Hearne: Goodbye Cruel World, Star Drops Layoffs Bombshell on Staff

They said it wouldn’t be done…

Nearly a month after notifying department heads of the need for staff cuts – then waiting a tortuously long time – the Kansas City Star unloaded on the faithful this morning as the cutting began.

As expected, the cuts come on the first day of a new pay period, Friday having been payday. However, the rumor was employees might have somehow dodged the layoffs bullet afer weeks passed and January came to an end.

It’s early but staffers rumored to have taken the hits include copy editor Don Munday who doubles as the newspaper’s Monday morning poetry quarterback with his Page 2 "Munday on Monday" poetry feature.

Munday declined comment, but insiders say he’s one of a group of staffers offered a buyout. Another longtime reporter, Jim Sullinger,reportedly got the same offer and took the Star up on it.

Gone more forcibly is longtime business reporter Randy Heaster – son of exhaulted, former Star business columnist Jerry Heaster. Heaster is a well-known live music aficionado and club dude around town of the first order.

No word yet, but FYI may have dodged the layoffs bullet when editor/society maven Ann Spivak bolted earlier this month to becomes the development director for the Genesis School.

Because of the long gesttation period between the time the layoffs were announced and finally executed, many Star staffers thought that the newspaper had found a way to make the needed quarterly cuts sans any bloodletting. That proved incorrect.

However, while being politely asked to retire is a far better fate than the plankwalks of recent year’s, it’s not exactly a vote of confidence for those entertaining the offers. Which, apparently, remains to be learned.

Fittingly, Munday’s poem today, "Terms of Confusion," begins as follows:

"Of all times to happen, the worst, there’s no doubt."

Stay tuned.

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6 Responses to Hearne: Goodbye Cruel World, Star Drops Layoffs Bombshell on Staff

  1. Start me up says:

    START IT UP
    Hearne,
    Do you think the “news” paper as a media is dead? period, or will someday a paper return?
    I hate to think that all that will exist is…. an instantly “editable”, non-credible, non-history saving, non real news media.

    History is created by the men who write it, and with no permanent, uneditable record, who knows what will be considered truth?

  2. John Altevogt says:

    More reporters gone, editorial duds remain
    Apparently the goal is to become a blog. Sullinger bought out? I guess Johnson County politics is no longer of interest. Heaster gone? So much for business reporting. However, the affirmative action brigade in editorial remains on course for mediocrity. Let’s see, I could read Tony and look at all the pictures of lumpty bumps, or I can read Lewis Diuguid (wonder what he’ll write about), or Miriam Pepper if she’d ever write anything. Does she ever do anything there, or is she like former SOS Thornbird, phoning it in from home? And then there’s old faithless, Derek Donovan pretending to worry about The Star’s endless bias. Let’s see, what’s his affirmative action category? Oh yeah, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Good news is that there is going to be a conservative newspaper available shortly. if it succeeds, people can put it together with The Pitch and almost have a real community newspaper. Life’s good after all.

  3. John Altevogt says:

    More reporters gone, editorial duds remain
    Apparently the goal is to become a blog. Sullinger bought out? I guess Johnson County politics is no longer of interest. Heaster gone? So much for business reporting. However, the affirmative action brigade in editorial remains on course for mediocrity. Let’s see, I could read Tony and look at all the pictures of lumpty bumps, or I can read Lewis Diuguid (wonder what he’ll write about), or Miriam Pepper if she’d ever write anything. Does she ever do anything there, or is she like former SOS Thornbird, phoning it in from home? And then there’s old faithless, Derek Donovan pretending to worry about The Star’s endless bias. Let’s see, what’s his affirmative action category? Oh yeah, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Good news is that there is going to be a conservative newspaper available shortly. if it succeeds, people can put it together with The Pitch and almost have a real community newspaper. Life’s good after all.

  4. John Altevogt says:

    I seem to have hiccuped
    Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice.

  5. Cliffy says:

    4 comments …
    … and three of them are from geezer Altevogt (chuckle). Nobody cares.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I seem to have hiccuped
    Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice.

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