Road Media LLC – Village Voice, LA Weekly, Irwin Weekly and Gulf Marina Times parent company acquired Lecker News.

Diane Cortus, publisher of The Lucker News for 21 years, announced the sale this morning at the company’s annual staff meeting.

The newspaper and its website have 150,000 readers and followers in the communities of Luz, Odessa, Land O ‘Lake, Wesley Chapel, Dade City and San Antonio.

Brian Kale, a street media publisher and CEO, is attracted to Lakers / Luz News because of his quality of community journalism and his ability to expand his services.

“I’m really excited about the Greater Tampa area. “I feel that this community has the potential to grow.

“There are so many exciting things happening. The possibilities are endless – you can only see that while driving. You can see the construction and new businesses entering the city.

“It was: Wow, this is a special community and it’s growing,” he said.

He also said that the Southeast is growing and is investing in making it an attractive place for street media viewing.

Lecker news is growing in a growing market – making it an attractive investment, Calle said.

“You have a community paper with a clear participatory community, so something here is really going well.

“I was curious to see how thick the paper was. That is rare. ”

In many ways, according to Calle, The Lacker News News “could be a model for another place.

The newspaper was recognized by the Florida Press Association’s 2021 Top Weekly Magazine in July.

At the company’s general meeting, Kale assured his staff that there would be no redundancies.

Cortes plans to continue living in the Lane Lakes and will remain in the area for several weeks during the transition period.

In an interview with the staff, Kale mentioned the company’s name in Genesis, which means “Kale” in Spanish.

Kale said he did not plan a major change in the content of the newspaper.

“I just want to help increase things, especially to make the digital product more accessible to readers and advertisers, but at the same time continue to make the print product,” he said.

When Kale Company LA took over weekly, there were major resignations, with some former employees leading the ad cuts and starting new publications.

Laker News: “There are no hidden motives. There are no hidden political motives. There are no hidden business objectives.

“Every time you try to do something, you are criticized.

“I think in the current climate, people are coming to the conclusion, and to be honest, they are correcting things.

“Judge what we produce, not what people say about us, because people can say what they want.

“We have delivered in LA and won many press club awards in LA.

“Irwin Weekly and the Marina Times in San Francisco are both rich community papers, and we have revived Village Voice, one of the most popular papers in the country, completely closed.

“So I don’t pay much attention to me, to those who are greedy, or to those who are not truthful. I say, just look at what we do, and decide for yourself.

Calle describes himself as approachable and extremely accessible.

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November 10, 2021