Glazer: Giving Thanks for Johnny Dare

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.

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7 Responses to Glazer: Giving Thanks for Johnny Dare

  1. chuck says:

    Lisa Lmpanelli kills, jeeze , funny…
    Interesting stuff.

  2. chuck says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Folks–
    I have a lot of fun reading this site, and that includes Tony too. Just want to wish you all a very happy holiday and let you know that I am a fan who appreciates the work and the forum. 🙂

  3. harley says:

    glazer….johnny is anice guy…
    and his bikers for babies is a big fundraiser…
    BUT BE THANKFUL FOR JOHNNY DARE…HE PUTS KC ON THE
    MAP?
    sTOP….JUST STOP TALKING AND WRITING.
    Oh…lets forget the real heros in this city…thousands of volunteers…
    non profits….heart to heart….the stowers family….the billions of
    dollars donated in this city….
    and yes….johnny is a great person….but i hardly see him putting
    kc on the map…for who?
    oH YEA…MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COME TO KC TO SEE HIM….
    COME ON….
    AND YOU’RE WRONG AGAIN….JOHNNY IS NOT #1 IN KC MARKET…
    WHERE DID YOU GET THIS CRAP…….HE HAS GOOD NUMBERS
    BUT AFTER THAT SHOW THE STATION DIES OUT….
    He’s not #1 in the nation…..you don’t know sports and we now know you
    don’t know anything about advertising and radio ratings….
    Please go back to writing about the only things you are "expert " about…
    whores…strip joints…hotties one third your age…and pimping women for
    parties….
    copme on……..stop the b.s…its the holiday season….go buy some toys.

  4. chuck says:

    I gotta give some props to Harley here-
    this new format has frustrated and annoyed me with the lack of paragraphs. it feels constricted and forced, so it slows and inhibits, imo, expression.—————-(this is a paragraph)——-Harley rolls through this febble barrier like Charley Sheen through his first 8 Ball on a Friday night. ————————(New Paragraph)———-Ya just gotta fuckin love this, "….but i hardly see him putting kc on the map…for who? oH YEA…MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COME TO KC TO SEE HIM…. COME ON…. AND YOU’RE WRONG AGAIN….JOHNNY IS NOT #1 IN KC MARKET… WHERE DID YOU GET THIS CRAP……." Harley, is the light speed malevent maestro of misanthropic mayhem. ————His enemies scatter before him and I hear the lamentations of grammer teachers.————-(New Paragraph)————Herne should attach a Surgeon General’s warning, I actually have some serious auditory problems now.——————-(New Paragraph)————-Harley posts like Aaron Pryor used to punch. You didn’t want to be too close to ringside without Gallagher Gear.

  5. mork says:

    Dare is Great
    Harley man you are a dumb ass, Dare is tops. Listened to him for years. My favaorite thing is when he and Glazer are on together. Funny, man is it funny. Wish it was more often. Dare does alot for his hometown. Give the man his props. You rock on Johnny.

  6. tom finch says:

    Wrong and Loud about it!
    Harley I am in radio and not with Entercom. Johnny Dare is number one in this market and has been for nearly ten years. He is number one in the nation based on available listeners in his time slot and his talk/rock format. Harley its not cool to be wrong and so loud about it. Your being hateful or jealous of Glazer shows through in your comments. What did the guy do to you?

    Dare Love your show though it competes with us. You and Glazer are very entertaining, we gather at work and listen most often to you two. Love T Bone when he gets upset too. You take care.

  7. kyfan says:

    Johnny Dare is The Best
    Dare saw the show on Wednesday night at Midland, awesome dude. Thank you for putting on all these great shows at affordable prices. My brother and I got laid off work recently, so seeing this high level entertainment at cheap prices makes my week. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas Johnny.

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