"We figure we lose $300,000 to $400,000 a year [in profits]," says Patrick Glynn, owner of Wireless Flash news service. Based in Hillcrest, the Wireless Flash sends out at least nine weird-but-true stories daily to media subscribers such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, and 700 radio stations.
"We broke the Dr. Laura naked-picture story," says senior editor David Moye. "We got aspiring...music superstar Shemm on [the] Jimmy Kimmel [show]. Kimmel also discovered Andy Milonakis from us. Now he has his own show on MTV."
Glynn says his service is taken for granted. "Everyone expects news to be free. It's hard to enforce [payment]. With the Internet out there, no one wants to pay for news."
Yet, Glynn says Wireless Flash (which turns 25 this month) makes money.
"This company has made me very wealthy. How else could I have spent $25,000 a week to put out a newspaper?"
That paper was the weekly Fahrenheit, which published from May 2003 to June 2004. Because Fahrenheit had its fans, Glynn says he may bring it back with the same name but with a different staff.
"It had no sense of humor," says Glynn. "It was too much a diary of Adam [Gnade, editor] and Jessie's [Duquette, managing editor] life."
Gnade recently signed with Loud+Clear Records, which plans to release his album in October.