A prominent e-mail newsletter on Hank Williams operated by Robert ‘Hank’ Ackerman will continue.
Ackerman stunned fans over the holiday when he announced suspension of the newsletter. After what must have been a tremendous uproar of concern about the loss of this valuable tool for people interested in Hank Williams, Ackerman relented and agreed to keep going. He is now 73 years old and said in his announcement that he wanted to spend more time with his wife and other personal matters.
Of course, the newsletter’s announcements about Hank Williams events and appearances by traditional country artists, Hank tribute artists and other topics is vitally important in keeping Hank Williams alive in people’s lives. This little blog doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things Hank, but Robert was so very kind and welcoming to me when I started in November 08. He took time to welcome me make sure I got on his list and has given me the occasional plug. And when he does the number of visitors goes way up.
I think the e-mail format is the best way to go for getting out news on Hank related events. When that e-mail lands in your box you have to look at it. And the Newsletter has over 600 recipients.
I haven’t done much news coverage in this blog format unless it’s really important and shows up on internet searches. Visitors sort of wander into the blog here and there and posting news here really wouldn’t give much coverage to concerts and other shows.
The important thing is Robert gives valuable coverage to events you probably won’t find in newspapers, radio, or blogs.
I don’t want to even try to guess at the volume of e-mail, press releases, notes and publications Robert has to sort through every day and then decide what to use and when. It’s a big job. So let’s face it, he can’t run it forever and sooner or later some younger people are going to have to come forward and operate some of these Hank news, publicity, and promotion services. Robert ‘Hank’ Ackerman can be reached at: