Category Archives: Hearne_Christopher

Hearne: Anatomy of a Precipitous Sales Slide & The Star

Here’s why the economy has nothing to do with the steep slide at the Kansas City Star… The Greater Kansas City area – the whole shebang, not just the Omaha-sized part – is home to more than 90 new automobile dealerships. That’s a ton … Continue reading

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Hearne: Editor Sees KU Football Team 0-12 in 2015

What a difference a year makes… One year ago Lawrence Journal World sports editor and columnist Tom Keegan preached a doctrine of faith to the KU football faithful: Don’t be so gol dang negative. Look at the cup half full – have some faith in the … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘99.7 The Point’ Powers It’s Way to Numero Uno

There’s a new top gun in town… Three years in and 99.7 The Point  (the radio station formerly known as KY) has clawed it’s way to the top of the ratings heap in listeners 12 and older, Monday through Sunday, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Showdown Between Lazlo / Glazer Leads to Entercom Building Ban

What goes around comes around… A long running grudge by 96.5 The Buzz afternoon drive host Lazlo – aka program director Scott Geiger – against Stanford’s owner Craig Glazer erupted last week and has resulted in Glazer being banned from Entercom offices. The details … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is ‘One & Done’ Killing College Basketball?

Maybe I’m just too easily bored… Then again, while it’s been years since I felt strongly about college basketball, this one and done stuff where high school players play a single season of college ball before going to the NBA is getting … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rolling Stones’ Septuagenarian Rocker Ripoff @ Arrowhead

Ever heard the expression, don’t trust anyone over 30? How about 70? Best I can tell the phrase was first uttered by a free speech movement dude in 1965 at a time free speech was a somewhat rare commodity. And during the time period when that … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dream On, Plaza Will Never Be the Same

We all like to kid ourselves at times… Craig Glazer spends the night with a 23 year-old girl he met last weekend who’s mom’s only 40 and suddenly he’s Ponce de Leon. I get a new Fiat and I think I’m … Continue reading

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Hearne: Candy Store Closed @ 18th & Grand

I don’t always answer my phone… If I don’t recognize the caller or it’s from a toll free number. I just don’t have the time or the energy to have to politely explain to some stranger that I’m not interested in … Continue reading

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Hearne: USA Today the Future of Local Newspapers?

The sky isn’t quite falling yet, but we may be getting close… There’s little doubt that rapidly advancing technology is taking a huge toll on any number of old school industries. Take the greeting card biz, with Hallmark shuttering its Topeka … Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Must Play Wichita State Now, Forget Emporia State, Washburn

Those die hard KU basketball fans are something else… Look, I’m no tenderfoot, I grew up in good, old KCMO and have lived most of my life in Johnson County (and speaking of college basketball hotbeds, throw in Kentucky and Arizona … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shockers Abound in February Radio Ratings

In the words of the immortal Scribe Craig Glazer, “Wow!” In what might otherwise be expected to be a sleepy month in the wide world of radio ratings, surprises abound. Oh sure, classic rocker KCFX FM is again on top. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Another Head Rolls as Scramble for Ad Revenue Continues @18th & Grand

It was only a small news item in today’s newspaper… Word that the Kansas City Star had replaced its vice president of advertising Julie Terry by a far younger, 30-something dude named Tony Berg from its sister publication in Wichita. “Tony … Continue reading

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Hearne: Managing Editor Out as KC Star Targets Younger Readers

Nothing like a bit more drama at 18th & Grand… And in addition to a recent wave or three of layoffs and or staff buyout at the Kansas City Star comes word that longtime managing editor Steve Shirk will be moving on … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ Routine Getting Old @ Star

To be honest, I don’t spend much time pouring over what’s left of the Kansas City Star opinion section… Never did really. Except in the early 1990s when writers like Yael Abouhalkah loomed fairly large in helping shape local political opinion – or so … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lezak On No Snow Days, Hot Summer Ahead & His ‘LRC’ System

There’s no such thing as climate change, right? That’s what some of my more conservative friends, pundits and writers say, anyway. And every time a big snowstorm hits or cold temps set in, they bag on global warming and “Internet inventor” … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Case for KU-Wichita State Not Being a Rivalry

If there’s one thing sportswriters are good at, it’s pocket pool… In a manner of speaking. Because day in, day out they have lots of time to feign high drama and provocative insight for the jock sniffers of the world. … Continue reading

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Hearne: USA Today Rocks Monday’s Lawrence Journal World

Longtime subscribers to the Kansas City Star probably remember its Monday editions as the lightest of the week… Light in weight and light in content. That’s because the Star fields a skeleton newsroom  crew on weekends and which usually results in precious little … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lawrence Journal World Tosses Hail Mary Via USA Today

Truth in advertising… Is that expression really even relevant anymore? You have to wonder. Especially when it comes to assertions by newspapers like the Lawrence Journal World which is sporting a full page ad attempting to hitch its fortunes to – … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Magazine Editor Bows Out Mysteriously

A famous local plumber used to spend a zillion dollars a year in Yellow Pages advertising … He tracked the leads he got off his ads carefully and it was hugely profitable. And then suddenly, a handful of years back, practically overnight … Continue reading

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Hearne: Investigative Reporter Karen Dillon Shoots Down KU’s $8.1 Million Jet

Once upon a time, this story would have been a front pager in the Sunday Kansas City Star… And frankly, that’s still where it still should have appeared. Instead the newspaper of record in Kansas City laid off its top  investigative reporter in … Continue reading

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