Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: New Star Editorial Writer Works K.C. Schmooze After D.C. Axe

Talk about controversial couples… Seems the newest Kansas City Star addition comes with a bit of journalistic baggage. Editorial columnist Melinda Henneberger’s been all over the map since splashing down at 18th and Grand recently. She’s weighed in on everything from … Continue reading

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Hearne: Long, Slow Death Throes Continue @ 18th and Grand

Don’t look now but the inevitable is upon us… The question being, when and where will it all end where the Kansas City Star is concerned? When the Star dropped its most recent bombshell – on Monday April 17, 2017 in a front page … Continue reading

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Hearne: Feeling Bored, Like Butter on a Pancake? Visit Kansas

Don’t look now but the Great State of Kansas is on a trajectory to nail the distinction of being most boring state in the nation… While that may not exactly be a shocker to people from places like New York, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Fun & Games @ 18th and Grand Aboard Sinking Ship

Priorities, priorities… In a testament to how out of it daily newspapers like the Kansas City Star have become, after making huge cuts recently – Thursday’s venerable Preview section and almost all of FYI – the one thing still standing: A full page and a … Continue reading

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Hearne: Bleacher Report Gives Chiefs QB Draft Pick Low Marks

We interrupt this local media hoopla day to bring a dose of stark skepticism… While the Chiefs startling, aggressive move to spend a 1st round draft pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was certainly – let’s call it – … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Spin Stops Here, Baby

How many times does the exact same story about fallen Fox News host Bill O’Reilly need to be written? I’ve lost count. The usual suspects have been busy reporting basically the same stuff – CNN, MSNBC, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Fox news – … Continue reading

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Hearne: What Goes Around Comes Around for St. L. Rams Fans

Does anyone not living in the 314 area code feel sorry for St. Louis Rams fans? Seriously. That after St. Louis filed a lawsuit yesterday against the National Football League over its Rams relocating to Los Angeles. Uh, relocating back to LA. Something about … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Beat Goes on @ INK

In the wake of Pitch Weekly going for a dirt nap, all eyes are on the future… First on how long will a monthly Pitch be able to keep the wolf away from the door And second, how long will the … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rise & Fall of INK Magazine

Last one out, turn off the lights… Forget about the Kansas City Star rescuing what’s left of The Pitch. The beleaguered, former alt weekly threw in the towel last month, but instead of merely curling up and dying, embarked on a path of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Everytime KU Men’s Basketball Loses a Big One an Angel Gets Its Wings

I have a confession… It may not come as much 0f a surprise to some, but here goes: I like it when KU loses a basketball game – the bigger the better. Here’s why. Because living in Lawrence, Kansas the past … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will Kansas City Finds Its Way?

Is Kansas City on the right track? Think about it. In generations past the Cowtown had a lot going for it. The mighty Missouri River, the stockyards, Kansas City Board of Trade and Kansas City Southern Railroad for starters. Moving forward, Hallmark … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will the Pitch Dump Sex Ads?

Whaddaya think? Kansas City’s former alternative newsweekly of record, The Pitch faces a highly uncertain future come April 1st. That’s when the once-venerable entertainment and news pub plans to go from newsprint to coated stock (magazine quality) paper and monthly publication. Kinda … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Sticks It To Self / KU for Sexist Behavior

Give it up for Sam Mellinger and the Kansas City Star… Don’t rub your eyes, you heard me. Because at long last somebody in the newspaper’s sports department reached down into their trousers, located something resembling an attitude and – voila – … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Long Predicted, Pending Death of Alternative Journalism in KC As We Know It

Death spiral, anyone? Enough with the sentimental beating about the bush and kissing up to what little  remains of KC’s so-called alternative newsweekly The Pitch. And as for beleaguered Pitch publisher Scott Wilson’s tap dance Monday on KCUR-FM – stating the pub’s move from … Continue reading

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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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