Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The BBC has Popped Up in the Desert

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Tucson, we have some visitors. BBC Pop Up is traveling around the US, introducing the world at large to different cultures and they've landed in the Old Pueblo. I want to love it.

I mean, sure, in their first video they referred to Tucson as the "Wild West," shot half the footage at the OK Corral and had cowboys introduce the state. That's not great. But I like that they also used their intro video to touch on border issues, and they did give some non-costumed Tucsonans a minute in the spotlight.  

The team is camping out at the Arizona Daily Star's newsroom, and you can follow their adventures all over the Internet.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Herreras named managing editor of Tucson Weekly

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Tucson Local Media is proud to announce that Mari Herreras has been named managing editor of the Tucson Weekly.

Herreras has been with the Weekly since 2007. In her seven years at the paper, the Tucson native has gotten to the heart of Tucson with compelling features and investigative pieces on everything from various controversies at the Tucson Unified School District to issues facing Tucson’s less-advantaged residents.

"When I returned to my hometown to work for our alternative newsweekly it was a dream come true," Herreras said. "This next step allows me to continue to do what I love most: Tucson in all its beautiful, ugly and weird. I'm excited to bring my voice and vision to the Weekly and excited to hear from our most important voice—our readers."

Tucson Local Media Publisher Ryan Kedzierski said, “Mari is the obvious choice for the position. She loves Tucson, is passionate about the direction the Tucson Weekly is going and will do her best to make sure it returns to being a strong, edgy publication our readers and the community can be proud of.”

Besides Herreras being promoted, Tucson Local Media is also excited to announce the addition of staff writer Heather Hoch, who started work on Nov. 24.

Hoch comes to the Tucson Local Media staff with two years of writing experience. Hoch was a writer for the Phoenix New Times.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Kids Nowadays!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I'm gonna blame this on the schools. Whenever things happen with kids, no matter what it is, people like to say it's the schools' fault, so I might as well follow suit. I guess I've got to give a share of the blame to all the sex and violence in the media too — you name it, TV, movies, music (especially rap!), video games. They're so far over the top these days, it's gotta be affecting the kids! Oh, and don't forget parenting. You can't let the parents off the hook for their kids' behavior either.

For example, we've got to blame schools, media and parents for the rate of violence among youth these days. According to a recent op ed in the Star,

. . . arrests for serious violent offenses by juveniles have dropped about 60 percent from 1994 to 2011. Juvenile arrests have receded faster in the past 10 years than adult arrests. Property crime by youth also has sunk to its lowest point in 30 years.

Wait, what? You mean kids today are less violent than they were 20 years ago? That's not the impression I get from the media, or from adults complaining about "Kids nowadays!"

OK, but things have got to be worse in other areas, like bullying, teen pregnancy, drinking. Right?

. . . peer victimization, harassment and bullying — despite their ubiquity — have been abating in almost all of the surveys. Suicide, too, is less common.


Not only is the rate of teenage pregnancy down to record lows in the United States, but the percentage of ninth-graders who say they have had sexual intercourse has declined from 54 percent in 1991 to 47 percent in 2013.


The number of teenagers who have been drunk in the past year is at a record low and the drop for eighth-graders is particularly remarkable.

What the hell is going on? How can I complain about how awful and depraved today's kids are if the stats make them look so good? Haven't our schools turned into jungles? Hasn't the increase in depictions of sex and violence in the media turned kids into raging ids? Aren't parents being too permissive, or too overprotective, or too . . . something or other?

If things were going the other way, if the stats were trending for the worse, people would be quick enough to blame the usual suspects. So I guess, given the direction things are going, we've got to say, "Congratulations social, cultural and educational institutions. Way to go! Whatever you're doing, keep it up!"

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tom McNamara to Leave KVOA

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM


After 18 years at the desk at KVOA, Tom McNamara will be leaving the station at the end of his contract in mid-December to pursue real estate investing.

News 4 Tucson is sad to announce that our longtime anchor Tom McNamara will be leaving when his current contract expires.

"Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now," said McNamara. "KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months. I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process."

No word on whether McNamara is also leaving his recently-added gig at KUAT's Arizona Illustrated. If you're super interested, he's apparently going to discuss his future on Tuesday's 10 p.m. broadcast.

Sadly, McNamara isn't leaving to return to acting, although since his only credited appearance was as a Baseball Fury in 1979's The Warriors, he probably was wise to leave on a high note.

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The New York Magazine Article on Emoji Is Spectacular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM


For me, I think the best writing is when you find yourself in the middle of an article fascinated about a subject you wouldn't otherwise find interesting. Adam Sternbergh's cover story for New York magazine on the evolution of emoji falls into that category:

IT’S EASY TO DISMISS EMOJI. They are, at first glance, ridiculous. They are a small invasive cartoon army of faces and vehicles and flags and food and symbols trying to topple the millennia-long reign of words. Emoji are intended to illustrate, or in some cases replace altogether, the words we send each other digitally, whether in a text message, email, or tweet. Taken together, emoji look like the electronic equivalent of those puffy stickers tweens used to ornament their Trapper Keepers.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Day Drinking ... with Amo Dabney

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

OK, so that occasional and extremely lo-fi series taking place at a bar near you continues with Tucson musician Amochip Dabney, founder of the Amosphere, a tight and talented group of musicians who perform blues, New Orleans, reggae, rock and many of Amo's own. He's fun to talk with, but you better figure out a time to catch his band. They have a loyal following for a reason—and please don't be afraid to dance. People, when did that become a thing?

A great place to see Amosphere is at the Boondocks, which is where we met up with Amo and his partner, Jill Davis-Nunes, for some Bloody Marys and beers. They have a show at the Boondocks coming up Nov. 21. If you can't make that, get to Maker House on Nov. 14, Whiskey Tango on Nov. 15 or the eastside Sakura on Nov. 28.

And to keep in touch with his shows and music, visit his band's Facebook page or Amo's website,

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

KFMA Has a New Morning Show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM


KFMA announced the replacements for their morning show slot formerly filled by Fook and Mishell, who moved on to Salt Lake City in July. The new "Rock 102 Mornings" show will be hosted by former Phoenix radio personality Shmonty, who was laid off from KDKB up north in September when the station switched from rock to alternative, and Carolina, who was working evenings on KFMA. The new show debuts Monday, Nov. 10.

The press release:

Arizona Lotus Corporation Operations Manager Larry Mac announced today the new morning show will be 'Rock 102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina', weekdays 5:30a-10:00a.

Shmonty's radio career prior to joining Arizona Lotus included WCCC in Hartford CT, Radio 2GB in Sydney Australia, and Cumulus Radio group in New York and most recently Mornings on KDKB in Phoenix.

Carolina got her start in North Carolina where she graduated from Connecticut School of Broadcasting in North Carolina in 2010 and held an internship with the Ace and TJ show on WNKS KISS FM School in 2010. Carolina joined KFMA in 2011 on weekends.

Mac commented on the new Morning Show duo. “I am very excited to bring two funny and talented people to the Rock 102 airwaves in the morning. Tucson now has great way to laugh and rock out while getting ready for work, school and their day”.

'Rock 102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina' will be live November 10th 2014.

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Tucson Featured on Discovery Channel Show Online

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

As part of Discovery Channel's "TestTube" shows hosted on YouTube, a guy named Jason Tongen travels around the world learning about the people and places behind the scenes in various cities for a show called "What I Learned". Nice work if you can get it, right?

One of the new episodes centers around Arizona, and while they spent time in Phoenix from reasons I don't understand, but hey, they made it down here and hung out with Ed Keeylocko, Slobby Robby, Isaiah Toothtaker and (of course) God. Solid trip all in all.

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