It’s been up and operating for less than two months but the new app for Marquette known as MarquetteMobile is experiencing phenomenal growth.
After the first week, it had been downloaded 50 times. After the first month, 500 times. After six weeks, 2500 times. Now after seven weeks, it’s closing in on 3000 downloads on all platforms. Not bad for a town of 20,000 people.
What is it exactly? It’s all the news and information you’ll ever want to know about Marquette, up-to-the-minute.
I’ve talked to 20-somethings and 50-somethings who seem equally fond of it.
It’s the brainchild of Andrew Lorinser (the guy who started Redfella Records). Lorinser’s dilemma now is how to turn a remarkably popular tool into a moneymaker. He admits he’s not much of a salesman; he just likes to make things.
Seems like he needs a partner who’s more comfortable with this thing we call capitalism.
What’s happening next with the TV6 Morning News?
You early-risers certainly noticed last May when Greg Trick left the 7 pm and 11 pm news to join Vicky Crystal in the mornings for an expanded two-hour show.
That also meant that workhorse Steve Asplund picked up the 7 pm and 11 pm shows to go along with his 6 pm duties.
What you may not have known was that a few months later, TV posted an ad looking for a morning co-host. Huh? What?
Apparently there were second thoughts about moving Trick and Asplund, two of the station’s greatest assets, out of their long established roles.
WLUC President and GM Rob Jamros simply says nothing’s been decided yet (including a permanent Fox UP anchor) and understandably, Sinclair Broadcasting, the new owners of the station, might want to have a say in the matter.
How do you explain the apparent success of Family Video, the only remaining video store in Marquette?
After the collapse of Blockbuster, you had to figure that bricks-and-mortar stores were dead and digital streaming was the only way to go.
But then you have Family Video which has now expanded to almost 800 stores throughout the Midwest and Canada. The Marquette store is bustling with activity all day long, seven days a week.
Their new, just-released movies rent for $2.60. Their less-new movies cost a buck. And every day, it seems, they have specials offering extra movies for free. Not only that, but the store is big, clean and well-stocked, and the staff is exceptionally friendly.
Sure, they’re getting plenty of volume, but seriously…a buck a movie? You can’t even buy a bad cup of coffee for that.
Someone at Family Video obviously knows more about capitalism than me…or Andrew Lorinser.