Somebody done somebody wrong…
Like a lame country western song, Fox Sports hung Kansas city out to dry in its coverage of last night’s All Star Game. So says local PR guy extraordinaire Will Gregory.
"Here’s the pathetic thing," Gregory says. "Every single act Fox had at the stadium were country and western singers. And not even huge names – like B level American Idol singers. So it makes everybody across the country think we’re this hick town. It just seemed like to me that they didn’t have any interest in portraying Kansas City as anything more than barbecue and country music. Why not go to some of our James beard nominated restaurants? We have three James Beard winners here and a fourth mulitple nominee and nobody said a thing about that."
Meaning KC blew it in putting its best foot forward on the national TV stage?
"I don’t know that Kansas City blew it, this city was electric and I think we were great hosts. I just think that Fox was lazy and mailed in the the basic barbecue and country music package," Gregory says. "I think the city was ready to show off but the television coverage was a let down. The television coverage of what we have to offer was dated at best and ill informed at worst. I don’t think that Fox had any interest in getting beyond the song, ‘Goin’ to Kansas City’ and video of ribs.
"You know the movie Goodfellas? There’s a scene where a guy gets out of prison and sees Joe Pesci at a bar but hasn’t seen him since Pesci was a kid. And he talks down to him so Joe says to the guy, ‘I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I don’t shine shoes anymore.’ And that’s what I think about Kansas City – we don’t shine shoes anymore.
"We’re not just about country western music and barbecue, we’ve grown up. We’ve got cutting edge tech companies and eclectic restaurants in every category. The editor of Savor magazine was on the Today Show earlier this year and said that Kansas City was the place for food in 2012. And I don’t think he was talking about barbecue."
Gregory’s bottom line:
"Fox totally stereotyped Kansas City and I don’t think I’m alone in saying I’m tired of that. It’s like people playing the song, ‘Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City’ from the musical Oklahoma. It’s not the 1800s anymore. It’s time for people to wake up and see Kansas City for what it is today. Not for what it was in Oklahoma."