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Metro Pulse / MetroPulse (newspapers)

Identifier: NWP 0004

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Metro Pulse began in 1991 as an entertainment-oriented biweekly. Its first chief owner was Ashley Capps, music promoter later noted for founding music festivals Bonnaroo and Big Ears. After 16 months, he sold it to former Wall Street Journal reporter and Chicago financial trader Joe Sullivan, who moved back to his home town to take the reins of the paper and emphasize local news. By 1995, Metro Pulse was a weekly, a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and known both for its incisive news reporting and its comprehensive arts and entertainment coverage. During the Sullivan era, Metro Pulse earned more than 100 first-place awards for writing, reporting, and art, from regional and occasionally even national professional-journalism organizations. In 2003, Sullivan sold the paper to local developer Brian Conley, who improved its financial status, and four years later sold it to E.W. Scripps, corporate owner of Knoxville's daily newspaper, the News Sentinel, who allowed it to remain editorially independent, despite a few conflicts. Although Metro Pulse was modestly profitable in its later years, Scripps closed the paper in 2014 without offering it for sale, favoring its own version of an entertainment weekly. Metro Pulse's print circulation was generally around 25-35,000, primarily within the city of Knoxville. The Knoxville Mercury was started as a continuation of Metro Pulse. --history information provided by Jack Neely


  • 1991 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

Microfilm is available for research during normal business hours of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. No appointment necessary for viewing.


27 boxes

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McClung Historical Collection also has holdings of this title on microfilm. see also NWP 0055

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States