Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Why the Jury Bagged ‘The Buzz’ for Big Bucks

And now the rest of the story… If all you knew about the lawsuit former KU law school grad Ashley Patton filed against Entercom Kansas City two years ago after morning show personalities on 96.5 The Buzz misidentified her as a porn star and a jury granted her a million dollar … Continue reading

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Hearne: Behind ‘96.5 The Buzz’ Big Fat, Million Dollar Miscue

Who the heck knew? I guess know, being young and “hip”just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be these days. Or so it would seem. I used to think – naively I suppose – that on air personalities at an alternative rock radio … Continue reading

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Hearne: Harvard Grad Takes on Sweet Tomatoes, Howard Cosell, Nixon & Hy-Vee

Harvard degree? Check. Stalking conviction? Check. Baseball statistician extraordinaire? Double check. To describe Pembroke Country Day School alum Jeff Magalif as a tad eccentric would be an enormous understatement. Magalif has agreed to share some of his baseball wisdom and provide an overview of … Continue reading

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Hearne: FIAT of Olathe Unleashes Gourmet Gala & Nightclub Wilding

Have FIAT, will party… When’s the last time you were invited to a sit-down dinner party and post-meal nightclub wilding – by a car dealer, no less? Never, right? Well, if you’re one of however many customers of FIAT of Olathe, … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Halls on Grand a Grand Slam But Can It Overcome Its Location?

Location, location, location… Make no mistake, the glitzy new Halls on Grand is a splendid proposition. One that would no doubt make Adele Hall – the deceased civic leader and wife of Hallmark chairman Don Hall – quite proud. “It’s a lot nicer than … Continue reading

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Hearne: Cinetopia 18 & AMC Town Center Square Off as Hostilities Appear Headed for the Courtroom

The stage is set… Just over four months ago Oregon-based movie exhibitor Cinetopia plighted its troth in Kansas City with its opulent Overland Park 18 theater and restaurant in the upscale Prairie Fire shopping and residential development. The sky was the limit for Cinetopia’s grand, new multiplex … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Says, ‘Royals Season O-V-E-R’

Let’s talk Royals… The score last night was 10-zip Detroit. The Kansas City Royals were on the ropes and in the midst of the grand reopening of the spanking new Stanford’s Comedy Club at Rosana Square in Overland Park, sports scribe … Continue reading

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Hearne: Maybe KU Should Consider Axing Its Athletics Director Too

What would Al Bohl do? You remember Al Bohl, don’t you? The former University of Kansas athletic director that then KU basketball coach Roy Williams crushed like a dove in 2003. He’s also the dude who the Topeka Capital-Journal has described as “the father of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Woe Be to the KC Star if it Loses Sam Mellinger

In journalism – as in most businesses – everybody is is expendable… In the case of the Kansas City Star, one need only flash back six years to when frontline columnists Joe Posnanski, Jason Whitlock and myself were practically the face of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star ‘Opinion’ Scribe Steve Paul Steps Up to the Plate

Bravo! Thumbs up to newly-minted Kansas City Star editorial page editor Steve Paul for his piece Sunday, “American Royal Needs to get Real on Kemper Issue.” I’ve known Steve for years and in short, he’s a brainy, artsy guy who isn’t really the … Continue reading

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Hearne: IKEA Short Sheets KC on ‘Grand Opening’ Meatball Schmooze

Would you believe KC is actually bigger than Miami? True story – a population of 467,000 versus 419,000 – although there’s more to the tale-o-the-tape when you factor in the two “metro” areas. That’s where the Florida city smokes Greater KC, with 5.5 million … Continue reading

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Hearne: What to Expect @ IKEA Merriam’s Wednesday Wilding

About the only thing missing will be Star staffers and celebs hawking papers on street corners to commemorate the grand occasion … With local media tripping over each other trying to kiss up to the new IKEA store here, it’s somewhat surprising that nobody’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kansas City Star’s IKEA ‘Blowjob’ First of Many

Journalistic integrity, anyone? I don’t know if IKEA advertises much in print publications like the Kansas City Star, but I suspect they may. I’ll tell you this though, the advertising department at the Kansas City Star and the publisher know and judging … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Recounts Encounters With Joan Rivers

“I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was ‘the man goes on top and the woman underneath.’ For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.” There you have it, classic Joan … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dying Confession of a CD/Vinyl Buyer

I stream, therefore I am… I have a confession – nothing earth shattering – but while I hardly consider myself a reprobate, I still buy CDs and Vinyl music albums. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not like Craig Glazer or that Stomper character. … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Secret of Des Moines, Iowa’s Success

Trust me on this… You wouldn’t want to have to live in Wichita. Just being from there must be a downer, judging from the folks I’ve in Kansas City who run successful bars, restaurants or businesses that practically apologize for being from the land down under. And … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lawrence’s ‘John Brown Underground’ Facing Steep Odds

It was one of the most anticipated bar openings in Lawrence in ages… And on a frisky Friday late last month – in the midst of the Lawrence Busker Festival – a “speakeasy” called the John Brown Underground quietly came into this world … Continue reading

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Hearne: This Just In…Star Mag Was Right, Des Moines is Hip

Kansas City hates being looked down upon… We don’t like playing second fiddle to St. Louis and don’t like getting lumped in with third rate “flyover” cities like Wichita, Omaha and Des Moines. We hate it. That’s why for the better part of more than 15 … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Decries, ‘He Who Dies With the Most Toyz’

Sometimes I wonder that if whether it weren’t for cliches, this country would collapse… Culturally. Just blow away. And as if we didn’t have more than enough of them growing up, every year we add more to the slag heap of our existences. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Super Bowl Rock ‘n’ Roll Money Grab

What took the NFL so long? A story last week suggested that the NFL was looking into the possibility of having major musical acts interested in performing during the Super Bowl halftime show to pay for that privilege. And why not? It’s … Continue reading

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