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Friday: The State of St. Louis Print Media

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Friday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

It’s been a tough decade for the media business, particularly for outlets focused on disseminating the written word. Publications have closed across the U.S. Many newspapers no longer offer daily editions. And many of the online news outlets vying to replace (or at least supplement) them have seen layoffs of their own.

But despite a host of challenges to the advertising-based business model, St. Louis finds itself with a surprisingly robust print-media landscape. The metro area continues to boast not only a daily newspaper (with seven-day-a-week delivery — take that, Cleveland and Pittsburgh), several general-interest weekly newspapers, and a city magazine — but also two food-focused local monthlies.    

That bounty is more than many cities its size, and doesn’t even begin to account for the raft of smaller dailies, weeklies, monthlies and quarterlies on offer from Belleville to Rolla.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, we’ll discuss St. Louis’ media history with Frank Absher, a radio veteran and the executive director of the St. Louis Media History Foundation. The nonprofit organization runs the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, which welcomes a new class later this month.

Then, we’ll discuss the state of the current media landscape with an all-star panel. It includes Gilbert Bailon, the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; longtime local writer Jeannette Cooperman, who is an inductee in this year’s St. Louis Media Hall of Fame; and Antonio French, a former alderman and mayoral candidate who became adept at using Twitter and Vine to chronicle the Ferguson protests in real time. French also recently started a pair of weekly newspapers.

Listeners with thoughts on the state of the St. Louis media scene are encouraged to call into the show, tweet us at @STLonAir, or send an email with your questions to

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St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Joshua Phelps. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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