Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jonanna Widner Fired

A super secret inside source from the Dallas Observer confirmed in an email to us this morning that Jonanna Widner was fired as Music Editor yesterday. A retrospective on her role in the highly regarded local cover band/dudes with birds nest hair scene is forthcoming.

None of the details are available at this time, but I bet someone will send us something soon. Stay tuned.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Noah gets the job.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noah would be good. He actually likes music, goes to shows and writes stuff that doesn't put you to sleep after three sentences, or make you pull your hair out with frustration.

12:04 PM  
Blogger amandacobra said...

Team Noah.

(also known as Team Anyone But Widener)

12:05 PM  
Blogger drex said...

oh i wonder who could have sent the email? hmmmmmmm i wonder??

(brought to you by the bring back sam mac coalition)

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could have replaced "highly regarded" with "highly retarded" and the sentence would still make sense.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope no one gets the job and the entire fucking paper goes under. stop killing trees for your fucking bullshit rag. BLOG ABOUT IT.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was wrong with Jonanna Widner?
What's so great about Sam Mac?

Just curious ya see...

I'm not in the "know" i suppose.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Noah, too. I can't think of anyone better to right that sinking ship of a music section.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1233, havent been reading here long have you?

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

youve gotta be kidding me

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bring back Zac Crain!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

youve gotta be kidding me

Aren't Jonanna & that boca lady a couple?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I was shocked in the most positive way when I moved here at how completely dedicated the Dallas music scene was. Even when people were harshing on me, I was just so glad that people cared, one way or the other.”

Unfortunately for you, other people writing about music doesn't excuse you from doing your job.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I look forward to Jonnanas’ contributions to Boca Tinta."


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the crap is Boca Tinita? Sounds like the name of a pina colada bar in florida....

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to see so many avid readers of Boca Tinta on this blog!

1:50 PM  
Blogger B.Edward Smith - said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:00 PM  
Blogger amandacobra said...

the meatless substitute for tinta?

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did any of this involve

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does any of this deal with this article i mean..


2:14 PM  
Blogger nerver said...

are you asking if it involved me, or if it involved tots?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Robo-Pirate said...

that is the funniest genre description I've ever read. And so apt!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asking if it involved GOOEY

2:36 PM  
Blogger Sam M. said...

I think 2:14 is talking about the very last commenter in that link. Which, as far as I can tell, has nothing to do with Jonanna--unless she's a former Observer music editor with an affinity for "Nintedo."

2:38 PM  
Blogger amandacobra said...

Gooey Tot-gate 2007 Rages On

2:51 PM  
Blogger nerver said...

i'm gonna need that on a t-shirt, please.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do people seriously think Noah Bailey would be better? By how much? I have two words for you: "Post Mangum." Look it up. He actually made that little beauty of a term up.

The ONLY good thing about Jonanna was that she wasn't some tired old Dallas singer songwriter worshipper shoveling it in at All Good Cafe, hanging out with Pleasant Grove. Do you think that dude would honestly pay any attention to anyone that isn't some sad sack acoustic bullshit? As horrible as that Ghosthustler article was, under Noah Bailey, that shit won't even be considered music. Good luck, Dallas. Things might get even worse if you actually support a somehow even more clueless and close-minded regime.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Greggo?

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is just random musing, but what about the recently-fired josh? dunno if he's landed a new gig anywhere, but i thought the general consensus about him was "he's great, but clear channel ruined him"

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of sacks, Ghost Hustler can suck on mine.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always liked sam. even from seattle he has a better grasp on Dallas music than most people. for example:

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for SR!

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:10, you sold me. NOAH NOAH NOAH I just hope you're right about that Ghosthustler stuff.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all lanes of 35 are shut down just north of lewisville lake.. i'm investigatin if this is because of joanna

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't possibly be. She's never been to Denton.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i vote george gimarc

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a recently fired music editor for a formerly hip alternative weekly, I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a crazy maniac that likes to be homicidally aggressive, I'm really getting a kick out of OJ's recent legal troubles.

WSJR shot JW.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mulch that rag. music editors suck.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your mom is fired.


4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

415- shouldnt you be busy sending resumes out to the lubbock standard, or whatever weekly handjob ad rag ardmore has?

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the music editor for Arbuckle Wilderness now!

5:14 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

are the animals really waiting for ME?

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a freelance writer for the Night & Day section of the D.O. and a future rock venue owner and a local "musician", I think we should try to bring Lester Bangs back from the dead and have him take over as the new music editor. That guy had moxy!!!

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Joel killtronix said...

Well shit, here I was hoping I'd get my big chance to have Hot Flash be put on the cover of the Observer and billed as semi-annual Yak-Calling competition. I'm still angry over that god-damned Ghosthustler article. Love them or hate them, that was a piss poor example of reporting.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Also, we need the Observer to start functioning as an enabler because Dallas gets too caught up in cliques sometimes.

Although I suppose that's more up to the people of Dallas.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Noah promises not to write about ghosthustler, I say hire him immediately.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


He's the only contributing writer that gives enough of a shit about local music to bring that paper (or at least the music section) back to being readable. As it stands, the only decent thing about DO is "Red Meat" and ads for prostitutes. Why not just turn the music section into the "Ask A Mexican" section? Could it be any worse that it was?

Damn, I still miss the Met!


6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahahahaha cunt

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I wondered why the observer didn't jump all over Freeman when he moved back, I know I did!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
-- Jonathan Swift
"Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting"

4:22 sez: "WSJR shot JW?"

The mouse that roared.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, quote Jonathan Swift in local music blog comment sections."
--Dr. Clueless McSmartypants
"My 12 Years in Grad School: an autobiography"

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By scenester law aren't you supposed to cling desperately to anything you can't have anymore?

I bet in a week or so people will talk down to those who came after Jonanna Bananna.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:01, there are two things wrong with your post.

1. I can, and do.
2. I did not attend grad school.

Other than that, you nailed it.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Scarlett said...

Jonanna wrote about my band, Sarah Reddington, once and did a terrible job. I don't think she even really tried. She mentioned everyone in the band besides the lead singer, and then managed to say "Cody Seals is not Sarah Reddington", assuming that Cody Seals was the lead singer and not the drummer? That girl needs to do some research...maybe then she wouldn't get fired?

It was awful. I don't think she'll be missed.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I hate to admit how popular one of my favorite bands is, "post mangum" is actually pretty genius term.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...who gives a fuck?

oh sorry some of you maybe thought the observer would magically get awesome now...whoops!

3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone couldn't make it to grad school! Even with all those quotes!

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy.
I cunt believe it.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Mikey said...

I've only opened an Observer in the past year to read about Jim's Trinity rants. No need turning to the music section, they never write about bands I like. In fact, neither does WSJR. Damn.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hear, hear!

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 4:03pm

What bands do you like?

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drowning Pool

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spoonfed tribe?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, my favorite local band that never got any press has always been Polyphonic Spree...oh wait. I mean Slow Roosevelt. Sorry for the mix-up.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^Wow, quintessential Widner. Also known as horrible. How odd that a recently fired music editor made another handful of grammatical errors and obviously didn't proofread her blog entry. Twelve-year-olds can, and have, done better.

12:31 AM  

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