I'd like to know Jon Niccum's background. Does he have advanced degrees in film criticism and music history?
Jon Niccum, the Journal-World's entertainment editor, graduated with a bachelor's degree in film studies from Kansas University in 1989. His first professional job writing movie reviews was in 1991.
On the music side, he taught private guitar and bass lessons in Lawrence from 1985 to 1995, averaging 40 students a week. Additionally, he played in about a dozen working bands during that time span, performed on 19 albums, was a sound engineer and started his own record label (Manic Records) before going full time into music/film journalism in 1995.