Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Journal World Shoots Arrow at Roy Williams, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Remember that line about walking softly and carrying a big stick? That’s hardly the case in Lawrence, Kansas where the walking is almost always pretty darn soft and the size of the stick is not only small, it’s all but invisible. That’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Legendary Audio/Video Store Kief’s ‘Business Liquidation’ Auction 9 a.m. Saturday

A moment of silence, please for the Kansas City/Lawrence area’s finest electronics retailer… After more than half a century Kief’s Audio Video is no more. The store closed quietly a few weeks back and at 9 a.m. tomorrow Kief’s will liquidate … Continue reading

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Hearne: Journal World Columnist Error Precedes Embarrassing Tap Dance

When is a factual error not an error and a correction not a correction? Answer: In Bizaro World aka the Lawrence Journal World. When 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan botched a story about a security contractor who provided a bogus eyewitness account that was almost … Continue reading

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Hearne: RIP John Muller 1949-2014

The advertising, arts, business community and beyond celebrates the life of John Muller tonight at 7 p.m. in the Kansas City Art Institute‘s Vanderslice Hall.  

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Hearne: Ad Icon John Muller Dies & Much Ado About Nothing KU Win

Just what I needed, a weeklong battle with a cold/flu… Consider that my calling in sick after the fact. But I’m back and I’m bad, so where is that tub-O-lard Lazlo dude? I’ll tear him to pieces. He’d best pray … Continue reading

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Hearne: October 2014 KC Radio Station Rankings

They’re up, they’re down… Who’s on first? Who’s on third? Who should have tried to make it home before Salvadore Perez bought the farm? Will The Buzz ever knock off The Rock, and why did its ratings barely rise when management was expecting a … Continue reading

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Hearne: October Radio Ratings Range from Spooky to Pathetic

Since when does October not include Major League Baseball‘s ALCS, the World Series or Halloween?  Since right now, courtesy of Nielsen’s radio ratings. That’s because the “October” rating book runs from September 11 to October 8. Meaning a whole lot of USDA choice Kansas City … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dissecting The Pitch ‘Best Of KC’ Awards

Who doesn’t like a good tip? Like, you should check out this new band, restaurant, etc, But at some point there is such a thing as to much of a good thing. And in the case of the 1014 Pitch … Continue reading

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Hearne: An Overdue Critique of The Pitch ‘Best Of” Issue

I’ve been putting this off all baseball season… Baseball season for me being the month of October – or Okctober – as Dick’s Sporting Goods came within a World Series game of calling it. I’m referring of course to the annual Pitch “Best … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Opera Singer Slips, Wins Bet & Chevy Dealer Jinxes Royals

Kansas City’s biggest non baseball World Series slip-up? Call it a tie, between opera singer Joyce DiDonato – who warbled out the National Anthem opera style before Game 7 – and Molle Chevrolet in Blue Springs – that laid a pre … Continue reading

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Hearne: Four Thumbs Up for Spirit Airlines

Allow me to stick it to Man Jack for just a minute…. You know, KCC’s resident movie, travel and sex-for-hire expert. That’s because I had the pleasure of flying Spirit Airlines to Chicago last week and in spite of the gentle German’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Frisco Follies Unfold Following ‘Royal Stomping’

I’ll let you in on a little secret… San Franciscans hate people referring to their town as Frisco. “Nicknames are supposed to embody some overall characteristic, not just act as a lazy surgery of the city’s name,” according to an online SF-based magazine. “There’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ in World Series Showdown

Think Midwestern values versus West Coast feng shui… The simple life versus a contrived one – the upper crust versus the help – it’s all on the line tonight when the Kansas City Royals clash with the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Facing Up to the Bitter Realities of Royals Baseball

In the end, didn’t we all know better? Coming back after a Rip Van Winkle coma is no small thing, and even people like me who had moved on with their lives leaving Major League Baseball in the distant rearview mirror were charmed by … Continue reading

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Hearne: AMC Puts Kibosh on Cinetopia World Series Promotion

Talk about getting ratted out… For three weeks the new Cinetopia Overland Park 18 has been hosting free watch parties for Kansas City Royals baseball games during the team’s playoffs run. It started with KC’s wildcard win over the Oakland A’s October 1st … Continue reading

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Hearne: Midland Uses World Series as Excuse to Dump Ducats

Let’s see, you’re sitting on a you-know-what load of soft ticket shows and you want to save face – what to do? Well, there’s always the option of “papering the arena” as they say. Concert biz insiders are all too familiar with that … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Losers’ @ Sports Illustrated Forecast Royals Rumble

Does Sports Illustrated still matter? A handful of years back the editor at the Kansas City Star told me in no uncertain terms that it did not. It was a joke, the dying embers of an outdated dream. Seems SI had … Continue reading

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Hearne: Much Ado About Nothing, Baltimore Media Manufactures Controversy

It was bound to happen… After days of smashing pies in one another’s faces and chanting and waving signs reading, “We Won’t Stop,” the Baltimore media and to an arguably lesser extent its fans are starting to devolve into nitpickers and sore losers. Case … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star vs. Star & The Winner Is…

It’s really quite surreal watching playoff baseball and seeing dudes with the words “Kansas City” etched across their chests…. I can’t think of any sport – with the possible exception of curling or log rolling – I’ve watched less of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Baltimore Orioles Jinxed by Fans, Celebs – Don’t Let it Happen Here

Forget about not changing your socks… If you really want the Kansas City Royals to prevail over the Baltimore Orioles and go on to win the World Series, read my lips: t’s not about the good luck charms or ritualistic … Continue reading

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