Our local paper is The Log Cabin Democrat. (This name, evocative of frontier days and homespun lifestyles, has virtually nothing to do with Conway's origins or its present iteration-- and as for 'Democrat,' Arkansas has been solidly Republican, alas, for quite some time. And all the buzz for the upcoming elections is about 'defending our Arkansas values.' Hmmm.)
The paper does remind one of something out of The Fifties. Regular columns include 'Our Poetry" (all of it excruciatingly lame), and there are always numerous photographs showing citizens awarding plaques, trophies, and medals to one another. The sports news reflects the fact that this is a 'football and cheerleader culture;' all sports are local. The 'Police Beat' is an assortment of crime reports, details of accidents, and a list of selected arrests; however, any items on the blotter involving prominent citizens never appear. (Must be magic.) Anything controversial or informative actually never makes it into this paper; for real Conway news, one needs to take the Little Rock paper, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and read 'The River Valley Edition.'
When we first moved here, the LCD was something like 'The Daily Show' and only came out a few days a week. Now it really is a daily paper, for what that's worth. Do we take it? Yes, but only on Sunday (so we'll have TV listings.) Well, actually there IS another reason for taking The Log Cabin Democrat.
It has to do with a program called 'Weekend Radio,' with Robert Conrad--out of Cleveland, Ohio, often heard on NPR stations, including our KUAR 89.1 FM in Little Rock. The program has a regular feature, 'This Week in the Media,' presenting amusing gaffes and errors from all sorts of media. If your submission is selected for airing, you'll win a free CD and receive a letter that looks like this:
Actually, this is my third or fourth time to submit an item and win a prize.
I mean it, that Log Cabin Democrat is a gold mine!
And, yes, that is really the 'Weekend Radio' secretary's name.