Archive for December, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR…AND THANKS!!

First, thanks to everyone who visited the Bottom Line site in 2012, and especially those of you who took the time to comment on the 552 stories that were posted here. We especially appreciate all the people who have provided us the tips that led to many of the stories. Without them we would have been hard-pressed to provide much of the important information you want which resulted in several...

KCTV DOES LIVE SHOTS FROM ARROWHEAD. WHY?

TV consultants say that viewers love "live" shots. That's why virtually every newscast features a variety of reporters delivering their stories in front of closed schools and other buildings. Or standing next to a highway reporting on snowfall. Or 500 feet away from a shooting. Many of the live shots don't make any sense, but that makes little difference. A great example was KCTV's covera...

NICK WRIGHT WRONG AGAIN. SAME STORY, DIFFERENT CITY

In my 25-plus years in journalism or writing about the news media I must admit I found Nick Wright, former talker on KCSP 610 AM, the most obnoxious media person I ever dealt with. Trust me, I have dealt with some pretty obnoxious individuals. Wright is one of those Syracuse University graduates who feels he should be respected because Bob Costas was also a 'Cuse graduate.  The Costa effec...

VIDEO: KC MEDIA PROVES SOCCER JUST LOOKS EASY

Soccer is one of those sports that looks easy when you watch it on TV.  After all, you just run around and kick the ball and it eventually goes into the goal. Actually, it is much more than that and members of various print, radio and TV outlets in Kansas City learned that quite dramatically Saturday night in the Missouri Comets Media Night soccer match. The match was played during half...

INCREDIBLE SHRINKING STAR: JOCO JUST 4 PAGES

The Kansas City Star has continued to shrink in many ways over the years. With all the staff layoffs it has lost considerable journalistic talent in addition to a wide range of support staffers.  The dimensions of the newspaper have reduced its overall size and its total pages has continued to decline,. But its Johnson County Neighborhood News section quite possibly hit an all-time low t...

VICKIE NEWTON SAYS SHE HAS BEEN CYBERSTALKED

Vickie Newton, who was with KMBC and WDAF in Kansas City during her TV career, now says she left her anchor position with KMOV in St. Louis earlier this year in part to get away from a cyberstalker, according to a story in the ...

KC STAR REPORTER SHINES ON HELICOPTER PARENT STORY

The story has gone national about a University of Cincinnati college student from Leawood, KS, who actually got a stalking protection order against her parents. But no media outlet or reporter did as thorough a job covering the strange story better than reporter Lisa Gutierrez at t...

2012 KANSAS CITY MEDIA REVIEW

It's that time again to begin to put 2012 into our rear view mirror and look ahead to an exciting New Year. It certainly has been an interesting year with lots of changes and lots of surprises. And there will be plenty more in 2013, including here at Bottom Line. This was the year---thanks to Kansas City SEO and

KC STAR SHINES WITH BOLIVAR HOAX STORY

There are some things a major newspaper can do better than any TV or radio media outlet available today, and that is doing long-form stories that really go in-depth on a topic. That certainly was the case on a major front-page story by Donald Bradley in the Sunday (12/23) Kan...

HOLTHUS IN HOT WATER OVER ‘OFFENSIVE STEREOTYPE&#..

Mitch Holthus, Kansas City-based radio announcer/cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs since 1994, is in hot water across the country today for making "racially insensitive" remarks about a Kansas State basketball player on Saturday during the team's upset victory over Florida. During the second half of Saturday's KSU-Florida KSU's Angel Rodriguez picked up his third foul on a contested play. ...