It’s been a long, tedious battle trying to work around an antiquated state law, but Lagniappe HD is now taking public notices/legal advertising.

We have received our publications-class postal permit for Lagniappe HD, which is our paid-circulation product. Legal ads will also appear in Lagniappe’s entire 30,000 weekly run distributed to more than 1,200 locations around Mobile and Baldwin counties. Our model follows one that has been used for several years in Enterprise and sanctioned by the state.

Legal ads, or public notices, are ads required by law to be run in local newspapers of general circulation, and often pertain to issues such as probate hearings, foreclosures and bills being filed in the Legislature, for example.

Lagniappe offers a more affordable way for advertisers to reach the more populated areas of the market so their ads will actually be seen. We are by far the largest locally owned publication.

Those interested in finding out more can call Jackie at 251-450-4466.

Rausch leaving WKRG-TV
For the past seven years Mike Rausch has led the newsroom at WKRG-TV, but the station announced this week that he’s leaving for a job out West.

“From his first day at WKRG we witnessed a dramatic improvement in our news product at every level,” WKRG General Manager Mark Bunting said. “Mike brought to us the use of cutting-edge technology, the ability to maximize our personnel resources, increase ratings and create a progressive look to our news. Mike is also credited with bringing The Great Toy Drive to WKRG. Tens of thousands of area children have benefited greatly from our toy-gathering efforts and that charity has become a core element of who we are as a television station.”

Bunting said Rausch is moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he will take over as news director at ABC affiliate KRDO. His last day with WKRG is Oct. 14.

“I am very sad to leave WKRG and the tremendous team of people here. It’s been a real honor for me to work alongside such a top-notch group of journalists and professionals who really care about what they do,” Rausch said. “I hope that maybe I was able to contribute something of value to the station and to everyone on the Gulf Coast who tuned in to see a News 5 newscast. Of course, I have met hundreds of wonderful people during my time here and when anyone asks, I have always said and will continue to say, ‘I love the people of Alabama!’”

Bunting also noted Rausch’s tenure was one in which the station received accolades.

“During his entire tenure at WKRG, News 5 has had the highest-rated newscasts in the Mobile market. And just this past year, WKRG was named ‘Best Station in Alabama’ by the Alabama Broadcasters Association, and the Associated Press singled us out for ‘Best News Operation’ in Alabama and best TV news website in the state,” Bunting said.

WKRG is currently in transition to be taken over by Nextstar in December after the U.S. Justice Department cleared the way last month for the company’s purchase of Media General.

Mea culpa
I stupidly referred to WABD as an iHeartRadio station last week in this spot, when it is actually owned by Cumulus. I apologize for the error and have adopted Justin Bieber’s latest hairstyle in atonement.