Media Watch

'Star' Gears up for Cold

The Arizona Daily Star is going into its annual northland circulation hibernation.

The Star began its White Mountain distribution cutback Sept. 16 and plans to return to its summer circulation figures around Easter.

"Delivery in the White Mountains is seasonal. Tucsonans are coming back into town, so we will cut back on our circulation through the fall and winter. We will resume in the spring when folks start to escape the heat in Tucson," said managing editor Teri Hayt via e-mail.


As an aside, e-mail is how the Star likes to conduct interview requests with the Media Watch columnist at the Tucson Weekly. Said columnist has spoken with numerous media representatives with a multitude of organizations, nationally and locally operated, and only the Star requests interview questions be submitted via e-mail. Nobody else seems to have an issue talking on the phone.

This is the fact despite Hayt's insistence, via e-mail, that the Star has no such policy.

When pressed with a follow-up e-mail explaining that the Media Watch columnist received past e-mails from Star interview subjects that said an e-mail policy was indeed in effect, she responded, via e-mail, with this response.

"We only ask the Weekly to submit questions in writing. The Star has been misrepresented and many staffers misquoted over the years. Written questions and responses keep the record straight."

Shame on you, Tucson Weekly. That said, it might be something to keep in mind for those who feel the Star has misrepresented them at some point in the past. Instead of allowing a Star reporter the convenience of a phone or personal interview, one might consider asking the Star to submit questions in writing. After all, written questions and responses keep the record straight.


Local PBS affiliate KUAT Channel 6 has added three names to its sales and underwriting unit, including a new general sales manager. Dana Horner comes to Tucson from Bend, Ore., where he handled sales duties for a radio group. Horner has more than 30 years experience in sales with a resume that includes stops in Dallas, Salt Lake City, New York City, Detroit and Seattle.

Kelly Puchowicz, Jacqueline Recinos and Nancy Pohanic will aid the KUAT sales force as well.

The KUAT Communications Group also includes KUAT 89.7/90.5 FM, KUAZ FM 89.1/AM 1550, the UA Channel and V-Me, a Hispanic public-television station set to debut later this year.


City of Tucson-operated Tucson 12 has been tabbed for six Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations.

In the Arts/Entertainment--Program Special category, Jennifer McKinney, Dan Sheffer, Terry Quinn and Mitch Riley received recognition for Sonoran Style. In the category of Historical/Cultural Program Feature, Gene Einfrank and Riley earned a nomination for The Mission. Lety Bazurto Matthews was nominated for her sports feature Formula for Success. Einfrank and Riley's historical documentary Why We Remember made the cut, and Riley was also nominated for his short-form photography work in I Am Tucson. Sheffer wrapped up Tucson 12's nominations in the Non-News Photography Program category with Ruby.

The Rocky Mountain Emmys are slated for Saturday, Oct. 6 in Glendale.


A couple of Media Watch columns ago, I mentioned that KCUB AM 1290 The Source had tabbed Dan Patrick for its open weekday 1 to 4 p.m. slot, and that the show would start Sept. 17. I based this knowledge on hearing a promo running on the radio station during a UA football game, and while I was talking about the Wildcats on the station's postgame show. (For the zillionth time: KCUB pays me to do the UA pregame and postgame shows.) The promo said something like, "Listen for Dan Patrick, starting Sept. 17."

Well, it looks like I jumped the gun a bit. While Patrick's debut has been pushed back, it is still scheduled to run in that timeslot on 1290. That could happen as early as Monday, Oct. 1. Really, it could.

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