It’s time to really give 98.9 and Johnny Dare the attention and credit deserved…
More than anyone in our city – except maybe the Chiefs – Dare puts this town on the map. With the help of his staff at The Rock and program director Bob Edwards, Dare’s show is second to none. Seems like only yesterday Dare and Edwards were promoting a sold out Rock Fest with more than 50,000 people, making it a national event.
I was there, it was HUGE.
Outside of a couple football games Rock Fest is now OUR BIGGEST KC EVENT. Period.
In spite of losers like Aggie Stackhaus.
In fact, Dare, Edwards and 98.9 the Rock with Jason Nivens, Moose,T-Bone, Coogan and Greg Tardt have elevated our live concert scene beyond belief. These cats now do like 10 shows a year. Twisted Xmas, Scary Halloween, Rock Fest, Dare’s Birthday Bash and Low Dough shows at the Uptown and Midland by the boatload.
AND ALL OF THEM – ALL OF THEM – SELL OUT.
Not since Howard Stern has a single jock, Dare, captured the imagination of an entire city.
He has 100,000 loyal followers and 500,000 listeners weekly for his top-rated, 6AM to 10AM radio show. His Guests range from movie stars like Keifer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and The Rock, to big name celebs like George Foreman, Hulk Hogan and Jessie Ventura.
Nobody in America has higher ratings, nobody.
Without argument Dare is by far KC’s biggest local name star. I have to admit this to be true. The guy even is doing a national TV show for season two, "Full Throttle" on TruTV.
And tonight Johnny Dare hosts the premiere of Jackyl and DMC’s new smash hit song and DVD, "Just Like a Negro" from the new hit album "When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide" at the Midland.
Dare has (as always) sold out the Midland by AMC for both nights. This is the first stop for the Jackyl/DMC tour. You can see the video(which is wild and crazy great) on YOUTUBE.
The song and DVD (shot in KC with total KC production by director Kyle Harbaugh and an all-KC cast and crowd) was done for far less than the 300 grand. I will be on hand tonight to watch the event at the Midland, so it should be a naughty night. I’ve known lead singer Jesse James Dupree for years – met him through Dare- and he’s a great guy.
When Dare is not hosting his many sold-out shows (including comics like Lisa Lampanelli and Larry the Cable Guy) he’s doing charity work and raising millions of dollars, like with Bikers For Babies (March of Dimes).
Now a confession; Johnny and I do not always see eye-to-eye.
That happens when you work together for 15-plus years. Kinda big brother little brother stuff.
If you listen to the show you can often hear us argue, sometimes it’s real. Guess that’s what makes it so entertaining. Whereever I go people say, "Man I hear you on Dare." I do several other big shows in the AM but his stands out.
I think the friction with Dare and I adds to the interest of listeners.
I know he and I will go at it again someday. Someday soon, probably. We always do. But I gotta tell ya, I’m proud of Johnny Dare. Kansas City should be too.