Category Archives: Hearne_Christopher

Hearne: Pitch Publisher Bites the Dust Sans Explanation

Were the publisher of the Kansas City Star to mysteriously step down, you can bet your bottom dollar The Pitch would be all over covering the story-behind-the story… So while it’s understandable, it’s still a little odd that the alternative … Continue reading

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Hearne: Legendary KC Radio Host Now An Internet Cabbie

How about a quick game of, “Where are they now?” Today’s subject is none other than longtime WDAF 61 Country morning host David Lawrence.  Lawrence parted company with Entercom Kansas City in 2006 following a ceremony honoring him by naming WDAF FM‘s new … Continue reading

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Hearne: Westport to Unleash “Gangsta Cam’ on Bad Guys

Coming soon to an entertainment district near you… It may be the Age of the Drone, but Kansas City’s premier entertainment district is going to stick with the tried and the true in its ongoing battle to keep bad guys out … Continue reading

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Hearne: The 4 C’s of Kansas City Radio & Ratings

When it comes to the local radio, there are Four C’s… Classic Rock, Chiefs, Country Music & Christmas Everything else comes in second – or last, depending upon how you want to look at it. And nowhere is that point … Continue reading

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Hearne: Details Emerge on Needless Shawnee Shootout That Cost Owner His Life

In the immortal words of the great Jimmy C: “A lifetime of having been advised not to resist people pointing weapons at me would have told me to come out slowly, with my hands up and palms facing forward. I … Continue reading

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Hearne: Here’s Why Barack Crashed @ Lawrence’s Holiday Inn

The reason President Obama stayed at the Lawrence Holiday Inn? It’s really quite simple, he had no choice. With an entourage of more than 100 people, no way could arguably ritzier hotels like the historic Eldridge in downtown Lawrence (48 rooms) or … Continue reading

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Hearne: Posnanski was Right; NCAA Sells Out on Paterno Deal

Turns out Joe Posnanski was a prophet… Three years ago the former Kansas City Star sports columnist took a ton of heat for his puff piece biography of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. You know, the dude who turned the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is Winter 2015 History?

Heard on the street; that Winter 2015 is o-v-e-r… Retailers are fire selling off winter coats, Paul Wilson’s primping his new above ground pool in Olathe, Harley’s waxing his surfboard and Jack Frost is nowhere to be found. Time to mothball the … Continue reading

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Hearne: $6 Million Walnuts ‘Mausoleum’ to be Auctioned

Think of it as wretched excess… Remember the Beverly Hillbillies television show? Where an unassuming family of hillbillies discovers oil, then drives their run down jalopy to a spiffy, new mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Dream come true, huh? Well, right now Kansas City’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Englewood Theatre Tangles with Arrow, Glenwood Sign to Indy, Not Ranch Mart

This just in… Today we “learned” in the Kansas City Star that movie mogul Wade Williams‘ gigundo, historic Glenwood Arts sign would be moving to 95th and Mission Road after the theater complex at Metcalf South shopping center bites the dust later … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘She’s a Pistol’ No Ordinary Gun Store

Most of the guns stores I’ve been to were daunting, foreboding places… Walls with semi automatic weapons of war mounted upon them and stacked along shelves; arrays of handguns in glass display cases; ammo everywhere; legions of gritty looking dudes and tough types circulating … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘She’s a Pistol’ Owner Should Not Have Engaged Robbers

Shawnee Police and the district attorney are in no hurry to deliver the goods… At this stage of the game, they’re not releasing virtually any details from last week’s gun battle at She’s a Pistol in downtown Shawnee. Something about not giving … Continue reading

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Hearne: Glenwood Arts Movieplex Soon to be Homeless

Was a time Overland Park’s Glenwood Theatre was Kansas City’s grandest movie theater…  A long time actually, because for or34 years until it’s closing in 2001 the Glenwood was hailed by many as Kansas City’s finest. Originally a one holer with a … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shot Dead ‘She’s A Pistol’ Owner Neither Martyr nor Hero

Live by the sword, die by the sword… That’s the sad reality – and as good a way as any – to  describe the death of a small time Shawnee gun shop owner that got killed last week in a wild west style … Continue reading

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Hearne: 610 Sports Spanking WHB in Younger Listener Demos

Some of you sports radio codgers are not going to be very happy with this column…  Because in spite of the fact that you may think 20 and 30-something sports talkers like Nick Wright are ridiculously bad, there’s a case to be made … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star’s Mellinger Trips on St. Louis Rams Column

Journalists love it when people critique their stories by sniping, “Slow news day!” Meaning of course, the writer must have been truly bored to have choked out something so disinteresting and mundane. Sometimes readers play that card because they disagree with or simply … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCC Comments Moderation Problem is History

In the pantheon of Small Steps for Mankind, this is an infinitesimally small one… But somehow, some way, something very wicked – not to mention strange – came KC Confidential‘s way recently. Kinda like that mysterious flu that has people chunking … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Lawrence Library Bucks Trend, Battles for Relevancy

The Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away… For every amazing, wondrous benefit the Internet has afforded there’s a downside. Or so it seems. We get news at lightning fast speed, but newspapers and magazine’s have gone from cash cows to the walking dead. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Murderer’s Row Lawrence, Courtesy of Topeka

Small town thinking can be a little small-minded… Make no mistake, Lawrence, Kansas is definitely a small town in most every sense of the term – complete with good old boy politics and a sleepy citizenry. The small townsters here … Continue reading

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Hearne: News/Talk on FM No Guarantee of Success

Brace yourselves… Today’s the big day when news/talk radio station KMBZ splits in two. Its longtime home on 980 AM will be waltzing off with right win geezer pleasers shows like Darla Jaye, Rush, Sean Hannity and  Glenn Beck. Meanwhile the 98.1 FM half of … Continue reading

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