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memyselfI
03-01-2005, 09:05 PM
Looks like it's breaking news on KCStar.com front page. :hmmm:


Posted on Tue, Mar. 01, 2005

Star columnist leaves 61 Sports, citing lack of support

JEFFREY FLANAGAN


In a stunning twist in Kansas City sports talk radio, Star columnist and 61 Sports personality Jason Whitlock quit his afternoon talk show Tuesday while on the air.

Whitlock opened his 2-6 p.m. show with a lengthy explanation on the problems he was having trying to divide his time among writing his column for The Star, hosting his four-hour radio show and doing regular work for ESPN while maintaining quality in all endeavors.

Whitlock also suggested strongly that he wasn't getting enough support from 61 Sports to achieve that goal.

After Whitlock's opening monologue, the station went to a commercial break. When it came back from the break, Whitlock had been replaced by midmorning talk-show host Doug Franz.

“I enjoy radio work,” Whitlock said later. “But as a multimedia journalist, all of my employers must understand that sports writing is my foundation and is the reason I have value on the radio or TV. It's difficult and grueling to handle all of these roles. It creates very long days and nights. Also, my competitive nature caused me to invest more than $18,500 of my own money in the promotion and support of 610 Sports over the past 18 months.

“The show was envisioned as an equal partnership between myself and a co-host (Bill Maas). The partnership did not work and dissolved the first week of August. I carried the ball solo for seven months. I had my representative contact Entercom management about resolving four issues: 1. my compensation; 2. assigning Neal Jones as my permanent co-host; 3. the compensation of my producer and engineer; 4. my taking on additional responsibility in the leadership and direction of the station.

“On Monday, Entercom informed me in writing that it would not address any of the four issues. I reached the conclusion that my desire to take on the competition was much greater than Entercom's, and given that circumstance it would be foolish for me to continue working 12-hour days, seven days a week and traveling across the country to cover sporting events.”

Whitlock began doing radio in Kansas City in 1999 with WHB. In June 2003, Whitlock, Maas and Tim Grunhard all left WHB to join Entercom and its plan for a new all-sports talk station.

Entercom's Kansas City general manager Michael Keck, who oversees 61 Sports, told The Star on Tuesday night in a prepared statement: “Basically we have a signed contract with Jason through June 30 of 2006, with the right to extend one more year. And despite that written agreement, he announced his resignation on the air on 610 Sports today.

“Even though he is under contract, Jason and his agent have recently made demands to renegotiate his deal to dramatically increase his compensation, and Entercom was unwilling to meet his demands. As a result, Jason is attempting to tear up his contract rather than live up to the demands he agreed to.

“Entercom fulfills its contracts and expects those it deals with to do the same.”

BigRedChief
03-01-2005, 09:06 PM
Your humor leaves a little to be desired. especially the funny side

Logical
03-01-2005, 09:06 PM
But not on ChiefsPlanet http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=111046

memyselfI
03-01-2005, 09:09 PM
But not on ChiefsPlanet http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=111046


Ooops, I didn't see that thread. Sorry.

Kclee
03-01-2005, 09:13 PM
Ooops, I didn't see that thread. Sorry.

You weren't the first.

KCWolfman
03-01-2005, 09:19 PM
Wow, is that two or three other egos that Big Sammich has split ties with?

Iowanian
03-01-2005, 09:25 PM
Padon Me?
"Entercom's Kansas City general manager Michael Keck,

WilliamTheIrish
03-01-2005, 09:26 PM
Padon Me?
"Entercom's Kansas City general manager Michael Keck,


OOPS?!

memyselfI
03-01-2005, 09:27 PM
Padon Me?
"Entercom's Kansas City general manager Michael Keck,

Oh my, how that makes us long term posters shudder... :eek:

Iowanian
03-01-2005, 09:28 PM
Phildo,

Whitlock's Boss is going to kick your ass at the airport.

warpaint99
03-01-2005, 11:04 PM
Did Whit really ask for his job back ?

Isn't he, Grunhard and Mass just a bunch of backstabbers.

Screw em.

Mr. Laz
03-01-2005, 11:12 PM
Whitlock also suggested strongly that he wasn't getting enough support from 61 Sports to achieve that goal

didn't whitlock give the same reason for leaving 810whb


sounds like he just can't handle working in the same place for very long

beavis
03-01-2005, 11:20 PM
Wow, is that two or three other egos that Big Sammich has split ties with?
Pretty much everyone he's ever worked with. Maas, Kietzman, Greg Hall. I think Hall is a bitter asshole, but reading his columns about Pork Chop are hilarious. But I guess even that's over now, since he quit doing OTC.

Phobia
03-01-2005, 11:21 PM
Jason Whitlock was just down in Tampa and talking to his peers made him itch for more money. But instead of more money, he'll have none.

You aren't Priest Holmes, bigsexy. Shoulda played your contract out.

Guess what our compensation is for running this highly informative site? I don't feel like my employer supports me enough.

Bullshit. Get your ass back behind the ****ing mic, Jason. You haven't missed a meal, half meal, snack, or KitKat display in a decade. Come on.

Ari ümlaüt
03-02-2005, 12:12 AM
Working all those hours every day would suck ass... I think he will be fine with ESPN, and KCStar. Good luck JDub.

petegz28
03-02-2005, 07:48 AM
NA NA NA, NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY..... :loser:


Maybe Ollie Gates will have a spot for him!

ROYC75
03-02-2005, 07:56 AM
Keck couldn't kick his way out of a wet paper sack.

I agree with Phil Jason, sack up and do your job, or do you want a bad reputation ? :D

( Big Sexy getting bad rep . ? )

whoman69
03-02-2005, 08:36 AM
That will leave more doughnuts for visitors. Aside from that, no real changes.

kc rush
03-02-2005, 08:49 AM
“I enjoy radio work,” Whitlock said later. “But as a multimedia journalist, all of my employers must understand that sports writing is my foundation and is the reason I have value on the radio or TV. It's difficult and grueling to handle all of these roles. It creates very long days and nights.

I could churn out the half-assed crap he does in a fraction of the time he claims.

King Carl is an idiot.

BBQ is good food.

Food is good.

I know all about football because I've seen Jeff George in the shower.

I know all about football because I was the fat kid others had to get around in peewee football (AKA the greatest O-Lineman of all time)

Nobody knows what it is like to be black except for me and the athlete I love this week.

I'm on the bandwagon

I'm off the bandwagon

Rap music is the root of all thugness in America.

Tech9 and Tupac are the greatest artists of all time.

I'm on the bandwagon

I'm off the bandwagon

Is baseball the sport where they kick the ball?

keg in kc
03-02-2005, 09:15 AM
Is baseball the sport where they kick the ball?I think that pretty much sums up the Royals defense last season.

htismaqe
03-02-2005, 09:52 AM
Padon Me?
"Entercom's Kansas City general manager Michael Keck,


I saw that too and immediately thought the same thing...

Wha-Wha-What?!?!