Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: The American Royal’s Coming Unglued

What’s next, waving a white flag and shouting uncle? Seems like only yesterday the heavy handed civic leader backers of the American Royal couldn’t wait to pull a fast one on taxpayers by tearing down Kemper Arena for a $50 to $70 million into an overpriced … Continue reading

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Hearne: 610 Sports Blows Everybody Away, Soars to No. 1

Ho-lee-shit… Pardon my French, but I’m scrambling to try and put my eyeballs back in my eye sockets. Because about two minutes ago they flew out like meteorites when I saw that 610 Sports had taken complete command of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: What Goes Around Comes Around for Hallmark

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Hallmark Cards… I mean, it’s a hometown institution. A company that generations of locals were raised to be proud of. And what Hallmark did with Crown Center and the surrounding area with hotels has … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Based Hallmark Cards Downward Spiral Continues

About those Hallmark Cards layoffs… Unlike former Star publisher Mark Zieman who preferred to blame the newspaper’s massive layoffs on the economy, Hallmark head David Hall correctly blamed the card company’s flagging fortunes on “changes in consumer” spending. That’s calling a spade a spade. Because people aren’t … Continue reading

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Hearne: How to $urvive Universal $tudios Orlando

Travel column, anyone? Years ago, prior to my daughters arrival on the planet, I had the occasion to visit Universal Studios Orlando. I did the Disney thing too, but that experience paled by comparison to Universal,  given there were no rug rats in … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will a Glazer Be KC’s Next Tom Watson?

So I’m gathering my thoughts after a week on the road when Craig calls… “Are you into tennis and the French Open?” the Scribe queried. Before I could even fathom the motivation for the question – let alone come up with something clever or coherent to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Editor Defends Realm on KCUR FM

Tap dance, anyone? Talk about interesting timing, three days after my column calling out Kansas City Star editor Mike Fannin for failing to deliver a quality newspaper, up popped the devil in the form of a kid gloves interview with KCUR … Continue reading

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Hearne: Jock Sniffing Tom Brady & The ‘Border War”

Is there anything jock sniffers love more than hyperbole? Especially the sports media. If they can rile up the faithful by pissing them off or exaggerating to the tenth power, 9 times out of 10 they’ll rock with it. Even normally clear … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Poker Game’s Over, Time for the American Royal to Fold

Poker, anyone? Just last fall the hot shots at the American Royal laid a huge bluff on Kansas City, threatening to move the Royal and its vaunted barbecue contest somewhere else. Unless of course, KC would rubber stamp a deal to cough up $50 million in public … Continue reading

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Hearne: Fixing Kemper Arena No Laughing Matter

Kansas City Star features writer Tim Engle is a great guy – charming, personable, quick witted – self-effacing and honest even… The flip side of all that good stuff: He’s no pit bull. Far from it, in fact. It’s just … Continue reading

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Hearne: Leadership Void @ 18th & Grand Results in Poor News Quality

These are desperate times for newspapers… And while I seem to be in a minority when it comes to optimism about their survival, that has zero to do with critiquing the current product, which most people seem to agree somewhat sucks. That’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Does Royals’ Success Spell Doom for T-Bones

Speaking of sports… Anybody out there remember the Kansas City T-Bones? You know, the “professional baseball team” that migrated here in 2003 from Duluth, Minnesota to take advantage of the fact that locals were willing to pay good money to watch bad … Continue reading

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Hearne: News Talker KMBZ FM Slip Sliding Away

Another big red flag in April’s radio ratings, the fall of KMBZ 98.1 FM… The news talk station that broke out on its own earlier this year fell to the equivalent of 17th place in April’s ratings, behind 16 other … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCKC FM (Finally) Awakens, as Mix 93.3 & Point Slip

Let’s take a closer look at April’s radio ratings, shall we? For starters, two things stand out; the drop in ratings by a full share point for more for Entercom’s The Point and Steel City Media‘s Mix 93.3 FM. Coupled … Continue reading

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Hearne: Play Ball! 610 Sports Mops Up the Floor with WHB

Sunny side up, please… The ratings for Entercom’s 610 Sports have exploded, leaping more than two share points since February on the coattails of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. 610’s 4.1 share and 309,700 listener cume for April gives it a sizable lead over rival … Continue reading

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Hearne: April Radio Ratings Shakeup

Those crazy radio ratings… Wasn’t everything supposed to get super accurate when Arbitron switched from the diary system to people meters a handful of years back? Indeed. However, it all still comes down to the sample size – which is … Continue reading

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Hearne: Somebody Else’s TV Icon Goes Bye-Bye

Ah, the road not traveled… Ever since I had a choice in the matter I’ve mostly taken a pass on mainstream television. I can vaguely remember watching the final episode of Cheers on May 20, 1993, for example (I looked it … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Duke’s on Grand’ Sodomy Story Keeps Getting Tawdrier

Alleged dirtbag Dennis Skeen grinned sheepishly as he was lead from the courtroom yesterday in an orange jumpsuit and chains… I know because I was sitting in the front row right next to Skeen’s wife Michelle who glared as he passed but a few feet in front of us. … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Move from Heck is O-V-E-R

Sorry about that, gang… However I just undertook a ridiculously difficult move – all of like four miles – to new digs here in Lawrence. And while that’s an infinitesimally small step for mankind, it was a gigantic pain in the … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Second Coming of Joe Posnanski?

Talk about too much of a good thing… Now that the Kansas City Royals are requiring locals to pay much closer attention, I find myself perusing their game stories in the Kansas City Star far more often. Which generally entails reading what beat … Continue reading

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