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Hearne: The Plaza’s Ear Splitting Urban Street Scene

The new owners of KC crown jewel the Country Club Plaza have to be cringing… That in the wake of a front page story in today’s Kansas City Star about “urban hipsters” who’ve been laying down dance party grooves and open … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Wild, Wild Westport – Then & Now

If you’re gonna try and spin the news, at least keep it real… Because while you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, you’re not gonna pull the … Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Rubs Crystal Football for This Week’s Picks

Well, football fans fall is in the air and in your wallet… Chiefs tickets, Red Friday, ridiculously high parking payments, $10 dollar beers, BBQ and yes, football picks! Again, last year’s good teams are still the ones to beat until proven otherwise. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Do Not Miss ‘Drivin N Cryin’ Saturday @ Knuckleheads

Those of you who halfway know me, understand that I’m not given to shameless plugs… Not in print anyway. That said I’m about to make an exception as I reach back into my dark, hazy past to the late 1980s/early 1990s when … Continue reading

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Hearne: Enough With Boring, Filler Columns, Mary Sanchez Needs to Grow or Go

Once upon a time, there was a Kansas City Star columnist almost nobody above the age of 15 or under 70 ever much read… Perhaps you’ve heard of her, Jeneé Osterheldt. Don’t get me wrong, I know Jenee and she’s a perfectly … Continue reading

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Hearne: It’s Time for KC Star Editors to Get a Clue

After a one year hiatus I’ve started taking the Kansas City Star again… Yippee! Conspiracy theories aside, my dropping of the newspaper went down quite by accident. Something about getting divorced, moving, misplacing a credit card and beginning a new career. … Continue reading

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Hearne: How to Succeed in Print Journalism (and How Not to)

Allow me to explain in part what’s wrong with big city, daily newspaper journalism and why the populace in the towns of Platte City, Parkville and Weston have it so good… Let’s start with the Kansas City Star where for 16 years … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kansas City Star Last to Report Decapitation Story

Here’s why many people think the Kansas City Star appears to be on its last legs… One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind Sunday after I read on Fox News about the Schlitterbahn tragedy was, that with the home court … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of an Era @ Lawrence Journal World

Talk about famous last words… It’s no secret that daily newspapers are having a tough time surviving the Internet. Primarily because the ridiculously high advertising rates they were able to charge for print editions – given their effective news monopolies … Continue reading

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Hearne: Yeehaw! Country Radio Losing It’s Kick

Any guesses yet on what was missing from KC’s June radio rankings? Here’s a hint: Florida Georgia Line. That’s right, country music radio. Because all three of the Cowtown’s vaunted country music stations whiffed at making it into KC’s Top 10, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Life @ The Top in June Radio Ratings

The Top 10 radio stations in Kansas City? Think the usual suspects with one glaring exception (let’s see if you can catch it): KCFX FM, classic rock, with a 7.4 share and a cume of 496,000 listeners. KPRS FM, urban … Continue reading

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Hearne: 610 Sports Continues to Punish WHB Despite Royals Slide

Speaking of sports… It may not be over tis it’s over, but it’s sure looking like Kansas City’s reign atop  the world of Major League Baseball is coming to an end. It was nice while it lasted but given this … Continue reading

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Hearne: Nosebleed Local Comedy Ripoffs Abound

Talk about really bad entertainment deals… Allow me to let you guys in on a little secret; standup comedy sucks in giant arenas and stadiums. It really does. The intimacy and immediacy of a comedy club environment – Stanford’s in … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Front Page Correction By Any Other Name

  The definition of pathetic? “Miserably or contemptibly inadequate.” Which pretty well describes a recent front page of the floundering by Kansas City Star. Check it. Up top was a prominently placed pic of a dejected Bernie Sanders trudging out of … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal BBQ Needs Reality Check

It’s complicated… That’s one way to look at KC’s vaunted American Royal World Series of Barbecue, an institution that appears headed for endangered species status. Along with of course, the American Royal horse and livestock show which seems to draw more … Continue reading

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Hearne: Repatriate Kemper Arena

Junk sports, anyone? How about we give Kemper Arena back to the Kempers. You know,  let the rich dudes work it all out. Isn’t that what Donald Trump and the Republican Party are all about? Free enterprise taking care of biz. So why force impoverished … Continue reading

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Hearne: Jason Whitlock Rides Again!

Talk about smoke and mirrors… Give it up for former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock. As both Whitlock and the Star continue their slide into obscurity, it’s Whitlock who seems to be winning the battle to at least appear to remain relevant. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Local Life Resumes After Royals World Series Win

Of course the Kansas City Royals are still very popular… However life goes on, and after two years of edge-of-your-seat baseball with back-to-back World Series appearances, the Kansas City area is overdue for a return to normalcy. A resumption of day-to-day … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is the KC Star ‘Extorting’ Subscribers? You Decide

Remember the expression, less is more? That’s the polar opposite of the Harlinator, a walking, talking poster child of the More the Merrier school of thought. I digress. The other day one of our comments section regulars, Jim a.k.a. BWH, boasted of paying … Continue reading

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Hearne: Just Another Manic Monday @ 18th & Grand

It doesn’t make sense… That the lowly Lawrence Journal World continues to choke out 30 percent more content than the once-mighty Kansas City Star. Yet here we go again today, with a flimsy, 20 page, two-section Monday Star versus a three-section, 26 page Journal … Continue reading

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