RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jul. 27, 2011 at 9:38pm


The Ugly Truth about Swarner Communications, Fort Lewis Ranger, Northwest Airlifter and the Weekly Volcano

Have you ever dreamed about walking outside and NOT getting hit in the face with a baseball bat of compressed spam blight? I have.  

Not many people know why I'm boycotting the Weekly Volcano.  Why?  What have they ever done besides promote local artists, bands and female body parts? Why do you need to torment them ha ha ha?  I'll tell you why!   

Advertise to the MILITARY in our newspapers (via Clear Channel Billboard)!

FACT: Swarner Communications owners of the Weekly Volcano, Fort Lewis Ranger and Northwest Airlifter weekly newspaper empire are big fans of Clear Channel Billboards. [ rumor: They love billboards so much they make their employees sign a billboard 'loyalty oath' saying that no matter how economically devastated billboard blight impoverishes a neighborhood, billboards must ALWAYS be considered good for business. ] 

SUPER BEST @weeklyvolcano dominates this economically distressed neighborhood

FACT:  IF your business pays to advertise in the Weekly Volcano THEN everytime the Weekly Volcano contracts ad space on a Clear Channel billboard, your money is flowing into the bottomless pockets of Clear Channel Outdoor--a multi-national corporate monopoly.

FACT: RIGHT THIS SECOND Clear Channel Outdoor is locked in an ENDLESS legal battle with the City of Tacoma for the unbridled privilege of saturating our poorest neighborhoods with dilapidated billboards.  

FACT: Not only is Clear Channel Outdoor suing the cash-strapped people of Tacoma for millions of dollars, Clear Channel Outdoor wants to re-write our sign code to allow DIGITAL BILLBOARDS so that they can continue to spam the hell out of us all more efficiently (read: minus the union-wage vinyl sign switcher employees). 

Check out the reverse side of the Volcano 'in on the party' billboard: 

Corporations Honoring the 'Ultimate Military Sacrifice' with Billboards for Drinking Alcohol

Given the volume of alcohol/ptsd fueled suicides, drunk driving and 'ultimate military sacrifice' deaths plaguing Joint Base Lewis McChord is a flag-draped beer can even remotely appropriate in any self-respecting American neighborhood?  Have they no decency? 


  1. Contact advertisers in the Weekly Volcano. Tell them how you feel about Clear Channel Outdoor and suggest the Tacoma Weekly as a billboard-free volcano alternative.
  2. Recycle unused stacks of Swarner Newspapers left carelessly inside random Newspaper Boxes. 
  3. Stand near a Swarner Newspaper box pretending like you're catching a bus and talk loudly into a cell phone (you don't have to really be talking to anyone, just pretend like you are) talking at such a volume so as other people overhear you... and rant about how the volcano keeps buying Clear Channel billboards and the Clear Channel Outdoor Lawsuit. 
  4. Tweet and Facebook Matt Driscoll and complain about billboards.
  5. Post this Ron Swarner Cartoon to your Facebook wall.

comments [5]  |  posted under billboard, boycott, clear channel, super-best, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2011 @ 11:08pm
gah! virtual protest!

Photo courtesy KevinFreitas.net

Photo courtesy KevinFreitas.net

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2011 @ 11:17pm
6. Hey Clear Channel Clean Up your CRAP!

by Erik on 7/27/2011 @ 11:21pm
You love the Weekly Volcano more than anyone RR.

You have always been their biggest booster even when posting about your faux protest of them to give them more coverage.

We know how you really feel about them as revealed in your one and only "Super Tacomic" (3/11/2008) because your Tacomics always tell the truth:

Full size and post:


by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2011 @ 11:22pm
no pulp rides that pencil anymore.

by NineInchNachos on 7/28/2011 @ 8:22am
BOYCOTT the super best party... www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=250098305... and instead go to the David Boe event at AMOCAT

Join David Boe for a special evening filled with witty banter and Merlot from great local wineries Vashon Winery, Kalamar, Wilridge, and Corvidae Wine Company. Try the full flight for just $5 – plus whatever amount you would like to donate to David’s campaign war chest.

David has been an outspoken leader force for thoughtful urban design on the Tacoma City Council since he was appointed two years ago. He is respected and supported by the other council members for his ability to wade through the weekly mountain of paperwork dumped on them by the City Manager and staff.

So, if you’re against billboards, hate surface level parking lots, or want to see the Chihuly Bridge set free, this event is for you.

Merlot With Boe
Thursday, July 28 · 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Amocat Cafe, 625 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402


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