Listen for Me Wednesday on B98.5’s Morning Rush with Jeff Matthews & Lisa Fischer

Think they'll play Kenny Loggins?

Think they'll play Kenny Loggins?

I guess no one learned from Sunday’s (unmitigated? total?) radio disaster, because we’ve been invited back on the air in Little Rock to yak about whatever. And, once again, we’ll be joined by the Think Tank. The latest venue, B98.5’s Morning Rush, with Jeff Matthews and Lisa Fischer.

There’s sure to be “American Idol” chatter and maybe even some recipe-swapping. No doubt Twitter and all things bloggy will come up. And in spite of all that, we predict it will be fun!

So flip the FM dial to 98.5 at about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. And if you get a chance, don’t hesitate to call in and harass us on air. Or at least talk bad about us in the Twittersphere. That’s what it’s there for!

Arkansas Times Implements ‘Temporary Pay Reductions’

Pay cuts at the Times

Pay cuts at the Times

Noted here, for the record. The Little Rock alt-weekly Arkansas Times has joined a number of media companies in Arkansas making cutbacks in the face of a dire economic climate. Starting next month, pay cuts of 4 to 7 percent for some employees.

Max Brantley with the news:

Publisher Alan Leveritt said today he’d implemented temporary pay reductions of 4 to 7 percent for about a third of the 41 people who work on our various publications. Lower paid employees were exempt from the cut. The cuts were indexed to pay, with the largest in the best paid jobs. The cuts take effect next month. Recently, we also laid off a receptionist and converted a full-time job on El Latino, the Spanish language weekly, to part-time.

There have been no job reductions on the Times editorial staff.

Noted: The Times recently began selling ad space on the front page of its print edition, as have other publications throughout the country, as media companies seek any new revenue they can get their hands on.

Media Notes: Tourism Ad Spending, Yellow Kids and the Setting Sun

A weekly look around the world of mediadom:

Spreading the Wealth: Arkansas Business media writer Mark Hengel takes a look at how CJRW of Little Rock is spreading around that $10 million advertising budget for the state Department of Parks & Tourism. What does he find? Arkansas Business Publishing Group is getting its share ($40k!), but Internet spending is gaining prominence, too. In fact, “The department is spending almost as much with the respective online entities as it is with Arkansas’ largest daily newspaper.”

The Setting Sun: The Chicago Sun-Times, home to Roger Ebert and once home to Mike Royko, has filed for bankruptcy. The Tribune says, “Welcome to the club.”

Breakdown: It’s the biggest story in Detroit in a lifetime. And it hits just as the city’s major newspaper limits home delivery of its print edition.

Comeback Kid?

Comeback Kid?

Yellow Fever: Slate’s Jack Shafer makes a case for daily newspapers to go yellow. In other news, I’m having flashbacks to my ASU “History of Journalism” class. Thanks Dr. Gambill!

The Unkindest Cut: The New York Times is cutting its City section, as well as several regional weeklies, according to the New York Observer. It’s cheaper to print a newspaper when you’re putting out less of one.

Local Local Local: Metro, a free newspaper in New York, is dumping the Associated Press with the radical idea that its readers want to read, like, relevent, targeted news content. Imagine!

Flatliners: Internet ad sales were up in 2008, but growth is flattening. Looks like this “Internet” fad is over. See, we told you this wouldn’t last! Us in 20 years: “Remember Lady Gaga? Remember that show “Gossip Girl”? Remember the “Internet”?

And Never the Twain Shall Meet: The Tribune Co. says it will merge the operations of the Hartford Courant newspaper with two TV stations, creating “Connecticut’s largest newsroom.” The TV folks and the newspaper folks, working under one roof. Sounds like a hilarious new sitcom!

Facebook Is So 2008: There’s now more Facebook users aged 26-44 than 18-25. Let that sink in, kids.

Building the Perfect Beast: Tina’s Brown’s HuffPo 2.0 The Daily Beast doesn’t have an advertising sales staff — but it does have Barry Diller!

Arkansas Tumblrs Unite!


We’re not quite through with our Twitter obsession (yet), though some of us have moved on to other blogging platforms, some perhaps just as mystifying. So for those who like to blog, but aren’t crazy about the 140-character constraints of Twitter and aren’t into the time-consuming, myriad functionalities of something like WordPress, there’s Tumblr!

Tumbl with me, if you will, as we learn more about another strange online phenomenon that’s funny to say and no one understands!

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An Arkansas Twitter Follow Friday – On Monday

There’s this thing on the Twitters called “Follow Friday,” where folks make suggestions about who everyone should follow. They do this on Friday.

So to be a contrarian, we’ll do make our suggestions on … Monday! Herewith, a heaping handful of Arkansas Twitterers you’ll wanna catch up with. And be sure to check out our (in)complete (un)official Guide to the Arkansas Twittersphere here!

Gerard Matthews – Arkansas Times’ writer and Tumblr.

David Koon – Fellow Times scribe just getting his Twitter feet wet.

Matthew Price – One of the two mad geniuses behind

Katie Bodenhamer – The other of the two mad geniuses behind Scary knowledge of the Arkansas Code.

John DiPippa – Dean, UA Bowen School of Law. Probably knows more about the Arkansas Code.

George Hopkins – Executive director, Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.

Broadway Joe – Of Power 92’s Broadway Joe Show, a Little Rock institution.

AJ ParkerBlogger and CW Arkansas personality. She’s Twittery!

Kyran PittmanNote to Self blogger, friend of Little Rock Family.

Shane Montgomery – Pastor and life coach. Catch his money management segment from Today’s THV last week.

Hog Sports Radio – Northwest Arkansas’ home to all things Hog and regional radio partner for

Joan Duffy – Former reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, now at UALR Media Relations.

KARK-TV, Channel 4 – Because Arkansas matters matter.

Donna Terrell – Weeknight news anchor for the local Fox affiliate, KLRT-TV, Channel 16.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management – Everyone please just stay calm.

Gwen Moritz on Women in Our 25th Anniversary Edition

Over at the day job, we noted a least one criticism leveled at our 130-page 25th Anniversary Edition of Arkansas Business: Our list of 25 business leaders for the future didn’t contain enough women. That was the opinion expressed by Ms. Adverthinker Emily Reeves here and ditto’d by others on Twitter.

This week, having exchanged e-mails with Reeves, Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz takes up the complaint in her Editor’s Note column. She notes that women were prominent in other parts of the edition (25 Women Leaders, for example) and wonders what a fair representation of women in Arkansas Business would look like:

Reeves noted on her blog that 51 percent of Arkansas’ population is female, but would it fairly represent the Arkansas business community if half or more of our stories about business executives featured women? Of course not. For many reasons – hardly any of them blatantly discriminatory – the world of business is still dominated by men, and as long as that is true, Arkansas Business is likely to include the names and faces of more men than women.

And, though I think it’s a dirty rotten shame in 2009, it will probably be quite awhile before we stop feeling the need to single out women or minorities for special recognition. The 25th anniversary publication didn’t contain a list called “25 Men Leaders,” but we did feature “25 Minority Trailblazers.” (Great women were on that list, too.)

Moritz’s full response here.

And Blake’s Think Tank notes the back-and-forth here and says this is an example with what’s right about the New Media and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

‘Stanford Refugees’ in This Week’s Arkansas Business

In this week’s Arkansas Business, fallout from an SEC investigation, Arkansas companies performing well in recession and the latest on a pair of key state advertising accounts:

Andrew and Susan Meadors were among the so-called “Stanford refugees” whose investments with Standford Financial Group were frozen as a part of a civil case that the Securities & Exchange Commission filed against Stanford on Feb. 17.

No money with Stanford

No money with Stanford

Was former middleweight boxing champ Jermain Taylor’s money tied up in Stanford, too? Meadors, Taylor’s business agent, says no.

Wal-Mart Stores, credit counselors and Goodwill Industries are among Arkansas companies thriving in recession.

Did we learn anything from the Great Depression? William H. Bowen says of course not!

The latest look at Arkansas’ tourism $10 million account under CJRW and Aristotle. Meanwhile, the ADEC narrows the field of contenders for its $1.2 million account to Stone Ward, The Communications Group and CJRW.

A vote of confidence for newspapers — from a former newspaper employee.

And much more here.