Hearne: More Problems @ The Pitch — Main Phone Lines Down

pit   chhhWhen sorrows come, they bear not single spies…

Murphy’s Law or a sign of tough times? You make the call. A month or two back the URL for Pitch.com was listed for sale by Go Daddy. False alarm – just a fluke – publisher Joel Hornbostel assured. Somebody screwed up on the renewal and the alt weekly had to get a new credit card to the pub’s provider to protect its domain.

No harm, no foul.

Next when the Pitch moved across the street into new, far smaller offices a couple weeks back, it reportedly had to provide a credit card to pay for the move after its credit was denied. Somewhat of a close call, but all’s well that ends well and the mag is now safely ensconced on the west side of 17th and Main Street in downtown KC.

The latest?

o-LANDLINE-PHONE-570Anxious callers to the Pitch’s longtime main number – 816 561-6061 – report getting a recording when trying to contact the troubled alt weekly.

“The number you have dialed is not in service,” the message advises “Please check the number and try again.”

It’s no secret that print publications are in difficult days. And a number of smaller publications – even the mighty Boston Phoenix – have had to close their doors.

So what’s the deal here?

Apparently some Pitch staffers phones are working just fine. However, calls to not just the main Pitch line but to the main telephone numbers for display advertising, classified advertising and online advertising all garner the same response:

Lily1“The number you have dialed is not in service…”

A check with other sources say it may merely be a post-move, IT problem.

“Because they just got a new phone system,” says a source. “And they were having problems installing it and getting it to work after the move.”

Stay tuned…

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7 Responses to Hearne: More Problems @ The Pitch — Main Phone Lines Down

  1. Mysterious J says:

    Come on, no mention of your own glorious history with The Pitch?!?

    • admin says:

      My glorious history, eh?

      Not necessary to go back to the 1990s, MJ. But thanks for thinking of me!

  2. slicks says:

    816-5601-6061? No wonder it doesn’t work…

  3. StillAtMyMoms says:

    No wonder why they can’t call me back on my lede. I know it doesn’t suck, either. Hell, print is dead. The age of anti-intellectualism. Mike Judge is a prophet.

  4. snore says:


    • admin says:

      Multi tasking, snore?

      In your sleep no less…you wouldn’t happen to work at the Pitch?

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