(Listen to the conversation at www.mauitime.com.)
MARK D’ANTONIO: It really came down to what I felt was important. I mean, that sounds really biased to say, you know, [I’m] sitting on a throne, going, “this yes and this no…” But [I was] trying to field information from the community, to see what was important because… this thing took on momentum beyond the two of us and it felt like not just a paper but an opportunity to really speak for the community and speak for people that aren’t really getting a voice.
So there was a lot of editorial done for issues that maybe weren’t getting press and kids that weren’t getting noticed; surfers, environmental, Hawaiiana, music, up and coming—there was no music outlet, really—CD reviews. Things that seemed to need a voice, we tried to give a voice. But it was biting off a huge chunk without a staff…
Some of it was [writers] submitting articles to me on bar napkins—
TOMMY RUSSO: The old papaya trick.
D’ANTONIO: There were more than a few scribbled paper plate interviews, you know. But it was still somebody putting themselves into a place to get an interview with somebody or take some shots that wouldn’t have made it. MTW