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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 Officials Take Ass Kissing to New Heights

We can all kinda tell when someone’s bullshitting us, right? You know, really seriously bullshitting us. Which is exactly what comes to mind when the just-win-baby types behind the juggernaut that is KU basketball look someone like investigative reporter Karen Dillon in … 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: The Anatomy of a Sports Rivalry, Hating on KU-MU

It’s funny how small town mindsets can compare to big city thinking… Case in point, the manner in which the Lawrence Journal World treats the subject of the historic Kansas versus Missouri sports rivalry – you know, KU-MU – the so-called … Continue reading

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Hearne: Heads Roll @ KC Star @ 18th & Grand

Been a while since the Grim Reaper laid waste to the Kansas City Star… Mercifully. But make no mistake, with the steady drip of print circulation attrition, nobody at 18th and Grand has harbored any illusions about the direction the industry’s heading. … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCC Comments Moderation Problem is History

In the pantheon of Small Steps for Mankind, this is an infinitesimally small one… But somehow, some way, something very wicked – not to mention strange – came KC Confidential‘s way recently. Kinda like that mysterious flu that has people chunking … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Lawrence Library Bucks Trend, Battles for Relevancy

The Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away… For every amazing, wondrous benefit the Internet has afforded there’s a downside. Or so it seems. We get news at lightning fast speed, but newspapers and magazine’s have gone from cash cows to the walking dead. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star’s Sanchez Metes Out Bogus Praise for Chiefs

There she goes again… It took Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez more than 20 years to revisit the ongoing controversy of using bogus American Indian symbolism to promote the Kansas City Chiefs football club. In November 1992 Sanchez scolded sports teams for their … Continue reading

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Hearne: Non-Review Review of ‘The Interview’

I’ll keep this short… First let me say though that the controversial Seth Rogan, James Franco movie “The Interview” should definitely be high on your list of holiday must-see movies. And go see it at a movie theater, the massive screen … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Flubs Telling Readers Where to See ‘The Interview’ Christmas Day

My wife and I will be going to see “The Interview” on Christmas Day… And although Jack warned me I’d have to stay up for a late, late show if I wanted to see it – and  Tim Engle at the Star choked … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lame Magazine Study Ranks Manhattan Atop Lawrence

Enough with these bogus magazine “Best Of” magazine scams… What’s the best city to live in, the best go to college in, to raise a family, maintain your girlish figure, to visit, to retire, to start a biz – the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Moderated Comments, Anyone? Smartman, Scribe?

A funny thing happened late last week… Not ha-ha funny, more curious funny. I’d just added a pair of words to the KC Confidential “forbidden words list” – the one I started four years ago to combat that clever rascal smartman. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Rumored KMBZ Radio Format Change Could Backfire, Experts Say

It took nearly four years for Entercom to admit it made a mistake… To confirm that blowing up adult contemporary powerhouse KUDL (98.1 FM) in order to simulcast News Radio KMBZ (980 AM) on the FM band to try and attract younger listeners was a failure. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Don’t Miss KC Confidential’s Christmas Wilding Wednesday @ Stanford’s

Brace yourselves… This year’s KC Confidential Christmas Wilding is about to unfold. Better and badder than ever, btw, in part because we’re shedding our in-town ways and holding the shindig in South Johnson County. That’s right, in the land of milk and honey where propped up two-income … Continue reading

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Star beams: P&L Red Light Zone, Bill Cosby, NASA & Making Whoopi

The historic Power and Light Building will be renovated with some apartments going for as much as $3,500 a month.  If you’re a woman you can make that money back quickly via that giant flashing red light.         … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Chris Rock Hits With ‘Top Five’

You’ve gotta give Chris Rock a lot of credit…  After a period of involving himself with—shall we say—less than stellar movie parts, all of the sudden he’s turned edgy again. Rock wrote, directed and stars in his own motion picture … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rise & Fall of ‘Husker’ Greg Hall

Who’s gonna believe they’re getting an unbiased opinion on this one?  Then again, does it really matter? What opinion really is completely unbiased, including those of “reporters” for newspapers such as the Kansas City Star? Truth is, with the odd exception there’s no … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is ‘Black Friday’ On Its Last Legs?

Do you believe in the concept “too much of a good thing?” If so, you may have noticed these past two years that the hullaballoo surrounding Black Friday is beginning to subside. I certainly did last night. In making the rounds … 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: 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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