Friday, May 12, 2006

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.






Peace.

24 Comments:

pomegranate said...

This is awesome.

scooterj said...

Swiss Cake Rolls are da bomb.

Anonymous said...

I think TKC just jumped the shark.

jdoublep said...

about fucking time.
(although you should have said you were a 40-year-old white women living in Mission Hills.)

Rusty said...

The veil of secrecy has been lifted!!

emawkc said...

Dr. Pepper's okay, but I prefer Mr. Pibb.

Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = (well, you know)

Xavier Onassis said...

Hiya Tony! Nice to meet ya!!

We've got your back story, we've heard your voice in the interview, now all we need is a picture!

By the way, how many times have you wrapped your beloved snack cakes in a tortilla so people think you're eating something traditional? Eh? C'mon! Fess up!!

Xavier Onassis said...

Just listened to the KCUR interview.

Well done, my man! Well done indeed.

Whole Wheat Bagel said...

Is that last pic of Tortilla the Hun?

Xavier Onassis said...

Do your friends just call you "Cuah" for short?

Anonymous said...

An important cuisine/philosophical question: So, you prefer the Little Debbie chocolate rolls to Zingers? Am I missing something? Maybe it's the perfect level of fumaric acid or titanium dioxide that makes the difference.

Tony said...

This is the most important question I've had all day. Don't get me wrong, Zingers have a time and place and I can eat a half a box in one sitting if I'm not careful but I find that Swiis Cake Rolls offer the perfect one stop snack goodness for a guy like me . . . Who has just a tiny bit of work to get done.

bzirkone said...

Why is your name Italian if you are hispanic

Josssshua said...

Bzirkone, very confusing indeed.

Like, for instance, how my name is Joshua and I'm not Hebrew.

I'm wondering what we would do without stereotypes.

Ask a Grower said...

I'm a KC transplant living in fucking Ohio. I follow what's going on in KC by checking out your site.
Great Job.

Ohio sucks

david said...

WESSIDE 27 HOLLY

hahaha

are you the dude 710 am morning show talks trash on?

Herbert said...

Good grief, Tony! Three of those four food items are going to kill you. Walk down the street and get some real food. It's all over the place around you.

P.S. Fine Blog! Thanks!!!

peachygirlie said...

regardless of your lame excuses it seems to me the blog is that of an insecure bullshit artist whose trying to be something, anything, and stick up for his dumbass mom...i pity you...

That Guy said...

You Rock, Nuff Said.

Lance Weber said...

Interesting and humorous bio - nice to "meet" you. I enjoy your writing. Thanks.

Indie Jack said...

Zebra cakes---Zebra cakes---Mmmmmm. Black and white together on a cake---Mmmmmmmm.

i wish i could tell u (who i am) said...

Tony your not exactly a kook or idiot...just provacitive and entertaining as hell. You're also dead wrong at least 50% of the time. The other 50% (or so) you are a genius. Keep up the good work.

CrushProof Studios said...

Westside Represent!!!!!

21st CrushProof!

Anonymous said...

It's no wonder you hate KC...you reside in Westside. Sucks. Get a life. If you were good at anything you do, you wouldn't need to reside in your in Westside. UMKC doesn't claim you.