I just picked up an issue of AZWeekly. I'm not sure what it going on in there. You have to sift through poor graphics and busy pages to find any content. In fact, I don't think I found any content. It is in the recycling bin. I won't be picking up another. At least there are articles to read int the Tucson Weekly. Award-winning ones at that.
Is his son going to perform at Centennial? Fela's music was amazing! Sort of the Bob Marley of S Africa in his message and ability to reach the masses. Congrats on the hard work getting the show here!
I've been reading the Tucson Weekly since the first issue, back in the 80s, back when I feared for the safety of the writers of The Skinny, because they were so fearless. Remember? Anyone?
What I really love in an alt-weekly are local stories and issues covered by crack journalists without censorship as to position, without a right-wing slant, without a corporate mindset. The quality of the TW took a rather noticeable editorial dive when Jimmy Boegle came in to run it, and it just seems like it's lost grit and focus. These days, I look to papers like the free, independent Chicago Weekly to stand in for what the rest of you guys used to pull off, and I just check the TW online to see the event listings, movie reviews, and maybe read a story here and there. It's been a long time since I've been stopped in my tracks by an issue of the Weekly, or an intro by the editor.
I'd love to see the kind of edge that the TW used to have come back, but now? I''m writing this instead of writing Circle K, because I stopped picking up the TW print edition a few years ago.
Tucson: It's just funny that your email address is associated with a bunch of events in Phoenix and your IP address seems to indicate you're from up north as well. Could be a coincidence. It's just odd. Thanks for the advice.
No not at all and i don't work for circle K ether. It just really upset me that a few days after talking with them, I see your article bashing them both because you cant and put your magazine in the circle k locations and yet act like your don't know why when a dozen people on this blog can tell you. I don't see you bashing any of the other publications in town. Tucson weekly has been around and will stay around. Why go out of your way and bash the new guy in town. you don't hear radio stations bashing each other like publications do. Its just sad that a editor has to stoop to that level. I just think that Tucson weekly could of dealt with it in a better way. Now you have completely burned your bridge with circle k.
Tucson Restaurant: That is a spectacular ad for AZ Weekly. It's almost like you work for them in Phoenix, instead of owning a Tucson restaurant. Almost.
Your article makes you look really bad. For a magazine that thinks AZ weekly is a boring and worthless magazine you have sure put a lot of energy in to them. Good Job broadcasting your competitor to all of your advertisers too. No such thing as bad press. I own a Tucson restaurant and have talked to them. Your right the only thing you have in common is that you’re printed on paper. If you’re looking for a rub and tug at a local strip club or need to know where to get your marijuana or local methadone shot you got that demographic covered and you have no competition. As for events and entertainment I think AZ Weekly will be a very strong competitor. Their distribution alone will out match yours. Because there a clean magazine is why there in the hotels, circle k’s , on campus, in taxi's and upscale locations in both Phoenix and Tucson.
Second there prices for advertising are very competitive and are affordable for all businesses. We have tried working with the Tucson Weekly in the past and there was nothing but headache and overpriced ads. I’m excited there's is a new publication in town. At least we have options now. Lots of your readers will become AZ Weekly readers very soon. Less of course there looking for a handy, new bong or car stereo! Your keep complaining that there not local but they are. There AZ Weekly :”Arizona” Weekly, Not the Phoenix Weekly or the Tucson Weekly. Me personally would love to know what is going on in Phoenix and have the Phoenix people know what is going on in Tucson. This will help support the local Tucson economy. At the end of the day I don’t think you’re going to lose much business to them but I do know that they will get business that will never advertise in your magazine because they don’t want to be associated with your content, advertisers or views. You have burned too many bridges over the last 30 years. Tucson business will grow because they are advertising in AZ Weekly magazine and not yours. Good job Circle K for raising your standards!!! #Circlekstandards
Scarpia, B: Yet you keep coming back to leave comments. Strange, that.
It's a competitive world out there. If someone beats you instead of a smarmy response, better to look to see where you could improve. I would hate to see you end up like the Phoenix, but on the other hand your content is nothing special.
Interesting read. I can't speak for the paper but I can certainly speak for myself. Dan, I think you have a fabulous publication. Obviously, you've been around for a while. You've built a loyal following and that's not easy as I'm sure you know. As for your content, some people will like it and some people won't. You can't please everyone. You just have to do the best you can. I have no problem with Tucson Weekly. As far as I'm concerned, this is your town and your paper. I support local businesses just as much as the next person here. AZ Weekly is a local publication just like yours. The only difference is we're based in Phoenix. Our Tucson edition will obviously have Tucson content and advertisers. I do believe this market can support two local publications. We're here to offer the citizens of Tucson, including your readers, an alternative to what's already here. Keep up the good work on your end and we'll do our best to put out a good product on our end. Ultimately, the citizens of Tucson will benefit from the existence of both Tucson Weekly and AZ Weekly. The first Tucson edition will debut next week at all Circle K locations among many other sites on Wednesday, March 20th. For those of you who can't wait and want to check out AZ Weekly already, our website is www.azweeklymagazine.com and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/azweeklymagazine. I look forward to servicing the Tucson community.
As for the sex issue. It may have been a bit over the top and there are a couple annual editions I really would like to see retired - especially the "Get out of town" issue which I feel is childish and mean-spirited. However, if Circle K had a problem with content they need to be upfront about it. They could have issued a statement that the more adult oriented content just didn't work in their business and left it at that and I could have respected that even though I might disagree. But to hammer out a commercial relationship with a Phoenix company, drop a local paper and THEN go back and try to come up with a "reason" smacks of deceit. It would have more veracity if they didn't offer any paper, but that's not what happened and this obviously had to do with Phoenix businesses supporting each other and probably money changing hands. What's even more telling about this bit of corporate mendacity is the fact that Circle K currently has members of their marketing department trolling here, Facebook and other places writing glowing "reviews" of the AZ Weekly and pretending to be local citizens from Tucson. Note: It helps if you don't use your personal accounts with your employment at CircleK or an AZ Weekly affiliate listed!
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Dan, taking on Circle K may not be the best way to keep your new job. Some of the covers you have been coming up with are not appropriated for a free newspaper easily accessible by children.
kind of off topic but I find it funny that the same paper that thought getting rid of movie times was a good idea cause thats a thing of the past that papers did is thinking about home delivery for a small fee
Hey Dan your such a wordsmith in this post but not in your printed paper? You know why you were removed from Circle K and you forgot to mention that in the printed version! I'm sure that was left out for obvious reasons. You trash a paper that you probubly never heard of till a week ago. Thats pretty sad! You made a fool of yourself in not telling the whole story. The truth will be known.
Anonymous: Then someone's lying, either AZ Weekly which is telling advertisers they have an exclusive at Circle K, Circle K which told us the same thing, or you. Since you don't even have the integrity to post your name or what company you're associated with that would have this information, I'm going to go with the simplest answer. Cheers!
Dan, I work for neither Circle K or AZ Weekly. I'm just an individual who's very familiar with the matter. I can tell you up front that no money changed hands between AZ Weekly and Circle K. You can't counteroffer because there was no offer. Exclusive distribution agreement? LOL
By the way Dan, there are thousands of Tucson Weekly readers that will continue their support, as I told you at the festival of books last weekend ( I'm the guy who asked about the Tucson musicians calendar ) LONG LIVE TUCSON WEEKLY!
I just keep thinking, if the content is the real issue here, is CK getting rid of all magazines placed next to or above the weekly? All the car magazines with beautiful women on the cover, Maxim magazine, Sports illustrated, tattoo magazines,National Enquier, etc...NONE of them bother me in the very least, my kids don't go into a store and buy them (thanks to our parenting skills Courtney). My kids also know not to pick up free magazines, especially ones geared towards an 18 and over audience without my knowledge...Tucson Weekly kicked out because content? I don't believe that for a....WAIT! I just saw the Easter Bunny AND Santa Claus outside my window!
Also, for what its worth, AZ Weekly isn't a competitor, as far as I see it. With less than 900 Facebook fans, it would appear most readers don't see it as one either.
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