Just like that, Jason Whitlock is gone from the Kansas City sports media landscape. At least for now. And the
MoCrashI don’t see any indication that Whitlock’s lost his swagger; he’s only lost his job.
Having only met Whitlock in passing — and pleasantly in those limited interactions — it would be presumptuous to offer advice. However, having worked in the media for some 40 years — in markets large and small — I recognize the traps of celebrity, even if not especially in a “small pond” for a working journalist. They spring when a journalist forgets his or her essential mission, which is to inform, enlighten and entertain the audience and becomes enamored with the limelight.
When Whitlock rediscovers his passion and purpose, he possesses the talent to thrive — whether in KC or elsewhere. But he has to get outside himself first, and a self-indulgent three-hour radio gabfest only feeds the beast within when suppressing the ego could be the wisest course.
bschlozKC Star 16 years..Radio 5 years..Jim Rome..ESPN..Fox Sports. I’d say the dude is entitled to some KC airwave time…maybe he’ll open up..could be interesting. What if Hearne and jojo or Tony stop posting for 3 months..I’d want an explantion.
Jim FitzpatrickI agree, McCrash. Who is his right mind would listen to Whitlock, or even President Obama, for three hours? And, in truth, it’s going to be two hours of ads and about an hour of Whitlock…This is almost guaranteed to be really bad radio. I’m content to wait for the sound bites.
What if Hearne and jojo or Tony stop posting for 3 months..I
Collective NosesVery cool article with insight and experiences that open up our perspective of the situation (individual(s). Without question Jason has a talent for creating meaningful dialogue on sports and non-sports topics via his writing skills. Certainly, as this piece illustrates, he needs to work on his emotional intelligence and people skills.
I’m not a Whitlock hater or rabid supporter, which in itself is odd since most people tend to put up tents in one of the two camps. I do think the radio bit will be intriguing for the first hour…tops. Three hours seems a bit much, but that seems to be a theme with celebrities in 2010 so more power to him.
myulichIs this article supposed to be about Glazer or Whitlock? Always blows me away how self-annoited local posers are so desperate for attention- dude, you ran a bar, sold drugs, and wrote some barely readable dribble- get over yourself.
As for Whitlock- I wasn’t a huge fan or hater, but I have no doubt he will resurface bigger and better.
William R. NelsonI can not believe my esteemed creation doesn’t still employ such quality people like Fitz, Flanny and Hearne. You guys are truly irreplaceable. It’s sad that the substitute teaching and blogging industries plucked you away from The Star. No wonder newspapers are losing ground. It’s difficult to replace such talented people.
HC: I can only speak for myself, but allow me to say, I’m touched.
ObrianGlazer, nice story. Especially of interest with all the Whitlock noise out there and on this blog. You bring out great information on people I want to hear about. How about more on Hollywood?
The TargetHuh, almost feel sorry for Jason. Wish I had a 300 thousand dollar home.
PtolemyWhen the media become the story, that particular media member’s career has jumped the shark. My PPM won’t be tuned in to 610, and they say my listening tastes detemine what thousands listen to…
…so there you go.
WestportPatronAlways like the Glazer slant. Hey guy who said Glazer is a poser and sold drugs and just ran a bar, you might want to read the over l,000 stories I’ve read on the man since the 70’s in the Star. For real my friend, boy Glazer you sure bring out jealous haters, kinda like your man Whitlock.
MGarrYes, this is an interesting take on Mr. Whitlock. Sounds like you overall like the man. So did I, or at least his articles, never heard him much on radio.
By the way Mulylich person, again a brave soul with no real name, I was a high ranking law enforcement person. At no time did we acuse or suspect Craig was a drug dealer, we thought he knew alot on the subject. He was a special agent in the 70’s and did use drugs. Glazer robbed drug dealers posing as law enforcement and he talks alot about that in his book, which I read.
He is a national name and has been in national news quite a bit over the years. So maybe you don’t care for him, but don’t let those fake statemants you made be why. I hope the best for Jason.
informedCraig… You? Still a douche
Rob LaneI enjoyed Whitlocks work at the Star, I agree he will be badly missed as Hearne is and the others.
It is so interesting to me that people want to run down your local media guys. Here some person wants to lower Glazer to running a bar,selling drugs and writing dribble. He ran and owned a national treasure, Stanford and Sons, which is known coast to coast. He wrote a smash hit book, King of Sting with another writer. It sold as a movie to some big name folks. Not sure on the drug thing, don’t know, but the book tells the story, he pulls no punches.
Guess its something he will have to live with.
KCMO stafferCraig give us the inside story on you and Hearnes relationship. Got some good stories?
HC: Just read this while on the phone with Craig, and I posed your question to him. He doesn’t. Not one tale of drugs, babes, strippers or scandalous behavior. My secrets are safe. Far as Craig’s concerned, anyway.
Black BarbieJason is a good man, he tips better than your sucka white friends do.
Rick MJason not only subbed for Rome occasionally, but shared the stage with him as a “guest” during his tour stop several years ago wherein he referred to himself as JR’s bitch. So clearly they were tight for a time. Guess that relationship’s cooled off now, so JW probably can’t count on Rome for steady radio work.
At any rate, what happened between them makes for an interesting sub-plot to this whole soap opera.
tigertailMan is there a bridge he didn’t burn? I agree likely no great jobs for Jason in this market. He did little for my Tigers anyways.
Paul little rocksIs this story by Glazer or is it an interview with him? Says Hearne, so I think you are interviewing Glazer. Fun read, guys.
HC: Written by Craig. Edited by me. Forgot to switch the name thingie from me to Craig
KObig sexy, by that, i mean mr. glazer, does it stagger ur swagger when 23 year old woodsiders decline ur date requests? if so, u sure do bounce back…. let’s hope ur man whit can do the same.
ps – i also have got BEEF w mr. peterson…as well as some of the chiefs players 🙂
I disagree that Whitlock didn’t do much for Mizzou. He was a fan of Quin until Quin screwed up the program. He predicted that Mizzou could be a top 10 football team in 2007 WAY before anyone else did (he wrote a glowing article about Mizzou’s chances in 2007 after the 2006 Sun Bowl loss). He helped bring hype to the Armageddon at Arrowhead and predicted Mizzou would win before that game. He’s also been a fan of Mike Anderson. Yes, it’s true he’s blasted Mizzou from time to time, but Mizzou itself has been far from blameless in those instances.
Quit your bitchin’
Get on with your life Hearne
HC: Aye, aye, sir. But I think you have the wrong byline, Mr. Jam, sir.
allknowingoneOnce again, it’s “drivel” not “dribble.”
allknowingonesorry but it drive me nuts…like when people say notoriety when they mean famous
MoCrashI suspect you mean “notoriety” as a synonym for for “fame” or “notorious” for “famous.”
You are correct, though: notoriety is merely one type of fame. Some of Whitlock’s antics can be fairly described as notorious. However, even without them he could also be considered famous, certainly in a local sense.
Rainbow ManGuys like Glazer and Jason take risks. They hang it out there, they get slapped, and they stand back up. It is sappy patriotic, But no other country on this earth loves and rewards comebacks like America. In Japan, they kill themselves when they fail, in Eastern Europe and Latin America, the failures get killed. Not in America… We love to see what the dude will do next. We invented the fascination with Harry Houdini. Eventually, we are all defined on how we overcome, or fail to overcome adversity. Robert Downey Jr. is worth a lot more money now, than he would have been without coming back from the brink of personal disaster. I root for guys like that. Look at Hearne.. I don’t know him personally.. But I know he had a year or two from hell. Lost a job, a mom, a marriage. But he is still hanging it out there.
Who knows where Jason will land.. But I know this… An African American, fat, bar owner’s son from Indy managed to define a sports section in a major league city, land on Oprah, ESPN and Jim Rome. I would not worry too much about Whitlock. He will be back. He will figure it out. Winners always do. We can’t wait to watch it happen.
mermaidGood article Craig I’m not too up on all that sports media but this was very insightful. Hope Whitlock finds a better and more successful place!
jweinbergI am a sports nut, love the Chiefs, not the Royals. I hate it that Whitlock is gone, used to hear you on his radio shows. He will be missed.
DowntownDavyI liked Flanigan very much, glad they didn’t hire glazer or hearne to replace him.
HC: Who’s Flanigan? Jeff Flanagan got laid off the same time as me and Glazer was more-or-less banned from the newspaper with rare exception by Mark Zieman.
Steve KramerCan’t wait to hear Jason on 6l0. Hope he trashes all those who ran him off.
MaureenCraig, you mean Tony who got shot? Didn’t he get shot over a girl or stripper and killed a few years back? I think I read it in the paper. I am not a big sports fan, but Whitlock was a character and I must admit, I liked his stories in the Star. With him gone its been kinda boring.
Brother, you gettin all this attention on this blog must make your big head grow Craig, huh? Maybe Dare will let you talk more now? Ha, ha.
craig glazerAgain, thank all of you for your comments and reading my stories, glad they hold your interest. Really.
Overall I like Jason Whitlock, he never did anything harmful to me or badmouthed me. It was pointed out to me at Woodside by a couple of my friends,that I went too far with saying he was ‘not a ladies man’ stuff. If that was mean spirited I am sorry Jason. I’m sure he had many good moments with the ladies. However notice the rest of the tales were leaning Jason’s way.
Again, I wish Jason all the best. He is a smart man and will land on his feet, soon. I am a fan of his and always will be. Rock on Jason.
MGarrsaw whitlock interview, nice job, 6l0 mentioned kcconfidential, nice.
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