The days of the George Bretts and Johnny Dares are long gone…
If they ever existed in the first place. Nobody today really cares if the home team has any hometown heroes on it. Or if they bend the rules or cheat a little bit – long as they don’t get caught.
Just win, baby…am I wrong?
So maybe it was naive to think 610 Sports rising star Nick Wright would be a homegrown, hometown institution.
You know, like the Raven, forevermore.
Don’t forget, Wright vowed to topple WHB superstar Kevin Kietzman. All while infuriating aging Baby Boomer, AM band, sports radio listeners and comments section bottomfeeders. Sporty types who never really "got" Wright’s youthful, hip-hop ways.
To many of them, Nick Wright’s words, thoughts, voice and on-air music beds were finernails on the blackboard. Wright was like soccer – it was never enough mrely to ignore him and change the dial, they had to hate him. Yet truth be known, given Wright’s ratings success, they probably loved to hate him.
Though they would doubtless be loathe to admit it.
But now Wright’s going, going and soon-to-be-gone…
"This is true, leaving 610," Wright Tweeted Friday, later adding, "But it isn’t a bad thing, and I’m not leaving just yet. Got a great opportunity I couldn’t turn down. 610 has been absolutely great to me."
To which he added, "I’ll be here a little bit longer and will be able to give details on where I’m going down the road. But it’s all good things."
Good things for Kietzman and WHB perhaps, but even Wright’s long-in-the-tooth haters will probably miss bagging on him day in and day out.
So how did Wright’s leaving leak out?
"I heard somebody confronted him on the air and he sort of hemmed and hawed and finally admitted he was leaving but wouldn’t say where he was going," says one local radio insider. "I talked to somebody who heard him say it on the air."
With Wright’s destination unknown, there’s been chatter about his fill-in stint on Fox Sports.
"It wasn’t aired locally because there was a Royals game on," the insider says. "But I talked to two people who listened to it online and they said he did a great job on the network – that was about two weeks ago."
Kansas City’s loss will likely be a larger market’s gain.
A market with a younger, more vibrant, hipper sports radio listenership. One far less vanilla and Denny Matthews-like than Kansas City. And just maybe, one that airs their sports radio on FM band, not the stodgy-beyond-belief AM dial that we Cowtowners are stuck with.
Hey, good luck Nick – do Kansas City proud.