We started distributing the quarterly magazine throughout the Jasper area as soon as the delivery truck hit our dock Friday evening. Several red, weatherproof free distribution racks are placed in high foot-traffic locations.
Early next week we will distribute Walker Magazine in each municipality of Walker County. And, all paid home-delivery subscribers of the Daily Mountain Eagle will receive a copy with their newspaper this Tuesday, Oct. 16.
In all, we will distribute up to 12,000 copies of Walker Magazine seasonally, every January, April, July and October.
I believe Walker County residents and passersby alike will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of Walker Magazine. If you’d like to comment on our first issue or send us a story idea for future issues, you may do so via a designated email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first issue of Walker Magazine features a kaleidoscope of information, including features on The Stephenson House in Oakman, mustang trainer Dale Lively of Nauvoo (on cover), the history of Camp O’Rear and the heated high school football rivalry between Cordova and Dora.
Also in the first issue is an aerial photo essay of Walker County. While we published five pages of aerial photos in Walker Magazine, we have many more available for review and purchase; just go to our newspaper website at www.mountaineagle.com and click on the “Order Photos” tab at the top of the homepage. We recently hired a helicopter to take staffer Ron Harris up for a three-hour tour of Walker County. He came back with some great aerials from all corners of our great county!
Each issue of Walker Magazine will also feature:
• A “Did You Know” page that reveals interesting morsels of information about the county. Did you know that Carbon Hill High School was the first coaching job of legendary Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson?
• Vanity “Snapshot” pages that feature photos of people attending events countywide. Our first issue includes photo pages from Shape Up Walker County in Jasper, Backyard Blessings in Sumiton, Savannah Faith Miracle Ride in Jasper, HillFest in Carbon Hill and the Jasper Jaycees Northwest Alabama Fair.
• “Why I Love Walker County” page featuring a Q&A interview with a well-known resident of the county. Our first issue features Paul Kennedy, director of the Walker Area Community Foundation.
As you might surmise, I am very proud of our first issue of Walker Magazine and all the great professionals here at the Daily Mountain Eagle who made it possible. Great job staff!
But we could not have taken this project from inception to reality without the support of 30 local businesses that believed in our commitment to provide a quality product that offers marketing value. To each of you, the staff of your Daily Mountain Eagle says, “Thank You!”
To all of Walker County, we hope you enjoy your new magazine.
Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at email@example.com.