Kevin Kietzman, a Kansas State alum and well-known sports radio host in Kansas City, lost his job last week after a comment he made about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his family stirred outrage.
Union Broadcasting announced Friday afternoon that it had reached a mutual agreement to part ways with Kietzman.
“We would like to thank Kevin for his dedicated service over the last 22 years,” Union Broadcasting president Chad Boeger said in a release. “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 said he was thankful to have been on the air for more than two decades.
“It’s been my honor and privilege to host Between the Lines for the past 22 years,” Kietzman said, “and I’m proud of being a founding partner of this great local company that is so committed to our community.”
He was suspended June 25 from WHB (810 AM), where he was a key on-air personality.
Issues arose the day before, when Kietzman said on his “Between The Lines” program that Reid has had “a lot of things go bad on him: family and players.” Kietzman then added that Reid “is not good at fixing people.”
Kietzman has denied that he was referring to Reid’s son Garrett, who died in 2012 at the age of 29 of a heroin overdose.
The Kansas City Star reported Monday that for the “immediate future,” the initial plan is to use a rotation of Todd Leabo, Frank Boal, Joshua Brisco and Brad Porter to fill Kietzman’s spot. Brisco and Porter were on the air Monday.
When Kietzman was suspended June 25 for his comments, the station had Leabo and Boal fill the gap. The “Between The Lines” page at WHB (810 AM) shows Leabo and Shane Summers as “personalities associated with the show.”
WHB made a hire on Monday, though it appears it was not related to Kietzman’s departure. Aly Trost, who had done work for Arrowhead Pride and helped with Sporting Kansas City coverage for KCSP (610 AM), announced on Twitter she is joining WHB.
According to The Kansas City Star, Trost will help with video content creation and will be coming on the “Border Patrol” show in addition to other segments. She also will be used for the station’s Sporting KC and Royals coverage.