New Focus at ThirdCoast Digest
A message from TCD's new publisher, John Shannon.
Let me introduce myself. I’m John Shannon, the new majority owner and publisher of ThirdCoast Digest.
Starting today, you’ll see some positive changes at TCD, starting with a sharper focus on arts, entertainment, and lifestyle, with less hard news and commentary. TCD will do what it does best: In-depth news, previews and reviews about theater, music, dance, the visual arts, culinary arts, fashion, style, literature, film, photography, travel and so on. TCD’s mission is to be Milwaukee’s most complete, useful, trusted and respected guide to cultural life in all its forms.
To support our new focus, we will become members of the United Performing Arts Fund as well as VISIT Milwaukee. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be out meeting with the cultural community and the community at large to discuss how we can better serve our audience, the creative community and those who support it.
We have new ideas and plans on the drawing board. If you have thoughts and suggestions, let us know. What are we doing well that we should do more of? What are we doing poorly that needs to be changed or dumped?
TCD began in a Riverwest coffeehouse, as an alternative print newspaper called VIRUS, founded by Jon Anne Willow and Mehrdad Dalamie. The name quickly changed to Vital Source and went city wide. Vital added a website six years ago. In January of 2009, the print edition closed; on March 9 of that year, ThirdCoast Digest went live online and has been in business ever since, covering “art, news and life.”
Thank you for visiting TCD. Thank you for your continued confidence in us and our greater Milwaukee community.
John Shannon, Publisher, ThirdCoast Digest
John’s life has been divided between starting and operating businesses in the U.S. and Canada and in volunteering for non-profit and arts boards. Most recently he was President and CEO of Quick Cable Corporation (Racine, WI). For 10 years, he owned and operated Caledonia Press, a book publishing company, with U.S. and worldwide sales.