Shortcuts: Wednesday 8/26

Shortcuts are hand-picked bits of news, commentary and info from around the city, the region and even from beyond the state line.

Here are today’s Shortcuts:


Oktoberfest and Travis Tritt are merely neighbors
Ozarks Unbound received a press release stating that the Travis Tritt show was the headlining entertainment for something called Oktoberfest (in September). Later, OU received a clarification/retraction stating that the Travis Tritt show was in no way associated with Oktoberfest at all.

UA’s going WordPress
The websites for both The Arkansas Traveler and KXUA 88.3 have relaunched in time for the new school year complete with a redesign and a new back end. The Traveler (now was previously using College Publisher and KXUA ( was on the ole Blogspot. Both are now running on the open source blog/CMS platform WordPress.


RIP Jim Dickinson
The Little Rock native and iconic Memphis musician/producer died August 15 at the age of 67. Dickinson, who worked with countless legends like Bob Dylan, Sam Phillips, Alex Chilton and Paul Westerberg and who also played piano on the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” was the father of Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes) and Cody Dickinson (Hill Country Revue), who make up two-thirds of the North Mississippi All-stars.

People have never paid for news. Advertisers pay for news.
Nevermind that, though. Stephens Media is about to start experimenting with a paywall for its Pine Bluff Commercial website.


Check in, get nude
The Standard Hotel in NYC encourages exhibitionism in its rooms. Yes. Encourages.

‘Lion of the Senate’ 1932-2009
Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy died late last night at his home after a battle with brain cancer.

[ Photo by edlabordems via Flickr and CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ]