Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: American Royal Con Game Advances

Cross your fingers… If Kansas City gets lucky – and I mean really lucky – the laughably ridiculous threat by the American Royal to move out of Kemper Arena and the stockyards will come to pass. They’ll convince some other part … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of the Trail for ‘Star Magazine’

And another one bites the dust… After 45 years, the Kansas City Star newspaper’s Star Magazine is no more. The weekly tabloid was distributed inside the financially all-important Sunday edition where it bridged the divide between hard news, sports and entertainment. Over the years … Continue reading

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Hearne: Surprises Galore in the January 2015 Radio Ratings

Here we go, baby… New year, two new news-talk formats and the game’s fast afoot in the wide world of Kansas City radio rankings. For starters we’ve got the same-old, same-old with classic rocker KCFX FM in the No. 1 slot. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Reading between the Lines @ 18th & Grand

“Running a newspaper can be a rough business.” So begins a story last week by Eric Adler in the Kansas City Star. Understatements aside, it’s a tale of another area newspaper, not the newspaper of record in Kansas City. Hey, it’s a lot easier to pin the tail … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Great Disappointment of the Great Plains

Hold the kind words… Few if any tears will be shed for the soon-to-close Great Mall of the Great Plains. It wasn’t that it was too old, like Metcalf South and some of the other failing or failed area malls that the … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rich Get Sleazier at KU

Henceforth and forevermore let the record show that college sports is about one  thing – and one thing only – the almighty buck… And it’s about folks like us, trapped in flyover state cities, with nothing much better to do than feeding the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star ‘Slashes’ Business News Coverage

Maybe I’ve been reading too much Rich Steele… Which undoubtedly accounts for my use of the word “slash” in reference to the Kansas City Star’s after-the-fact announcement today that its Kansas City Star Business Weekly is no more. Just like that … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dean Smith Death News Coverage Reveals ‘Tale of Two Cities’

So much for home court advantage… One would think living large in the Cradle of College Basketball that the Lawrence Journal World would have a huge reporting leg up on what’s left of the Kansas City Star. At least when it came … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Star is Right, Sumner Piano Controversy a Non Issue

All of you who think I’ve got an undying hate of the Kansas City Star take notice… I’m just as capable of praising them at times as I am of bagging on them.  Yeah, it’s far easier to criticize and … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Anatomy of a Sports Rivalry, Hating on KU-MU

It’s funny how small town mindsets can compare to big city thinking… Case in point, the manner in which the Lawrence Journal World treats the subject of the historic Kansas versus Missouri sports rivalry – you know, KU-MU – the so-called … Continue reading

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Hearne: Heads Roll @ KC Star @ 18th & Grand

Been a while since the Grim Reaper laid waste to the Kansas City Star… Mercifully. But make no mistake, with the steady drip of print circulation attrition, nobody at 18th and Grand has harbored any illusions about the direction the industry’s heading. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Pitch Publisher Bites the Dust Sans Explanation

Were the publisher of the Kansas City Star to mysteriously step down, you can bet your bottom dollar The Pitch would be all over covering the story-behind-the story… So while it’s understandable, it’s still a little odd that the alternative … Continue reading

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Hearne: Legendary KC Radio Host Now An Internet Cabbie

How about a quick game of, “Where are they now?” Today’s subject is none other than longtime WDAF 61 Country morning host David Lawrence.  Lawrence parted company with Entercom Kansas City in 2006 following a ceremony honoring him by naming WDAF FM‘s new … Continue reading

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Hearne: Westport to Unleash “Gangsta Cam’ on Bad Guys

Coming soon to an entertainment district near you… It may be the Age of the Drone, but Kansas City’s premier entertainment district is going to stick with the tried and the true in its ongoing battle to keep bad guys out … Continue reading

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Hearne: The 4 C’s of Kansas City Radio & Ratings

When it comes to the local radio, there are Four C’s… Classic Rock, Chiefs, Country Music & Christmas Everything else comes in second – or last, depending upon how you want to look at it. And nowhere is that point … Continue reading

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Hearne: Details Emerge on Needless Shawnee Shootout That Cost Owner His Life

In the immortal words of the great Jimmy C: “A lifetime of having been advised not to resist people pointing weapons at me would have told me to come out slowly, with my hands up and palms facing forward. I … Continue reading

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Hearne: Here’s Why Barack Crashed @ Lawrence’s Holiday Inn

The reason President Obama stayed at the Lawrence Holiday Inn? It’s really quite simple, he had no choice. With an entourage of more than 100 people, no way could arguably ritzier hotels like the historic Eldridge in downtown Lawrence (48 rooms) or … Continue reading

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Hearne: Posnanski was Right; NCAA Sells Out on Paterno Deal

Turns out Joe Posnanski was a prophet… Three years ago the former Kansas City Star sports columnist took a ton of heat for his puff piece biography of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. You know, the dude who turned the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is Winter 2015 History?

Heard on the street; that Winter 2015 is o-v-e-r… Retailers are fire selling off winter coats, Paul Wilson’s primping his new above ground pool in Olathe, Harley’s waxing his surfboard and Jack Frost is nowhere to be found. Time to mothball the … Continue reading

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Hearne: $6 Million Walnuts ‘Mausoleum’ to be Auctioned

Think of it as wretched excess… Remember the Beverly Hillbillies television show? Where an unassuming family of hillbillies discovers oil, then drives their run down jalopy to a spiffy, new mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Dream come true, huh? Well, right now Kansas City’s … Continue reading

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