(The Scoop officially offers a nod here to his infinite wisdom in all things audio and Boston Marathon.)
This particular model supercedes the Marantz PM-222 cassette deck on which the Scoop has relied for much audio and interviewing, and while its quaint white-needled recording meter will be sorely missed, this is VERY good news for you, gentle reader.
Starting next week, it will be contributing to some of the many FREE UPGRADES you'll see on this site and in online political coverage by the Pioneer Press.
Cityhallscoop.com will be moving to a new blog provider, to Typepad, which will make it much easier to put up postings and hopefully clear up some of the Blog jams this site has encountered as it gathers steam. Just point your browser to cityhallscoop.com now and you won't miss a thing.
We'll clear out Robert Ingrassia, now moved into the lofty ranks of newspaper management and probably introduce you to a new Scoop contributor.
We'll also link you to a dedicated site on the St. Paul mayor's race, which will include archives and extras like online-only photos and audio (that's where the new toy comes in), as well as video from our colleagues at TwinCities.com.
And last, but not least, we'll be adding an RSS feed, so that you can be up to date every time we post to cityhallscoop.com.
Stay tuned. We've got lots more to come.