Ep 25: Weekender Files – Rich Howells
***Disclaimer – none of the commentary in this podcast is in any way directed at the current staff or management team at the Times Leader Media Group***
Welcome to episode 25 of The Popko Project podcast where I’m joined by Rich Howells who served as staff writer and editor of the Weekender.
I always felt like when I left the Weekender, that was the day it all REALLY started going downhill. And not solely because of my departure. There were many factors. BUT, even after I left, the staff in place still cared deeply about the product even though I’m pretty sure everyone saw the writing on the wall. One of those people was Rich Howells. And if me leaving was the start of the decline, you’ll find in this podcast what the final nail in the coffin was.
While most of of my previous Weekender guests have very fond memories of the Weekender, that is not so much the case with Rich and he does not hold back. You’ll hear about the beginning of the end of the Weekender. From poor ownership and poor management to some REALLY poor decisions.
But it’s not all bad as it inspired him to launch his own award winning online publication known as NEPA Scene, which has surpassed the Weekender and many other print and online publications by leaps and bounds.
These episodes dubbed “Weekender Files” take a look back at past employees reflecting on how they started at the Weekender, what the Weekender meant to them, memories, the ups, the downs and where they are today.
Welcome to the show, Rich Howells.