The newspaper has shifted to a strange model. It used to publish seven days a week and provide home delivery. Beginning in August, it still publishes a print newspaper seven days a week but has home delivery only on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the other three days one has to buy the print edition at a store or from a vending machine. The newspapers on the three days on which there is no home delivery are slimmer in size and the other four days are supposedly bigger to compensate for that.
But you can also access all seven days online. The online version is just a facsimile of the print version that one flips through page-by-page, rather than something designed specifically for web use, though they have added some hot links and other features (such as magnification) to make it easier to read and for navigation. But it is still pretty clunky, nowhere close to the quality of sites like the Guardian.
How they deal with the comics pages (that includes puzzles and horoscopes) pages is bizarre. The Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday print editions have the full comics pages that you can read by buying the paper at the store or reading online. But the Wednesday home delivered paper contains the Monday and Tuesday comics as well, and the Friday paper has the Thursday comics as well. In other words, if you read only the four home delivered papers, you get the full seven days worth of comics, but not the other news from the other three days.
I simply do not understand this new system. Presumably it makes sense to the people who own the paper but the logic completely eludes me.
Meanwhile, the radio station WCPN has started a weird personality cult for Dee Perry, the host of a local afternoon program called The Sound of Applause that deals with arts and culture. It is common for radio stations to air promos for other shows in their lineup. But for this particular show, instead of an ad for the show, we get sickly sweet praise for the host’s qualities as an interviewer and as a person, as if she is god’s gift to broadcasting and humanity. I cringe when I hear those spots. It is not that I think she does not deserve it since I do not know her at all. It just sounds really weird since no other WCPN personality gets that treatment.
Strange things are happening in the local media world.