Staff Changes: Robert Duffy Moving to New York, Joel Oliphint Named Columbus Editor


In November of 2001 I moved to Columbus from San Francscio due to my day job having a gigantic re-org of staff and resources. A year later, after being inspired by the local music scene by such bands as Miranda Sound, I decided to start a music website called

Through these six and a half years, the site has grown tremendously. When I started, we had several people writing about their local music scenes all over the country (Chicago, San Francisco, England, Indianapolis, to name a few). Things sort of moved into a more Columbus+National vibe over the last year, with SXSW coming in for 5 months as well. But the site has always evolved. I mean, do you remember when we had film reviews? (I miss you Caleb!)

Columbus has been great to me, too. I found my wife, got a dog, made some great friends, and for the last 2 and a half years have had an amazing job working for Jerry Dannemiller at the Wexner Center as their web guy. Trust me, if you have any passion for the arts and you live in Ohio, the Wexner Center is the #1 place you want to be working.

But, it’s time to move on.

For those of you who don’t know my complete biography (and why should you), up until the last 10 years of my life I spent it living in NJ. Ever since the time of us getting married, I’ve felt that it’s time to hitch up our tent and move back east to be close to my family. Fortunately, the right job has come along that will allow us to move back home and we are anxious, nervous, excited, and overall a bit loopy in trying to plan the move. The tentative target is to head out of town on August 2, and I’ll be using my Tumblr blog to post about our new life in New York. You can follow along here. Our hope is to move into Brooklyn, maybe Queens, something like that. (Any leads on apartments will be appreciated. +dog +cat)

So what does this mean for and Columbus? Well, we’re happy to announce that Joel Oliphint, writer at The Other Paper and all around great guy, is coming onboard as the Columbus Editor of the site. Joel will work with our current staff of 6 other Columbus-based writers and photographers to continue our coverage of everything happening in town. If anything, I expect more Columbus-centric writing to come out of the site than ever before. And while in New York, I’ll continue to write the same sort of stuff I’ve been writing forever.

I hope you don’t consider this an ending of any sort. It’s just the beginning of a new chapter of a website that continues to change, grow, and still try to figure out what the hell we’re doing.

  • Artful L.A. Dodger

    so Oliphant is who you look to for editing AFTER you’ve been turned down by music writers at the Lantern, right? cuz duffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff:
    bad move

    • ben

      suck it, Dodger.

  • You’ll be missed; both here at the Wex and in the community as a whole. Best of luck!

  • An exciting future. You’ve given the internet a great window to Columbus. Open another and keep the growing thing happening!

  • Bummed to hear you’re moving. Columbus will be missing one good dude. :(

  • Larry Smith

    This makes me sad for us. But I am happy for you, and hope you live happily ever after in NYC.

  • The East Coast claims everyone eventually, woohoo. Email me if you want apartment advice & I can ask all my coworkers up there for their thoughts. Good luck with the move!

  • redrabbit

    Congratulations Mr. Duffy. You’ll be missed!! Where’s the send off party??

  • sheena b

    congrats on the big step, and thanks for all you’ve done for the columbus music community – you’re leaving big shoes to fill.

  • Duffy! WTF. I mean, congrats!
    Will Joel still be writing for us?

    That would be a huge bummer if he’s not.

    I would ask him, but I don’t know where our freelancers live. I think they all live in Petric’s house.

    • Robert Duffy

      Joel will still write for TOP, yes….

  • B. Curtis E.

    YAY! This is exciting..Change is Good.

    And I am more than happy to help out anyway I can..

  • heyyou

    Just don’t forget Columbus!

  • tom

    Good luck buddy!

  • Congratulations on the move, I hope all goes well. My wife and I hope to join you in NYC in early 2011 (when she gets out of grad school).

  • Harry Farkas

    Wow Rob, I finally got to meet you and the lovely bride…and you’re gone?

    Oh well, hope you’ll be coming back for the next Comfest.

    Best wishes from another former New Jerseyan.


  • Doug

    Rob, email me if you need any help with apartments or details about neighborhoods.
    Let’s meet up for drinks in August!

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