Media

1998

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  • The Village Voice turns the classified listings into a daily service, putting advertisements online on a rolling basis.
  • Lucinda Williams’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road was named best album and Fatboy Slim’s “The Rockafeller Skank” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • Stern Publishing attempts to purchase the Santa Barbara Independent, but the deal falls through during negotiations.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch wins a special citation at the Obie Awards.
  • The Village Voice wins Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award.
  • Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, debuts on HBO. The show is hugely popular among women, portraying the lives of four single, successful, sassy New York women who are all over 30 and talk openly about sex and dating.
  • Total Request Live premiers on MTV. The show, recorded live in Times Square and hosted by Carson Daly, plays the top-10 most-requested videos of the day and features screaming teeny-boppers lined up outside the studio.
  • Jerry Saltz joins the Voice as senior art critic.
  • The Village Voice mourns the loss of Ross Wetzsteon, an editor who was for 28 years the chairman and host of the annual Obie Awards.
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