Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: This Just In…Star Mag Was Right, Des Moines is Hip

Kansas City hates being looked down upon… We don’t like playing second fiddle to St. Louis and don’t like getting lumped in with third rate “flyover” cities like Wichita, Omaha and Des Moines. We hate it. That’s why for the better part of more than 15 … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Decries, ‘He Who Dies With the Most Toyz’

Sometimes I wonder that if whether it weren’t for cliches, this country would collapse… Culturally. Just blow away. And as if we didn’t have more than enough of them growing up, every year we add more to the slag heap of our existences. … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Super Bowl Rock ‘n’ Roll Money Grab

What took the NFL so long? A story last week suggested that the NFL was looking into the possibility of having major musical acts interested in performing during the Super Bowl halftime show to pay for that privilege. And why not? It’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Ponders the Grisly Side of Suicide

The suicide of Robin Williams has left Craig Glazer in a pensive mood… “Have you ever thought about committing suicide?” he asks. “How would you do it? I think most people probably think about suicide. Like when you’re cornered and you don’t see a … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz vs H.C. on ‘Why Things Don’t Last’

Why things no longer last? Let’s let entertainment and media overlord Bob Lefstez get things rolling: 1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Unmasks Twitter, Laments Passing of Shared Knowledge

Like many of you, I’ve got friends who swear by Facebook and Twitter… I’ve also got friends who haven’t a clue. Stomper?. And like me, many of you probably passed through those portals a few years ago – I’ve got … Continue reading

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Hearne: Predictable ‘Rush to Judgment’ by Osterheldt, Star

Here we go again… When it comes to race, you can count on the usual suspects to lay down the usual judgments.  Take the Kansas City Star‘s hastily conceived editorial condemning Ferguson, Missouri police and citing unconfirmed details of the shooting as fact. Details … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Media Passes, As Old Media Gorges on Ferguson, Lefsetz Says

Sign of the times? According to media and entertainment curmudgeon Bob Lefsetz, most online and social media could care less about the mainstream media story of this past week; the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. So while everybody from USA … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Calls Out Amazon, Corporate America & You

Seems like only yesterday microscopically small Rainy Day Books was fighting the good fight against the corporate bad guys… You know, Borders, Barnes & Noble.  To do so, Rainy Day owners Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren brought out the big guns. Heavy hitters like Martha … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dark Side of Robin Williams & His KC Connections

How many times must we see our so-called heroes unmasked before we learn our lesson? To separate actors like Robin Williams from the characters they play in movies and on dumbed down appearances on the Tonight Show. To remove them from the pedestals they may or … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe Greenlights Royals for Post Season Play & Beyond

They’re up, they’re down – they’re down, they’re up… And given the Kansas City Royals decades long track record it’s all but impossible not to fear the worst. Even now, with the team in 1st Place for the first time in … Continue reading

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Hearne: KFKF & Country Continue to Slip in July Radio Ratings

If there’s one thing Kansas City hates, it’s being branded as flyover hick country… Which made the reign of country station KFKF (94.1 FM) atop local radio ratings a little unsettling perhaps. And when combining the ratings of KC’s three competing country stations … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Calls Out Daily Beast for Bad Music Journalism

I’ll let you guys in on a little secret… A very little secret, because many of you already know or suspect what former Kansas City Star reporter Jim Fitzpatrick and I understand but seldom talk about. And that’s that news reporters are not … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Empire Strikes Back — Entercom Ignites, Wilks Wilts

Think historic… A changing of the guard was in play in the July 2014 radio ratings as the once almighty Entercom became once again almighty. In a nutshell, Entercom’s The Point beat Mix 93.3, The Wolf beat KFKF and Q104 and The Rock and The … Continue reading

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Hearne: Are ‘Storm Chasers’ Just Money Grubbing Morons?

The answer to the above question: yes and no… It’s one I had to ask myself for like the zillionth time after reviewing that new twister flick that opens today, Into the Storm. I’ll get to the movie review a little later. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Cinetopia OP on Ropes Against AMC’s Town Center

Things are getting uglier… The three month-old war between Kansas City based AMC Theatres and newcomer Cinetopia soldiers on. And unfortunately for south Johnson County moviegoers, AMC appears to be pulling ahead. Far ahead, of late. This past weekend for example, AMC’s Town Center … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Laments Decline of ‘News’ Media

Ever wonder why almost everything that generally passes for news disappears every time there’s a missing or downed Malaysian airliner, Ebola outbreak or Israeli insurrection? It’s not quite that simple, but it sure does seem that way at times, given television news penchant for beating dead … Continue reading

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Hearne: Does ‘Size Matter’ When it Comes to Stereotypes? Ask Jason Whitlock

Here’s a topic that’s always long on human interest… Penis size. While I was wrapping up a column about former Star scribe Jason Whitlock‘s failed recent attempt at courting mega controversy – the one about Canadians like KU one-and-doner Andrew Wiggins … Continue reading

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Hearne: Whitlock Riles Canucks with Bigoted ESPN Diss

Hypocrisy thy name is Jason… For a dude who made something of a name combating African American stereotypes, former KC Star scribe Jason Whitlock sure plays fast and lose when it comes to other ethnicities. Anybody remember Whitlock’s failed attempt at humor … Continue reading

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Hearne: Westport “Kid” Problem Pulls Disappearing Act

You got ‘em, you card ‘em, you don’t got ‘em…  It’s looking like Westport’s effort to nip its “urban” issues in the bud may be working. As reported first on KCC this past April, the youthful crowds of African American youth … Continue reading

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