There are several good opportunities for homeowners all over the Mobile area to finally get that old project done right at the right price.

“Today’s Homeowner,” the nationally syndicated television show featuring Danny Lipford is ready to start taping for its 17th season. That means 26 new episodes will be shot and Lipford and his team are hoping to do most of this in the Mobile area.

“Today’s Homeowner,” hosted by Danny Lipford is looking for locals to be on the new season.

“Today’s Homeowner,” hosted by Danny Lipford is looking for locals to be on the new season.

“We are looking for people who are excited about being a homeowner. If you are energetic, upbeat and are ‘chomping at the bit’ to be on national television, then we want to hear from you. Our audiences love seeing episodes dealing with simple home repairs and common do-it-yourself projects that are well within the reach of most homeowners, but they just need a little help along the way,” said Tiffany Burtnett, Danny Lipford Media’s Director of marketing and public relations. “That’s where we fit in! Get your hands dirty along with Danny and the gang as we help you with the Honey-Do lists around your house.”

In the show Lipford guides homeowners through home-improvement projects, adding a professional’s know-how to a do-it-yourself project. While that might be incentive enough, the other benefit is in cost.

“In most cases, the show handles the costs associated with the project, but will need the homeowners to participate in the majority of the work,” Burtnett said.

Those interested in being on the show are encouraged to make a “Danny Help Me Wish List.” There is a link on where you can send your list and contact information. The site lists a few projects they would like to highlight as well.

Great Leap Forward

The folks at Gannett may not have paid much attention to how Newhouse-owned newspapers have fared since their decision to go “digital first” in markets across the country.

People in Pensacola will soon get to see if Gannett’s version of digital first is any better than Newhouse’s, as the company has announced plans to greatly reduce the amount of editors — calling them content coaches or content strategists now — and pushing duties to regional hubs.

The Pensacola News-Journal and five other papers “piloting” Gannett’s new direction apparently won’t see any reductions in print days, unlike Newhouse’s papers in Alabama and elsewhere, but some of the rhetoric coming from the company would sound strangely familiar to anyone who has lived in a Newhouse market.

Much like what was said when the Press-Register, Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Times-Picayune went to three days a week, readers in Nashville are being told The Tennessean will somehow do much more editorially with about 15 percent fewer positions, delivering a “stronger, more interesting” newspaper. The paper will actually increase reporters, but dump a number of editors.

While it’s impossible to tell whether Gannett will see the type of circulation and readership falloff Newhouse experienced — and the decision to stay daily may drastically help that — it will be interesting to see what occurs with our neighbor to the east as its newspaper casts its lot on a digital future.

Bengal radio

Although the station won’t be carrying South Alabama football for the first time since the program’s inception, WNSP will be airing the games of one of SEC football’s biggest names — the Louisiana State University Tigers.

The station lost out on a new contract with USA in July, but WNSP Director of Operations and Programming Tim Camp said they were able to move swiftly to secure this year’s local contract for one of the biggest programs in college football.

“Yes we will be carrying LSU football as well as the Les Miles show on Wednesday night at 7,” Camp said, speaking of the show by the team’s head coach.

Camp said the reasons for wanting to run LSU football were pretty obvious.

“Next to Alabama and Auburn they have the largest fan base, there’s a good alumni organization here, plus many business owners who are LSU grads,” he said.

The contract is year-to-year, Camp said.