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Tacoma, WA


Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. Thiel offers a unique and informed perspective to KNKX listeners. His philosophy for his commentary on KNKX is to give the casual sports fan "enough information to be interesting at a party."






12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


It's Not Just The Seahawks: Why NFL Offensive Lines Are Struggling

The Seahawks take their 1-1 record to Tennessee on Sunday to play the Titans. The offensive line is once again a problem for the Hawks this season. But they’re not alone. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

Duration: 00:04:10

After MOU And Murray Resignation, Questions Remain About KeyArena Remodel

This week’s resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has a lot of people wondering about the fate of the proposed remodel of KeyArena. The news of the latest allegations of sexual abuse against Murray, which he denies, came just as he was to celebrate the signing of a draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Oak View Group, on its planned redevelopment of The Key.

Duration: 00:04:22

Irony In Activism: Seahawks' Michael Bennett Experiences What He's Been Protesting

The Seahawks open their regular season on the road Sunday afternoon. They play the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel said the game follows a week of drama involving defensive end Michael Bennett.

Duration: 00:04:26

After Record Errors On The Road, Mariners Return Home With New Pitcher

The Mariners return from a rough road trip to host the Oakland Athletics in a weekend series at Safeco Field. And they have a new starting pitcher in the rotation. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s a move of desperation as the team moves farther away from a Wild Card playoff spot.

Duration: 00:04:14

Mariners Still In Wild Card Playoff Hunt Despite Injuries, Other Problems

The Mariners play the Yankees in New York this weekend. It’s the most important series of the season, according to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel.

Duration: 00:04:30

Thiel: More Athletes Should Take A Stand By Sitting Down During National Anthem

The Seahawks play their second preseason game Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field. One big question is if any other teammates will join defensive end Michael Bennett when he sits during the national anthem. It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:04:16

Thiel: As Mariners Honor Edgar, Team Must Also Make A Move For Playoffs

The Mariners will celebrate one of their most famous players this weekend: Edgar Martinez. Saturday night, the team will retire Edgar’s No. 11 jersey in a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field. And they’ll unveil a plaque with his number in center field – next to Ken Griffey Junior’s No. 24 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talks with 88-5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Mariners, including a move that Art says would help the team get to the playoffs. But first, they...

Duration: 00:04:30

Kam Chancellor Contract Extension: Reward For Defensive Dominance & Team Leadership

Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor signed a 3-year, $36 million contract extension with the team this week. Fans know Chancellor for his dominance on defense. But there’s more to him. And he has a lot in common with a retired Seahawk who’s about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s all part of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:04:21

What Seahawks Fans Should Know As Training Camp Begins

The Seahawks begin training camp on Sunday at the team's headquarters in Renton. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has the latest on what fans can expect this season.

Duration: 00:04:15

WNBA All-Star Game In Seattle Will Spotlight Sue Bird, Storm Activism

Seattle hosts the WNBA All-Star Game for the first time Saturday afternoon at KeyArena. One of the big draws for local fans will be to honor Storm veteran Sue Bird. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88'5’s Kirsten Kendrick about Bird – and her team – being in the national spotlight this week.

Duration: 00:04:16

Can Mariners Overcome Glaring Problem In Second Half Of The Season?

The Mariners start the second half of the season Friday night against the White Sox in Chicago. Their general manager admits the team underperformed in the first half. But the Mariners remain on the fringes of the Wild Card race. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the team’s biggest challenges.

Duration: 00:04:18

Thiel: Suggested Lessons For Russell Wilson's New Quarterback Academy

It may be the offseason for the Seattle Seahawks, but quarterback Russell Wilson is keeping busy. He has a new venture. And it’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:04:15

Good Health And Consistency Is Key For A Successful Mariners Second Half

The Seattle Mariners are a little over a week away from wrapping up the first half of the season, and the M’s have taken their fans on a roller coaster ride so far. Countless injuries and stretches of winning streaks followed by losing streaks have toyed with the emotions of their loyal supporters.

Duration: 00:04:21

Sounders Offense Struggling At Midpoint Of Season

The Seattle Sounders are at the midpoint of their season. Despite winning the MLS Cup championship last year, the team is struggling on offense and has more losses than wins. Can they still make the playoffs? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:03:42

Richard Sherman Clears Air About Trade Rumors, Reaffirms Seattle Loyalty

Clear The Air Thiel said it was about time the media and fans heard from Sherman. He held a press conference Wednesday after Seahawks minicamp. "I think the Seahawks wanted Richard to address the local media. He said he wanted to clear the air. "Because by the end of last season he wasn't speaking to anyone, which is very uncharacteristic. He was voted the previous year as the media good guy because he's very comfortable in front of crowds; he enjoys the banter. "But, man, last year, he...

Duration: 00:04:09

Thiel: Seattle Arena Saga 'Far From Over'

People who live near Seattle Center and sports fans throughout the region may be wondering what happens next, now that Mayor Ed Murray has selected a proposal for the renovation of KeyArena. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick the arena saga is far from over.

Duration: 00:04:21

UW Women's Crew Celebrates Fourth National Title; UW Women's Softball Goes For Second

It’s a big week for women’s sports at the University of Washington. One team is playing for a second national title and another is celebrating its fourth one. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:04:05

'Remarkable' On And Off The Field: Remembering Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy

The investigation continues into the death of Seahawks legend and Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy. His sudden passing this week has his former teammates, fans and KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talking about the legacy of the man who was larger than life. Art spoke with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration: 00:04:17

Would Colin Kaepernick Being A Seahawk Make Sense?

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the possibility that former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick may likely end up as the backup quarterback for the Seahawks. Kaepernick got a lot of attention last year for kneeling during the national anthem at football games, and was an arch rival to the Seahawks during his time in San Francisco. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that for starters, nothing has actually happened yet. The Seahawks have admitted that they have expressed...

Duration: 00:04:25

Problems On The Mound, But Also Promise At The Plate For The Mariners

The Mariners are in Toronto this weekend for a series with the Blue Jays. The team has been doing well lately, despite temporarily losing almost all of its starting pitchers to injuries. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick he's not too worried about it.

Duration: 00:04:18

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