Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Saying Something Nice About The Kansas City Star

Tis the season…. What better way to harness the holiday spirit than critique my former home-away-from-home, the Kansas City Star. You may recall I let my subscription lapse last year before hopping back aboard last summer. The break allowed me to … Continue reading

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Hearne: The American Royal’s Risky Run to KCK

Did I miss something? What happened to the usual hand wringing and teeth gnashing following the American Royal’s recent front page announcement in the Kansas City Star that what’s left of the once vaunted livestock and horse event is leaving Missouri … Continue reading

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Hearne: Where’d You Guys Go?

Ever catch something you couldn’t quite shake? Well, that’s kinda what happened to KC Confidential a few days ago. Oh I could have dropped everything and had it sorted out in a day or so probably. However, as many of … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Farce & Folly of Radio Ratings

Everyone pretends they’re real… That is until a radio station like Entercom’s The Rock 98.9 gets embarrassingly low ratings, then out come the excuses alongside the specific demographic and hourly breakdowns to explain away the bad news. Welcome to the world of radio … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rise & Fall of Johnny Dare

Think end of an era… It’s been decades since a geeky kid from Olathe rose from obscurity to become a force to be reckoned with in Kansas City radio. His stage name: Johnny Dare. Yet after more than 20 years of success … Continue reading

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Glazer: Donald Trump’s Last Stand?

Looks like this may be Donald Trump‘s last stand… If Trump thinks he’s beaten will he justly and have fun and attack, attack, attack? Maybe. The way I see it, Trump still has a slugger’s chance to win on November 8th. … Continue reading

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Hearne: So Many ‘Pussycats,’ So Few Dance Grooves

It’s not unusual for 76 year-old men to lose a step after more than 50 years… Such was the case with ’60s heartthrob Tom Jones before a sold out crowd at the Uptown last week. What was unusual was for the septuagenarian’s pipes to be … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Tale of Two Cities — KC’s Inflated Streetcar Ridership Numbers

In a world of made-up news stories and overblown media hype, the unsubstantiated success of the Kansas City streetcar line looms large… Check out a recent front page headline in the local newspaper of record: “Transit line needs more cars; KC’s … Continue reading

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Glazer: Trump Gaining Ground, Hillary Hanging On

After the debate and all the noise, where are we now on this presidential election?  Here is the simple answer today; Hillary Clinton according to USA TODAY and most major polls, is up 43.1 percent of the vote to Donald … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Star Axes Veteran Firebrand Yael T. Abouhalkah

Last one out turn off the lights? No way…not after the Kansas City Star laid the pipe today to longtime lead editorial columnist Yael Abouhalkah. Think one less dead tired, relic of the past, making room for new, fresher perspectives. “Good Monday morning. I … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Plaza’s Ear Splitting Urban Street Scene

The new owners of KC crown jewel the Country Club Plaza have to be cringing… That in the wake of a front page story in today’s Kansas City Star about “urban hipsters” who’ve been laying down dance party grooves and open … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Wild, Wild Westport – Then & Now

If you’re gonna try and spin the news, at least keep it real… Because while you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, you’re not gonna pull the … Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Rubs Crystal Football for This Week’s Picks

Well, football fans fall is in the air and in your wallet… Chiefs tickets, Red Friday, ridiculously high parking payments, $10 dollar beers, BBQ and yes, football picks! Again, last year’s good teams are still the ones to beat until proven otherwise. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Do Not Miss ‘Drivin N Cryin’ Saturday @ Knuckleheads

Those of you who halfway know me, understand that I’m not given to shameless plugs… Not in print anyway. That said I’m about to make an exception as I reach back into my dark, hazy past to the late 1980s/early 1990s when … Continue reading

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Hearne: Enough With Boring, Filler Columns, Mary Sanchez Needs to Grow or Go

Once upon a time, there was a Kansas City Star columnist almost nobody above the age of 15 or under 70 ever much read… Perhaps you’ve heard of her, Jeneé Osterheldt. Don’t get me wrong, I know Jenee and she’s a perfectly … Continue reading

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Hearne: It’s Time for KC Star Editors to Get a Clue

After a one year hiatus I’ve started taking the Kansas City Star again… Yippee! Conspiracy theories aside, my dropping of the newspaper went down quite by accident. Something about getting divorced, moving, misplacing a credit card and beginning a new career. … Continue reading

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Hearne: How to Succeed in Print Journalism (and How Not to)

Allow me to explain in part what’s wrong with big city, daily newspaper journalism and why the populace in the towns of Platte City, Parkville and Weston have it so good… Let’s start with the Kansas City Star where for 16 years … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kansas City Star Last to Report Decapitation Story

Here’s why many people think the Kansas City Star appears to be on its last legs… One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind Sunday after I read on Fox News about the Schlitterbahn tragedy was, that with the home court … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of an Era @ Lawrence Journal World

Talk about famous last words… It’s no secret that daily newspapers are having a tough time surviving the Internet. Primarily because the ridiculously high advertising rates they were able to charge for print editions – given their effective news monopolies … Continue reading

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Hearne: Yeehaw! Country Radio Losing It’s Kick

Any guesses yet on what was missing from KC’s June radio rankings? Here’s a hint: Florida Georgia Line. That’s right, country music radio. Because all three of the Cowtown’s vaunted country music stations whiffed at making it into KC’s Top 10, … Continue reading

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