Chuckie: Interesting comment. "Concerning the new upstart "Editor" who's getting a reputation all around town as a completely unprofessional hack."
I happen to work in the media business. Your opinion of Dan is certainly your opinion, but not fact. Fact is you are the ONLY person who I've heard such comments from.
Another year gone by and Dawn Avalon still running KWFM. All the negative comments don't have any amount of truth to them.
Chuckie: Generally our policy is to remove comments from bogus email addresses, but gosh, I'll leave yours just because I found it comical.
For what it's worth, most people tend to take comments like yours more seriously when the person leaving them has at least the conviction to stand behind them with their name.
ZING EDIE! Hard to believe Vanderpool, probably the most accomplished writer at the Weekly besides ol' Leo Banks and Margaret Regan, didn't leave because of something concerning the new upstart "Editor" who's getting a reputation all around town as a completely unprofessional hack. Stem the blood loss, Tom Lee, and realize a real paper needs real managers.
It is so funny how this is the same column that constantly bashes the azds.
Hey Kevin Johnson... Having worked with Samantha Ptashkin for nearly five years I can say she is unequivocally the best multi-media journalist in Tucson. She's the whole package: smart, good judgement, a great writer and (maybe) the best photographer in the market. IF you had half her brains, talent and class you wouldn't be posting such drivel. But then given your past posts and clear regressive political leanings it's clear television isn't a source of news for you but rather a source for masterbatory material.
Regina: If I didn't welcome "controversial" comments, this website would very different, I promise.
But, hey, if you don't enjoy the Weekly lately, I apologize. Feel free to email me with constructive criticism, if you'd like.
It's unfortunate that Dan Gibson is so defensive and nasty in his responses to readers. I miss reading The Weekly edited by someone who welcomed controversial articles and comments, and who was actually a journalist.
Actually, Dan, you have never been particularly cordial to me. The only time I met you, you were not very inclusive in the conversation. If you will recall, I got up and spoke to the restaurant manager after a few minutes of being ignored. But your rudeness or politeness to me personally is neither here nor there; I'm just putting the truth on the record so you can't mislead about what happened. And ever since the Weekly got rid of its staff writers and turned them into poorly paid freelancers -- which occurred before your time -- I have never been a fan. I can't stand so called progressive publications that are hypocritical in their own labor practices. Nevertheless, Tim stuck with you and turned out terrific articles. So my comment wasn't personal to you but to the politics of The Weekly in general. And yes, I am a friend of Tim's. I don't know the details of what happened but I trust his integrity.
Edie/Karyn/Save/et al: As you might imagine, the situation is far more complicated than I'm able to discuss, and there's no particular winning scenario in trying to defend the decision, but I can assure you we didn't make the choice based on a cowardly or kneejerk reaction.
Always nice when people who were ostensibly cordial to your face say terrible things about you online, however. Charming.
Tim Vanderpool's Current column was one of the two reasons I read the Weekly. He wasn't afraid to cover and expose the nitty gritty of what's happening in Tucson. I don't see anyone else covering those topics since his absence. Personally, I want to thank him for educating the masses about the horrific "sport" call greyhound racing. He was doggedly reported about the many ills and injustices at Tucson Greyhound Park.
Also what happened to Dave Devine? I don't see him in Currents any more either?
Tim is a thorough, ethical journalist. Shame that The Weekly doesn't want a real journalist, one who rocks the boat. Our loss.
Tim Vanderpool is the best -- a great investigative reporter who clearly pissed off the powers that be at the cowardly Weekly. Your talents were wasted here, Tim. I'm glad you've moved on to outlets that appreciate your work and remunerate you well for it (or at least a helluva lot better than what you doubtless got at the Weekly).
I liked Jack Korpela. He is certainly better than that other obnoxious guy they have. He is too full of himself. KVOA has the market on the hot reporters too. Quite frankly, if I am going to hear bad news, I want to hear it from hot women reporters. I can't stand that Samantha Ptashkin though.
Sounds like Tim Vanderpool has ruffled a few feathers. Guess he was doing his job.
Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.
Good for Lorraine! With her deep roots here, that slot is a terrific fit for her. I hope she makes it shine.
Nothing will save KUAT. Chihak put everyone to sleep.No loss there. Thank God Huckabee is gone.
Too bad Vanderpool wasn't charged for his crimes. The story should have been edited to remove any reference to the clown.
Re: KVOI.. Mike Huckabee was on from 10a-noon. Dennis Prager is now back in his previous late morning slot. Dennis Miller came back to mornings 8-10 when the Andrea Tantaros syndication deal also blew up.
I'd much rather see the local talkers fill in the daytime slots. Lacking enough talent for that option, Dennis Miller adds a lot to the morning radio scene with his mix of political and non-political guests, and the occasional rant, too.
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