Kevin Kiley (sportscaster)

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Kevin Kiley
Born (1954-12-18) December 18, 1954 (age 61)
Washington D.C.
Education University of Wyoming
Occupation Sports anchor
Sports journalist
Radio host
Sideline reporter
Known for Kiley & Booms (Fox Sports Radio, WKRK-FM)
Sunday Night Football (NFL on Dial Global)
Spouse(s) Lauren Kiley
Children Alex Riley
Kristopher Kiley

Kevin Kiley, Sr. is an American sportscaster and talk show host.

Kiley has worked on radio and television, including talk shows on Fox Sports Radio, WQAM in Miami, and WTEM in Washington. Kiley also spent over a decade at Turner Sports (TBS/TNT), covering everything from the NFL to the Goodwill Games, and worked for several years as a sideline reporter for Westwood One NFL coverage. In the late 1980s, Kiley was at ESPN, calling College Football games alongside Jim Kelly.[1][2]

Kiley was part of Washington, D.C., sports radio outlet WTEM's initial lineup in 1992, being paired with Rich "The Coach" Gilgallon on the afternoon drive Kiley and the Coach, which was canceled the following January due to low ratings. He returned to WTEM in late 1996, hosting their midday slot solo (a hiatus period for The Tony Kornheiser Show) and was eventually paired with the Chuck Booms on WTEM's afternoon show.[3] Kiley & Booms would be canceled by WTEM in late 1998,[4] but the two were reunited in September 2000 as the nascent Fox Sports Radio's first afternoon drive show.

In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles after residing many years in the Washington, D.C. area. Kiley is the former co-host of The Michael Irvin Show on KESN-FM 103.3 ESPN in Dallas/Fort Worth.[5] The show was canceled February 5, 2010, with Kiley and Irvin later hosting a similar midday radio show on WQAM in Miami, a position he relinquished[6] to reunite with Chuck Booms in 2011, co-hosting the morning show Kiley & Booms on Cleveland's "Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan" WKRK-FM. After Booms was fired in 2015, Ken Carman replaced him and the show was renamed Kiley & Carman.[7]

Kiley resigned from WKRK in February 2016. On February 12, Kiley was not on the air after appearing the night before on a local TV sports show in Cleveland, during which he announced his departure from the radio station. He claimed he was being censored by station management, but indicated that it was not the reason he was leaving. He said that he had actually submitted his resignation the previous November and it was supposed to take effect at the end of February. Kiley sparked controversy in January 2016 when he called the hiring of Kathryn Smith as a coach by the Buffalo Bills "absurd", and said women should not be allowed to be NFL officials or vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[8][9][10]

Kiley has also been an anchor/reporter for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., as well as Raycom Sports and Jefferson-Pilot.[2]

Kiley played football for the University of Wyoming and the Chicago Fire of the World Football League, and was cut by the New York Jets in 1974 during training camp.[1][2]

Kiley's son Kevin was a professional wrestler for WWE, who performed under the ring name Alex Riley.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stewart, Larry (September 11, 1987). "Kiley Has Made His Reputation in Booth". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "The D'Marco Farr Show with Kevin Kiley". ESPN.com. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Leonard Shapiro (1998-03-06), Watts up next week at WTEM, The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Frank Ahrens (1998-12-17), Kiley, Booms fired up, The Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Kevin Kiley". ESPN Dallas. September 27, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/24/2329376/kiley-leaves-wqam.html
  7. ^ Kleps, Kevin (February 12, 2016). "Advice for The Fan: Accept Kiley's resignation, and pair Lima with Carman". Crain's Cleveland Business. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ Morona, Joey. "Kevin Kiley out at 92.3 The Fan: 'You shouldn't accept censorship ever'". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland.com. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (February 12, 2016). "CBS radio host accuses network of censorship while announcing resignation on air". The Washington Times. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ Lancaster, Marc (February 12, 2016). "Cleveland radio host who blasted NFL women resigns over 'censorship'". Sporting News. Omnisport. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Alex Riley bio". WWE. Retrieved December 29, 2010.