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‘THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER A drivers’ strike has hep Pittsburgh Post-Gaze ‘Tuesday, September 1, 1902 it the city’s two papers off the streets since May. So the tte is giving citizens the news in the colonial ‘fashion. Crying out loud in Pittsburgh Bravia Ire ny hn i peasant oS aa st 1 stg, wo enters a ie OSE ene inetng ode ee ace ingot edhaatns eae i rn exch ottrione bo attention between Boyd and their ice cream cones. The homeless share benches in Market Square with businesspeople, secretaries and students, Its the day after the close of the GOP convention in Houston, and other papers have entire sections blocked out to cover George Bush's ‘acceptance speech as the Republi- an nominee for President. I's also the same week that the Pittsburgh Pirates swept by the San Diego Pa dres during a three-game home se ries. Just "wo days. before, Pitts burgh hired a new superintendent of schools. For most news organizations, it would have been a banner week. But for the Post-Gazette, it was just more agony. Imagine having the ‘See GRIERS on C8. Hear ye, hear ye! Brian Boyd reads the noon news for the Post-Gazette in Piusburgh’s Market Square. Town criers replace paper in Pittsburgh CRIERS Horn cs greatest story 10 tell the world, Dut Hot being able to communicate it You know there's an eager audience waiting for, words that will never come. William Deibler, managing editor of the Post-Gazette, admits that the prolonged strike hae been a "major Source of frustration.” “Certainly we feel our hands are tied behind our backs because we've been unable to report some of the ‘biggest stories of the year. The two political conventions, the political Campaign are just {wo of the major stories 1 sive our readers, we have been snable to “Deibler says. Boyd, in his white wig and colonial suit, stands in stark juxtaposition to the modern backdrop dominated by the glass walls of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. towers, Its, after all, 1992 — not 1752. During his 10. minute news set, Boyd competes with bus en ines, police si Tens and ato mobile horns for the attention of his audience. Sucking on a hard candy. be tween sets, he They're cheered on and applauded by listeners. {rets about the biggest challenge fac- ing @ contemporary town erier. "My voice. Keeping my voice,” he whis ‘pers, saving up for the next round of One bystander noted that Boyt!'s megaphone ought tobe replaced by a more modern sound system. "eR the Mennonites had o whole speaker fase he aid referring 8 Fee ius rally the previous dey Post observers, though, liked the show, The only enelom came from A businessman who would have liked more Joel ews. “the politielons are steating the city blind and nobody's reporting it” noted the bystander who explained that the Wall Street Journal and New York'Times more than fill the gap for ional and International news. Few people applaud or cry “more news" pan finishing the morning Paper or wstching the evening news anv. Bat Pitaburghs town criers are. cheered on, appietded ane laughed with, not af, by noomtime crowds. Is this news of entertain sen’? Says Deibler, “This is news, pre- senied in an entertaining way.” Boyd adds, It's both, That's What a paper is, a8 well.” ‘The Post-Gazette is engaged in an innovative publle relations stunt Deibler doesn't deny thet ‘But the town criers aso represent a desperate survival tol by the po per. When publieation does resume iter the stike, the publication will be faced with regaining lis reader- ship. Delbler plans to continue sig town cries even after the strike ene, on "There's also a subtext to Boyd and Ivory’s involvement, Both are look: Ing Tor employment none wf the tightest job markets in history ‘Boyd's hitch in the Army i almost up, and he's been flooding prospec: tive employers with resumes, He has yet to be Invited for am interview Besides earning $s per day as Town erier, hes been pushing himself toa recessionary Job market. Tm trying to Sell nyse, as wel” says Bap.