Raleigh Metro Magazine Previews Georgia Carroll Kyser’s Memoirs

Georgia Kyser
Georgia Kyser

October 8, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Supermodel, film star and the former wife of Big Band leader Kay Kyser, Georgia Carroll Kyser has made a new home for herself in the Cedars at Meadowmont retirement village in Chapel Hill, where she is working on her memoirs. Raleigh Metro Magazine artist-at-large Louis St. Lewis offers a glimpse into the upcoming book, entitled “Now and Then,” and into the life of the “Grand Dame of Chapel Hill” in the October edition.

“I had always known Georgia was a model and film star in her salad days, but only when I started delving deeper into her past did I fall under the spell of her perfect features, charmed life and lovely cheekbones,” Louis writes. “She has seen it all in her day, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and other names that resonate through the ages. Her close friends included Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Dinah Shore and Alan Ladd.”

Georgia Kyser has called Chapel Hill home for over a half century, since her famous husband retired there. Extremely fond of her adopted home, she became involved in the life and look of the “Village.” Louis notes that she helped set the tone for “the elegant Carolina Inn,” she had a say in the town’s appearance statutes, and she lent her good taste to the decors of many of Chapel Hill’s finest homes. She and Ida Friday, the wife of UNC-Chapel Hill President Emeritus William Friday, co-founded the Chapel Hill Preservation Society in the early 1970s. Kyser was graduated from UNC at the age of 50.

The excerpt from “Now and Then” recalls the first trip the soon-to-be supermodel made to New York City, where modeling agency legend John Robert Powers signed her up for a Redbook cover as soon as he laid eyes on the young girl from Texas dressed all in white.

To read Louis St. Lewis’ entire column, including the excerpt. go to www.metronc.com.

About Metro Magazine:

Established in 1999, Raleigh Metro Magazine is a monthly publication covering North Carolina from the Research Triangle area to the coast, with a circulation of 40,000. It is available on newsstands and at www.metronc.com.

Metro Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Series on Regional Cities

January 14, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – To celebrate its tenth year of publishing during 2009, Raleigh Metro Magazine has launched a five-month, in-depth exploration of the cities, towns and coastal communities that comprise its readership reach: their history; where they are today, and what they’re poised to become by the Year 2020.

The series begins this month in the Triangle area — which, as editor and publisher Bernie Reeves notes in his introduction, is actually “a rhomboid, a four-sized configuration comprised of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary.”

Metro’s January edition focuses on Cary, the “biggest little town in the South,” where a passion for its past blends seamlessly with world-class companies and accommodations. Metro writers Diane Lea (design, historic preservation) and Rick Smith (technology) study the people, places and commitments – to the arts, to the environment, to controlled growth — that continue to make this thriving “town” so appealing to residents and business.

Calling Cary “the keystone of the geometry of the Triangle,” Smith writes, “With a booming, largely affluent population and an economy anchored by high-tech stalwarts…Cary wraps up the first decade of a new century with strong momentum for continuing growth in the years ahead.”

In its February edition, Metro  senior writer Sharon Swanson  will take readers into the heart and soul of Chapel Hill, once defined as a “college town” yet solidly on its way to being much more than just the flagship home of the University of North Carolina. Food Editor Moreton Neal will provide a history of cuisine in this “foodie” town and Diane Lea reviews the architecture, new and old, of this progressive university community.

In March Metro will dig deep into Durham, a city defined as much by its bohemian fringe and trendy warehouse district as its “City of Medicine” status. Veteran writer Jim Hughes, a Durham native who knows the Bull City inside and out, promises a not-to-be-missed journey into the heart of Durham. Food editor Moreton Neal will examine the city’s great culinary tradition and Diane Lea will survey the gracious architecture of the past with the thrusting skyline of the new Durham.

North Carolina’s Capital City – Raleigh – will be the focus of the April edition, with several writers assigned to tackle this fast-growing and sophisticated metropolis. Steeped in history, Raleigh is changing rapidly inside and outside its landmark beltline.

The many communities and beaches that comprise the “down east” portion of Metro’s reach will centerpiece the May 2009 edition written by Dr. James Leutze, former chancellor of UNC-Wilmington and a regular Metro columnist. With coastal issues “going critical” in the next decade, Leutze will draw on his expertise on the subject to clarify the key issues, including offshore drilling; beach renourishment; explosive growth and the impact on the region and state.

Raleigh Metro Magazine is available on newsstands and online at http://www.metronc.com.

For more information and to access the special features on Cary, NC, visit http://www.metronc.com.

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Duke Lacross Father Remembers

April 12, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Kevin Finnerty, father of former Duke lacrosse player Collin Finnerty — one of the three boys exonerated after false charges were dropped in the high profile case by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper — remembers April last year when his son and family were reeling under the false allegations and lurid media coverage across the globe.

In a letter to Raleigh’s monthly Metro Magazine, Kevin Finnerty thanks writer Sharon Swanson for the feature she wrote for the magazine in January 2007 — the first interview with any of the families before the case was resolved.

“I really just wanted to let you know how much I truly appreciated your taking the time to travel and meet with us that day, and how important your heartfelt article was for the all of the Finnertys at that time, especially my wife Mary Ellen,” Finnerty wrote to Metro Magazine and writer Sharon

Finnerty also writes that: “I have subsequently realized it was rather courageous of Attorney General Roy Cooper to announce the three young men as ‘innocent’ of all charges within the politically sensitive environment in which we now live.”

Fiinnerty notes that the article in Raleigh Metro Magazine “was not only sensitive, but it, too, was courageous in that it ran directly in the face of the ‘media madness’ that was running amuck.”.

Finnerty concludes his letter by saying, “One year later, as I re-read the article, I enjoy it all the more, and it actually made me cry – once again.”

To read the Kevin Finnerty’s complete, go to http://www.metronc.com and click on “Correspondence.”

Established in 1999, Metro Magazine is a four-color city/regional publication serving Raleigh, the Research Triangle and Eastern North Carolina with a circulation of 40,000.


Controversy, Eclectic Content Characterize March Edition of Raleigh Metro Magazine

March 1, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — In the March issue of Metro Magazine, candidates for governor discuss coastal issues with columnist and former UNC-Wilmington chancellor Jim Leutze; former UNC women soccer players defend coach Anson Dorrance; Southern author John Shelton Reed begs Metro readers to vote for the best barbecue; and the 5th Raleigh Spy Conference – set for March 26-28 at the NC Museum of History – presents unsolved mysteries of the CIA (www.raleighspyconference.com).

In Metro’s quarterly Southern Style Section, garden guru Helen Yoest previews area tours scheduled for spring; a modern home finds its place inside the Raleigh beltline; the latest female golf fashion is previewed, along with the essentials for a must-have spring wardrobe; and Metro Magazine is named the official program sponsor for the May ASID Designer Show House.

Food editor Moreton Neal ranks the top spots for lunch in the region; wine critic Barbara Ensrud researches the best restaurant wine lists and recommends a tour of wineries in the Yadkin Valley – the state’s only designated growing region; Carroll Leggett eats high off unmentionable parts of the hog; Philip Van Vleck interviews singer-songwriter Tift Merritt; Arch T. Allen covers our “color-blind” Constitution; Art Taylor reviews a modern Odyssey; and Metro’s calendar of events bulges with spring events.

Editor/publisher Bernie Reeves, in his column My Usual Charming Self, congratulates the people of Cary for their threat to “secede” from the Wake County School System, revisits the “owl theory” in the Kathleen Peterson case, criticizes former UNC law dean Gene Nichol – recently fired by the College of William & Mary – for his attack on religious symbols, and calls for an investigation into the actions of Secretary of Cultural Resources Libba Evans.

Metro Magazine is available on newsstands and at http://www.metronc.com.


Carolinas ASID Designer Showhouse Selects Metro Magazine for Program Sponsor

February 13, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — The Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have chosen Metro Magazine (www.metronc.com) as the Program Sponsor for the 2008 Designer Showhouse scheduled for May 10 through June 1. The event will showcase two state-of-the art townhouses in Ramblewood at North Hills in Raleigh. Each room in the town houses will be designed and furnished by area members of ASID. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Wake County as well as other community organizations and programs supported by the Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

As Program Sponsor, Metro will create the official printed guide to the Showhouse, which will include photographs and descriptions of the rooms as well as advertising opportunities for related businesses, individuals and industries.

Metro Magazine is a leading regional publication with circulation of 160,000 from the Triangle to the coastal area of North Carolina. Each edition features articles on architecture, interior design and historic preservation, along with other topics that appeal to its predominately affluent audience.

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh (WCR) is coordinating the Showhouse project. A non-profit corporation, the Club’s 400 volunteers raise approximately $200,000 and contribute 30,000 hours of volunteer service to the community each year. The Raleigh club last presented a Showhouse in 2005 and Metro served as program sponsor for that one. (To access coverage of the 2005 Show House, visit http://www.metronc.com.)

The WCR is partnering with the Carolinas Chapter of the ASID. ASID is the largest professional organization for interior designers in the US with over 34,500 members who have passed its acceptance standards. Each of the participating designers will be responsible for the design and décor of a specific area in one of the townhouses.

The finished townhouses will open first to sponsors and invited members of the community at an evening Designer Showhouse Preview Party on May 9. The Showhouse will open to the public daily from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, June 1. Hours will be: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday; from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each at the door but can be purchased in advance for $15 per person.

Find more information about the Woman’s Club of Raleigh 2008 ASID Designer Showhouse at http://www.asidshowhouse.org or call the WCR at 919-782-5599.

For information about advertising in the ASID Designers Showhouse official program, contact Katie Reeves at 919-831-0999 or email: katie@metromagazine.net.


Media Audit Report: Raleigh’s Metro Magazine Dominates High-End Demographics in North Carolina’s Raleigh, Durham, Research Triangle Market

The latest Media Audit for North Carolina’s educated and affluent Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle region reports that Metro Magazine dominates the high-end demographic spectrum of the market

The report uses a multimedia, qualitative audience survey covering over 450 target items for each rated media’s audience.

According to The Media Audit, 82 percent of Metro’s readers are 25 to 64 years old and have an average home value of $600,000. It also reports that 76 percent of Metro readers have liquid assets of $100,000-plus and 30 percent have liquid assets of $250,000.

“This is almost double the value of the households reached by all other print media in the market,” said Katie Reeves, Metro’s vice president of sales and marketing, “including the News & Observer.”

The News & Observer is the second largest daily newspapers in the state. According to the Media Audit, 50 percent of the daily’s readers have liquid assets of $100,000-plus.

Editor and publisher Bernie Reeves believes Metro’s audit numbers reflect the magazine’s appeal as a content-driven publication that consistently and intelligently covers topics and issues relevant to its target demographic. For example, the magazine’s 2008 editorial calendar includes:

– Metro’s ”Who’s Who” edition in January, which profiles people of various careers and accomplishments who make a difference and contribute to the quality of life in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina communities.
– The “To-Do List” for the New Year, which offers helpful information and tips on important considerations, such as medical checkups, home remodeling, wardrobe management, financial planning, physical fitness plans, cultural improvement ideas, legal planning, travel ideas and more.
– Metro’s annual Medical Quarterly, which reports on the people and places within the magazine’s coverage region that are making great strides in medical research and care.

Reeves also noted the many special events Metro sponsors each year that appeal to the area’s educated and affluent demographic, such as the annual Raleigh Spy Conference, set for March 26 to 28 in 2008, which he founded five years ago (www.raleighspyconference.com).

“The RSC is regarded as the best in the nation due to the high quality of conference speakers and the subject matter addressed,” he said. “C-SPAN-TV ran two 90-minute segments from the last conference. The RSC puts Raleigh and the region on the map with local, national and worldwide media coverage.”

The magazine also sponsors the annual Mannequin Ball (www.themannequinball.com), which has been called “the top social event in North Carolina,” Katie Reeves noted. The black-tie ball showcases haute couture from the area’s finest clothing boutiques and designers and original art by some of the state’s finest artists.

And once again, Metro has been selected as the official publication for The Women’s club of Raleigh’s American Society of Interior Designers Showhouse, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the non-profit club’s community services.

Bernie Reeves is also underwriting the live broadcast of “Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College”, Cambridge, Christmas Eve at 10 a.m. on WCPE-FM (89.7) and available via the Internet at http://www.theclassicalstation.org.

The Media Audit is a division of International Demographics, Inc. The company’s primary product is a syndicated local-market, qualitative-audience survey currently conducted in over 80 markets and sold as The Media Audit in annual subscriptions to individual members of the communications industry. Clients include radio stations, television broadcasters, cable television operators, online/internet service providers, daily newspapers, weekly and monthly local-market print publications, outdoor media, advertising agencies, and advertisers.

Established in 1999, the four-color monthly Metro Magazine has a circulation of 40,000. For more information, go to http://www.metronc.com.