has gone through a number of changes since 1979. In 1986,
it went from being an entertainment weekly to an alternative
newsweekly in the mold of its brethren in cities around the
country. In 1995 there was an ownership change, from Peter
Iselin’s Metroland Magazine Inc. to Lou Communications Inc.,
a small group led by then-managing editor Stephen Leon. Lou
Communications continues to operate Metroland today,
with Stephen Leon as editor and publisher. Throughout those
years, Metroland’s content and design style has evolved,
although some of the features—and some of the writers—have
than focus on us for this occasion, we have decided to celebrate
30 years of what has been the best and most significant in
the Capital Region: the news stories, the politicians, the
businesses, the artists, the musicians, etc. We sent surveys
to a large number of present and past Metroland staffers
and writers, and a number of community members, asking them
to select a top 10 in 13 categories. We tallied and weighted
the results, which you will see in the pages that follow.
the year, we will continue to feature editorial relevant to
our 30th anniversary. Among other things, if you have a business
that is at least 30 years old, and you are not featured in
our Over-30 Club celebration on page 26, please send us your
info and we will keep adding to the club.
enjoy the surveys, as well as some fun facts about Metroland
that begin right here on this page.
facts about Metroland
of the newspaper is Metroland, not Metroland Magazine
(or The Metroland).
has been printed in Gloversville; Pittsfield, Mass.; Troy;
Scranton, Pa.; and Binghamton.
offices have been on State Street in downtown Albany,
Central Avenue in Colonie, Vatrano Road in Albany, Central
Avenue in downtown Albany, Broadway in Troy, and Madison Avenue
in downtown Albany.
relies on advertising for more than 95 percent of its revenue.
founder Peter Iselin was a contestant on Jeopardy.
Iselin founded Metroland primarily to meet women.
of Metroland’s 20 employees have worked here for more
than 10 years.
been rejected for membership the year before, Metroland
was admitted to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies,
a national trade association for the industry in 1987.
president of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is
Metroland editor and publisher Stephen Leon.
Metroland staff pulled an all-nighter preparing the
first issue of its new, truly “alternative” format in September
1986, then-editor and publisher Peter Iselin had a miserable
cold—to the extent that the most lasting memory of the night
is Iselin running around frantically with Kleenex hanging
from his nose.