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E-mail is preferred, attachments are fine. Please send to ONE of the following addresses (spamming the whole staff will NOT help your chances):
email@example.com (for the Get Out section and listings)
firstname.lastname@example.org (for all restaurant- and food-related info)
Snail mail: 1468 W. 9th St., Suite 805, Cleveland, OH, 44113.
Vince Grzegorek, editor
Douglas Trattner, dining editor
Jeff Niesel, music editor
Eric Sandy, staff writer
Sam Allard, staff writer
Doug Brown, staff writer
Alaina McConnell, web editor
Cecily Rus, blogging intern
Aziza Doleh, listings intern
Patrick Stoops, music intern
Mark Zemba, classifieds account executive
Jenell Marsek, classifieds account executive
AliceMarie Leslie, classifieds account executive
Shayne Rose, advertising director
John Crobar, senior multimedia account executive
Megan Stimac, sales asst/receptionist
Madeline Bleiweiss, multimedia account executive
Brandon Clough, multimedia account executive
Brendan McHugh, multimedia account executive
Amanda Klein, multimedia account executive
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
Heather Popa, marketing director
Brian Painley, business/hr manager
Don Kriss, circulation director
Angela Lott, publisher's assistant
CREATIVE SERVICESSteve Miluch, production manager
Jenna Conforti, creative & design
Joe Kleon, contributing photographer
In 1970, Richard Kabat saw an opportunity for an entertainment-centric weekly and launched Cleveland Scene with a loan from his brother. Then he and his inexperienced staff held on long enough to catch one of the last waves of money to wash over Cleveland, the rock-and-nightlife boom of the '70s and '80s. Scene and music would become almost synonymous.
Two decades later,history repeated, sort of. When The Cleveland Edition, a rabble-rousing alternative weekly, closed for good in 1992, attorney Richard Siegel recognized the void that paper’s demise would leave in the oligarchic Rust Belt town. So he started the Free Times.
In 1998, both Free Times and Scene were bought by rival national chains. Scene grew beyond its music-centric focus, making it and Free Times direct competitors. The rivalry was fierce and at times nasty. In 2002 Scene's owners bought the Free Times and left it for dead, only to see it rise again under new ownership and resume the fight.
The stalemate finally ended in the summer of 2008, when Scranton, Pa.-based Times Shamrock bought both papers and merged them under the still-powerful Scene name. And today the new Scene retains the best of both award-winning predecessors, widely recognized as Northeast Ohio’s best source of hard-hitting journalism, compelling feature writing and insightful commentary. Scene is distributed every Wednesday at more than 1,500 locations across Northeast Ohio.