Employees and others outside Penny Lane, early 1980s

Penny Lane, early 1980s

July 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of The Pitch. To celebrate that milestone, LaBudde Special Collections at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library presents digital versions of early issues of The Pitch, including a complete run of the first 22 issues.

The Pitch was first published in July 1980 as the Penny Pitch, a music sheet handed out by Penny Lane, the erstwhile Westport record store at 4128 Broadway. The first 13 issues were printed under the early banner before undergoing a series of name changes - including KC Pitch and Pitch Weekly - beginning in January 1982.

Since then The Pitch has expanded into an alternative weekly newspaper serving the greater metropolitan area and covering music, film, arts, entertainment, news and investigative reporting.