Seattle Weekly publisher Kenny Stocker will leave the paper at month's end to become Executive Director of Account Management & Ad Operations for the Cheezburger Network. He released the following statement to staff explaining his departure (the line about Stocker not having a face for TV is pure bullshit, though; he looks just like Patrick Dempsey):
It's the end of an era for me. After almost 23 years in the alt weekly business, my last day with Seattle Weekly will be 01/29/13.
This has nothing to do with Sound Publishing. I'm ecstatic that a local buyer stepped up to purchase SW and seattleweekly.com. The little time I've spent with their staff shows me that they have a ton of passion for what they do, and are thrilled to add SW to their portfolio and have a significant presence in Seattle proper.
As most of you know, I had many corporate duties with Voice Media Group in addition to my duties at Seattle Weekly. Those extra duties translated into increased income that I knew would be lost once a new owner took the reins. I felt I had to entertain other options in the marketplace to remain whole.
I was contacted by the Cheezburger Network (think Ben Huh and his network that includes LOLcats, Fail Blog, Memebase, Daily What, etc.) in early December about a couple positions, and was immediately interested just due to the fact that they are all about humor (you know how I like to laugh!). One thing led to another and they offered me the Executive Director of Account Management & Ad Operations position.
It was a tough decision to leave something I've so thoroughly enjoyed for most of my adult life. Who knows, I may end up to be one of those guys who just can't stand to be away from the newspaper/news-site business, but for now, I'm excited about this new challenge and a change of industry. (No, I have no plans to be featured in their reality TV show, LOLwork - this face ain't meant for TV).
My time with New Times, from when they had just two papers (Denver and Phoenix), through the subsequent growth across the U.S. (transforming into Village Voice Media and then Voice Media Group) has been a phenomenal ride. I've learned a ton and met some of the best people I could ever hope to be lifelong friends with.
I'll miss the way the paper, site and our events interact with the local community as well as the camaraderie in the office.
I wish everyone well in your continued journey with Seattle Weekly.