OFFICIAL HOST BIO: Now in his 20th year hosting Between the Lines on Sports Radio 810 WHB, Kevin Kietzman is the voice Kansas City turns to every afternoon.
Whether it’s breaking sports stories or insightful, thought-provoking commentary, Kietzman never holds back. “Did you hear what Kietzman said?” is a common refrain among sports fans around the Midwest and the leading reason why over two dozen competing shows have come and gone over the years.
Recognized by Sports Illustrated, Radio Ink, Talkers Magazine and Sportsradio.com as one of the top Sports Talk Show Hosts in America, Kietzman has changed the landscape of sports talk in Kansas City. Never one to bog down a broadcast in statistics, Kietzman will ask any guest just about anything, and focus on topics and issues that others won’t touch. Early in his tenure at Sports Radio 810, Kietzman generated national headlines when he organized a walk out of 5,000 Royals fans to protest the growing disparity between small and large market baseball teams. Many years later, parity exists in Major League Baseball and Kansas City has benefitted greatly. Kietzman campaigned with politicians to help build Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City with taxes paid by visitors, not residents. He even refused to play interviews with a former Royals manager because he said his listeners literally couldn’t understand the words the manager was saying. During campus protests which included 30 football players at the University of Missouri, Kietzman asked head coach Gary Pinkel if he thought, as protesters claimed, he held his position because of “white male privilege.” Pinkel ended the interview, resigned a few days later and has not appeared on the show since.
Even those who find it sometimes controversial just can’t stop listening.
Kietzman is a lifelong Kansas Citian, growing up in Mission, KS in a working class union household. His dad taught him more about baseball and football by the age of 10 that most kids get in a lifetime. As team captain of the state champion Shawnee Mission North baseball team, Kietzman was an all-state shortstop. He declined a baseball scholarship to attend Kansas State University where he could begin broadcasting on the student radio station in his freshman year and hasn’t stopped broadcasting since. Kietzman has done radio and television play-by-play, worked as a sports reporter and anchor at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg/Joplin and served 10 years as sports reporter and anchor at WDAF-TV Fox 4 in Kansas City.
Kietzman has been dedicated to charitable endeavors in the community including annual food drives, coats for kids and a wide variety of charities through the 810 Cares for Kansas City Foundation. Kietzman is a board member of the Midwest Section of the PGA’s Foundation that supports growing the game of golf in public schools and serves on a need based scholarship board at his high school.
Since 1969, his mom has easily been the biggest Royals fan in America and many days is her son’s biggest critic.
A father of three grown children, Kietzman and his wife, Jessica, reside in Lenexa, KS.