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Sports Radio 810 announces final piece of restructuring with hiring of mid-day host

Kevin Kietzman let go from 810 for comments on Andy Reid’s family life

Kevin Kietzman, the former host of Sports Radio 810 WHB's Between the Lines, made what many called controversial comments on Andy Reid's family life.
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Kevin Kietzman, the former host of Sports Radio 810 WHB's Between the Lines, made what many called controversial comments on Andy Reid's family life.

WHB (810 AM) is bringing back a former host for its mid-day sports radio show that will complete the restructuring of its lineup in the wake of Kevin Kietzman’s departure.

Kietzman and the station parted ways on June 28, less than a week after his comments about the family of Chiefs coach Andy Reid on his “Between The Lines” show, which aired from 2-6 p.m weekdays.

On Tuesday, WHB announced it had hired Jason Anderson from its sister station in Louisville, Kentucky and he will host a mid-day show called “The Zone.” Anderson, who will start July 29, graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School and Northwest Missouri State University, the station noted.

“The opportunity to host a show on Sports Radio 810 is one I dreamed of since I was in high school,” Anderson said in a news release. “It is surreal and humbling to be chosen to host the middays and join the WHB lineup. I look forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

Soren Petro’s mid-day show “The Program” (with Kurtis Seaboldt) previously moved from the mid-day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot to take Kietzman’s old spot.

Anderson was an intern at WHB in 2000 and later hosted a night show while also covering the Chiefs and Royals, the station noted. When Union Broadcasting started a station in Louisville in 2010, Anderson moved there and worked in the afternoon drive-time slot.

WHB said Todd Leabo is taking over as sports director and will have a “larger role across all shows,” including a regular appearance on “The Zone.” KSHB-TV (Ch. 41) sports director Mick Shaffer also will be a regular on “The Zone.”

“Jason has done a terrific job for Union Broadcasting over the past 19 years,” Union Broadcasting president Chad Boeger said in a release. “He is extremely talented and has a wealth of knowledge. We are very excited for his return to Kansas City. He will be surrounded by an all-star cast of co-hosts/contributors including Mick and Todd.”

“The Border Patrol” with Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez remains in the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. spot.

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