Mod Mobilian Radio is quickly becoming the place to be for former WZEW jocks as “The Hurricane” has joined the upstart web-based station started by the arts and entertainment website.

Michael “Hurricane Shane” Schoenherr joins fellow ZEW alum Emily Hayes at ModMo Radio, according to a press release from the station. Schoenherr left the ZEW in August after roughly a year as the morning show host and program director. He is now back in Birmingham but hosting a show on Mod Mo Radio through the magic of … well … the Internet. Thanks Al Gore!

He will cover the weekday morning shift from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“I’ve been a fan of what the folks at Mod Mobilian have been doing for a long time. I am very excited to be asked to join a team that represents and serves Mobile and the Gulf Coast’s needs so well,” Schoenherr said in a statement.

For her part Hayes says the arrangement was a perfect fit for both of them as it connects Schoenherr to his Mobile fans and gets him back to his roots in alternative radio. He helped co-found 107.7 WRAX (The X) in Birmingham.

“He thoroughly enjoyed his time in Mobile and to have the opportunity to join up with Mod Mobilian Radio seemed like a no-brainer on both ends,” Hayes said.

She says the response to the station that cranked up in July has been “overwhelmingly positive, and the support of our listeners as well as our sponsors makes us feel as if we’re really on the right track. It has been a very interesting learning experience. But enjoyable.”

Mod Mobilian Radio can be heard for free at and via the Live 365 app for smartphones.

One year ago…

It’s been one year now since the Mobile area lost its daily newspaper. I know, it seems longer.

It has been odd living in a city without a daily paper, but perhaps the strangest thing to me personally is how quickly many of us have gotten out of the habit of picking up that newspaper every day. Many of us don’t pick it up at all anymore, it seems. At least that’s been my experience and one many, many others tell me has been theirs as well.

Obviously there has been a tremendous turnover among the bylines we’d grown used to seeing over the years. Almost every one of the last 12 months has come with news of one former P-R staffer or another leaving, so the newsgathering has changed.

How circulation has fared under the new arrangement is difficult to tell. Anecdotal evidence and insider information both suggest the falloff has been heavy, if not a complete bloodbath. Official reports from the Alabama Media Group are upbeat and claim actual increases, but “snapshots” from the Alliance for Audited Media in May showed the paper had already dropped 10 percent in circulation after the announcement was made it would reduce frequency, even before the cutback started.

Stories have been plentiful from readers claiming the P-R continued throwing papers long after subscriptions were canceled, but that can only prop up numbers for so long. Hopefully some more solid numbers will be forthcoming soon.

Again, from the AMG perspective, the changes have indeed been “exciting.” They tout ever-growing digital readership numbers, it’s hard to see how the product is something that is doing more than just trying to collect hits. While I personally feel the local coverage of day-to-day news has improved lately under the management of Randy Kennedy, the overall output is still about one inch deep.

On the morning of the day I wrote this column, I dialed up and all but two stories on the front page were about the weekend’s football games. That included a big story about Katherine Webb kissing her U of A boyfriend after the Saturday beatdown of Ole Miss.

Over the past year it has become common for staffers to rewrite news stories by other news agencies almost in total in a ham-handed effort to simply steal web hits from those competitors. This “new journalism” often regurgitates others’ work, disguising it as their own. They’ve even taken to slapping datelines on stories that would seemingly put the same reporter at several places around the globe on the same day.

It appears AMG decided the Internet Age provided a fine opportunity to rewrite many of journalisms’ most time-tested traditions and rules. We hear a “relaunch” of the entire product may be coming in November. If that is indeed the case perhaps it will move in another direction.

At the one year mark I don’t think it’s unfair to say Newhouse’s vision for its newspapers/websites has been somewhat less than thrilling and it’s hard to imagine how much longer they can continue down this same road.

New Lagniappe website

Some of you may have noticed by now has a clean new look — one that actually works! Imagine that.

Our new website incorporates the pdf reader we’ve been using for three years now with an search engine optimized (SEO) site that is responsive to any device.

In other words, it works on your phone, your computer and your pad. And it’s easy. Those who like the pdf reader where the paper is laid out as it is in print can simply click on the image of the latest cover and head there. But this new design also gives us a great platform for breaking news that hasn’t been very functional before.

We’ll be tweaking things as we go along and adding new features. Hopefully the new site will provide the best of both worlds for readers and advertisers alike.

In the year two thousaaaaaannnnndddd……

Speaking of media changes, I will be among a group of folks gathering Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Center for the Living Arts Auditorium at 301 Conti Street in downtown Mobile for a Public Conversation on the Future of Media.

The panel includes Randy Kennedy, managing editor of Local News Content for, USA Department of Communications Chairman Jim Aucoin, Spring Hill College Communication Arts Department professor Dr. Christina Kotchemidova and Mod Mobilian music director Emily Hayes, as well as myself.

Obviously the discussion will be about where things are headed in the media world. Entry is free and the conversation begins at 7 p.m.

Dish v. WKRG

As I write this Media General and the DISH Network have gone all Washington on us and been unable to get an agreement done for a new contract agreement. What that means is local DISH subscribers are losing WKRG-TV from their lineup. That’s a pretty tough thing in the middle of football season.

These things generally are resolved pretty quickly, but we’ll keep an eye on it.