If you are here because you heard about us on MPR, say “hi!”

This morning around 7:00 am, as I was getting my regular morning fix of MPR News and Cathy Wurzer, I was surprised to hear that Perfect Duluth Day was one of the sponsors. When did we get all respectable? Anyway, thanks to whoever instigated that. I think MPR is a great media resource and I’m glad we’re a part of supporting it.

47 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Perfect Duluth Day has been underwriting MPR for about three weeks. Is that all we needed to do to be respectable? Thank goodness. I guess I can keep working in my bathrobe.

Ethan Quirt

about 11 years ago

I am also impressed.  Win win - exposure for PDD, and support for MPR.

ironic1

about 11 years ago

Three weeks?  Huh.  I listen very regularly and it's the first I heard it.  Maybe this was the first time the promo has been in that spot.

jake

about 11 years ago

You can't handle Duluth.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Actually, Jake, that's the slogan for PDD's underwriting of The Playlist on WDSE-TV.

Full Playlist script:

"Perfect Duluth Day -- a blog for the Twin Ports community. You want Duluth? You can't handle Duluth! Online at Perfect Duluth Day dot com."

On MPR we have two scripts running:

"Programming is supported by Perfect Duluth Day dot com.  Perfect Duluth Day is an online source for anecdotes and photos of local porcupine, army worm, and bobcat encounters.  On the web at Perfect Duluth Day dot com."

(The above was written before the recent black bear encounters.)

"Programming is supported by Perfect Duluth Day dot com. Perfect Duluth Day is an online source for information on local ice volcanoes, casket shop openings, and Bunco tournaments.  On the web at Perfect Duluth Day dot com."

If anyone wants to play around in the comments and write us new MPR scripts, go for it. Heck, we might actually use them.

ironic1

about 11 years ago

Yeah, it was the last one I heard.  I may just take you up on that.

Mildred

about 11 years ago

MPR should be underwriting PDD.

girlfromnorthcountry

about 11 years ago

I heard the last one a week ago Sunday, during my return trip from my weekly Ely pilgrimage.  Made me grin.

jake

about 11 years ago

Hey!  You took my all caps away!  Fascism!

Spy1

about 11 years ago

... a real online place where irony goes to die ...

Tomasz

about 11 years ago

Paul!

Get an MP3 from the rep and post it here!  I'm sure we'd all love to hear how respectable this place has gotten.

(Though personally, I always prefer to think of PDD as the seedy, back-alley of the Duluth online community, mostly populated by hippies, yuppies and wannabes.)

Swan

about 11 years ago

Still cannot get the Current in Duluth or Winona yet...

Deke

about 11 years ago

"Programming is supported by Perfect Duluth Day dot com. Perfect Duluth Day is the seedy, back-alley of the Duluth online community, mostly populated by hippies, yuppies and wannabes. On the web at Perfect Duluth Day dot com."

Looks good to me.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

If all the wannabes want to be hippies or yuppies, should we call them wannapies?

By the way, how does one end up being a wannabe hippie? Isn't a hippie the easiest thing to be? 

Well ... I suppose a person could want to be a hippie, but then get really stoned and accidentally join the Army.

woodtick

about 11 years ago

Keep in mind that MPR really Really REALLY wants an 'in' to the Twin Ports radio market with a Current station up here.  Rochester has the Current radio and has virtually none of the live cultural music action Duluth has.  Duluth has KUMD and too many ("The same 50 songs from the last 50 years!") shlock rock stations.  So.

Not really sure if PDD underwriting MPR will do much in that vein pro or con but my guess is that MPR likes this additional little connection to Duluth.

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Don't even get me started on the "Current in Duluth" thing...

zra

about 11 years ago

seedy?

wait...seedy?

if you say so, man.

Lucie

about 11 years ago

Speaking of MPR, has anyone noticed that Duluth reporter Bob Keilliher hasn't been on the air in a while and that there was an ad for a Duluth based public radio job?

Ethan Quirt

about 11 years ago

I think the hippies and the wannabes should gang up on the yuppies.  There's not room for all of us!  OK - seriously - how can PDD be the "back-alley" of the Duluth Online Community?  Are there other sites that people actually contribute to on a regular basis?  That list and discuss local cultural events?  That has some degree of authentic artistic personality?  Where people actually *sometimes* discuss serious issues in a serious way?  OK - there must be others, but PDD is awesome, and I'm proud to be one of the participating wannapies.

zra

about 11 years ago

well, i think "seedy" would imply somehow that our overall intentions are anything less than pure, or that PDD is populated by a pack of anonymous sock puppets. Oh, wait...that's another site altogether.

anyone that pays any sort of attention at all knows that simply isn't the case, which differs greatly from a few of the other "community" weblogs.

Just goes to show you how easily misconceptions and misjudgements can be formed when you presume and assume and have absolutely no fucking clue. Therefore you allow your blind prejudices to color your opinions. Right, Deke?

Danny G

about 11 years ago

"PDD: It's like facebook without the "likes"."

Ethan

about 11 years ago

Because people can contribute to an online conversation in a relatively local forum?  I guess I don't see the comparison, Danny.

Ethan

about 11 years ago

By the way...  I think it must just be the fact that it's an open forum that Danny and Deke are opposed to.  I can ramble on as much as the next guy (clearly) but what's wrong with letting others ramble on once in a while, too?

By the way - I have to admit that I sort of agree with Deke about the over-consumption of Dylan by Duluth.  As much as I love him as an artist, he really doesn't seem to care all that much about us - so we should stop trying to exploit the connection since it sometimes gets old.  Still, it's fun to celebrate his 70th and I'll enjoy the music in town, and beyond that in the privacy of my own home.

Yes, I can ramble just like Danny.

My final thought for the moment is that Danny should fix his site either before criticizing others' sites or trying to put out an iPhone app.  Black on black doesn't work for my browser too well, unless you're trying to have some sort of cultish hidden-message thing going on...

Danny G

about 11 years ago

There is so much wrong with what Ethan just said about me I don't know where to begin.  I was not criticizing PDD with my throw-away contribution to this conversation.  Not in any way, shape, or form.  The fact that PDD is an open forum is by far my favorite trait of PDD.  You may not know anything about my criticism of the local blog-o-sphere but I am a huge critic of the editing and paranoid facelessness that is seen on other blogs, forums, and online destinations (which is rare here).

As for your comments about the look of dannydoesduluth.com, I will honestly take your suggestions into consideration.  I'm at a sort-of odd place right now with what I want to do visually with the site and have been focusing much more on the quality of the meat of DDD, the audio.  Also, I don't have an iphone app.  Android only for now.

quirtep

about 11 years ago

OK.  Fair enough, Danny.  I'll admit that I shot from the hip.  I'm not sure why I started my first two paragraphs with "by the way" for example - sort of like Bill Clinton starting every major point with "Now!".  I didn't mean to cause offense - though I was a bit aggressive.  I think it's great that you contribute in the first place.  I'll try to contain my liberal bias.  Your site could use some work.  I'd be happy to help.  :)

Danny G

about 11 years ago

Word.  Might take you up on that.

quirtep

about 11 years ago

Wait... "there is so much wrong with Ethan that I don't know where to begin."  I did not make all that many points: 1) PDD is an open forum; 2) I agree with Deke about Dylan; 3) I can ramble; 4) Danny should fix his site.  Just choose a beginning point, and go with it.

Ethan

about 11 years ago

Grrr.  I wish I could edit my posts - or refrain from posting before reading what I wrote.  Danny's quote was: "there is so much wrong with what Ethan just said about me I don't know where to begin." - not "there is so much wrong with Ethan that I don't know where to begin."

Danny G

about 11 years ago

Either way, that was admittedly a dumb and wrong sentence to begin my comment.

Ethan

about 11 years ago

Here's a good, inexpensive web host - I use ASP.Net - I disagree with you politically but would be happy to set up a little site for you for a few hundred bucks which would include a nice template, admin interface, content-management - I would need a logo and basic content from you:

http://discountasp.net/

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Speaking of PDD's money, is there any way I contribute? Kharma dictates that I should give back.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

We don't solicit donations at PDD, but if you send us a check we'll cash it, blushing the whole time.

Mildred

about 11 years ago

I tried to be a hippie, even rubbed coconut oil in my hair... but I just wasn't lackadaisical, idealistic or dank enough.

Cool supporting NPR, guys!

@Bad Cat Buy an ad maybe? Speaking of that, it would be really cool if there was some smaller ad spaces for sale here - like just a little section with 25x25 squares that individuals and smaller business could afford. It would be fun, good for the community, and bring in some cash for the site!

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

Hmmm, I might have to consider that - thanks for the idea, Mildred.

I do like the idea of the smaller banner-ads. I considered putting one up for HauntedDuluth.com, but $100 is a bit too steep for a hobby website that generates no revenue. How about making four 125 x 125 ads in the space of one 250 x 250? I think a lot more people would be willing to post simple ads because it would lot more affordable.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

If we broke ads into quarters they would be 62x62, not 125x125. And they would be ugly. There are enough ugly websites, aren't there?

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

If a 250 x 250 square is broken into four smaller squares, each square would be 125 x 125 (it's 250/2, not 250/4).

Mildred

about 11 years ago

I think the benefits to the community and PDD would outweigh aesthetic concerns. There are a lot of smaller businesses, organizations and individuals in a  town like this who would love to buy ads and support this site, but can't afford (and wouldn't need) a full size space. 

Okay then... I'm buying an ad and subletting the space for $30 a space. Ha!

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Doh! You're correct on the math, BadCat. That's still a small ad, though. A lot of advertisers still try to cram too much small print into a 250x250 ad.

But anyone who wants to buy a regular-size ad and co-op 3/4 of it to someone else is welcome to try, I guess. It could only link to one place, though, unless we were further able to recode our German-language ad plugin.

B-man

about 11 years ago

Deshalb ist der Stecker in der Deutsch Sprache?

Barrett Chase

about 11 years ago

It's more than aesthetics. With a higher number of smaller, harder-to-see, easier-to-ignore ads being sold at a cheaper price (with the same number of impressions) the value of individual ads goes down, resulting in less payoff for advertisers. 

Our ads are priced as such because that's what they're worth. Reducing the size and price would be less beneficial on both sides.

Mildred

about 11 years ago

>With a higher number of smaller, harder-to-see, easier-to-ignore ads being sold at a cheaper price (with the same number of impressions) the value of individual ads goes down, resulting in less payoff for advertisers. 

That's why they're paying less for the smaller space. You'll probably get more clicks for the larger ones, since they're more visible. You'd have to keep an eye on the cost per click for those to see what a good price is.

I've built a couple web businesses and supporting my family from ads on web apps for a few years, so just giving my .02c on what I'd do with the site. You guys are doing a lovely job here.

Mildred

about 11 years ago

Oops, I accidentally a word!

Carlos Millantros

about 11 years ago

If the current were brought to duluth 50 year old men currently employed would soon quit their jobs and start buying moog synthesizers.  At this point all of the 20-30 somethings would immediately drop the entire "college radio" listener-ship and start forming "family bands"...thus completing the circle.

ruby2sd4y

about 11 years ago

wait, wut? 
I was all distracted by the bathrobe thing.
*cheetos cat sound*

Also, why doesn't/or maybe PDD should utilise a PayPal donation link?

-Berv

about 11 years ago

Nobody has said 'Hi' yet.

Barrett Chase

about 11 years ago

@Ruby2sd4y: We used to accept donations to help pay for bandwidth, etc. back before PDD became a for-profit business. I understand the impulse to give back, but soliciting cash donations isn't necessary anymore. Good content and civil discussions are the best way to help us keep this site a good resource for Duluthians.

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