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It’s ‘American Idol’ day in RVA

American Idol 1 By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s “American Idol” day in Richmond — the first time this iconic television show has held auditions in River City — and it sounds like the place is hopping. Meredith Newman wrote this morning in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (see About 1,000 turn out for ‘American Idol’ auditions:

About 1,000 people lined up in front of the state Capitol this morning in advance of the 9 a.m. start of the “IDOL Bus Tour Auditions” of the “American Idol” show.

The line doubled in size since about 4:15 a.m., snaking east on Bank Street and then wrapping around 14th Street.

The street is blocked off until 7 p.m. The auditions are taking place at Bank and 10th.

Good luck to all!

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RVA’s Martin Agency … still cool after all these years

Martin Agency logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Richmond’s iconic Martin Agency, the ad agency that has been on the cutting edge for almost 50 years — hard to believe it’s been that long — proved Thursday that they still get it after all these years. When Team USA hit the field at noon in the World Cup tournament against Germany, employees gathered around a giant television set up in the atrium and munched on pizza ordered in by the company.

It was just the latest in this laid-back, go-with-the-flow business that has remained true to downtown Richmond even after opening other locations and consistently remaining as one of the Top 5 advertising agencies nationally with phenomenally successful ad campaigns such as “Virginia Is For Lovers,” UPS “What can Brown do for you?”, and probably one of the best currently known ads — the Geico “Hump Day” camel (“Know what day it is?”).

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