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Friday, July 30, 2010

FlashNews Closes Its Doors

After 30 years in the weird news business, FlashNews is closing its doors. Founder, Patrick Glynn, said the decline of the business began in the late 1990s with the advent of the Web. Add to that a depressed economy, a decline in radio listeners and opportunities, slashed advertising budgets, and a decline in newspaper subscriptions, and FlashNews can simply no longer afford to do business.

Glynn started the agency in 1980. FlashNews peaked in the early 1990s, providing weird, offbeat news to all of the major late-night talkshows, many morning radio shows, and nearly 1000 media outlets worldwide. Sometimes, the news was "massaged" into being weird, but it was always fun.

FlashNews closed today, 13 days before its 30th anniversary.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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