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While some businesses may never hear when their customers are upset, a community newspaper is different.
After the many calls we’ve received wondering where the TV listings are, I know we’ve got some unhappy customers.
The TV listings have been part of the Grant County News since 1992. As times changed, so did the look and information they contained. We’ve been happy to provide our readers with this service, but unfortunately we will no longer be able to include them inside our pages.
When it comes down to the TV listings, it boils down to dollars and cents. The listings, which we have to purchase from a company, are expensive. Like most everything the cost to continue carrying the TV listings has continued to escalate until we can no longer afford them.
We knew some of our readers wouldn’t be happy with this and we even tried to find local advertisers to sponsor the listings, but again, due to an economy that is slow to recover, we couldn’t find any advertisers willing to sponsor them.
Our plan is to utilize the space that the TV listings took to bring you better and more coverage of our community. The additional space will allow for more photos and feature stories about your friends and neighbors.
The Grant County News is the only newspaper dedicated to covering only Grant County news. You’ll only find news from other communities inside our pages IF it has a connection to Grant County or Grant County residents.
Like most of the newspaper industry, the Grant County News is searching for ways to provide services to its readers in the most cost effective manner.
Change is inevitable and our world is changed daily by technology and electronic devices. We know we’ll have to continue changing too.
Over the coming months and years, the Grant County News staff will be working hard to build a better newspaper to serve the Grant County of the future.
The Grant County News has been an advocate, cheerleader and protector in this community for over 104 years. We don’t see that mission changing, but we know we have to change to meet the needs of today’s readers and those of future generations.
Newspapers are not alone in the challenge that we have to compete for your attention, and today, how companies spend their dollars is more important than ever. We must be creative and timely. We must meet the needs of a new and more diverse Grant County.
Unlike my youth, and the younger days of most of the people who have been calling us inquiring where the TV listings are, there isn’t just ABC, NBC and CBS anymore. Cable and satellite services provide hundreds of channels. Finding the programming on cable and satellite just takes a push on a remote button.
For those who have told us that they only buy the Grant County New for the television pages, I ask that you look over the pages again. The Grant County News offers local coverage of news and events that make us smile and make us cry, inform and teach. No one else, not any of the large dailies to the north or south or any TV or radio station provide local news, for and about Grant County people.
Did you know that if you use the coupons found in the Grant County News, you could re-coup the cost of a subscription to the paper? That’s right; in one issue alone there were coupons valued at more than $100 and that was just in one week’s issue.
The staff of the Grant County News has a long-standing tradition of community involvement. That’s one of the things we’re proud of and don’t plan on changing.
The Grant County News is a typical community newspaper and there should be something inside these pages for everyone. If not, and you’ve got suggestions on how we can better serve you, then call me.
I’m willing to listen and exchange ideas.
Again, we’re sorry for any inconvenience discontinuing the TV listings may have caused. We sincerely hope you’ll stay with us and help us guide Grant County into the future.
(Ken Stone is the publisher of the Grant County News. He can be reached at 824-3343 or by e-mail at email@example.com.)