Believe it or not, March 23rd marks the six-year anniversary of the Santa Barbara Daily Sound. Their launch narrowly preceded the meltdown at the Santa Barbara News-Press, but it also coincided with the decline of newspapers across the county.
Over the years, the publication started and stopped home delivery. The Sound lost its two best columnists, Cheri Rae and Loretta Redd, to Santa Barbara View. They survived divisive guest columnist Gina Perry, who inappropriately wrote about putting a bounty on a sitting President. More recent speed bumps have included a move to tabloid-style format and a redesign of their once-active website; but, the publication has persevered. The Daily Sound has helped break important stories like the Employee Mortgage Loan Assistance Program, they’ve expanded into Montecito and today, the publication is still printing five days a week in Santa Barbara.
Happy sixth birthday to the Santa Barbara Daily Sound.