Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: How to Succeed in Print Journalism (and How Not to)

Allow me to explain in part what’s wrong with big city, daily newspaper journalism and why the populace in the towns of Platte City, Parkville and Weston have it so good… Let’s start with the Kansas City Star where for 16 years … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kansas City Star Last to Report Decapitation Story

Here’s why many people think the Kansas City Star appears to be on its last legs… One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind Sunday after I read on Fox News about the Schlitterbahn tragedy was, that with the home court … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of an Era @ Lawrence Journal World

Talk about famous last words… It’s no secret that daily newspapers are having a tough time surviving the Internet. Primarily because the ridiculously high advertising rates they were able to charge for print editions – given their effective news monopolies … Continue reading

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Hearne: Yeehaw! Country Radio Losing It’s Kick

Any guesses yet on what was missing from KC’s June radio rankings? Here’s a hint: Florida Georgia Line. That’s right, country music radio. Because all three of the Cowtown’s vaunted country music stations whiffed at making it into KC’s Top 10, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Life @ The Top in June Radio Ratings

The Top 10 radio stations in Kansas City? Think the usual suspects with one glaring exception (let’s see if you can catch it): KCFX FM, classic rock, with a 7.4 share and a cume of 496,000 listeners. KPRS FM, urban … Continue reading

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Hearne: 610 Sports Continues to Punish WHB Despite Royals Slide

Speaking of sports… It may not be over tis it’s over, but it’s sure looking like Kansas City’s reign atop  the world of Major League Baseball is coming to an end. It was nice while it lasted but given this … Continue reading

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Hearne: Nosebleed Local Comedy Ripoffs Abound

Talk about really bad entertainment deals… Allow me to let you guys in on a little secret; standup comedy sucks in giant arenas and stadiums. It really does. The intimacy and immediacy of a comedy club environment – Stanford’s in … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Front Page Correction By Any Other Name

  The definition of pathetic? “Miserably or contemptibly inadequate.” Which pretty well describes a recent front page of the floundering by Kansas City Star. Check it. Up top was a prominently placed pic of a dejected Bernie Sanders trudging out of … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal BBQ Needs Reality Check

It’s complicated… That’s one way to look at KC’s vaunted American Royal World Series of Barbecue, an institution that appears headed for endangered species status. Along with of course, the American Royal horse and livestock show which seems to draw more … Continue reading

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Hearne: Repatriate Kemper Arena

Junk sports, anyone? How about we give Kemper Arena back to the Kempers. You know,  let the rich dudes work it all out. Isn’t that what Donald Trump and the Republican Party are all about? Free enterprise taking care of biz. So why force impoverished … Continue reading

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Hearne: Jason Whitlock Rides Again!

Talk about smoke and mirrors… Give it up for former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock. As both Whitlock and the Star continue their slide into obscurity, it’s Whitlock who seems to be winning the battle to at least appear to remain relevant. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Local Life Resumes After Royals World Series Win

Of course the Kansas City Royals are still very popular… However life goes on, and after two years of edge-of-your-seat baseball with back-to-back World Series appearances, the Kansas City area is overdue for a return to normalcy. A resumption of day-to-day … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is the KC Star ‘Extorting’ Subscribers? You Decide

Remember the expression, less is more? That’s the polar opposite of the Harlinator, a walking, talking poster child of the More the Merrier school of thought. I digress. The other day one of our comments section regulars, Jim a.k.a. BWH, boasted of paying … Continue reading

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Hearne: Just Another Manic Monday @ 18th & Grand

It doesn’t make sense… That the lowly Lawrence Journal World continues to choke out 30 percent more content than the once-mighty Kansas City Star. Yet here we go again today, with a flimsy, 20 page, two-section Monday Star versus a three-section, 26 page Journal … Continue reading

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Hearne: New, Improved Pitch — All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go

Seen the vastly improved Pitch website lately? Not too shabby for a dying news and entertainment medium. Seriously, keeping the grim reaper at bay for print publications these days is no easy task. Especially when you’re giving away the principle product … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Point Nails Down Top Spot in March Radio Rankings

Long time no radio ratings… However with the winter of our discontent in the rearview mirror, what better time to sort out the winners and losers among area stations. And guess what? There’s a new king of the beasts – The Point … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Tale of Newspaper Woe in Two Cities

Talk about David v Goliath… Is hard to imagine that the vaunted Kansas City Star would be upstaged by a neighboring, small town daily, but it’s happening. Just yesterday the lowly Lawrence Journal World choked out 26 pages of news and information to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will This Year’s Royals Continue to Lay Waste to Local Economy?

They say it’s lonely at the top… Well, make no mistake, Craig Glazer of Stanford & Sons comedy club isn’t the only lonely, local businessman to take note of the financial toll the success of the Kansas City Royals baseball team has taken … Continue reading

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Hearne: Topeka Capital-Journal v Kansas City Star

Consider this an observation… A funny thing happened in Topeka today. In the form of a complimentary copy of the $1 list price Topeka Capital-Journal. The question being, how might it stack up against the Kansas City Star? Would it give … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Kansas City Star’s Last Stand?

Here’s another take on the Star’s current ship of state, layoffs, buyouts and dial backs from one of the most successful journalists in the history of the Kansas City Star: “All those names headed out the door, they must be … Continue reading

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