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Monday, August 30, 2010

Jezebel owners buys the Atlantan magazine

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The family-owned company that publishes Jezebel, a monthly magazine for Atlanta's celeb wannabes, has also acquired The Atlantan, an upscale lifestyle magazine.

Jezebel's tagline is "Atlanta Luxury Living," while The Atlantan uses "Modern Luxury." Both are glossy publications that offer features on fancy restaurants, fashion designers, swanky vacation destinations and cultural trends. The main differences are that The Atlantan is oversize and arguably has better taste, with articles about the local arts scene courtesy of ex-CL arts critic Felicia Feaster, who's now an editor with the magazine. Jezebel, on the other hand, seems geared toward Ed Hardy enthusiasts and folks comparison-shopping for plastic surgeons.

The new owner of both magazines is the Dickey family, which also controls one of the the nation's largest radio broadcasting empire under the banner of Cumulus Media. Locally, the Atlanta-based company owns Q100, Rock 100 and the revived 99X. The family also owns the AM sports station, 680 The Fan.

The Dickeys have bought not just The Atlantan, but its parent company, Modern Luxury, which publishes similar magazines in Chicago, New York, L.A. and a number of other large cities.

For those who crave scandal, pick up a copy of Left at the Altar, a book by local TV anchorwoman Kimberley Kennedy about her experience being jilted by Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey.

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