Thursday, February 20, 2020

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ROCKFEST FAILS 2020!!!



Quick news item that's not so important in the grand scheme of things but still apropos for #TBT and a sign of changing times in Kansas City's music scene.

First and foremost, that photo of Johnny Dare at the top of this post doesn't do him justice . . . Word is that he's looking more svelte, relaxed and seems almost COMPLETELY DISINTERESTED IN HIS SHOW.

The former King of Kansas City radio is just "picking up a check" according to longtime listeners and his heart doesn't seem to be into broadcasting. A new-ish younger hottie has him far more engaged enthralled and his daily gab sessions have started to sound like somebody trying to leave the bar early to get back to a far more comfortable home life.

There's a few ratings geeks who might claim otherwise but those mostly cooked numbers aren't so important nowadays given that the local terrestrial radio audience has mostly abandoned the airwaves altogether and moved to streaming and satellite options.

Nevertheless, here's just a bit of radio insider gossip . . .

KANSAS CITY ROCKFEST IS A NO GO FOR 2020 AND WILL LIKELY NEVER RETURN!!!

 True, this won't surprise a lot of people but we've had more than a few questions on this topic and #TBT seemed like a good time to report what we've heard back.

A multi-year-hiatus, change of venue and rockers growing older as the genre "evolves" are just a few reasons for the end this local tradition.

Now that the history of the event is complete there is no question that the pinnacle of the show was defined by Kansas City serving as its venue. Contrary to the claims of Kansas-side border war enthusiasts, the EPIC show was doomed as soon as it departed city limits and heart of the Midwest.

Thankfully, we still have the memories of one of the greatest festivals Kansas City has  ever witnessed as most listeners believe Johnny Dare is once again on the cusp of "moving forward" and beyond his longtime radio gig.

Developing . . .

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

JD still is the king of KC radio even if that doesn't mean much anymore.

His show has lost some steam but that has more to do with departures from the crew and not the host. By far, one of the best talkers in town. He missed his chance to focus on the Internet stuff but I'm not sure he would play well in a pod cast.

Still has a great future, can see him as like a KC version of Joe Rogan.

Dex said...

^^^ +100

Anonymous said...

Anything that has been lost is the fact that FM radio is dying overall and that isn't his fault. Corporations has killed FM radio. I never listen to FM anymore. It's satellite and internet for me. Deregulation in the 90s led to where we are today. I like metal but haven't been to Rockfest in years and years. Sorry but all those shitty bands like Disturbed, Chevelle, etc are not good and all sound the same.

Anonymous said...

I tried going back and listening and realized he's just a over 50 trying to hang on to his youth. Steroids and young women will only last so long for him just like his liberal crybaby soapbox he now likes to stand on.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Johnny. I still remember when you bad mouthed RUSH on-air years ago. Your show instantly became irrelevant and I never listened again. Enjoy your upcoming retirement as karma has a very long memory. Remember, they always take half (or more) in the divorce. Big Money, buddy. You don’t get Something for Nothing...

Anonymous said...

Oh, dude, this is fucked up, man. No Five-ginger Death Punch?

Anonymous said...


Angie Stackhaus will be thrilled. You kids get off my grass.

Anonymous said...

is that geezer in the picture Dare?

Anonymous said...

"KANSAS CITY ROCKFEST IS A NO GO FOR 2020 AND WILL LIKELY NEVER RETURN"


Best news in a long time

Anonymous said...

Sad part being that anyone followed a stuck at 14 year old to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Old people geezing. Sooo lame.

Grip Madlock said...

Thank you,not to mention the beta male sausage fest it was where trailer trash got cheap thrill from feeling up drunk 18 years while shit ag singers for bands like five finger shit punch brag about beating women.

Anonymous said...

Well at least KCMO's job scene is booming.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several restaurants are looking to hire employees in the Kansas City area.

Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, Fat Sully's Pizza and Frozen Gold are all hiring.

Anonymous said...

^^^ That's why bus service is going to be free.

The Hipsterocracy, drunk on craft beer said...

"Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, Fat Sully's Pizza and Frozen Gold"



Wow KCMO is becoming the "Michelin Star" capital of the world.

Anonymous said...

^^OK Boomer. Stick to Bob Evans. It's all you know.

Anonymous said...

Harley Davidson left town so there is likely not much incentive left for Dare to stay in KCMO.

Anonymous said...

^^ OK Milli Vanilli

Anonymous said...

I liked that rockfest existed and I'm sad to see it go. It was stupid as hell and I wouldn't even want my worst enemy to go because of how trashy it was, but for better or worse it was a Kansas City thing and the city is much worse off without it's existence. It'd been a tradition for like 25-30+ years or more and I hate seeing stuff like that die no matter how much the actual event repulses me

Super Dave said...

Johnny like all the other good DJs of KC had their run and are slowing fading off into the sunset if not gone already. Some have simply retired while another last I heard was still driving for KCATA. Radio is dying and the listeners listening needs change with age as well. But you can't argue the fact that Johnny has had a hell of a ride and appears to be now enjoying life more and traveling a lot when not working on his Disgraceland.

Anonymous said...

I think its sad. ALL these traditions because Millenials are ruining music and restaurants.

Anonymous said...

90.1 KKFI is alive.
Jazz after nine on KPR from Lawrence.
The Bridge out of Warrensburg.
Stay below 92 on the FM dial lots of good stuff !!!

MDLQ said...

.........CHICKEN MAN!!!!! CHICKEN MAN.............
HE'S EVERYWHERE.....HE'S EVERYWHERE!!!!!
......Right?

Anonymous said...

Thanks stupid dave. Since Johnny Dare is on radio in KC, please don't comment on it as you don't live in KC. T

Anonymous said...

Oh crap it's Kris Kross.

Anonymous said...

The millennials did not ruin the restaurants.

Anonymous said...

8:06, nope that's John Caprifoli...

Super Dave said...

11:40 you have just won the most ignorant post award of the day. Do you even know where Johnny works from and has for many years? The Rock is located in Mission Ks @ 7000 Squibb Road you retard. And to add it's radio call letters are based and licensed out of Leavenworth, Kansas.

So it's not even a KC radio station based on your continuous displays of ignorance.

Anonymous said...

11:40 just got knocked the fuck out, they were knocked out so bad they will not be back for a very long time.

Nice job Super Dave!

Anonymous said...

and yet it broadcasts in KC which you do not live. Weird.

Anonymous said...

WTF is the deal here? Dave has lived here all his life, he and his family have contributed in many ways to this town over the years from public service to the building of.

Anonymous said...

the past & future begins here, not there, here. now. weird.

Anonymous said...

Dare is who he is, listen if you like him ignore him if you don't. The dude is famous, has raised millions of dollars for charity and those like weird guy and boomer hater never will be or do such so they spend life going around being total assholes.

Anonymous said...

Rockfest certainly had a state fair feel about it - lots of degenerate nasty MF's walking around.

Anonymous said...

yes, always consider the glass towered legacy.

Anonymous said...

clap clap clap clap

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing Entercom has decided to quit funding these large festivals due to rising costs and low return. Production costs and artist costs have never gone down - does anyone remember $20 Kemper arena nosebleeds for the Rolling Stones in 1980? - now they are $130 in a stadium, albeit the sound and lighting technology is far superior today. The bottom line is that there are not enough big draw artists for these types of festivals anymore (for the right price). The Buzz stopped doing Beach Ball and it wasn't too long ago they were doing 2 days at Sporting Park. I'd rather seen one or two of these band do a full set at a smaller venue in a climate controlled environment as opposed to an abbreviated set 150 yards away in 100 degree heat.

Anonymous said...

BTW, Entercom just landed the Chiefs so maybe they needed the money to pay for the rights. Maybe the revenue generated by the new listeners will bring the festivals back -

Anonymous said...

2:57 $130 won't buy you anything at a Stones concert this year. Well maybe a T-shirt.