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Stomper: Blame it on Mom – Keeping the Rock Em, Sock Em Out of Youth Sports

Our esteemed administrator has been on me to offer another piece and I fear that my obsession with politics is paintings me into a corner so… Time to branch out. And while I’m confident Chuck will take issue with this, I try to … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Blaze Trail to Keep Top American Talent at Home

Sporting Kansas City took a big swing recently by signing both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to long-term, Designated Player contracts. DP contracts are the ones that pay the big money, and up until now had been utilized mainly to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Checks In As Winter Checks Out

I got into Johnny Winter before he went mainstream… To the extent that he ever really was mainstream, that is. My roommate in high school (from Saudia Arabia) turned me on to Winter’s first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment and I fell in love with … Continue reading

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Hearne: All Eyes on KSHB & Departure of Anchor Mark Clegg

Let me let you in on a little secret… Not many people in Kansas City television news circles were particularly surprised by word of the pending departure of KSHB TV news anchor Mark Clegg. Trust me on this. For starters, does anybody really think a … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCFX Backs into First in June Radio Ratings

It’s not so much that KCFX dethroned longtime ratings leader KFKF… Nope, the trip to the top of the June radio ratings slag heap was based more on the decline of the local country station than the rise of KC’s classic … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘The Bridge’ Raises It’s Head Above Water…Barely

It wasn’t exactly a thing of joy to behold, but… KCPT public television’s all-but-invisible radio love child KTBG, The Bridge finally made Nielsen’s monthly ratings chart. The “adult album alternative” station slid into first, second to last on the June chart with a 0.4 share … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCFX FM ‘The Fox’ Knocks Off KFKF for Top Spot in June Rankings

It’s that time of the month… Radio ratings time, that is, and there’s plenty to digest as we prepare to suffer the cruel temps of July and August that we love so dearly. So let’s take a look at the Nielsen … Continue reading

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Hearne: Stanford’s to Swing for the Fences in Overland Park

What to expect late next month when Stanford & Sons returns to the big city? Quite a bit, actually, starting with real food! “Stanford’s will be a great lead in for what Shawn McClenny’s doing next-door at Fuel and Kanza Hall,” says Stanford’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Columnist Stubs Toe on Chiefs-Redskins Comparison

Since when did it become a requirement for every liberal columnist in America to pen a hit piece on the Washington Redskins column? Which is not to say that the name Redskins isn’t offensive, dated and dumb. It is. However if all you’re going to do is rehash the same … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Sad State of Affairs @ Talk Radio KCMO 710 AM

You can’t win if you don’t play… And judging by how far the fortunes of Talk Radio KCMO (710 AM) have fallen in the last three years, the local powers that be at owner Cumulus aren’t even trying. Three months after popular morning show host Chris … Continue reading

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Hearne: Sleeping with The Pitch (Not the Enemy, The Pitch)

Forget everything you’ve ever heard or read that’s bad about Westport… Noticed that new 816 Hotel on Westport Road? It’s nestled between the Flea Market and Relax Magic massage parlor, just across the street from bluestem and Baked in Kansas City. It’s a hip, new getaway where … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Wakarusa Road Trip 2014 – Day One

The annual pilgrimage to Mulberry Mountain and the Wakarusa Festival went off this year without a hitch. Yes, there was a little rain, but not even close to the kind of storms they weathered last year when the festival had … Continue reading

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Hearne: Stanford’s Legends Closing July 1, Reopening in Overland Park

This just in… It’s official, after 8 1/2 years  Stanford & Sons will close its doors early next month at The Legends in KCK and reopen in August in Overland Park’s Rosana Square at 119th and Metcalf. “Well, we moved here … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Indie Rock Legends Guided By Voices Coming to The Granada in Lawrence June 18th

One of the greatest lo-fi indie records of all time, Guided By Voices‘ Bee Thousand, turns 20 this summer. In a couple weeks, you can hear some of that album straight from the source, in one of the smaller, more intimate … Continue reading

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Donnelly: With So Many Regulars Out, Sporting Struggling to Find 3 Points

With a 1-0 loss on Saturday at DC United, Sporting Kansas City have no wins in the last five games.  You have to go back almost a month – May 10th to be exact – to see the boys in blue … Continue reading

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Leftridge: Royals May Recap (aka Here We Blow Again)

There is, perhaps, no play more emblematic of the Kansas City Royals’ May—and maybe of the Kansas City Royals last 30 or so years, actually—than DH (the “D” is for “doughy!) Billy Butler getting thrown out at first on a … Continue reading

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Wade Williams: A Salute to Cinetopia & “Movie Eat ‘Em Ups’

In the late 1940′s Kansas City and the surrounding suburb towns counted over 80 stand alone movie theaters… Belton even had one, the Dixie with 300 seats. And they all served food – popcorn and Vess Grape Soda was considered … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Packing Up For Arkansas ‘Best Thing to Happen to Wakarusa,’ Promoter Says

Ahhh, memories… It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on hidden cameras in trees, tactical squads barreling through campgrounds on ATVs, roadblocks, and unconstitutional searches and seizures at the then relatively young Wakarusa Festival at Clinton Lake State Park on the … Continue reading

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Hearne: More Problems @ The Pitch — Main Phone Lines Down

When sorrows come, they bear not single spies… Murphy’s Law or a sign of tough times? You make the call. A month or two back the URL for Pitch.com was listed for sale by Go Daddy. False alarm – just a fluke … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Depleted Sporting Squad Fights Like Champions but Falls 2-1 at Chicago

With Matt Besler and Graham Zusi out with the national team for the upcoming World Cup, Sunday’s lineup at the Chicago Fire was already going to look a bit different. But then down went Aurelien Collin with a hamstring issue. … Continue reading

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