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Metro Times
Inner cover of the February 1-7, 2006 Metro Times - The outer cover also has this image but with a Budweiser advertisement covering the lower right corner.
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner Times-Shamrock Communications
Publisher Chris Sexson
Editor W. Kim Heron
Founded 1980
Headquarters 733 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
 United States
Circulation 89,496[1]
Official website

The Metro Times (originally Detroit Metro Times) is the largest circulating weekly newspaper in the metro Detroit area. Supported entirely by advertising, it is distributed free of charge every Wednesday in newsstands in businesses and libraries around the city and suburbs. Compared to the two dailies, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, the Metro Times has a liberal orientation. Average circulation for the Metro Times is 89,496 weekly. Average readership is just over 700,000 weekly.[1]

Its columnists include Larry Gabriel; journalism professor Jack Lessenberry; and authorized Alice Cooper and The Stooges biographer Jeffrey Morgan.

Its personals advertising are more widely read than those of the two dailies.

Every year, the Metro Times has reader fiction and photography contests judged by famous local writers and photographers. Its annual "Best of Detroit" survey bestows local businesses with highly sought honors.

The Metro Times considers itself "alternative media," often featuring news items ignored by the dailies. It also uses profanity not used by the dailies.

Syndicated alternative comics run by the Metro Times have in the past included such greats as Perry Bible Fellowship, This Modern World, Eric Monster Millikin and Red Meat. The Metro Times also prints Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice column (which replaced Isadora Duncan's Ask Isadora sex advice column) and Rob Brzezny's Free Will Astrology. Starting with the January 19 - 25 issue, the Metro Times had its own exclusive crossword, crafted by Brooklyn-based cruciverbalist Ben Tausig, who appears in the documentary Wordplay. The crossword was cut in May 2008, to save space.

The Metro Times won 12 awards from the Michigan Press Association in 2006. The paper also won awards in 2005 and 2004.

Every year the Metro Times is an official sponsor of the Detroit Festival of the Arts and has one of the stages named after it.


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