Alisha isn't the only one who is glad she doesn't live in Lubbock, Texas 200,000 residents of Lubbock (including this one) are glad she moved, too!
And Alisha, next time you reference a song ("Texas in My Rearview Mirror"), please listen to it first. You'll find Mac Davis was happy to finally get back home to Lubbock.
Fever pitch: I just wanted to say thanks for providing a great online news publication. I'm from KC originally (22 years), but the money has driven me to work in Baghdad.
I check in and read the Pitch every week to forget about all the BS over here and to plan my trips to KC according to when I'm in the country and to see who's playing at Davey's Uptown so I have someplace to go and hang out.
Name withheld by request
Planet of the Aches
Satellite station: Thank you for explaining why the Kansas City radio market is proliferated with adult rock and country formats (Ben Paynter's "A Different Planet," November 10). As a former Planet listener, I couldn't believe it when I turned on the radio that Saturday morning and Def Leppard was coming out of my speakers and my radio display still showed 97.3. At that moment, I decided to look into satellite radio, but our local radio stations don't know why they're losing listeners. Maybe they are their own worst enemy?
Quit switching formats and play something that my generation (18-34) wants to hear; otherwise, local FM radio is creating its own fate a slow death.
Kansas City, Kansas
Max factor: Thank you, thank you for addressing this and for writing about it. I, like many other people in our age group, am pretty ticked about the Planet going down, and I can't say I've given "The Max" the time of day. The idea of it alone makes me want to puke. And to think that we had to say goodbye to our friend the Planet because of stupid rating systems that are outdated and unscientific. Thanks for exposing it.
Thank goodness you can still live-stream the Planet online.
Jessi Levine Withrow
Kansas City, Missouri
Dial tone: I must say that I was very disturbed about the Planet 97.3 not making it. Kansas City definitely seems to have problems with its radio listeners. How can a city this size be so lacking for quality radio? We still do not even have an FM classical station.
Why does the radio station with the least amount of commercials and the most music fare the worst? What does that say about ratings? I enjoyed the Planet because of the variety of music and the minimal commercials. How sad to think that the No. 1 station in Kansas City is country. We may have affordable living and cleaner air, but we are lacking incredibly in quality radio.
Triple Salchow: Thanks for the great article on Kelly Salchow and the KC rowing club (Bryan Noonan's "Up the River," November 3). Kelly is one of Cincinnati's treasures, and it is wonderful that Kansas City appreciates the accomplishments of this wonderful, sweet and very talented woman.
Those of us who have followed Kelly's rowing career have no doubt that, if she chooses to make the commitment, she will be in China in '08. I hope Kansas City stays behind her.
Mary Charles Kaplan
Via the Internet
Colombia house: I am so happy that Charles Ferruzza reviewed Rincon Colombiano (Café, October 27). The Kansas City Latino community is becoming more diverse by the day, and it's important that people in KC know more about it. I encourage him to keep it on your radar in terms of food and others events and issues.
Now I'm just hoping someone will open a Peruvian restaurant in Kansas City, or maybe an Argentine restaurant south of the river!
Kansas City, Missouri
Dish network: My wife and I want to thank Charles Ferruzza for his restaurant reviews. We live in Topeka and get to Kansas City once or twice a month. We always pick up the Pitch to check out Mr. Ferruzza's reviews. We love finding out about new restaurants and exploring a new area of the city.
We agree with his reviews 90 percent of the time, and he has helped us find some great places to dine, like the Bulldog, the Blue Bird, the Copa Room and Café des Amis.
Tell Mr. Ferruzza to keep eating and reporting.
Correction: The title of the Society for Contemporary Photography's new show was misspelled and incomplete in last week's issue (Art Beat, November 10). The show is titled Simulacrum: Portraiture in the New Millennium.