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Kietzman Receives Backlash Over Andy Reid Comments

“Kietzman’s comments generated plenty of negative reaction, including ESPN’s Louis Riddick who, like many, heard the audio and felt the Kansas City radio host crossed a line.”

Brandon Contes

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During the last year, the Kansas City Chiefs had multiple star players involved in off-field controversies, with Tyreek Hill being the most recent culprit.  On Monday, Kevin Kietzman, afternoon host on Kansas City’s Sports Radio 810 WHB, criticized Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid for his handling of the Tyreek Hill situation.  Kietzman, however, crossed a line according to many, when he brought Reid’s family into the conversation.

“The thing is, they probably think they can fix him, but they thought they could fix him before and they failed.  Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players, he doesn’t.  Discipline is not his thing, it did not work out particularly well in his family life and that needs to be added to this as we’re talking about the Chiefs.  He wasn’t real great at that either.  He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players,” Kietzman said during his show.

In 2012, Andy Reid’s son, Garrett Reid, was found dead due to a heroin overdose.  Garrett battled addiction for years, spending time in jail for dealing drugs, while his brother Britt was also sentenced to time in prison on drug and weapon charges.  Kietzman never directly mentioned Garrett’s death and has since said it’s not what he was referring to when bringing Reid’s family into the Tyreek Hill discussion, but that was not clarified during the initial quote.  Kietzman later explained he made the point about Reid’s family because Andy’s sons were hired after being convicted drug dealers, which fits into the trend of attempting to “fix” players.  

Kietzman’s comments generated plenty of negative reaction, including ESPN’s Louis Riddick who, like many, heard the audio and felt the Kansas City radio host crossed a line.

Monday night, Kietzman went on Twitter to try and clarify his intentions, explaining that once Reid hired his sons, Garrett and Britt as assistants, they became public figures and discussing them is no longer a private matter.

Kietzman’s explanation is fair, but using Reid’s family as an example of the head coach attempting to “fix” people, when his son is deceased was bound to be met with controversy.  The radio host never directly connected the death of Garrett Reid to the head coach’s handling of players, but that didn’t stop the audience from interpreting it that way.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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