Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: More is Less at 18th & Grand

Day old news, anyone? It’s taken awhile, but I think I’ve finally figured out why daily newspapers like the Kansas City Star make readers pay for national and international news filler in an era where the exact same information – albeit … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ a First Class Experience for Some, Not All

Let’s get the really big elephant out of the room… Even after 30 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera is as pleasing to the eye and the ear as it was at its London premier in 1986. In some … Continue reading

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Hearne: 2017 Sucks for The Pitch

“This Week Sucks!” Talk about ominous headlines. That’s the cover blurb that graced the January 19 to 25 issue of Kansas City’s alt weekly The Pitch. Full disclosure: the accompanying cover art was a cartoon illustration of Donald Trump holding up … Continue reading

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Hearne: Everything Old is New Again @ 18th & Grand

So proud, so predictable, so last century… In the wide world of news and journalism, few organizations are more out of it than big city daily newspapers – which of course includes our beloved Kansas City Star. That’s kind of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Chiefs’ Drunken, Dawn Tailgate Plan Recipe for the Obvious

Talk about barbarians at the gate… Word that the Kansas City Chiefs are opening the drunken floodgates of Arrowhead Stadium’s parking lots at 6:30 am Sunday should send chills down the spines of kinder, gentler Chiefs fans. Because as anyone who’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Tyreek Hill Story The Star Didn’t Bother to Report, Chiefs Would Rather You Not Know

They say the devil’s in the details… That said, if you’re relying on local sports media or the NFL to report the sordid details of rookie Chiefs star Tyreek Hill’s dastardly treatment of the mother of his young son, you best … Continue reading

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Hearne: Time for Star’s Sam Mellinger to Reinvent Himself

I take it back… Remember a couple years back when I wrote about how promising new Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger was? That Sam the Man was no sham. Which at a falling Star was no small feat. Especially given that … Continue reading

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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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