Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Editors Weigh Uncertain Future of The Kansas City Star

No two ways about it, the situation is grim at 18th and Grand… That’s where the dedicated men and women of the Kansas City Star are hard at it, fighting the good fight on behalf of the written word. A handful of years … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shockers Abound in February Radio Ratings

In the words of the immortal Scribe Craig Glazer, “Wow!” In what might otherwise be expected to be a sleepy month in the wide world of radio ratings, surprises abound. Oh sure, classic rocker KCFX FM is again on top. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Another Head Rolls as Scramble for Ad Revenue Continues @18th & Grand

It was only a small news item in today’s newspaper… Word that the Kansas City Star had replaced its vice president of advertising Julie Terry by a far younger, 30-something dude named Tony Berg from its sister publication in Wichita. “Tony … Continue reading

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Hearne: Managing Editor Out as KC Star Targets Younger Readers

Nothing like a bit more drama at 18th & Grand… And in addition to a recent wave or three of layoffs and or staff buyout at the Kansas City Star comes word that longtime managing editor Steve Shirk will be moving on … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ Routine Getting Old @ Star

To be honest, I don’t spend much time pouring over what’s left of the Kansas City Star opinion section… Never did really. Except in the early 1990s when writers like Yael Abouhalkah loomed fairly large in helping shape local political opinion – or so … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lezak On No Snow Days, Hot Summer Ahead & His ‘LRC’ System

There’s no such thing as climate change, right? That’s what some of my more conservative friends, pundits and writers say, anyway. And every time a big snowstorm hits or cold temps set in, they bag on global warming and “Internet inventor” … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Case for KU-Wichita State Not Being a Rivalry

If there’s one thing sportswriters are good at, it’s pocket pool… In a manner of speaking. Because day in, day out they have lots of time to feign high drama and provocative insight for the jock sniffers of the world. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dethroned Pitch Publisher Lands New Marketing Sales Gig

Getting out of the print news publishing game can be a good thing… Such would appear to be the case with exiled, former Pitch publisher Joel Hornsbostel who has landed a gig with local marketing company Bigshot Inbound. Hornbostle – who parted company rather abruptly with the … Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Officials Take Ass Kissing to New Heights

We can all kinda tell when someone’s bullshitting us, right? You know, really seriously bullshitting us. Which is exactly what comes to mind when the just-win-baby types behind the juggernaut that is KU basketball look someone like investigative reporter Karen Dillon in … Continue reading

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Hearne: USA Today Rocks Monday’s Lawrence Journal World

Longtime subscribers to the Kansas City Star probably remember its Monday editions as the lightest of the week… Light in weight and light in content. That’s because the Star fields a skeleton newsroom  crew on weekends and which usually results in precious little … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lawrence Journal World Tosses Hail Mary Via USA Today

Truth in advertising… Is that expression really even relevant anymore? You have to wonder. Especially when it comes to assertions by newspapers like the Lawrence Journal World which is sporting a full page ad attempting to hitch its fortunes to – … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Magazine Editor Bows Out Mysteriously

A famous local plumber used to spend a zillion dollars a year in Yellow Pages advertising … He tracked the leads he got off his ads carefully and it was hugely profitable. And then suddenly, a handful of years back, practically overnight … Continue reading

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Hearne: Investigative Reporter Karen Dillon Shoots Down KU’s $8.1 Million Jet

Once upon a time, this story would have been a front pager in the Sunday Kansas City Star… And frankly, that’s still where it still should have appeared. Instead the newspaper of record in Kansas City laid off its top  investigative reporter in … Continue reading

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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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