.
AND IT’S WORKING.
Wright is a graduate of Syracuse University with honors.
Considered one of the top media colleges in the nation. Wright started with 610 in 2007, he did 6-9pm, then 9-11am and now he has the cherry spot for sports radio in KC at 2-6pm.
Wright’s career seemed to take off to the top when he interviewed Jason Whitlock two years ago about Jason leaving the Star and KC completely.
Whitlock still makes on-air visits with Nick every now and again. In fact Nick’s guest list is impressive and modern from Sam The Man Mellinger at the Star to every big time, online sports site writer in the nation. And of course, all the name sports stars from KC and beyond.
Nick had the inside track with former Chiefs Coach Todd Haley. Hey, the guy’s smart, fast and on the money.
I used to go on as a a guest Nick’s first couple years and I enjoyed it. But now he’s all about HIS trademark and HIS crew.
Hey, it works. Nick is THE sports guy in KC today.
Even the Pitch had him "Sports Personality of The Year" in one of those otherwise bogus "best of" issues.
Make way for the new King of Sports in Kansas City and his name ain’t Whitlock, it’s "What’s Wright With Nick Wright"