Fandy.com debuted on Thursday, the same day sports editor Dan Angelo and his team brought together fandy.com magazine's fall football preview. The magazine is a big hit with readers every year. Dan and sports reporters Anthony Moujaes and Josh DeSonne outdid themselves with this edition, a 64-page tabloid.
Of course, they had a lot of help from the semi-retired sports editor, the venerable Charles "Butch" Wagner and the sports department at the Norwalk Reflector, our sister newspaper.
The magazine has been re-named this year from Fandemonium to fandy.com magazine to coincide with the introduction of the new online service, which is fan-focused and fan-driven. The sports guys at both the Reflector and the Register worked closely with the Web department gurus, IT director Patrick O'Brien, Web designer Ryan Blechinger and programmer David Allen to create fandy.com.
It's a place where sports fans of all stripes, and all schools, can go and share thoughts on what's working for their teams -- or what's not working -- and offer opinions on how to make it better. There's room for rabid Browns and Buckeye fans, too.
Fandy.com is a 24/7 sports site where users will drive the content. Angelo already started a Browns blog and the Reflector's Mike Greco is blogging about the Buckeyes. There are other blogs for fans to interact with reporters and there's a forum site where fans can interact with each other.
We'll also provide dozens of photos taken at area games by staff photographers each week, which will be available for purchase, as well as photos from fans who download their own sports-related pictures to the site.
All in all, the fandy.com launch already has been a success, and there are other features planned for the future. If you're a sports fan and you haven't yet had the chance to check it out, you should. You can link to the site from sanduskyregister.com or go there directly at fandy.com.