Over the years creating & producing Discovering WNY, it was always a future goal to be able to produce a free regional companion paper for that show for everyone in WNY to enjoy. So, with that show and the pandemic now behind me and Small Town WNY in front of me, I thought it was finally time to bring an accompanying paper to the show to fruition. Physical copies of the annual companion issue will be available exclusively through the sponsors' locations you'll find in each current issue and will obviously change with each year. This way, it gives people another reason to stop by our awesome sponsors businesses as well as it will help spread the issues around a bit more than we would otherwise if we only had a few set regional locations to pick up your physical copy of the paper. You'll also be able to find all the digital online issues here on the website. Thank you for checking out the paper and I truly hope you enjoy everything you'll find inside! ~AA
All papers written, photographed & designed by A.A. Conceived, created, directed & produced by A.A. Produced in Western NY & edited by A.A
It's funny, because this paper means so much to me that for a few months, as I was developing it, I don't think I thought thought anything else. I am a huge newspaper fan. Well, let me digress. I should say, I'm a huge fan of properly written, vetted and edited content as I think the sheer lack of it now, is causing deep harm to everything. There was a time, not so long ago, that without a good bit of cash, you simply couldn't just puke your own bile out on the unsuspecting masses as you can today. I personally think that giving everyone on the planet an open-ended, never-ending format and forum was a huge mistake. It's akin to walking into a room where everyone is screaming at one another and most are, at most, marginally informed of the subject matter they are spiting off at the mouth about. It would be sheer chaos now, wouldn't it? And I bet most of us wouldn't stay for a hot minute in an environment like it. And yet, here you are, every day on the web, poking around in this huge, noise-filled room I know, I know, it's not a popular opinion, but I think I'm correct on this one. We all could use a bit of editing and format restraint at this point. Even me.
Whether it's a simple tweet, a blog post, a YouTube comment or your own site, or actual physical media, we all should practice a good deal of personal editing if there's no one else around to do the task for us. It's the same in all media fields now. There's very little editing and vetting and far far too much noise. Less is always more and when I grew up you had no choice. An album ran at 30-45 minutes tops with 15-20 minute sides. Edit. Books and all ephemeral media were far far more expensive to produce in much higher production runs than today. Edit. TV and movies??? Ditto... Edit. It was a vetted and edited world I grew up in and, in my opinion, we were all far better for it. So what does any of this have to do with the Small Town WNY TV companion paper here? Well, it has everything to do with it. The paper is a svelt 24-page, vetted and edited and distilled version of what you see here on the website and the show. Newspapers, zines, and local "rags" as people call them are all mediums I grew up with and believe in, and creating a paper was something I have been wanting to develop and produce for as long as I've been in the media business. So here it is. I truly appreciate the time you take to spend with it. ~AA