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A Kansas City Alt-Weekly Celebrates 40 Years

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The Pitch
The Pitch
A media staple in Kansas City since 1980, the weekly alternative The Pitch has lost most of its revenue streams to the coronavirus. However, it turning to an unusual income source involving local artists.

The Kansas City media landscape is ever-changing but, since 1980, The Pitch has persisted.

From the red boxes that once delivered tabloids to its cheeky email newsletter, the alt-weekly has offered up a unique voice even as the economy of journalism has undergone seismic shifts.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.