Richard Alley Named New Editor of “MBQ,” Chris McCoy Named Film/TV Editor of “Memphis Flyer”

Richard Alley, new editor of “MBQ: Inside Memphis Business”

Contemporary Media, Inc. announces new staff additions today:

Longtime Memphis journalist Richard Alley has been named as the new editor of local business magazine MBQ. He replaces Greg Akers, who is leaving MBQ this week.

Alley is a native Memphian with a family history in the newspaper business. He has been a small business owner and, as a freelance journalist since 2008, has been a contributor for local publications such as Memphis magazine, Memphis Flyer, MBQ, Memphis Daily News and The Commercial Appeal, as well as national publications. He was the 2010 winner of the Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest and his first novel is set to be published in May 2015. Alley has written the popular “Because I Said So” column for The Commercial Appeal since 2008.

“We’re excited to have Richard Alley on board,” said Contemporary Media, Inc. publisher Kenneth Neill. “He brings extensive writing expertise to the position and has great connections in the Memphis business community. We know he’s going to hit the ground running with fresh ideas and energy.”

Chris McCoyThe Memphis Flyer has hired writer and filmmaker Chris McCoy as its new Film & TV editor. He replaces Greg Akers, who is leaving the Flyer this week.

McCoy is a Memphis-based filmmaker, writer, social media consultant, and musician. He has written and directed three feature films: the mockumentary Automusik Can Do No Wrong (2004), the restaurant comedy Eat (2006), and the Memphis music documentary Antenna (2012).

From 2002 to 2008, he was senior editor of At Home Tennessee magazine, and then coordinated coverage of Memphis music, art, film, and culture as Web Editor for “Live From Memphis” from 2009 to 2013. As a freelancer, his writing has appeared in the Flyer since 2004, as well as publications such as Memphis magazine, Number, The Memphis Daily News, and many others. He can also be seen playing bass with the horror metal band Super Witch, who are currently completing their first full-length album.

“Chris brings a breadth of experience that’s perfectly suited for the Flyer,” said Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden. “As one of our longtime film reviewers, Chris’ writing has always been compelling and original. With his deep connections in the local film community, I’m confident he’ll bring fresh and insightful perspective to our film and television coverage.”

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