Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

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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Hearne: No Joy in Mudville Update

Lawrence is a funny town… On one hand it clings to and celebrates its small town charm. On the other, it longs for a taste of superficial, big city amenities with chains like Ulta and Chick-fil-A. Think I’m kidding? Let’s cut to … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Star Layoffs; Last One Out, Turn On The Lights

Put away the black armbands, lose the hankies, this is a time of hope! That’s right, after upwards of nine years of layoffs and buyouts, the Kansas City Star is in a position where…it could.just.go.all.the.way! Don’t rub your eyes, you heard … Continue reading

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Hearne: Ridiculous Crowd Estimate Alert for Lawrence

Ah, the joys of journalism… I learned early in my foray into the journalism racket that precious few who call themselves “journalists” are to the manner born. Television newsies are generally wannabe local celebrities who like the idea of acting important, being on camera, wearing … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Bill Self Controversy Nobody Will Touch

Nepotism, anyone? Heading into the NCAA tourney, the University of Kansas is flying high. They’re in sole possession of twin Big 12 championships; they’ve won 30 games; and just about anybody and everybody has them as all but a lock for … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Death in the Family @ 18th & Grand

It was the beginning of the end… Late last summer I misplaced a credit card that paid my monthly subscription fee to the Kansas City Star. The net result being the gang at 18th and Grand cut me off. Poof, I was history. … Continue reading

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Hearne: How (Not) to Fix KU Football

Rhetorical questions, anyone? Coming up with clever column ideas isn’t always easy. Case in point, Lawrence Journal World boss hawg Dolph Simons, Jr.’s most recent effort. His latest; What Will It Take to Turn KU Football Around? Now there’s a $64 million … Continue reading

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