8 episodes

For 26 years, two alt-weekly newspapers battled it out in the streets of a mid-size Canadian prairie city. This is the story of the rise, rivalry and fall of Edmonton’s alt-weeklies, led by podcast producers and former weekly staffers Andrew Paul, Fawnda Mithrush and Paul Blinov. Join them as they dig in to the history of Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine through dozens of interviews with those who worked at the magazines, who were affected by their coverage, and who saw the decline of print media through to its job-ending demise. This is A Tale of Two Weeklies.

A Tale of Two Weeklies A Tale of Two Weeklies

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

For 26 years, two alt-weekly newspapers battled it out in the streets of a mid-size Canadian prairie city. This is the story of the rise, rivalry and fall of Edmonton’s alt-weeklies, led by podcast producers and former weekly staffers Andrew Paul, Fawnda Mithrush and Paul Blinov. Join them as they dig in to the history of Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine through dozens of interviews with those who worked at the magazines, who were affected by their coverage, and who saw the decline of print media through to its job-ending demise. This is A Tale of Two Weeklies.

    Episode 7: Fin.

    Episode 7: Fin.

    In bringing this tale to a close, we step inside Vue Weekly‘s office during its final years. Editorial morale had plummeted, ad targets were crucial, and readership wondered if the paper was in its final throes. The last issue of Vue ran in November 2018; in the year since it’s been absent from Edmonton streetboxes, we … Read More Read More

    • 48 min
    Episode 6: The Worst of Times

    Episode 6: The Worst of Times

    While readership and advertisers continued to shift away from print media, in the early months of 2011 Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine finally saw their longstanding rivalry reach a conclusion. In the end there would be just one paper left standing—but surviving in the new media landscape didn’t feel like much of a victory. Thanks … Read More Read More

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: We Came in at the End

    Episode 5: We Came in at the End

    While both papers were struggling with the new world order of the Internet and social media, SEE Magazine took this challenge in a different direction than Vue Weekly. It meant shrinking its page counts and swift personnel changes—a lot of them. In this episode, we focus on what was happening in the office during SEE‘s final years. Thanks … Read More Read More

    • 42 min
    Episode 4: Dramatown

    Episode 4: Dramatown

    Though many alt-weeklies had a music-heavy focus, Edmonton’s theatre scene required some special treatment. From hosting the world’s second largest Fringe Festival to boasting a season with the most theatre per capita in North America, there was—and continues to be—a lot of drama in YEG. And it spilled over the pages of Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine all … Read More Read More

    • 40 min
    Episode 3: The Best of Times

    Episode 3: The Best of Times

    As their rivalry carried on in the streetboxes week to week, dozens of young writers and editors cycled through the doors of SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly — some cognizant of the papers’ bitter history, others not so much. In this episode we hear from a number of writers who cut their first bylines at … Read More Read More

    • 42 min
    Episode 2: Room with a Vue

    Episode 2: Room with a Vue

    As Ron Garth and his former SEE Magazine staff set up their fly-by-night operation in a basement office, they managed to get the first issue of Vue Weekly without skipping a beat. Great West assembled a team to stay on to produce SEE, and kept the weekly publication schedule, too. After the split of Garth … Read More Read More

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

seenandheardyeg ,

An instructive tale

This is a deeply researched, well-structured look at a quirky moment in Edmonton’s media history. Kudos to the team for telling this story as no one else could. A fascinating listen, whether you remember these papers or are just interested in what happened to alt-weeklies.

Tom Malatesta-Servo ,

Why are you whispering?

An interesting, but also infuriating listen, as one of the key interview subjects insists on whispering.

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