The Man, the Myth, the Legend
behind who publishes TKC (No homo)
After publishing this site for a little more than two years, I think it's about time that I offer just a little bit of background about myself. Also, I've been trying to get interviews with people for vidcast posts and apparently a few folks either think I'm crazy or one of those dudes who uses a computer in prison. Both of those statements are only partially true.
My name is Tony Botello. I'm a freelance writer, artist (not really) and I also do a bit of media consulting (mostly to my GI Joes).
Tony's Kansas City is a blog I started with the intention of providing a truly alternative opinion and news source. It is neither of those. Basically, TKC is every smart ass comment and inane observation about this town that I make in my spare time. Which I have a lot of . . . Go back and read the state of my career. However, the site has grown in popularity more than I have ever hoped and continues to do so at a rate that nearly doubles every 3 months.
This blog has been mentioned in the following local media outlets:
KCUR: Meet the blogger Next Door.
Crime Scene KC: "The only Latino featured on the blog not wanted in connection with some crime."
The Pitch: (2004) Best media blog and a 2005 mention in the category for Best Blogger.
Also, a few of excerpts from this page have been featured in Net Prophet, one of my favorite sections of The Pitch. Here's the first snippet and here's my favorite thing they printed from my blog.
I've also reported for Dos Mundos and The Kansas City Hispanic News.
Additionally, a great many bloggers in the KC area and a few other places have been good enough to throw me a link (Thank you!) even though most of them disagree with almost everything I write.
There are a lot of other things I could note about this page but that might spoil the jokes. Nothing makes a topic more boring than studying it. I've often written: "The most important opinion on this page is the one you formulate for yourself." If this page can make you chuckle one or two times on the way to forming that viewpoint then I consider myself successful.
More info about me? I'm not really that interesting. It's Kansas City and the people in this town that fascinate me. I've never lived anywhere else and I'm not sure that I want to, this is home . . . And that's the perspective of this blog. I'm a 31 year old Chicano/Latino/Hispanic/vaguely brown guy born on the Westside - currently residing on the Westside, educated at UMKC and a few other places and this page contains quite a few thoughts, jokes and smartass comments about a lot of different people, places and things in Kansas City.
Also, I consider the following items the basic four food groups and that's why I need to start jogging if I'd like to live a few days past 50.