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  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Is the YouTube Free-For-All Over?

    YouTube is a wonderful tool for procrastination, but often aimless surfing can lead to unearthing new genres and artists you never knew even existed. In between these discoveries are lovably offbeat videos of amateur acoustic covers, or rants about pesky day jobs that make perusing the site feel lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    R.I.P. Harry Slyman: Appliance Store Pitchman Known for Wacky Commercials

    One half of a St. Louis legend is gone. Harry Slyman, of the St. Louis appliance-store chain Slyman Brothers, passed away June 14 at the age of 79. For those who grew up in St. Louis in the 1970s and '80s, Harry and his brother, Bob, were local television stars known for their goofball commercials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    This Looks Familiar: 5 Commercials Weber Chevrolet Should Rip Off Next

    George Weber was sick of the typical car commercial, where the owner of a dealership screams about the cheapest model on the lot. "Car commercials do so much yelling at you," says Weber, owner of George Weber Chevrolet. "I don't think people are listening to ads with a notepad writing things down. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Larry Conners on His New Role: Yes, I'm Doing Commercials; No, They Won't Be Goofy

    Since his career as a KMOV anchor ended in May, all the news about famous St. Louis newsman Larry Conners has been about his battle to get back on the airwaves despite a one-year ban written into his contract. With six months left to go, Conners is leapfrogging all limitations, partnering with loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Signs of Olden Times: Author William Stage Chronicles the "Fading Ads of St. Louis"

    They're literally vanishing before our eyes -- the elaborate painted advertisements that once blanketed our city of brick. And while most of us give these fading "ghost" signs little to any thought, they've become something of an obsession for St. Louis author William Stage.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Parody Patrol: St. Louis Filmmaker Creates Hilarious, Fake Commercials (VIDEOS)

    At first glance, Adam Huber's high-quality commercials seem fairly standard. A cheesy ad for soap. A perfume commercial with a soft-whispering narrator. Then, a naked dude appears. Or a man in a dress vomits on some passersby in the park. Parody Patrol is the latest project of the St. Louis film ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Will Ferrell's Guerrilla Old Milwaukee Ad Campaign Strikes Again

    For the second consecutive Super Bowl, residents of a very, very, very select number of far-flung towns across America saw a surreal, low-budget commercial for Old Milwaukee beer starring Will Ferrell. It was even more surreal than last year's -- and, yes, even more surreal than the Old Milwaukee ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    10 St. Louis Restaurants With Winning Super Bowl Food and Drink Specials

    With the weekend creeping closer, we here at Gut Check realize we need to make plans for Super Bowl Sunday -- specifically, what will we be eating and drinking, and where? From all-you-can-eat nacho and wing bars and barbecue dinners to discounts on beers, booze and shots, Gut Check's roundup of St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Sarah Palin Adds Sarah 'Steel-man' to Her Mama Grizzly Pack

    Sarah Palin has added a new mama grizzly to her pack. She recently filmed an ad for Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman, who faces a tight three-way primary race against Todd Akin and John Brunner. In the ad, Palin revives the 'Mama Grizzlies' motif she used throughout 2010. In the ad, Palin says S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2012
  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Hispanic Businesses on Cherokee Fall Prey to Soccer Scam

    ​The event was billed as a charity match between former players of the Chivas and America pro soccer teams. It would be held, the Mexican promoter promised, on September 25 at Fenton Soccer Park. Hundreds of tickets were sold; radio spots were run; a buzz was created. And it never happened. The pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Lee Enterprises, Post-Dispatch Parent Co., Continues Downward Slide

    courtesy of Google Finance.Lee Enterprises' stock (shown in blue) is down 20 percent in the last six months, as this graph shows. Fellow media giants Gannett (in red) and McClatchy (in yellow) have also lost considerable value.​Another quarterly report, another piece of bad news.That's the woefull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    New Commercials Admit Miracle Whip Sucks

    Domino's Pizza did it last year, airing commercials in which the company admitted that its pizzas aren't necessarily the best ones on the market while sharing the cold, hard truth from test groups. It used the ads as a jumping point to promise better pizza. Whether it has succeeded or not, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Let's Face It -- Youth Anti-Smoking Campaign Kicks Off in St. Louis County

    St. Louis County is nagging teens to give up the cancer sticks already.​Since the beginning of the year, the county's been quietly working on an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at St. Louis teenagers.On Tuesday -- which is, not coincidentally, "World No Tobacco Day," because these days they have a day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    BBB Warns Parents About New York Studio/ "The"

    Is your kid the next Miley Cyrus? Maybe so -- but The ain't gonna make it happen, the BBB says.​ If you dream of your child becoming the next Miley Cyrus, there's more than one reason to beware: That radio ad you just heard might cost you $1,000. On at least three separate occasions, The (pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    This Year's Five Best Super Bowl Commercials

    ​That was, without a doubt, one of the worst Super Bowls I can ever remember. Oh, sure, the game was just fine. Instant classic material, I guess. Two great quarterbacks, historic franchises, a great comeback that almost happened, plenty of drama in the last two minutes, and a brilliant storyline ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Vote for Best St. Louis Super Bowl Ad: Budweiser vs. Dirt Cheap Chicken

    Dirt Cheap lived up to its name in a bargain-basement production.​We know the drill this morning. Time to re-watch all those Super Bowl commercials you missed while heading back to the fridge. Here -- in no particular order -- are the ads with St. Louis connections that we noticed during last nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Update: Yum! Brands Pulls Obama Impersonator Ads

    ​On Monday we showed you an ad for KFC airing in China in which a President Obama lookalike is crushed by a giant fish sandwich. Obama Foodorama reports (via Eater) that Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, has pulled the ads."It is no longer airing and will not be re-aired," Yum! Brands spokes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    A-B's New Ad Strategy: 'Grab Some Buds' aka Free Beer!

    image via​Anheuser-Busch unveiled a new advertising strategy for Budweiser today, reports USA Today. Brace yourselves, because it's a revolutionary one:FREE BEER!! The idea behind the company's new "Grab some Buds" campaign is targeted toward the under-30s who guzzle astonishing amounts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Cleavage Controversy: Metro Axes Racy Ads for Soulard Oktoberfest

    Are these outfits offensive?​It seems controversy and Soulard Oktoberfest go together like beer and bratwurst.Last year, the festival -- which takes place the first weekend in October and is part of the annual global celebration of German heritage and culture -- was nearly booted from Soulard Mark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Google Touts Economic Impact in Missouri, Says Nothing of Profits Headed to California

    Google busts out some big figures.​Was I the only one who thought it strange yesterday that Google decided to make public its "economic impact" in Missouri and other states? The news release yesterday was apparently the first time ever that the search engine has shared its state-by-state financia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.17

    Remember Food Network's "Calorie Commando"? Neither did we, until CNN reported that he's being held on charges of hiring homeless people in a murder-for-hire scheme. Because the rice-growing bra isn't enough, Trendland introduces A Matter of Taste by Fulvio Bonavia, an art book featuring haute c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Missouri Attorney General: Craigslist Prostitution Ads "As Prominent as Ever"

    ​Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that he has joined Connecticut and other states in issuing a subpoena to craigslist seeking evidence that the company is fulfilling its public promise to block advertisements for prostitution and other illegal activity, and whether the compan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Food News of the Weird: Barbecue Kangaroo Potato Chips; Sir Mix-a-Lot Shills for (Big) Butterfingers

    Image viaProbably tastes better than prawn cocktail.​Here is a water-cooler debate for the beginning of your work week: Which is stranger, the new World Cup campaign from Walkers, the British potato crisp (chips, to us Yanks) company, or the new ad campaign from Butterfinger featuring Sir Mix-a-Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Jackass Carves Jack-o'-Lantern

    ​ Not sure which I like better: The gratuitous use of blood in this bogus infomercial or the gratuitous Boston accent. Come to think of it, I think it's the latter.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    More on that Lance Armstong, Michelob Ultra Deal

    Lance occasionally enjoys a cocktail.​Details are emerging on that endorsement deal we mentioned yesterday between cyclist Lance Armstrong and Michelob Ultra. Armstrong was in St. Louis yesterday to publicly unveil the endorsement at the AB brewery on Pestalozzi Street. According to an article tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    How 'Bout That New Hardee's Commercial? You Know, The One With Padma Lakshmi?

    March Madness has taken on Super Bowl status in recent years with advertisers debuting dozens of new commercials during the tourney. This year, one of those ads has received a lot more attention than others -- at least among the folks I've watched the games with over the past two weeks. I'm talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    St. Louis Cardinals, KTRS Rejig Radio Agreement

    The Cardinals and "The Big 550" KTRS-AM spent the month of October hammering out a new operating agreement that changes the way Cardinals broadcasts get promoted. Under the new terms, the Cardinals sales staff is now selling all the advertising inventory for game broadcasts, including pre- and pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    For All You Joe Six-Packs

    Over at STL Hops, Mike Sweeney has posted images of a funny new Schlafly ad campaign. Is Sarah Palin involved? You betcha! - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    McCain Ad That Says 'Hot Chicks Dig Obama' Includes Two FOX2 Reporters

    A web ad for John McCain's campaign that claims "hot chicks dig Obama," among other assertions, includes two St. Louis TV newscasters.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    AdOne Media Inc. Files for Bankruptcy

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Daily RFT incorrectly identified the party filing for bankruptcy in our original blog post, published in April 2008. The matter was brought to our attention by an attorney representing James Neumann in August 2010 and this post was subsequently corrected.Daily RFT regrets the error.On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2008

    PepsiCo at the Super Bowl: Deaf Men Honking

    Unreal is all about taking the stigma out of uncomfortable issues with humor. So when we read the Associated Press story about Pepsi's upcoming Super Bowl ad that'll play out in total silence for 60 seconds, we were all, like: Naturally, the ad's already up on YouTube: Kudos to PepsiCo, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2008

    PepsiCo at the Super Bowl: Deaf Men Honking

    Unreal is all about taking the stigma out of uncomfortable issues with humor. So when we read the Associated Press story about Pepsi's upcoming Super Bowl ad that'll play out in total silence for 60 seconds, we were all, like: Naturally, the ad's already up on YouTube: Kudos to PepsiCo, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2007

    Of Caddies and Paddies

    www.pogues.com "There enough room in the Escalade for the lot of us?" It may be more customary to watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but it turns out that the Oscars telecast sneaks in some interesting spots as well. In between Helen Mirren's toast to Queen Elizabeth and Forest Whitaker' ... More >>

  • Film

    November 9, 2005

    Far from Heaven (2002)

    Week of November 9, 2005

  • Music

    August 17, 2005
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Music

    July 7, 2004

    I Want My STL TV

    Public-access music programming is great -- when the public can access it

  • Music

    June 23, 2004

    Ilya

    Thursday, June 24; Rocket Bar

  • News

    June 2, 2004

    Trolling for Endorsements

    We wake up a Margaret Cho-approved congressional hopeful; plus, Unreal gets the Tiger Beat facts on local car dealers and Bill Haas goes south of the border

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Local TV Commercial

    Becky's Carpet and Tile Superstore

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2003

    Porn Again

    The girls of Vivid Video want to see what you've got

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2003

    Chicken Wings

    Culpeppers

  • Music

    November 6, 2002

    The Morells with Brian Capps and Kristie Stremel

    Sunday, November 10; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Attorney Who Looks the Part

    Charles "Ed" Brown, Brown & Brown

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001
  • News

    January 10, 2001

    Shut Yer Piehole, St. Louis: We Got It Good!

    To think that most of us didn't know any better

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2000

    Twin Stars

    As if local commercials weren't already (unintentionally) funny, a pair of twin comics have made them their stock-in-trade

  • Film

    March 17, 1999
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