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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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Hearne: Why This Year’s Post Season Run By The Royals Matters Little

Local sports media (and jock sniffers) couldn’t wait to set the Royals World Series defeat aside and laud the arrival of a new golden age of baseball in Kansas City… It’s story that’s been written before, long before the Royals post season successes last month. Sportswriters are homers … Continue reading

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Hearne: Four Thumbs Up for Spirit Airlines

Allow me to stick it to Man Jack for just a minute…. You know, KCC’s resident movie, travel and sex-for-hire expert. That’s because I had the pleasure of flying Spirit Airlines to Chicago last week and in spite of the gentle German’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Frisco Follies Unfold Following ‘Royal Stomping’

I’ll let you in on a little secret… San Franciscans hate people referring to their town as Frisco. “Nicknames are supposed to embody some overall characteristic, not just act as a lazy surgery of the city’s name,” according to an online SF-based magazine. “There’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: Facing Up to the Bitter Realities of Royals Baseball

In the end, didn’t we all know better? Coming back after a Rip Van Winkle coma is no small thing, and even people like me who had moved on with their lives leaving Major League Baseball in the distant rearview mirror were charmed by … Continue reading

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Hearne: World Series Grab Bag – Everything You Need to Know & More

Maybe you’ve got hours to kill running down anything and everything Royals… I’m betting though that you don’t – even if you have World Series fever – and who doesn’t these days? – you’ve still got a life, right? Example: I totally … Continue reading

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Hearne: ‘Losers’ @ Sports Illustrated Forecast Royals Rumble

Does Sports Illustrated still matter? A handful of years back the editor at the Kansas City Star told me in no uncertain terms that it did not. It was a joke, the dying embers of an outdated dream. Seems SI had … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dissecting Bob Lefsetz on the Concept of ‘Too Much’

I’m not sure what, Too much of nothing really means… Other than being the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song that a lot of people – me included – used to think were “manna from heaven” back in the 1970s and … Continue reading

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Hearne: IKEA Short Sheets KC on ‘Grand Opening’ Meatball Schmooze

Would you believe KC is actually bigger than Miami? True story – a population of 467,000 versus 419,000 – although there’s more to the tale-o-the-tape when you factor in the two “metro” areas. That’s where the Florida city smokes Greater KC, with 5.5 million … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dying Confession of a CD/Vinyl Buyer

I stream, therefore I am… I have a confession – nothing earth shattering – but while I hardly consider myself a reprobate, I still buy CDs and Vinyl music albums. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not like Craig Glazer or that Stomper character. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Crotch Rockert Alert; Befuddling Biker Blight Besets Plaza

Bikers happen…

You’ve seen them maybe, holding down the curb and "no parking" area in front of Latteland along 47th Street on the Plaza. By the dozens on weekends during warmer weather and in larger numbers during the summer.

Yet while much has been said of the influx of urban youth – and how uncomfortable they make Plaza patrons – little to nothing has been reported about the equally unlikely biker influx and their stark contrast with the usual mix of patricians and upscale Plaza shoppers.

"They are a bunch of rednecks on crotch rockets who think they look cool," observes one 30-something shopper. "But they just stand out like a crowd of irrelevants mismatched for this environment."

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Hearne: Live and Let Die

To blog or not to blog…

From the get-go that was the question pretty much everyone involved with KC Confidential felt they knew the answer to; not to blog.

Greg Hall writes a kick ass column, then I throw up a hail mary or three and next thing you know, "Where’d Greg go?"

Shauna lays down some must-know fashion advice or Jennifer a killer restaurant review and a day later someone stumbles on to KC Confidential and there’s no indication whatsoever of anything resembling food or fashion to be found.

A Web site would clear all that up, right?

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Hearne: 48 Hours and KC Confidential Goes Away

You know, it’s been real… Since February 25th 2009 this angst ridden blog has done its darnedest – and at times, its dirtiest – to provide the kind of news, opinion and entertainment that somehow mattered. Naturally, we – I – got ripped pretty good by the good folks who populate that caustic, bitter jungle known as the comments section. No mas. As of Monday.

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