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Hearne: The Flip Side of News-Talk Station KMBZ’s New Split Personality

Once upon a time – not that long ago actually – KMBZ 980 AM was taking down in excess of $6 million a year in billing… But you know,  times change – listeners get older, advertisers loose interest or boycott … Continue reading

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Hearne: Rumored KMBZ Radio Format Change Could Backfire, Experts Say

It took nearly four years for Entercom to admit it made a mistake… To confirm that blowing up adult contemporary powerhouse KUDL (98.1 FM) in order to simulcast News Radio KMBZ (980 AM) on the FM band to try and attract younger listeners was a failure. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Don’t Miss KC Confidential’s Christmas Wilding Wednesday @ Stanford’s

Brace yourselves… This year’s KC Confidential Christmas Wilding is about to unfold. Better and badder than ever, btw, in part because we’re shedding our in-town ways and holding the shindig in South Johnson County. That’s right, in the land of milk and honey where propped up two-income … Continue reading

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Star beams: P&L Red Light Zone, Bill Cosby, NASA & Making Whoopi

The historic Power and Light Building will be renovated with some apartments going for as much as $3,500 a month.  If you’re a woman you can make that money back quickly via that giant flashing red light.         … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Pitch Nails American Royal for Failed Tradition, Bogus Bad Deal

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… A picture is worth 60 million words (and bucks). I say that because the photo Pitch photographer Chris Mullins took of the 50 or fewer folks in the stands at Kemper Arena for the … Continue reading

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Star Search: Dysfunctional Local News Coverage Abounds

Haven’t knocked one of these out in a while… You know, where I read and critique the daily newspaper of record. When the idea first came to me I thought. “Hey, why not do it every day?” It didn’t take long to realize … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rise & Fall of ‘Husker’ Greg Hall

Who’s gonna believe they’re getting an unbiased opinion on this one?  Then again, does it really matter? What opinion really is completely unbiased, including those of “reporters” for newspapers such as the Kansas City Star? Truth is, with the odd exception there’s no … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is ‘Black Friday’ On Its Last Legs?

Do you believe in the concept “too much of a good thing?” If so, you may have noticed these past two years that the hullaballoo surrounding Black Friday is beginning to subside. I certainly did last night. In making the rounds … Continue reading

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Hearne: Area Investigative Journalists as Endangered Species

Was a time investigative reporters at the Kansas City Star could phone it in… The award-winning journalists there were treated like “tribal elders” – men and women who through age and experience were respected and admired for their wisdom and held in high regard, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Journal World Shoots Arrow at Roy Williams, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Remember that line about walking softly and carrying a big stick? That’s hardly the case in Lawrence, Kansas where the walking is almost always pretty darn soft and the size of the stick is not only small, it’s all but invisible. That’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Legendary Audio/Video Store Kief’s ‘Business Liquidation’ Auction 9 a.m. Saturday

A moment of silence, please for the Kansas City/Lawrence area’s finest electronics retailer… After more than half a century Kief’s Audio Video is no more. The store closed quietly a few weeks back and at 9 a.m. tomorrow Kief’s will liquidate … Continue reading

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Hearne: Journal World Columnist Error Precedes Embarrassing Tap Dance

When is a factual error not an error and a correction not a correction? Answer: In Bizaro World aka the Lawrence Journal World. When 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan botched a story about a security contractor who provided a bogus eyewitness account that was almost … Continue reading

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Hearne: RIP John Muller 1949-2014

The advertising, arts, business community and beyond celebrates the life of John Muller tonight at 7 p.m. in the Kansas City Art Institute‘s Vanderslice Hall.  

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Hearne: Ad Icon John Muller Dies & Much Ado About Nothing KU Win

Just what I needed, a weeklong battle with a cold/flu… Consider that my calling in sick after the fact. But I’m back and I’m bad, so where is that tub-O-lard Lazlo dude? I’ll tear him to pieces. He’d best pray … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal Turns Foutch Brothers Into ‘Ouch Brothers’

Now it can be told… The first thing that sprang to mind last week when I learned that the Foutch Brothers had mysteriously and abruptly withdrawn their bid to save Kemper Arena by turning it into a regional youth sports facility was … Continue reading

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Hearne: October 2014 KC Radio Station Rankings

They’re up, they’re down… Who’s on first? Who’s on third? Who should have tried to make it home before Salvadore Perez bought the farm? Will The Buzz ever knock off The Rock, and why did its ratings barely rise when management was expecting a … Continue reading

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Hearne: October Radio Ratings Range from Spooky to Pathetic

Since when does October not include Major League Baseball‘s ALCS, the World Series or Halloween?  Since right now, courtesy of Nielsen’s radio ratings. That’s because the “October” rating book runs from September 11 to October 8. Meaning a whole lot of USDA choice Kansas City … Continue reading

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Hearne: Why This Year’s Post Season Run By The Royals Matters Little

Local sports media (and jock sniffers) couldn’t wait to set the Royals World Series defeat aside and laud the arrival of a new golden age of baseball in Kansas City… It’s story that’s been written before, long before the Royals post season successes last month. Sportswriters are homers … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dissecting The Pitch ‘Best Of KC’ Awards

Who doesn’t like a good tip? Like, you should check out this new band, restaurant, etc, But at some point there is such a thing as to much of a good thing. And in the case of the 1014 Pitch … Continue reading

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Hearne: An Overdue Critique of The Pitch ‘Best Of” Issue

I’ve been putting this off all baseball season… Baseball season for me being the month of October – or Okctober – as Dick’s Sporting Goods came within a World Series game of calling it. I’m referring of course to the annual Pitch “Best … Continue reading

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