Cosmo in Russia! I can't wait for Helen Gurley Brown to get over there and straighten out those girl-skis. The joint venture (Hearst here and Independent Media in Moscow) makes its debut April 29. There are now 26 international editions of Cosmopolitan.
John Welsh of Boston ad agency Arnold Fortuna Lawner & Cabot reports a National Public Radio news reader reported government stats on rises in personal income. Then went on to explain, "Personal income is the money people earn from different sources." "This on NPR?" cries Mr. Welsh in justifiable outrage.
Belated huzzahs to Southern Accents mag's new ad director, Laura Cardello. Ad pages through April are up 13% over those of '93, itself a record year, says Publisher Tony Glaves.
Also up, Shape magazine, of Woodland Hills, Calif. Peter Miller says April ad pages total 73 this year, up by 32% over last April.
Associate Publisher Greg Osberg added a VP's title at Newsweek.
And at New York they promoted Alan Katz to ad manager, succeeding Cathy Viscardi, who decamped for Mirabella.
Denise Arango is new marketing manager for the golfing mags of The New York Times' sports/leisure magazine group. She'd been with Times Mirror.
The great Bert Sugar, most knowledgeable of boxing experts, debuts a new TV show this month (date as yet unset) over Prime Network. It'll be called "Boxing Illustrated Television Show," after the name of his magazine.
At Details they saluted Despina Gianopulos by naming her promotion director. This as they also promoted Audrey Margolies to ad manager.
Janis Page sent along the latest issue of Country Sampler's Decorating Ideas (they publish in St. Charles, Ill.) with its new, "friendlier" logo. Looks friendly to me, Janis.
Boston magazine hired Emily Walk as an account exec. She'll handle the restaurant category. Many good restaurants in Boston, as we know.
Inc. magazine (they cover small to midsize companies) just produced its largest issue ever, with 115 ad pages, up from 67 in March a year back. Jim Spanfeller's the happy publisher.
WNYW, the Fox TV station in New York, has a new account exec, Judi Wojciechowski.
Spin magazine keeps on spinning. Bob Guccione Jr. says they closed 1993 up 8%-plus in ad pages. They've also got a new associate publisher, David Rheins.
Time also named an associate publisher, Dick Raskopf. He'd been New York ad sales manager and has been with the newsweekly since '82.
Ryan McKibben reports The Denver Post, in its fourth annual such drive, raised a cool million for 41 non-profit organizations in Colorado. Some 6,000 readers sent in $500,000 and the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation matched their gifts.
Ira Garey sends along the April issue of Quake, one of those sprightly mags Don Welsh custom-crafts for young audiences. Daisy Fuentes of MTV is the cover VJ.
Food & Wine knows the way to the ad community's heart: through their stomach, of course. The magazine hosted a Cleveland-area wine tasting seminar and dinner last month.
Home Office Computing, a Scholastic Inc. magazine, promoted Cathy Grayson Brower to exec editor.
Lou Hammond's New York PR shop picked up a new account, Forte Heritage Hotels, 100 historic inns dotting the British Isles. I say, may I have another cucumber sandwich with my tea?
Oprah Winfrey just aired an entire week of shows on literacy. Solid stuff, with expert Jeanie Eller working with the illiterate adults on air. A refreshing change from the usual daytime talk show nonsense.
Mirabella has a new artistic director, Sam Shahid. He's out of Banana Republic and, before that, the Calvin Klein organization.
And Upward Inc., a Harlem-based non-profit outfit working with local youths, honored Peter King Hunsinger of Gourmet for his help.