Kevin Slaten, once a fixture on local sports-talk radio, hasn’t been strictly in that format in nearly three years. But he has been recognized by the Missouri House of Representatives as the “Best Sportscaster in St. Louis” in a recently presented resolution.
It was offered by Bob Burns, who represents District 93. That encompasses the portions of St. Louis and St. Louis County near River Des Peres.
Slaten, who now mixes sports, current events and political commentary on KQQZ (1190 AM) from 7-9 a.m. weekdays, is elated.
“It does mention politics (in passing) in the resolution, but we do so much more now I guess it was either overdue or somebody finally noticed,” said Slaten, who never has been shy about expressing an opinion and reigned for years as the “bad-boy” of St. Louis sports-talk radio. “I’m just very happy he thought that much of me and what we’ve done.”
KQQZ also carries the show hosted by Bob Romanik, the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper of Radio” who is a convicted felon and has offended some people for making racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments on the air and has been under federal investigation for his ownership role in that and other stations. (https://tinyurl.com/yxdd2hok)
Slaten has said he enjoys the freedom to state his opinions on 1190, and is appreciative of the recognition that came as the result of Burns’ efforts.
“He loves to listen to the show and asked if it would be OK if he did that,” Slaten said. “Of course I said, ‘Sure, I’d consider it an honor.’ I was humbled by what he thought and did.”
Burns said he and Slaten are friends.
“We’re not bum-round buddies . . . but I respect him,” Burns said. “I’ve always thought Kevin was really good when he was on the major networks. We’ve been friends for quite a while and I thought it would be nice (to present the proclamation). I feel he’s worthy of it, he’s put a lot of time in the business.”
He said what sticks out is that Slaten doesn’t sugarcoat things.
“When you listen to him it’s so informative, he really tells the truth,” Burns said.
The proclamation details some of Slaten’s accomplishments and honors, including winning an Emmy Award, a Missouri Broadcasters Association commendation for his report on Harry Caray after he died, his numerous play-by-play roles earlier in his career as well as a stint at ESPN.
The resolution calls Slaten “a remarkable individual and stellar broadcaster who continues to serve as an inspiration to all those who know and work with him.”
It also says, “We, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives . . . join in extending our most hearty congratulations to Kevin Slaten at this proud moment of well-deserved distinction.”
— Dan Caesar