Kansas City radio host leaves station over Andy Reid comments

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A week ago, Kevin Kietzman had spent 22 years at WHB radio in Kansas City, where he owned part of the operation. Now, he’s no longer affiliated with the station.

His removal from the air became permanent on Friday, via an announcement from WHB that the station had parted ways with Kietzman.

“We would like to thank Kevin for his dedicated service over the last 22 years,” the station’s president said in the statement, via the Kansas City Star. “”Kevin has been a valuable member of the Sports Radio 810 WHB team. We wish him all the best on his future endeavors and good luck moving forward.”

Kietzman made a clumsy, insensitive, and wrong-headed argument on Monday regarding the off-field struggles of certain Chiefs players, and regarding their connection to coach Andy Reid.

47 responses to “Kansas City radio host leaves station over Andy Reid comments

  1. And these comments were so clearly insensitive that a 22 year relationship is ended? Spineless back bone

  2. I’m not a fan of political correctness, but Kietzman was an idiot to make that comment.
    Totally unprofessional.

  3. Really, insensitive??? Not sure where some of the “Can’t Touch Me” Media hosts, celebs and mainstays come from, but this should be a message to all who feel they can take liberties with a person’s demons. No one, and I said NO ONE can speak to those. Trying to tie the management of a player, The Cheetah, to a family death ….. and long time struggle of a child. Are you carping me? Andy Reid is Salt of the Earth, dedicated to the Craft, probably to a fault, and some could even argue to the detriment of the home, family life, but don’t ever, very go there!!!! You don’t think Andy Reid hurts, grieves and cries daily for the loss of his Son?? There is irresponsible, and then there is ignorance. Defined.

  4. Clumsy, insensitive and wrong-headed is about the tamest description of Kietzman’s commentary that I’ve seen. He was cruel, insensitive and totally out of bounds in insinuating that Andy Reid bore responsibility for his son’s death. When the backlash ensued, he doubled down not once but twice. Betting the guy still doesn’t think what he said was wrong. Good riddance.

  5. It goes without saying that Andy Reid feels an intense level of personal failure for the struggles that ultimately got the most of his son. Any father would feel the same way. Comments from some talking head in the media are utterly insignificant to war that rages on inside of Andy Reid and will for the rest of his life. It was a Busch league comment to be sure. Should the guy be canned over it? It kinda sounded like the guy dug in a bit and became defensive when the blow back started coming. If you can’t accept responsibility for your choices and actions (i.e. a very poor and insensitive choice in topics to relate a point), maybe it was time to move on.

  6. Well could be worse. If you call Belichick a cheater (which has been prove) you never get to be on tv again.

  7. How about a written apology to Coach Reid and family, and an on-air announcement of that act. I understand the station’s dilemma in this snowflake world, but a long career being ended because of insensitivity – please think long and hard about that.

  8. Its pretty sad if this is where we are as a nation,that you can loose your job and career(22 yrs) by giving your opinion after all he was a sports talk host whether u agree or not with what he said that was his job to talk sports and give his opinion definitely not a fireable offense unfortunately this is not the America we grew up in anymore!!!

  9. I am disappointed in this event for two reasons, #1, the inability to say what people are thinking….could it be construed as stupid and insensitive, probably. And isn’t that the idea about free speech. He did not yell fire in a theatre, he merely gave his opinion. #2 The willingness for organizations to abandon employees, especially long term, loyal employees when ever there is an issue. There is a lack of courage that is stunning. What makes this country great is the ability to have dissenting opinions and ideas without having to go to war. I guess in the highly sensitive times, this is another example of the unworkability of political correctness. (FYI Huge fan of Andy Reid.)

  10. People are way to sensitive, and it will be our undoing.

    Feel sorry for the young generation.

  11. Edward Halverson says:
    June 30, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    People are way to sensitive, and it will be our undoing. Feel sorry for the young generation.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You forgot to add:……..AND STAY OFF MY LAWN!

  12. vaphinfan says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Well could be worse. If you call Belichick a cheater (which has been prove) you never get to be on tv again.

    You know you’re jealous of the Patriots when you comment about them on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with them or there coach or players.

    Pathetic

  13. Edward Halverson says:
    June 30, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    People are way to sensitive, and it will be our undoing.

    Feel sorry for the young generation.

    You didn’t know? That’s the new thing now , let’s see you can be the “most offended “ by something. Especially on Twitter. It’s almost like it’s a contest for them.

  14. Garrett Reid didn’t start using until he went away to college. The people he met there who introduced him to harder drugs including heroin are more at fault for the way his life went than Andy Reid is.

  15. His comments were beyond the pale, essentially blaming Andy Reid for the loss of his son. Media folks like to make bold statements to sell advertising and garner attention. Sometimes they go too far and get escorted out of the building…

  16. I live in Jersey, his kids were always in trouble with the law….car chases, drug possessions etc….the signs were all there.
    Andy and his wife chose to ignore them, I guess the Eagles were more important at the time.

    That radio guy got hosed…and the Chiefs are selling their sole for a trophy.

  17. Richard Leonetti says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    Its pretty sad if this is where we are as a nation,that you can loose your job and career(22 yrs) by giving your opinion after all he was a sports talk host whether u agree or not with what he said that was his job to talk sports and give his opinion definitely not a fireable offense unfortunately this is not the America we grew up in anymore!!!
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    His remarks were distasteful but they were NOT as portrayed. The mob believes he was blaming Andy for his dead kid. All the guy was saying is that Andy Reid is not the guru of discipline. The mob believes what it wants to and people within it fan the flames. Companies fear the collective stupidity of the mob and act to please the loudest voices. It is a shameful act of cowardice and lack of integrity. All that was required was an apology but the mob must be fed its pound of flesh.

  18. I always find it funny that people talk about being offended to let someone off the hook for vile and disrespectful behavior. They are the same people that snow flake when a topic comes up they don’t agree with.

  19. If it looks like a Duck,Walks like a Duck, and sounds like a DUCK..It must be a Duck …..’er not in today’s cry baby society. You know the one that hasn’t graduated from Sesame Street and Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.
    I am sick of hurting bad peoples feelings when they have none toward society.

  20. Flash1287 says:
    June 30, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    vaphinfan says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Well could be worse. If you call Belichick a cheater (which has been prove) you never get to be on tv again.

    You know you’re jealous of the Patriots when you comment about them on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with them or there coach or players.

    Pathetic.

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    Now that’s rich. Pats fans bread and butter is incessantly trolling every single article to announce to the world how the article relates to the pats.
    SAD.

  21. FinFan68 says:
    June 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm
    Richard Leonetti says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    Its pretty sad if this is where we are as a nation,that you can loose your job and career(22 yrs) by giving your opinion after all he was a sports talk host whether u agree or not with what he said that was his job to talk sports and give his opinion definitely not a fireable offense unfortunately this is not the America we grew up in anymore!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    His remarks were distasteful but they were NOT as portrayed. The mob believes he was blaming Andy for his dead kid. All the guy was saying is that Andy Reid is not the guru of discipline. The mob believes what it wants to and people within it fan the flames. Companies fear the collective stupidity of the mob and act to please the loudest voices. It is a shameful act of cowardice and lack of integrity. All that was required was an apology but the mob must be fed its pound of flesh.
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    Do you live in the KC market? If not, please spare us the generic mob collective stuff. KC fans have had a relationship with this guy for over 20 years. They’re uniquely qualified to express opinions on this. No one else is.

  22. vaphinfan says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Well could be worse. If you call Belichick a cheater (which has been prove) you never get to be on tv again.

    ————

    As a Dolphins fan I can admit that there was no bigger cheater than Don Shula. What’s worse is that it didn’t even lead to any championships the entire time we had Dan Marino

  23. Unfortunate to have to go their with the family angle. He did have a point with discipline of players on his team. Good offensive mind. Horrible head coach.

  24. You know you’re jealous of the Patriots when you comment about them on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with them or there coach or players.

    Pathetic

    ______________________________________

    So what’s the excuse for the massive amount of Patriots fans that display this exact behavior?

    That’s pathetic.

  25. Mike Shereck says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I am disappointed in this event for two reasons, #1, the inability to say what people are thinking….could it be construed as stupid and insensitive, probably. And isn’t that the idea about free speech. He did not yell fire in a theatre, he merely gave his opinion. #2 The willingness for organizations to abandon employees, especially long term, loyal employees when ever there is an issue. There is a lack of courage that is stunning. What makes this country great is the ability to have dissenting opinions and ideas without having to go to war. I guess in the highly sensitive times, this is another example of the unworkability of political correctness. (FYI Huge fan of Andy Reid.)
    ___

    That’s not the case here. Not only was he a part owner (6%) KK has a LONG history of pulling this stuff to prop up his falling ratings. He should have been off the air years ago. When the morning host comes in and blast KK, you know there is a lot of bad blood in the building and they were looking for a way to get rid of KK. KK not only blamed Reid for Reid’s adult son’s death, in his ‘apology’ he blamed everyone for misunderstanding what he said. The guy was terrible and needed to go and the station will be better off.

  26. reading the article about what this guy said, he deserved to be fired. That’s a really really classless thing to say about a guy whose son died of a drug overdose. personal cheapshot and totally out of line and nothing to do with sports.

  27. SWFLPC.INC says:
    June 30, 2019 at 8:33 pm
    vaphinfan says:
    June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Well could be worse. If you call Belichick a cheater (which has been prove) you never get to be on tv again.

    ————

    As a Dolphins fan I can admit that there was no bigger cheater than Don Shula. What’s worse is that it didn’t even lead to any championships the entire time we had Dan Marino
    ++++++++++++++
    You need to hear Larry Csonkas story of how Csonka found the Raiders gameplan and Shula threw it away. Unlike Belicheat who got coaches to steal other teams gameplan because he was a cheater.

  28. The person most responsible for Garrett Reid’s demise is not his father, his mother, nor any of his acquaintances.

    It is Garrett Reid. And he reaped the ultimate comsequence. Therefore, he bore the full weight of that responsibility. Now let him rest in peace and allow his family to continue to move towards healing.

  29. Kietzman got fired from Fox 4 in 1997 for continuously attacking then Chiefs president Carl Peterson over some of his personnel decision and overall arrogant personality. Peterson threatened to pull the Chiefs advertising if Kietzman wasn’t fired. The Chiefs were winning and attacking them through Peterson was not a good idea. Fast forward 22 years, and the Chiefs are winning again and even more popular and Kietzman still hasn’t learned his lesson. The guy actually believes his own BS. Because of that, his Arbitron ratings have plummeted and he was only barely hanging onto his show because he was a part owner in the station.

  30. Kevin Kietzman is a pompous know-it-all who liked to belittle callers and spout off from his moral high horse. I, for one, am glad he’s off the air.

  31. People here defending this loser with – fired because he told the truth line are wrong. You can’t make someone else stop doing drugs if they don’t want to. Period, and because of that, not only was KK wrong but it was a personal topic that coaches or anyone should have an open discussion about.

  32. Reid wants a superbowl ring so bad, he would look the other way as long as he thinks a player(scumbag) will score lots of touchdowns

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