Archive for July, 2012

BIRCH’S WOODLANDS BOOK MAKES AMAZON ‘HOT..

Randy Birch, the public address announcer at the Woodlands Race Track in KCK  famous for his “He-e-e-e-r-e Comes Woody” call, has written a new book titled "How I Hit The Jackpot on Bigjackpotbetting.com: "Where Winning Happens." Birch, who was at the Greyhound racing track for all 19 of its years of existence, has also seen his book make Amazon's "

KC MEDIA CONTINUES PIMPING FOR GOOGLE FIBER

Since the day Google announced its new Google Fiber would be first introduced in Kansas City, Kansas, the news media has been slobbering over the company. Even though the project was delayed and delayed, the media was quick not to criticize the company since "we should just be damn grateful they selected our area of their service." In fact, competitor Time Warner was vilified (

ROYALS HIT MARKETING LOW: ‘MOOSE CALL’ PROM..

Hey, the marketing folks for the Kansas City Royals have to do something to attract fans to come to games the rest of the season. After all, as the Kansas City Star's Pete Grathoff points out, at 6-19 the team is just one loss away from matching the 2004 team for most losses in July. ...

KETZ’S T-BONES PERFORMANCE MEMORABLE

Rumors that veteran anchor/reporter Kris Ketz will be leaving KMBC to embark on a new singing career have not been confirmed, but fans say he did a pretty fair job (below) of singing "Take Me Out to the Ballpark" during the seventh inning of the Kansas City T-Bones game Saturday night. If you close your eyes and listen to his rendition it almost reminds you of Frank Sinatra....

KC STAR LIKELY TO FOLLOW INDY STAR’S LEAD

The Indianapolis Star announced Sunday that it is rolling out a new "business model" for the future that sounds very similar to one that the Kansas City Star will very likely roll out to subscribers later this year. Both newspapers will increase their rates, but it is difficult to determine how much the increase will be at this time. In order to cut costs the Indy Star also announced it was...

DeARMOND REVEALS ISSUES WORKING WITH WHITLOCK

Mike DeArmond was pretty candid as a sportswriter at the Kansas City Star for 40 years before his retirement earlier this year. As a rule,  however, journalists rarely talk about co-workers while they are still employed together. But now that DeArmond and columnist Jason Whitlock ...

KC STAR’S DUTTON HAS NO COMPLAINTS ON BASEBALL BE..

Many youngsters dream of growing up and being a sportswriter at a major newspaper.  How great would it be to actually get paid to cover sports? But for many guys (it's mostly guys) who actually land those jobs they quickly learn over the years that the job is not all fun and games.   There can be horrific story deadlines.  Beat writers are often stuck following bad baseball teams for 162 ga...

GOOGLE GETS AD WRAP & EDITORIAL FROM KC STAR

It's no secret that the proverbial "wall" between editorial copy and advertising has been chipping away over the years at newspapers across the country. But the Kansas City Star may have taken it to a new level by its handling of an announcement by Google today that included a huge 4 1/2 by 11 inch photo across the top of the front page along with a story that gushed about its new fiber offerin...

TV RATINGS: KMBC WINS; KCTV LOSES

As reported earlier today by Bottom Line, a strong final night helped KMBC capture the July TV Sweeps period even though the station was off Time Warner Cable for 10 straight days. Below are the ratings for Wednesday along with the final ro...

SOMEHOW KMBC MANAGES TO CAPTURE JULY SWEEPS

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