Kick the Ball was the greatest podcast ever to happen to soccer in Kansas City.
A lot of you have been asking when the next episode of KTB will record and we unfortunately are announcing that as of right now we don't plan anymore episodes. We understand this is disappointing to a lot of people...it is sad for us as well. Life just caught up to all the hosts in its own way be it jobs, family, or a combination of both. It has been too difficult to take the time out to make a show our listeners deserve.
KTB started as a gleam in the eye of James Starritt who laid out his vision of a Kansas City soccer podcast that gave independent coverage of all the things soccer in Kansas City. A show that gave you insight and perspective but also a show that was fun and did not take itself too seriously. James assembled a group and it began. There have been a lot of hosts and a lot of guests but the thing that was always there was the listeners. When we started out we just wanted to do a show we thought was good the listener numbers or downloads were not a concern. After a few months out of curiosity we peeked behind the curtain and were floored with the amount of people who listened to KTB. That is when we realized we tapped in to the shared experience of the Kansas City soccer community in podcast form.
We want to take a moment to thank the people who took a lot of time out of their busy lives to do KTB as a regular host.
There are also countless guests who brought in an outside perspective or played substitute when a normal host was absent including.
We would also like to thank our listeners. You reached out to us across social media but what really amazed us was how many would stop us at a game or in the city and talk about how much you enjoyed the show and why you connected with it. You made a community and it was great to be a part of. This might not be goodbye forever...things change and there could be a time where we put the pieces back in place to do the show but it was unfair to string along our loyal listeners.
We'll leave the archive up for a while.
Thank you for all your support.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:00 CST
James Starrit comes back to talk about the preseason happenings, Labor Negotioations and His Lucnh Choices. Join Us.
Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:00:00 CST
Spring Trainging has started. Rumors in the air. The season is getting close and all we can think about is how we love you.
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James was born and raised in London, England and raised an Arsenal fan. He moved to the United States in 1998 and settled in Chicagoland where he had a brief flirtation with the Chicago Fire before moving onto Kansas City in 2006. He became a Kansas City Wizards Season Ticket holder in 2008 when the team moved to CommunityAmerica Ballpark starting the blog SportingTimes.net shortly afterwards. He is an outspoken supporter and critic of the team who is willing to buck a trend in the name of objectivity. James spent much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons as co-host of the Stateline Soccer Show on 610 Sports Radio along side anchor Callum Williams.
Sporting Kansas City might be local media darlings now, but you only have to roll the clock back a couple of years to find a time when the team was barely talked or written about anywhere. Charles Gooch helped change that, first inserting himself in the Kansas City Cauldron at CommunityAmerica and writing about his experiences in Ink magazine in 2008. He kept the momentum up creating The Full 90 blog for the Kansas City Star in March 2010, providing an avenue for Star journalists to report and talk about the Wizards long before it was fashionable to do so.
Zachary is a professional photographer and long time Kansas City sports fan. A Wizards (and now Sporting) supporter since 2007 he really enjoys the community aspect of the club being very involved with the Cauldron supporters group. Very outgoing and quirky (that is the nice word we will use to describe him) you can find Zachary at Sporting Park taking photos or getting loud in the north end.
Like most worth while relationships the love story between soccer and Laura had a rocky start. Laura wasn't interested in soccer at all, but when all her friends began playing FIFA and going to Wizards games she decided to give it a go. Now on her fourth year as a Cauldron season ticket holder for Sporting KC she can't get enough. If she's not at school or work you can find her playing pick up games in the park, going strong at indoor with her friends, or cheering on her boys in blue, both Sporting KC and Chelsea. She has been inaugural part of KC Cauldron based Ladies of SKC supporters group where she is able to mix her love of soccer with her attachment to her city.
You have heard other soccer podcasts right? The big generic rock riff leeched from Creative Commons sources or the totally played out anthems that might fit right in with WWE. Well we didn't want any of that, we wanted something a bit more laid back, something born in Kansas City, something unique and so we turned to the wonderfully talented Sporting KC fan Andrew Foshee. Sometimes folky, sometimes blues, always soulful his relaxed and engaging music is used throughout Kick the Ball.