Glazer: ‘Hometown Boy’ Offers Up Olive Branch to Readers & Nasty Commenters Alike

Craig AdsviceIt’s a great attention getter for me to be such a controversial character, but I’m often misinterpreted…

I got involved as a writer on this website a few years back for the expressed purpose of being someone that would take off the gloves.  Most local media have a tendency to sugarcoat a lot of the news.

I on the other hand choose not to sugarcoat anything.

Many of my initial stories on KC Confidential were intentionally a bit out there.  If you read them years ago, I often wrote about my love life, which included some photos of the women who were in and out of my life like a revolving door, as well as some racy stories which often left me as the guy who came out on the short end of the stick.  All of these stories were true but were somewhat abbreviated.  

And if you’ve been following my many exploits, I often used myself as an example in what I felt were poignant and sad tales of lost love, family difficulties and making my way in the world as best I could.

Clearly, my life has been an open book. 

There have been countless newspaper and magazine articles about me, as well as a book, The King of Sting, that’s based on my life.

I pulled no punches intentionally.

This was done for two reasons: one, so you could have a unique view of a person who took the road less traveled, and two, that might see yourself in some of my stories, albeit in a different way. And maybe you’d learn a thing or two about life through my eyes.

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Chocolate Becky performs for the Scribe

It was never my intention to hurt anybody or trample on anyone’s feelings in any way. 

Unfortunately, the nature of online reporting and writing often stirs up hard feelings from others who read the stories.  Those that read them and enjoy them and agree generally don’t comment. However some that disagree are sometimes willing to vilify me to get their points across.

The truth is, many of those comments were so degrading and challenging that it pushed me to respond in kind. 

I now have come to see that this is the nature of the game.

It reminds me of when I first started doing the show on 98.9 The Rock with Johnny Dare two decades back.  My character if you will, began off as a loveable former quasi-bad boy. It was based in part on my whiskey-deep voice which makes me sound like some kind of hoodlum. That and my willingness to tell entertaining and funny stories about my past.

Craig Squirrel OneThat’s no different than comedians Jim Jeffries or Lewis Black. It’s what stand-up comedy is all about, making fun of yourself.

And as it went with radio, over a period of time, my bad guy character became something of a reality.  Despite that I was far removed from the young adventurer in my book and stories. Thus it became more fun for listeners to view me as the dark character my radio persona had become.

Even though the last criminal actions I was involved with were in 1983, they were rekindled by what became an incredibly unfair criminal accusation against me in 2001.

And although local media eventually tried to clear my name, the damage was done.

UnknownMuch like Hollywood bad boys like Robert Downey, Jr, Christian Slater and Charlie Sheen; the name Craig Glazer became the poster boy for late nights, wild cocaine parties and running with women of questionable character.

And although most of the stories I told happened some time ago, it’s simply more fun for people to have a villain, a heel, a bad guy.  But even with all my media attention in Kansas City over the past couple of decades, good and bad – generally good – I can’t win for losing.  I still get that, “Well, I never even heard of Craig Glazer until I came to KC Confidential.

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who haven’t heard of me.  I can’t do much about that. Good news doesn’t travel very well,  but bad news has the legs to run for days. And scandals can last forever.

Look, as I look back on some of the silly arguments I’ve had with some of the commenters here, I admit it was sometimes wrong of me to lose my temper and invite them to step out from behind their computers and meet me in person for a beatdown.

But pretend you are me and someone was calling you every name in the book – that you were a liar and a rat – making verbal attacks on your family, etc.  Eventually you’d maybe get a little fed up and want to strike back.

It’s clear that all these silly arguments that lead to harsh words between a writer and a commenter are never going to lead anywhere except to more and angrier comments on the website itself.  And I don’t think that’s going to change.

I’ve written several stories this past year about the Chiefs as their season went from hopeful to collapse.

It’s pretty simple guys, they went from 9 and 0 to 2 and 6. If you wanted me to pretend this team was much improved, sorry. I just can’t.  I’ve explained it over and over and the Chiefs proved me right Saturday.

Quarterback Alex Smith is a big improvement and that’s about it.  Sorry about that.  Like you, I wish they were a lot better. But having said that, I don’t hold the Chief’s failures against the city or the people who live here.

craig headI’m proud to say I am from Kansas City. And when I lived in LA and Phoenix I made it clear to anyone who asked that I was a Kansas Citian.  I spent many years living on the Country Club Plaza and still believe it to be the nicest shopping and entertainment district in the United States.

In conclusion, I realize there’s nothing I can do about the people who choose to attack me or hate on me.  It’s a price I must pay for being outspoken.  I know that I lived a wild and crazy life for many years and I don’t regret it one bit.

We all have things we’d like to change in our past but in the end I consider myself a lucky guy.

Again, I feel that the Kansas City media has been great to me overall.  For those of you who’ve enjoyed my stories and comments, thanks for listening and reading.  For those of you who choose not to like me for whatever reason, I guess there’s not much I can do about that.

I wish all of you a wonderful and happy 2014.

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28 Responses to Glazer: ‘Hometown Boy’ Offers Up Olive Branch to Readers & Nasty Commenters Alike

  1. AE says:

    Haters gonna hate. To your own self be true. Peace, Craig!

  2. balbonis moleskine says:

    Motherlovin coke owl pic is back!!!!

  3. harley says:

    glaza said:
    “that might see yourself in some of my stories, albeit in a different way. And maybe you’d learn a thing or two about life through my eyes.”

    NO NO NO NO NO…..I don’t see myself in any of your stories. I didn’t deal drugs..
    didn’t sleep with lots of women……..don’t
    sleep around….enjoy the company of intelligent/articulate people….
    I don’t try to be someone I’m not….don’t have a pessimistic /negative attitude
    about everyone and everything…and don’t try to be someone I’m not…don’t
    have ahuge ego that needs to think I’m some kind of celebrity….

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO….I haven’t learned a thing or two about
    life thru your eyes. We are differnet….that’s life.
    so no…your writings are really nothing I would think of being intellectual
    …just some entertainment.
    luve ya glaza but no no no no no no……I respect everyone…hate those
    who hate!!!
    may you find peace ahd happiness…you’re a good guy…but its time
    to exit stage left…
    you’re now apologizing for what you are. Not good.
    When was the last time a comedian at your club apologized for his act?
    probably never…
    any one of them say “sorry…my act is really terrible”?
    time to exit and move to more positive things…you have tremendous incredible
    talent..use it for something positive!!!!! You’ll be a happier man forever!!!!!!

    • admin says:

      Stop the presses!

      Harley cops to not sleeping with many women? That’s kind newsy, I guess.

      But whatever you want to sing Craig on, I don’t think trying to be something that he’s not isn’t one of them. I think reasonable people would agree that Craig is exactly who he is – a one of a kind.

      Kinda like you Harley…only different

      • harley says:

        no hearne…never was the “macho man” that you and hearne
        were.
        just not my style. Maybe because I had sistersand learned
        to respect women for their beauty and intelligence.
        you and glaze probably never cared about a womans
        i.q….as long as she was “69” you were on it!!!!!!!!!
        I said that now glaze is apologizing for being who he is..
        which is way wrong.
        he is what he is…his stories have been fun and entertainment
        nuy truthfully never had an impact on me and I never
        learned anything from them.
        Ihad my days…ran the “bitches” but nothing compared
        to the legend “glaza”!!!!! hahahahaha!

  4. Gerald Bostock says:

    I was going to say that Craig is just like Lewis Black and Robert Downey Jr., but he beat me to it. But you left out Pretty Boy Floyd and Pablo Escobar.

  5. Kerouac says:

    “All of these stories were true but were somewhat abbreviated.”

    – were the uninitiated Kerouac not a refined fellow (but more so a wannabe comedian), would offer ‘is that akin premature e*********n?’; as I enjoy reading CG, cannot say it. Alas, anyone who has followed the Chiefs any length of time knows about quick exits…

    “It’s pretty simple guys, they went from 9 and 0 to 2 and 6.”

    – from 2-14 to 11-5 to… oh, about 7-9 or 9-7 in 2014, my opine… deja vu all over again, modern day NFL (re)cycling. From a Jack to a King and back to a Jack, once more. No one asked or cares probably, but take the Broncos, Colts, Saints & 49er’s this weekend.

  6. artemmis says:

    what is that thing this old guy has on his head?? Some type of brown Brillo-pad?

    Geezers used to wear those back in the ’80s.. they were called “rug rats”

    thought they went away.

    • CG says:

      No Artie thats you in the mirror I look damn good, why I get the babes and you don’t…hey I’m back to my old self kinda like the guy in Clockwork Orange…Just singin’ in the rain….little Alex…and I don’t mean Smith..tell’em Chuck.

      • chuck says:

        If you want pretty polly, you’ve got to take her!!

        It’s a stinking world because there’s no law and order anymore! It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get on to the old, like you done. Oh, it’s no world for an old man any longer. What sort of a world is it at all? Men on the moon, and men spinning around the earth, and there’s not no attention paid to earthly law and order no more.

        [He starts singing another song, and Alex and his droogs proceed to beat him]

        Hey Glaze, I would go with Popeye, “I am what I am and that is all that I am”.

        Or, maybe, Disraeli, “Never apologize or explain.”

        Let your inner “Alex” go.

        Real torture, would be propping Alex’s eyelids open with toothpicks and making him read, again and again, Harley’s posts.

        🙂

    • harley says:

      artie…take that bullsh*t comment and go away.
      stupid comment along with useless attempt to tell us something we already
      know.
      go back to your high school science textbook and leave us alone!
      Harley

  7. balbonis moleskine says:

    whose at the club, Craig? Any up and comers I would want to check out on broadway or at your other one in KCK?

    • CG says:

      One of America’s top female performers will be at Legends beginning tonight. Kira Soltanovich. Kira is currently a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in his last few weeks now. About three years ago Jay began using Kira, who is not only hot looking but sharp witted and very funny, to do the PHONY PHOTO BOOTH with him..she did it about once a month, then more often, she did stand up on the show and he loves her so sometimes she even is a bit of a co hostess with Jay. Kira’s big break was he tv series GIRLS BEHAVING BADLY where she and her co star Chelsea Handler did weekly bits for the series they both starred in, she also has been on Showtime and Comedy Central Specials, she is with us tonight through Saturday…next week the ‘legend’ Jimmy JJ Walker..then Chris Franjola who along with Josh Wolf is the main man on Chelsea then has his own show AFTER LATELY..Then Harley’s fav, BAD BOY Bobby Slayton…Hearne may post more on this later.

      • harley says:

        that kira is excellent and I expect huge things from her..
        put her on a SNL…..and another hot prospect is the
        young African American correspondent on the daily show
        with john stewart…if you haven’t seen her…she’s an
        up and comer…BIG TIME.
        AND OF COURSE JJ WALKER…read where he was dating
        some big time Hollywood hottie…who was that??????
        but seen him one time before…and although many who
        haven’t seen him might think he’s old style…he’s a gas.
        and my favorite….bobby slayton…who I spent new
        years eve with backstage at the Riviera in 2000….
        he’ was with Robert shulmer (spelling?) on one show…
        greatest comedy show ever except when we were in
        vegas sharing a booth with Milton berle and his wife
        and don rickles did half hs show from right at our table…
        great the comedy business is going strong….and that
        you’re playing some new comics…but this kira girl
        is oneher way to the big time…nice you get her before
        she starts charging 100K!!!!!!
        hope the house fills up!
        great….a modern day don rickles who is just insance.

      • chuck says:

        That Cash Levy dude is hilarious, reminds me of Bob Newhart.

  8. CG says:

    Well thank you Chuck, Harley and gang for the nice comments on the upcoming comics..its a wide range of new stars like Chris Franjola, mid level stars like Kira and long time stand outs like JJ Walker..fun stuff.

    • balbonis moleskine says:

      Have you heard about the Road Hard movie?

      looks like it’ll be funny, and not a lot of movie about the standup scene (king of comedy w/ deNiro is the only other I can think of…)

  9. paulwilsonkc says:

    CG, just watched Norm MacDonald on AXSTV, Tom Green Live. Is he an expensive act? Liked him ever since Weekend Update.

  10. CG says:

    Yes Paul, both of them have requested to work at Stanfords..Norm is hotter now cause he is on a series again, Tom Green was here years ago, not sure of his heat here, both good entertainers.

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