My Season of Thanksgiving
Talk show host Bill Handel does a radio commercial that begins along the lines of, “If your business has survived the last four years, congratulations.” I’m pleased to report that indeed my business has survived the last four years.
As many of you remember, the CV Weekly was actually launched four years ago, in September 2009 just as the Great Recession was gaining traction. The CV Weekly actually was started because the newspaper I used to work for – the CV Sun – was purchased then closed by the Los Angeles Times. While the decision may have seemed to make financial sense to the bean counters there, it was obvious to me that our community needed, wanted and, in some ways, demanded its own paper.
I’m sure many of you have heard the tale that upon learning that the CV Sun was closing (and I was out of a job), I went home to my husband and said that I wanted to start a newspaper.
Without skipping a beat, Steve said, “Rob, we have enough money for a new kitchen or a newspaper. What’s it going to be?” Folks, I still have the ugliest kitchen in La Crescenta – but the very best newspaper.
And for that I am grateful (the part about the newspaper). Because the CV Weekly has not only survived but also thrived, especially these past couple of years, making it what I had always envisioned – a reliable source that provides news, information both on non-profit and business events, and anything else that our community needs to know. During the week we are constantly updating the website because we know that news doesn’t just take happen once a week. For breaking or pressing news, we offer an email blast that is sent out as needed to subscribers. (To be included in the “blast zone,” send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and write add me to the blast zone and I’ll put your email address on our list.)
I know that we are succeeding in achieving our goal of being the community’s go-to source because I am told every week by subscribers and readers. Our advertisers value the service we provide and more and more are partnering with us to let our readers know how they can benefit from their business.
Though today is Thanksgiving, I share with you that it is not just today that I celebrate a spirit of thankfulness, but it is a part of my core. I am so grateful to everyone who has played a role in creating something so wonderful for the community and I thank you.
The CV Weekly is the result of an ongoing community effort proving that together anything can be achieved.