New 'Radar' Not Lacking In Audacity, Radacity, Radarosity, Roshanity, Etc.

A former Radar contributor who asked us not to use his name "since I'm one of the few people who actually got paid" passes along the following e-mail from Senior Associate Editor Adam Laukhuf:

Dear contributors and potential contributors,

Before we re-launched Radaronline.com, a few of you asked if I could provide some examples of the kind of features we were looking for. At the time, I didn't have much to show you. So now that we've hit our three month mark, I thought I'd share some highlights [below].

As you can see, we've allowed a pretty wide berth in terms of content and format, but there's a common thread that runs through most of our stories which, for lack of a better word, I will call Radacity.

With the magazine coming out in February, and an online feature slot to be filled every day, there's a lot of room for great ideas. Think about cultural essays, investigations, interviews, packaged conceits,humor pieces, pranks, FOB charts and short takes for the mag and the web— I welcome them all.

We're still a little hazy on the concept of "Radacity," but at least we're pretty sure how to pronounce it: the second syllable sounds like "ass." Or maybe you could just pronounce it "Spy 4.0"* Full e-mail after the jump.


Dear contributors and potential contributors,

Before we re-launched Radaronline.com, a few of you asked if I could
provide some examples of the kind of features we were looking for. At
the time, I didn't have much to show you. So now that we've hit our
three month mark, I thought I'd share some highlights [below].

As you can see, we've allowed a pretty wide berth in terms of content
and format, but there's a common thread that runs through most of our
stories which, for lack of a better word, I will call Radacity.

With the magazine coming out in February, and an online feature slot
to be filled every day, there's a lot of room for great ideas. Think
about cultural essays, investigations, interviews, packaged conceits,
humor pieces, pranks, FOB charts and short takes for the mag and the
web— I welcome them all.

To see everything we've been up to, you can browse the feature well
here: http://www.radaronline.com/features/

But to make things easier, here are some selects from the last three
months to get your juices flowing in the right direction:

We ranked America's Dumbest Congressmen
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/10/americas_dumbest_congressmen_a_radar_special_report.php

We caught a predator
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/strange_bedfellows.php

We sent a Daily Show writer to the Church Of Scientology:
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/11/scamalot.php

We had some fun with Kurt and Graydon:
http://www.radaronline.com/features/misc_content/060927_Spy_vs_Spy/

We shopped for counterfeits
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/the_radar_guide_to_counterfeit_shopping.php

We found the worst colleges in America
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/the_nine_worst_colleges_in_america.php

...and the worst college courses
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/the_10_most_moronic_college_courses_in_america.php

We thought very hard about plastic footwear
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/clog_jam.php

We sicced Greg Gutfeld on fashion week
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/gutfeld_what_ive_learned.php

Then we got even weirder on fashion:
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/10/handbags_of_horror.php

We loved the McLaughlan report
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/10/group_hug.php

We went way too far with a celebrity product endorsement prank
(video's funny, but the emails are my favorite)
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/11/lets_fake_a_deal.php

We found New York's most notorious party crasher
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/10/crash_and_burn.php

We went to Jesus Camp
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/post_1.php

We invited Hollywood elites to backstab each other
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/hollywood_poll.php

We wondered where Arafat's money went
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/11/arafat.php

...and had a few questions about Pat Robertson's financials too
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/prophet_and_loss.php

We inspected some Capitol domes
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/capitol_domes.php

And we did Q&As. A lot of them. From club psycho Michael Alig, to the
male prostitute who took down Ted Haggard, to an oddly likeable
Stephen Baldwin, to the Army's recruitment robot, to Andrew Sullivan,
Frank Rich and John Hodgman, among many others...

http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/10/at_home_with_michael_alig.php
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/saint_stephen.php
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/blind_date.php
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/11/sullivan.php
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/11/oh_thats_rich.php
http://www.radaronline.com/features/2006/09/hodgmania.php

Hope that helps. We're just getting into our groove over here, and
there will be some great opportunities in the future for writers to do
what they might not be able to elsewhere, whether it be for the mag or
the web. So pitch early and often. And thanks for supporting Radar.

Best,
Adam



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Adam Laukhuf
Senior Associate Editor
Radar Magazine



*Yes, yes, we're aware.