Central Standard
3:55 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

The Man Behind "The Worst" Shopping Mall Commercial Speaks

When Chris Fleck began working on a commercial for the East Hills mall, he knew he wanted to go "different." He succeeded. The commercial has gone viral, generating more than two million hits on YouTube. The bait getting people to watch it? Suggestions that it may well be the worst shopping mall commercial of all time.

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Up to Date
11:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Examining The Real 'Mad Men'

George Lois is famous for his Esquire covers.

"Mad Men" might be a fictional television drama, but the kinds of ad men it portrays were real. 

Up to a point, according to George Lois.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with George Lois, perhaps best known for his work on Esquire covers from 1962 to 1972. We talk about his contentious campaigns and allegations of plagiarism.


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Central Standard
10:21 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII: The Advertisement Showdown

Some watch the Super Bowl for the football. Others watch it for the multi-million dollar advertisements. Today we talk about the iconic cultural symbols presented in between the action on the field. Which ads resonated with audiences and which missed the mark?


  • John January, SVP Executive Creative Director
  • J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Advertising, Branding and Strategic Media at Avila University
  • Nicole Melton, producer at Bic Media
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Central Standard
10:11 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Smoke And Meers Advertising

Meers Advertising

The advertising industry is in flux. This business faces just as many uncertainties as any other sector of the economy with changing consumer attitudes and an increasingly fragmented media landscape.

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KCMO City Hall
7:50 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Council Revises Billboard Laws

A billboard near Highway I-29.
City of Kansas City, MO

The city council revised Kansas City's billboard restrictions yesterday. The changes will allow billboard companies to move a billboard a short distance rather than have it torn down if it is condemned for a public works project.

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Building A Brand Like 'Trader Joe's'

Running low on Two Buck Chuck? If so, it may be time for a Trader Joe’s run.

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10:13 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kansas City Council looks at changes to billboard regulations, and a new scam hits Missouri cell phones.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Central Standard
9:56 am
Mon February 6, 2012

The Best Superbowl Ads Of 2012

On this episode of Central Standard, let’s review the winners and losers in the big game of marketing.

The Super Bowl is over, and now it’s that special time of year. A time when you can turn on the tube and catch early season golf, meaningless regular season NHL, NBA, early NASCAR and the X-Games. Before we enter the 60-day deep winter doldrums for sports fans, let's delay the suffering a bit with a Superbowl postgame show, where we recap, yes, the commercials.

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