For Pete's Sake

Danny Parkins will leave 610 Sports to join sports talk station in Chicago

Danny Parkins (left) and Carrington Harrison in 2015.
Danny Parkins (left) and Carrington Harrison in 2015. JTOYOSHIBA@KCSTAR.COM

The Kansas City sports radio scene is losing one of its biggest names.

In a Twitter post, Danny Parkins of KCSP (610 AM) announced that his last day with the station will be this Friday. Parkins said because of contractual obligations with his next employer, he couldn’t say what job he would be taking, but he hoped to announce it before his last show ends Friday.

In a phone interview Monday, Parkins said the opportunity was too perfect to pass.

“It was tough in the sense that Kansas City has been great to me, but I think people once they see where I’m going and what I’m doing will understand why I had to do it,” Parkins said in a phone interview. “Ultimately, it was actually not that tough of decision, because the opportunity is so perfect.

“But everything else about it was very difficult, because I love the city, I love the people and I love who I work with.”

UPDATE: Parkins will be joining 670 AM in his hometown of Chicago.

Parkins, 30, grew up in Chicago and graduated from Syracuse in 2009, and he joined KCSP in 2011. He and Carrington Harrison are co-hosts of “The Drive,” which is on the air from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Harrison and producer Ben Heisler will continue in the time slot after Parkins departs.

Parkins ticked off a number of highlights from his time with 610, including broadcasting from outside of Kauffman Stadium during the home World Series games in 2014 and 2015, working from the Super Bowl, Murphy’s Bleachers bar in Chicago, Foxborough, Mass., and Lambeau Field.

It’s a sports fan’s bucket list, but there were a lot of smaller occasions that meant as much or more to Parkins.

“I think we did a great moment last Friday,” Parkins said. “(Former Royals outfielder) Jarrod Dyson called the show within an hour of being traded. We were the first people who talked to him and he told us that he had just stopped crying. That was a great moment and it was just last Friday.”

Parkins also took pride in the show raising more than $17,000 for Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence shelter, not long after the Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill last year.

“We did charitable stuff, we did stupid stuff, we did funny stuff, we did smart stuff, we were on the air during the Boston Marathon bombing, we were on the air during Newtown (the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting),” Parkins said. “Radio just has a way of providing moments when you least expect them.

“We had a lot of great moments.”

That’s a lot to pack into 5 1/2 years, and Parkins is thankful for his time in Kansas City. He met his future wife here and said on Twitter that he will be married here.

“Kansas City,” Parkins said, “has been great to me, personally and professionally.”

Here is what Parkins tweeted:

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