Saturday, June 10, 2006
Royals revoke credentials from two radio reporters
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two reporters who asked contentious questions at a news conference introducing Dayton Moore as Royals general manager had their credentials revoked Friday.
Bob Fescoe of WHB and Rhonda Moss of KCSP, competing sports-talk radio stations in Kansas City, said they were informed by public relations director Aaron Babcock that their credentials were taken away.
Both said when they asked Babcock why the team had taken the action, he said he didn't know.
David Witty, the Royals vice president for communications and marketing, said the credentials were withdrawn for the remainder of the season. He declined further comment when reached by The Associated Press.
"All I can say is their credentials were revoked. That's all I will say," Witty told the AP.
Chad Boeger, the president of WHB, couldn't immediately be reached. Allan Davis, operations manager for Entercom, the parent company of KCSP, declined comment.
Fescoe and Moss have reputations for asking tough, confrontational questions of players and management of the Royals and Kansas City Chiefs, teams they cover on a full-time basis. Fescoe is also co-host of a sports talk show for three hours every weekday morning.
At the news conference Thursday, the two grilled owner David Glass on the way he handled the dismissal of former general manager Allard Baird.
Glass appeared to become irritated and told Moss at one point that her assessment of the situation was "completely wrong."
Moss has covered the Royals for KCSP for almost three years. Also during the news conference, she appeared to rankle Dan Glass, the team president and owner's son, when she asked him what his role was in running the baseball operations.
Moss said she called Major League Baseball and was told nothing could be done.
"They said it's up to the individual teams," she said. "I'm not done with this. It's far from over."
Fescoe, 29, has covered the Royals since June 2003.
"Rhonda and I were pulled on the same day, obviously because of the questions we asked at the Dayton Moore news conference," Fescoe said. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm a reporter. I'm out there trying to find out the story of what's going on."