DETROIT — The Metro Times has merged with Real Detroit Weekly, making it the largest alternative newsweekly in Michigan. The new company will maintain the Metro Times name. Owner and publisher of Real Detroit Weekly, John Badanjek, will serve as president of events of the newly formed media company alongside Chris Keating, publisher of the Metro Times.
“Real Detroit Weekly has published the best in music and entertainment coverage for over 15 years,” Badanjek says. “We’re excited to join forces with the Metro Times to create a ‘superweekly’ that will offer metro Detroiters more music, art, political, dining and nightlife coverage than previously possible.
“With an aggressive increase in circulation, the new paper will be capable of serving the needs of both Metro Times and Real Detroit Weekly readers,” Badanjek says.
“John and I are both excited to merge these brands into one,” Keating says. “Undeniably, it’s great to have a partnership where we maintain local ownership as well as continue to employ the hard-working people that really make these two papers great. Moving forward, the new company will take the best of both from Real Detroit Weekly and Metro Times — print, digital and events — and re-launch into a stronger and more balanced voice for the greater Detroit community.”
The Metro Times has served as the city’s multimedia source of alternative news, arts, events and culture for more than 30 years. Metro Times is published each week by Euclid Media Group, a multimedia company that also publishes the Cleveland Scene, Orlando Weekly, and the San Antonio Current.