• Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    TxDOT Told Woman Her Ten Commandments Sign Was an Ad, Is Now Backtracking

    If you think Texas' highways are too beautiful to sully with cheap, unpermitted signs, you're not alone. Under the Highway Beautification Transportation Code, the Texas Department of Transportation has some very strict, un-Texas-like regulations dictating the types of signs people can display. First ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    The Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials Starring Food: 2014 Edition

    Would you believe that if you had a dollar for every Dorito consumed on Super Bowl Sunday you'd have enough money to buy a spot during halftime? Sure you'd believe it. But I just made that shit up. Folks eat up statistics about Super Bowl ad spend, but do they eat up the foods advertised during the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Gathering of the Juggalos Infomercials, Ranked

    For those who may not be "down with the clown," the Gathering of the Juggalos is the largest convention of Insane Clown Posse fans in the world. This August marks the fourteenth installment, a five-day spectacle at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. It's going on right now. Our sister paper in St. Louis is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    The Dallas Ad Guy Behind the Awesome Chicken Scratch Billboard is Now Shopping

    If you've driven by one of the electronic billboards, or if you've glanced at the sketch we posted, you've no doubt wondered: What the hell is Then, once you get over your trepidation and decide there's no way that Clear Channel Outdoor would ever direct you to a bizarre fetish p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Californians Are Flocking to Texas, But, Hard as Rick Perry May Try, Their Businesses Aren't

    Governor Rick Perry is in California this week as part of his campaign to lure businesses to Texas, attempting to finish in person what his radio ads started. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News Perry said that California Governor Jerry Brown's comments that Perry's radio ad was "a fart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Arlington Cracks Down on Sidewalk Advertising, Ignoring Veterans Who "Fought and Died" for Right to Wear Sandwich Boards

    It's a business practice that's as old as commerce: Pay some poor soul a few bucks to stand on a corner as a cartoonish chicken urging passersby to eat his crispy, fried brethren, a somber Statue of Liberty leading the masses to freedom, opportunity, and a great deal on a tax return, or, simply as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Here's Jerry Jones Rapping His Way Through Another Papa John's Commercial

    Jerry Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys. He also really likes/has an endorsement deal with Papa John's. That goes some ways in explaining the existence of the above video, titled "Hip Hop Jerry," in which Jones proclaims his love for the pizza chain via a rap song. It's about what you'd expect from a wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    The Morning News is "Very Satisfied" with Year One of the Paywall. How 'Bout You?

    Yesterday was First-Quarter Earnings Day for Dallas Morning News parent A.H. Belo, or as we call it in the newspaper business, So How Many of Us Are Getting Whacked on Christmas Day? Day. The news was pretty predictable: Total first-quarter revenue was $105 million, down 7 percent over last year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Pizza Prints are a Party for Your Pizza and a Trainwreck for Your Tastebuds

    Thinking about hosting a Super Bowl Party, but looking for a way to raise the bar? Well, we found it. Pizza Prints are melting stickers for pizza that you can eat. Sold in classic infomercial style (insert infomercial voice), they are "edible image decorations that turn your pizza into a Superbowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    "Station Domination," Paid Parking and More Money-Makers the DART Board Will Consider

    Pulled up behind one of these two weeks ago. The 7-year-old in the backseat thought it was hilarious.​Last month we noted that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board is considering selling ads for beer and wine on buses and light rail -- which, right now, is prohibited by policy just because. After t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2011
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    May 4, 2011

    School Bus Ad Sales Picking Up in Dallas County

    ​No, that photo above is not a scene from Morgan Spulock's latest documentary. Turns out, Dallas County Schools has teamed up with ad agency Alpha Media to stick hundreds of vinyl advertisements on the sides of their buses, generating an expected $1 million this year. As next year's budget cu ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Women's Funding Network sex trafficking study is junk science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2011
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    September 2, 2009

    McDonald's Gets All Poetic And Gushy Over Bacon

    Well, actually I'm not sure if it advances or diminishes the cause when McDonald's gets involved. Anyway, this from one of their commercials for the Angus burger:"The bacon beckons like a springboard to paradise."'Nuff said.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    That's Mud, Right? No, Seriously.

    Just hours after releasing its first radio ad, featuring Roger Staubach, the Enough is Enough'ers unleashed their first TV spot. Dunno how effective it'll be, though I do know of at least one 5-year-old who thinks it's a riot.Enough is Enough Convention Center Hotel TV Ad from Dallas Observer on Vim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Taking the Muzzle Off Mayor Tom Leppert's New Pro-Hotel Buddies

    The Vote No'ers yesterday began airing their second TV ad, which features Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas citizens Joanne and Bob Goodfellow, whose hot sports opinions regarding the convention center hotel are lacking to say the least -- as in, they're mute throughout the entire 30-second spot. So we g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    From a Dallas Casting Call, Denny's Serves Up a Sneak Preview of Its "Authentic" Cowboys

    Remember that Denny's Super Bowl ad casting call last month? The one looking for "authentically weathered, tough, rugged" cowboys from Dallas? Right. That one. Anyway, today we get a peek at the 'pokes Denny's rustled up for its first-ever Super Bowl spot, which Denny's spokesperson Cori Rice tells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Greyhound's Unfortunate Ad Campaign

    Following last week's gruesome attack on one of its Canadian buses, Dallas-based Greyhound has yanked a nearly year-old ad campaign -- this one, to be specific, which was aimed at the 18- to 24-year-old would-be bus rider. No doubt, a very wise move. Odd thing is, the ads were already supposed to ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008
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    December 7, 2007
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    November 5, 2007

    Clearing the Air: Clear Channel's Dallas Boss Dials Up KZPS, KDGE Issues

    J.D. Freeman handles all the Clear Channel Communications stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, among them KDGE-FM (102.1) and KZPS-FM (92.5, better known as Lone Star Radio). And the company's regional vice president called this morning because he heard Unfair Park was lookin' for him, which was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    The Case of the Purloined Playbill Page

    A missing page in the Playbill for Spamalot, the Broadway tour currently playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park, has fueled a ferocious little fuss among the free magazine’s publisher, the Dallas Summer Musicals and Irving’s Lyric Stage. Lyric’s founder and artist director, Steven Jones, boug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    Yoo-Hoo, Belo -- the Wall Street Journal Thinks You're Cute. "Attractive," Even.

    A couple of weeks back, as we noted, a Citigroup analyst suggested Belo's stock was undervalued and underperforming because its newspapers were dragging down its TV stations' value. Day after that, Belo's stock hit a 52-week high. And a few days after that, Barron's suggested, hey, Belo might wanna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Schutze Tickles Everything But the Ivories

    Seriously, wasn't Jack Pierce the name of a popular local band in the early 1990s? Three people get that joke. If you happen to hear the new anti-Ed Oakley ad on the radio, featuring the guy I wrote about a couple weeks go whose land was almost zoned out from under him by the city council, I want yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007

    IMC2 Gets National Recognition. Again. Oh, and Our Art Director.

    Because they're too cool to walk at ad agencies... Well, congratulations and all to imc2, the Dallas-based virtual ad agency that markets on the Interwebs such big-money clients as 7-Eleven, Inc., Kellogg's, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. Advertising Age has once more chosen imc2 as a "top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Stephen Colbert Hates KZPS. Sorry.

    A lot of you don't like the format change over at KZPS-FM (92.5); you've said so right here. Well, you're in good company: Stephen Colbert is also no fan. Last night on The Colbert Report, he included ZPS' ditching of advertisements as one of "The Four Horsemen of the A-Pop-Calypse," because, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007

    Tom Leppert's Gettin' Down in the Southern Sector

    Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III has put his church's muscle behind Tom Leppert in a radio spot that busts, by our count, two and a half moves. So, we know the mayoral candidates are no good at making TV and Interwebs spots -- well, except for Tom Leppert. (And, I guess, Gary Griffith, who said "cheese" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    Van the Man? Or, Not So Much?

    A story in a Waco paper this morning says the RNCC is abandoning Iraq War vet Van Taylor--by not buying ads on a Dallas TV station? Today the Waco Herald-Tribune ran a story about how the Republican National Congressional Committee is all but abandoning Republican Van Taylor, an Iraq War veteran try ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 28, 2006

    Kid Show

    Casa Mañana gets rocked Schoolhouse-style

  • Calendar

    September 21, 2006

    Real Funny

    Laugh at masculinity

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006

    Advertising Age

    Among The Richards Group's clients was the Dallas Times Herald. Today, the ad agency reps The Dallas Morning News. Of course it does. The Dallas Video Festival, turning 19 this year, kicks off Tuesday night at the Angelika Film Center before moving to the familiar confines of the Dallas Theater Cent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    Call Me

    Apparently, plagiarism's a big no-no even in the world books? According to this release: "Attorneys representing Dallas-based Gordon Publications (GOPUBCO) have filed a lawsuit against Your Town Yellow Pages of Carrollton, Tex., based on claims of federal copyright violations involving ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    Modern Times

    Plus: School Spirit; Evil Eyes Averted

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Dance Dance Revolution

    Yes, there is a way to make yoga even more arty and difficult

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    Money for Nothing, Yet

    Will anyone get Get It? Or will Get It even get going?

  • Culture

    February 6, 2003

    The Pain Train

    Two years later, a digital-video short film became an overnight ad sensation

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Sex Sales

    I know why the Morning News dropped sex ads--but why are we trying to?

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    The Next Breast Thing

    Build a better fake boob, and women will beat a path to your door, along with the occasional lawsuit

  • News

    October 11, 2001


    DART removes ads for a charity accused of links to terrorists

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Spreading Herd

    Crazy like a steak

  • Film

    December 14, 2000

    Mel Sells Out

    What Women Want is a better movie than this two-hour Nike advertisement

  • News

    September 21, 2000

    The Doctor Is Out

    A Dallas activist helps lead the charge against Dr. Laura

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Put your ears on

    Disney hopes its upstart kids radio network will be more than just a Mickey Mouse effort

  • Calendar

    February 11, 1999
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    December 19, 1996
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    August 15, 1996

    Companies that whore

    Channel 8 sells its name to advertisers, including one of the state's biggest polluters

  • News

    March 7, 1996
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    December 7, 1995
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    May 4, 1995
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