Category Archives: Hearne_Christopher

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The first thing that sprang to mind last week when I learned that the Foutch Brothers had mysteriously and abruptly withdrawn their bid to save Kemper Arena by turning it into a regional youth sports facility was … Continue reading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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Hearne: KC Opera Singer Slips, Wins Bet & Chevy Dealer Jinxes Royals

Kansas City’s biggest non baseball World Series slip-up? Call it a tie, between opera singer Joyce DiDonato – who warbled out the National Anthem opera style before Game 7 – and Molle Chevrolet in Blue Springs – that laid a pre … Continue reading

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Hearne: Four Thumbs Up for Spirit Airlines

Allow me to stick it to Man Jack for just a minute…. You know, KCC’s resident movie, travel and sex-for-hire expert. That’s because I had the pleasure of flying Spirit Airlines to Chicago last week and in spite of the gentle German’s … Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Pope 1, Fundamental Literalist Christians Zip

Pope Francis made a big bang in the news this week by conceding that evolution most certainly did happen, but at God’s impetus… The Pope told the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences that the “Big Bang” – which today we hold to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Frisco Follies Unfold Following ‘Royal Stomping’

I’ll let you in on a little secret… San Franciscans hate people referring to their town as Frisco. “Nicknames are supposed to embody some overall characteristic, not just act as a lazy surgery of the city’s name,” according to an online SF-based magazine. “There’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Facing Up to the Bitter Realities of Royals Baseball

In the end, didn’t we all know better? Coming back after a Rip Van Winkle coma is no small thing, and even people like me who had moved on with their lives leaving Major League Baseball in the distant rearview mirror were charmed by … Continue reading

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Hearne: World Series Grab Bag – Everything You Need to Know & More

Maybe you’ve got hours to kill running down anything and everything Royals… I’m betting though that you don’t – even if you have World Series fever – and who doesn’t these days? – you’ve still got a life, right? Example: I totally … Continue reading

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Hearne: AMC Puts Kibosh on Cinetopia World Series Promotion

Talk about getting ratted out… For three weeks the new Cinetopia Overland Park 18 has been hosting free watch parties for Kansas City Royals baseball games during the team’s playoffs run. It started with KC’s wildcard win over the Oakland A’s October 1st … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Losers’ @ Sports Illustrated Forecast Royals Rumble

Does Sports Illustrated still matter? A handful of years back the editor at the Kansas City Star told me in no uncertain terms that it did not. It was a joke, the dying embers of an outdated dream. Seems SI had … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Ryan Adams @ Uptown

Monday, October 20th Ryan Adams at the Uptown Theater in KC Once the darling of the alt-country rock craze, for about the last decade Ryan Adams has been putting out decent records that never could quite live up to Heartbreaker, or … Continue reading

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