Command Announce Partnership with Eddie Kennison, Broadcast Teams
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - The Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League announced today former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison has joined the front office. Kennison will perform a variety of duties with the team, including attending team practices, consulting with the coaching staff, working with the Command television and radio broadcasts, as well as making public appearances on behalf of the organization.
Kennison, a former NFL first round pick in 1996 by the St. Louis Rams out of Louisiana State University, shined during his time with the Chiefs from 2001-2007. Kennison's two best seasons of his 14-year career were with the Chiefs in 2004 and 2005, when he averaged 65 catches and 1,100 yards each year.
Kennison, retired since 2008, currently resides in Leawood, KS, with his wife, Shimika, and their two sons. After Shimika was diagnosed in 2003 with Lupus, Kennison created Quick Start - The Eddie Kennison Foundation to support the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR). Kennison also owns several businesses in Kansas City and is an active member of his church.
Kennison is excited about being around professional football once again. This time, it's the indoor variety.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Command organization and help the team succeed both on and off the field," he said. "I think my experiences can be a valuable resources to our coaches and players. It's going to be a lot of fun, and I can't wait to help the team any way I can."
The partnership is a positive for the Command as well.
"Having a guy like Eddie, who was the consummate professional on and off the field during his time with the Chiefs, and who is doing so many great things in the community since his retirement, is very exciting for the organization," said Vice President of Communications, Nick McCabe. "Eddie's just a class guy, through and through, and we're looking forward to a long relationship with him and his incredible family."
The agreement between the Kansas City Command and Eddie Kennison is for two years.
The Command also announced Thursday the announcer lineup for 2012 broadcasts on KSMO-TV and Sports Radio 810 WHB. McCabe, who is back for a second season as the "Voice of the Command", will be joined on the lead broadcast crew by former Kansas State quarterback and current Wildcats radio analyst Stan Weber. The two will provide play-by-play and commentary for Command radio broadcasts all season except during televised home games when they will move to the TV booth.
McCabe has been a broadcaster in Kansas City for over 15 years. He has been the lead announcer for Sports Radio 810 WHB's High School Football Game of the Week since its inception in 1998. In addition to announcing games for the Missouri Comets indoor soccer team and Park University's basketball teams, he currently serves as the Command's Vice President of Communications.
Weber was a captain on the 1984 Kansas State football team and was the team's leading rusher that season. He received Academic All-American honors and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accountancy, eventually also earning his master's. He is currently the Vice President - CFO of Tower Properties in Kansas City in addition to announcing K-State football and basketball.
Dave Borchardt, a familiar name to Kansas City sports fans since he started at Sports Radio 810 WHB in May of 2000, will join Command home radio broadcasts. He will serve as sideline reporter and, when McCabe moves to TV, play-by-play announcer. Borchardt began his broadcasting career as the producer of Jason Whitlock's morning show and went on to become 810's Mizzou reporter, Chiefs pre game and post game show host, as well as the host of "The Late Show." He has worked as Sporting Kansas City's TV sideline reporter and play-by-play voice and currently works for Time Warner Cable in Kansas City.
WHB personality Jay Binkley will fill-in for Weber as the color analyst on Command radio broadcasts. Binkley is the lead host of the popular WHB evening show "3 Guys in a Garage." He has worked with McCabe as the analyst for WHB's high school football coverage since 1999. You can also hear Binkley on WHB's Royals post game shows, Chiefs Night and College Basketball Gameday.
The Command will air 10 games on KSMO-TV 62 in 2012. Sports Radio 810 WHB is once again the radio home of the team for the entire 18-game schedule. All games except April 30 at Tampa Bay, which will air live on NFL Network, can also be viewed live on the web at www.ustream.tv/kansascitycommand .
Kansas City Command Broadcast Schedule Date/Time Opponent TV Radio
Friday, March 16 - 7:30pm Jacksonville Ustream WHB*
Friday, March 23 - 6:30pm at Cleveland Ustream WHB*
Thursday, March 29 - 7:30pm Arizona KSMO-TV WHB
Saturday, April 7 - 7pm at Chicago Ustream WHB
Saturday, April 21 - 9:30pm at San Jose KSMO-TV* WHB
Monday, April 30 - 7pm at Tampa Bay NFL Network WHB
Saturday, May 5 - 7pm San Antonio KSMO-TV* WHB
Saturday, May 12 - 7pm at Iowa Ustream WHB
Saturday, May 19 - 6:30pm at Pittsburgh KSMO-TV* WHB
Saturday, May 26 - 7pm Georgia KSMO-TV WHB
Saturday, June 2 - 7pm Utah KSMO-TV WHB
Saturday, June 9 - 9pm at Spokane KSMO-TV WHB
Sunday, June 17 - 2pm San Jose KSMO-TV WHB
Saturday, June 23 - 7pm Chicago Ustream WHB
Saturday, June 30 - 7pm at San Antonio KSMO-TV WHB
Saturday, July 7 - 7pm Iowa Ustream WHB
Saturday, July 14 - 7pm Spokane Shock Ustream WHB
Saturday, July 21 - 9pm at Arizona KSMO-TV* WHB
*Broadcast will be Tape Delayed. Schedule is subject to change.
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