"A lot's changed since Hour's inaugural issue on Feb. 4, 1993, notably what constitutes an 'alternative' weekly," editor-in-chief Jamie O'Meara writes. "But a little soul searching is never a bad thing -- it makes you better and, hopefully, stronger." In her column introducing the special anniversary issue, O'Meara says the paper has come to be inextricably tied to the communities it serves. "In an era of mostly borderless, reflexive information sharing, it's more important than ever to have boots on the ground, and to remember that there are still smaller communities within this larger global community of ours that need tending to," she writes. "And that's where we at Hour find our strength."

Continue ReadingHour Magazine Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Buffalo, N.Y., weekly is in the midst of a four-year rehab of an 103-year-old building which has had enough "twists and turns to fill an opera," publisher Jamie Moses tells the Buffalo News. Moses bought the E.B. Green-designed building from the city for $10,000, and he's put close to $1 million into improvements. "It's a messy conversion," says Moses, who originally budgeted around $350,000 for the renovations. "We ran into things we didn't expect, and we're adding work, so it's not the same project we planned." Artvoice should (finally) be in its new home by the end of the year.

Continue ReadingArtvoice’s New HQ Nearing Completion

When he decided to upgrade the Web site of his Buffalo, N.Y., alternative weekly, Artvoice publisher Jamie Moses pulled out all the stops. The result is not a simple Web version of the paper, spiced up with a few online gimmicks. It's a media-rich environment, where visitors can watch interviews of the top players in local disputes, check out the latest songs by Buffalo area musicians and get a glimpse of the restaurants they might want to patronize. Artvoice.com debuts this week.

Continue ReadingArtvoice.com Distinguishes Itself with Media-Rich Content

Artvoice Publisher Jamie Moses buys and closes rival Blue Dog Press in a deal announced today. Blue Dog prints its last run Thursday, ending alt-weekly competition in Buffalo. Former staffers at Blue Dog, once called Buffalo Beat, lament the demise of the scrappy paper, but Moses has the last word: "This market can support two weeklies, but not two successful weeklies."

Continue ReadingArtvoice Buys, Closes Blue Dog Press