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Hearne: March Radio Ratings Madness

Here we go again, boys and grrrls… Hot off the presses, the latest radio ratings for the merry month of March. And again country is king with a nearly 18 percent share of  listeners. Yep, the days of urban station … Continue reading

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Hearne: Ward Parkway Lowers Boom on ‘Walking Dead’

From one extreme the other… It’s no secret that for years Ward Parkway Shopping Center has had an on-again, off again problem with urban teens hanging around its movie theaters. Much like Cinemark’s Palace on the Plaza today and Crown Center and Cinemark … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Moment of Silence for Kanrocksas Promoter Who Cared

Let’s give credit where credit is due… Nobody gets in business to fail or go broke – including now-former Kanrocksas promoter Bill Brandmeyer. Brandmeyer went down hard last summer after failing ticket sales forced him to cancel what would have … Continue reading

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Hearne: Life After Kanrocksas – Crossroads Gears Up for Biggest Concert Season Yet

Talk about the Top 40… With Vampire Weekend, O.A.R., Pat Metheny, 311,  Ziggy Marley, The Rainmakers, Robert Randolph and 33 more acts – and still counting – this summer at Crossroads KC promises to be the biggest and brightest yet at the 8 … Continue reading

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Hearne: From Worst to First — Kansas City’s Best BBQ Ribs & Burnt Ends

Once upon a time there were only private clubs… So when you wanted to go out to a nice restaurant in Kansas City – with rare exception – it wasn’t in the state of Kansas. Kansas City, Missouri was where the action was … Continue reading

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Hearne: Hold Your Noses & Admit It — Country Is King

Hard as it may be for many of us to admit, in Kansas City today country music is king… I almost can’t believe I even wrote the above words. Look, I grew up here in Kansas City and worked for many … Continue reading

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Hearne: Chris Tucker Headed to Stanford’s Easter Weekend

This just in… In barely one week superstar actor and comic Chris Tucker will headline Stanford & Sons comedy club at The Legends in Kansas City, Kansas. “We just got him booked,” says Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer. “He’ll be … Continue reading

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Hearne: Tale of Troubled KC Jeweler’s Woes Soldiers On

Time flies whether you’re having fun or not… And so it is that more than a month ago a local jeweler rumored to be up you-know-what creek fled his nicely appointed Johnson County office in what is said to have … Continue reading

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Hearne: Am I Jinxed or What?

Sheesh! It’s one thing to lose a hard drive for the very first time. A long overdue right of passage, the geniuses at the Apple Store on the Plaza told me. And I didn’t even really have to man-up or … Continue reading

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Hearne: Axed KC Star Columnist to Host Black Panthers in October

This just in from former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn… In addition to promoting his book about former Kansas City Black Panthers leader Pete O’Neal – Case for a Pardon - “I’m bringing in the National Alumnae Association of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will Ultra TV Replace High Def or Be the Next 3D?

Believe it or not, it’s been 10 years since iconic, local audio store Brandsmart bit the dust… And 10 years as well since local furniture powerhouse Benchmark put its spanking new, mega complex near 119th and I-35 up for sale. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Channeling Nancy Grace & Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Pardon me while I share a bit of, “What CNN Sacrificed for Missing Plane Ratings” First what I wrote last week: “With CNN’s ratings reportedly up some 86 percent, the only thing that doesn’t seem odd, mysterious or suspicious is … Continue reading

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Hearne: Ex Star Columnist Steve Penn to Refile Case Against Newspaper, Working on Documentary

Game on… Looks like former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn will be going forward after all with his defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. Penn was axed in July of 2011 for allegedly quoting from news releases without attribution. According … Continue reading

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Hearne: Westboro Baptists Display (Ironically) Ultra Thin Skin

I was in Memphis visiting The King when the devil died… Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka hate monger Fred Phelps, that is. So I didn’t get to “experience” much of the hoopla that went down in Phelps’ wake – or at … Continue reading

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Hearne: Rainy Day Retro News Review; Babe Bartenders, Royals Nix Nuptials & Soggy Sections

“And USA Today - for the younger people – is some sort of website that’s printed out on large paper” —-  Bill Maher I was talking to a senior Kansas City Star staffer yesterday about the uncertain future of newspapers when … Continue reading

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Hearne: Richard Pryor’s Daughter Rain a Pain

At some point being the kid of somebody famous ceases to matter much… One would think, anyway. Because the kid’s career either takes off or it doesn’t. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that … Continue reading

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Hearne: Starlight Theatre to Soar with Concerts in Wake of Last Year’s Coup

All eyes are on Starlight Theatre following a coup last year… A questionable coup that sent the capable Denton Yockey packing. Yockey was the successor to Bob Rohlf, the dude who teamed with former Kansas City Chiefs head guy Jack Steadman … Continue reading

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Hearne: What Would Paul Wilson Say?

Pardon me while I stand in (ever briefly) for the missing in action Paul Wilson… Remember him? The writer dude who likes to mix it up with that Harley character in the comments section, and who fancies himself as some … Continue reading

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Hearne: AMC Town Center / Cinetopia Showdown Fast Approaching

Wars can be a good thing… Not the ones where people die. I’m talking about the ones that pit one business against another. Sometimes it can be in the form of a price war, other times a battle to see … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Fall & Rise of Jason Whitlock

Things are looking up for former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock… At long last. “I’m not saying he’s Bryant Gumbel, but at least he’s showing up,”  says sports guru Craig Glazer. “There’s no point in my guessing his salary, … Continue reading

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