And he’s made it painfully clear he’s very upset that his former boss, Ryan Maguire, did 610 Sports staffers Mark Carman and Jared Carter wrong by dumping them.
Maguire hired a pair of former 810 guys – Josh Vernier and Jay Binkley along with former Chiefs defensive back Jayice Pearson to replace Nick and crew with THE BIG SHOW on 610.
To start with they’re far more traditional than Nick. Wright was moving the chains for a younger audience and bringing himself into the show as a local personality on the rise.
It was fresh and very different from most local sports talk shows. The three guys went at it all the time, with Nick in the catbird seat, always coming out the winner somehow.
Plus Wright worked around the clock breaking sports stories that mattered.
He also showed up on just about every show on the station and made it clear he was the Johnny Dare of the on-air sports staff. He was the new King.
However it came to a rapid end, most likely over more dollars in Houston and a much bigger market. Nick’s very young and wants to be a national sports figure.
He’s headed that direction.
Still I can’t fault Maguire for trying out this new crew. Jayice is already very popular and was a solid player for the Chiefs during their last good years in the 90’s. He and I’ve been pals for nearly 20 years and were in biz together on stocks back in the day.
Pearson had me in the locker room and was a big leader with Red Fridays when they mattered (1994-1998). The guy has carved out a nice broadcast career moving from college games with Fox to NFL games and back. Pearson’s also done TV coverage for the Chiefs.
He’s a standup guy and tries to be honest about how good or bad the Chiefs are. You can’t help but like him for that.
Josh and Jay are both likeable and sharp but they stick more to traditional sports talk with very little personal info.
So far so good.
Josh is the anchor and they seem to take less calls – it’s more about them, not the callers.
They also have strong guests.
Yesterday was my first time on air with the guys and they have a really tight “national sound.”
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Nick Wright. They’re just two very different styles but I think both work.
However the jury is out on how well the show will do numbers wise.
The early returns are positive – not where Nick – was but still good.
I think Kansas City likes these BAD BOYS on THE BIG SHOW.
Let’s stay tuned and see how it all works out.