KCSP (610 AM) has found its man for its afternoon show — and he couldn’t be happier.
Brad Fanning, the former KCTV (Channel 5) sports reporter, made his debut Monday on “The Drive,” with co-host Carrington Harrison, just weeks after Danny Parkins’ departure.
“I’m totally pumped,” Fanning said. “Are you kidding me? As a kid growing up in Kansas City and now I’m a co-host on an afternoon drive time show on the flagship of the Royals. This is great.”
Fanning, 46, grew up in Shawnee, and graduated from Shawnee Mission North and later Emporia State. As a kid, he consumed sports in whatever fashion possible, and ticked off the names of some of the people he watched or listened to through the years: Dave Stewart, Gene Fox, Frank Boal and Al Wallace.
After graduating from college, Fanning worked at TV stations in Oklahoma, Texas, Topeka and Toledo, Ohio. At one point, he was the host of the “Urban Meyer Show” — when Meyer was the head coach at Bowling Green.
Fanning moved back to Kansas City about a decade ago, and eventually landed at KCTV, where he worked for five years until leaving last March. He started his own company “Sports Feed KC,” and also made appearances on 610’s mid-day show, “The Day Shift With Lake and Bink.”
When Parkins left, Fanning threw hit hat in the ring.
“The radio format for me is great. In TV, you get 45 seconds to a minute and sometimes you’re told what to do,” Fanning said. “Now I don’t have to cram something into 20 seconds. I can discuss something and really get into it.
“I think this is the perfect format for me.”
Parkins took a job with 670 AM in his hometown of Chicago. On Monday, he sent congratulations to Fanning: