A locally made iPhone game is excelling on the sales charts. "Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig)," from Kihon Games is based on a YouTube video of the same title and was ranked among the top 50 iPhone games earlier this week.
The true-to-the-title game lets you control a baby monkey facing backward on a pig while avoiding unicorns and hamsters. It costs 99 cents to download.
Kihon, a five-member studio, is made up up former employees of Sony Online Entertainment Tucson, which Sony closed in April. CEO Mark Grossnickle said the decision to stick around and make a go of it in Tucson wasn't difficult.
"First, we're all here," Grossnickle said. "The cost of living is not so bad, and we all enjoy Tucson. It's a good city.
Grossnickle, 28, said the new studio formed almost immediately after Sony shut down SOE Tucson. The fledgling developer's first game took about a month to create, with each member working from home. Grossnickle said Kihon plans on pumping out several more games - on mobile phones and social-networking sites - in the coming months and eventually may start renting some office space.
"We haven't looked back," Grossnickle said. "It has been a blast."
Scott seeks return to air
Longtime radio personality John C. Scott was fired from KJLL 1330-AM in a contentious staff shake-up, but he said he hopes to be back on the air in the coming months.
Scott said he's leading a group to purchase a struggling AM station he declined to name. Once the group completes the purchase, he plans to return to the air with a local politics-themed talk show.
"We're trying to do what we were trying to do over at KJLL," Scott said, declining to comment on a lawsuit he plans to file against the station.
Scott is keeping busy, working as an announcer at Tucson Greyhound Park five nights a week and as marketing director at the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His heart is still in radio, though.
"I want to be back on the air," he said. "That's all I've ever known how to do."
David Kelly joins KMSB
Former Arizona Wildcats sports-radio guy David Kelly, whose analysis and reporting aired on KNST 1290-AM, lost his job late last year. Last week he resurfaced as a sports reporter and anchor at KMSB 11.
"We are excited that David has a strong University of Arizona connection, handling play-by-play and marketing duties for the athletic department," Bob Simone, KMSB president and general manager, said via email.
Kelly, a University of Southern California graduate, moved to Tucson in 2008.
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