Thursday, July 24, 2014

Not So Late Show's Mike Anderson on his upcoming Guinness challenge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

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According to Guinness World Records, the longest marathon television talk show happened last April, with the record set by Rabi Lamichhane in Nepal. This weekend, Mike Anderson – host of Lawrence's The Not So Late Show – hopes to blow past Lamichhane's mind-bending 62 hours and 12 minutes. He's preparing to attempt 66 hours straight on Lawrence cable channel 6, starting after the news on Friday, July 25, and, he hopes, running until 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 28.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Should the Star be using words like 'thug'?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:43 AM

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Has "thug" become a racist term? I'm not sure. But given that there is an ongoing public discussion about that word having evolved into a socially acceptable replacement for the N-word, I'm certainly steering clear of it.

I just kind of assumed every other non-race-baiting media outlet was, too, until I came across a Star story about a theft at 24th Street and Van Brunt Avenue on Friday afternoon. Police reporter Christine Vendel's story was headlined: "Thug steals iPad from teen outside KC restaurant." The lede: "A thug with a knife stole an iPad from a 14-year-old girl outside a restaurant Thursday night in Kansas City."

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gina Kaufmann named new host of KCUR's Central Standard

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Kaufmann will grab the mic at the end of this month.
  • Kaufmann will grab the mic at the end of this month.
Back in January, it was announced that KCUR 89.3's weekly, community-oriented magazine program KC Currents would merge into the station's 10 a.m. show, Central Standard. Today, KCUR revealed the new host of that program: Gina Kaufmann, who will join Central Standard starting the week of March 31.

Kaufmann's name is likely familiar to local public-radio listeners: She co-hosted The Walt Bodine Show from 2008 to 2010. (She's also a former contributor to The Pitch.)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Just how porous is the Star's paywall?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Just a few of the devices through which you can read Star articles without paying a dime.
  • Just a few of the devices through which you can read Star articles without paying a dime.
It's been about 15 months since The Kansas City Star implemented Star Plus, the paywall that requires online readers to pony up for unlimited access on their computers, tablets and phones. We're subscribers here at The Pitch. We think the paywall is a good idea. For metropolitan dailies like the Star, it is basically the only idea at this point. Print revenues are declining, and revenues from online advertising are nowhere near enough to make up the difference. To carry out the kind of comprehensive journalism a daily paper ought to, charging for subscriptions is a must.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

What was Fox 4 Sports thinking with this tweet from over the weekend?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM


Journalists can often use Twitter wisely to interact with their audience and spread the word about their work. But the allure of social media's spur-of-the-moment reactions and the lack of editing or oversight on a journalist's Twitter feed can lead to intractable missteps.

Local Fox affiliate WDAF Channel 4 took to Twitter over the weekend and waded into a sports fracas that had nothing to do with any Kansas City-area team. And in the end, the station managed to manufacture its own news from the ordeal.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lisa Teachman's last day at KMBC Channel 9 was Friday

Posted By on Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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KMBC Channel 9's weather center shakeup continues. Friday night was meteorologist Lisa Teachman's last with KMBC. 

Teachman posted a note to "family and friends" on her Facebook page yesterday morning announcing her last broadcast with the station:

"The day has arrived to deliver my last broadcast for KMBC tonight at 6 PM." she wrote. "While it may seem sad that this chapter in my life is coming to a close, I am excited to see where my future is headed."

Teachman thanked everyone for their support - the "handwritten letters to personal emails to posts right here on Facebook and Twitter," which she called "incredible!"

"I am overwhelmed!" she wrote. "Thank you so much! My family has read these comments and has also been touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness."

She promised to keep her followers "in the loop as to where my journey is destined to go next!"

Teachman's departure follows the exit of long-time morning weatherman Joel Nichols in late December.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bob Dutton, Royals beat reporter, is leaving the Star

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Goin out west: Dutton.
  • Goin' out west: Dutton.
George Kottaras is not the only guy who won't be around the Kansas City Royals clubhouse next year.

Bob Dutton, who has served as the team's beat reporter since 2000, announced yesterday that he had accepted a new job.

"A heads up: this twitter handle and its focus will change in a few weeks. Have accepted a job in Tacoma to cover the Mariners," Dutton tweeted. Dutton will be covering the Royals through the upcoming winter meetings. Then he'll move to Tacoma to cover the Seattle Mariners for the Tacoma News Tribune.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Star to for-profit infusion providers: You're welcome!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

OK, its not quite like this.
  • OK, it's not quite like this.

The Star's Sarah Gish is what's known as an "enterprise reporter." Which apparently means that she sometimes writes about, you know, enterprises - stuff designed to make money.

For example: Infusion Express, the surprisingly not-liquor-related business at the center of Gish's trend piece today, which is about the latest in lightly overseen treatment options for sick 99-percenters. The headline alone - "More like spas than clinics, infusion centers offer a new twist on IVs" - promises that having a drip administered closer to a DSW than to an ER is practically a Carnival cruise. Just look at the "massaging" chairs in that photo. Posh! Not depressing or creepy at all!

A few days into the Affordable Care Act's health-insurance marketplace is obviously the perfect moment to pimp for-profit ventures in quasi treatment. But maybe someone at the daily could enterprise a couple of follow-up questions.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Marina Shifrin, "I Quit" girl, got a job offer from Queen Latifah

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

An audience with the Queen.
  • An audience with the Queen.
It appears that Marina Shifrin, the University of Missouri graduate who spectacularly quit her job via viral video earlier this week, will land on her feet after all.

In an extremely uncomfortable segment that will air on The Queen Latifah Show today, Shifrin says, of her video, "I think sometimes you need to forcefully close one door for the other one to open a little easier." (What?) And then Queen Latifah does the big reveal and offers Shifrin a job called "digital content producer." Whatever. Watch it below. In related news, Queen Latifah has her own TV show.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Steve Kraske to teach full time at UMKC; leaves daily duties at The Star

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Kraske will be teaching at UMKC full-time.
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Steve Kraske, the face of The Kansas City Star's political coverage and host of the daily news program Up to Date on KCUR 89.3, is leaving his daily post with the newspaper to teach in UMKC's Communication Studies Department. He will continue to write a weekly column for the paper and host Up to Date.

UMKC spokesman John Martellaro tells The Pitch that Kraske will begin teaching as an associate professor this semester, which began August 19. "Basically everything in the journalism department, he'll be teaching," Martellaro says. "Steve told me he's going to continue to write his Saturday column and do some other projects for the paper on a spot basis."

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