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12 Aug, 2014

Jim Normandin, Publisher of TH Media and Vice President of Woodward Communications, Inc., will be leaving the company at the end of August to lead the Telegram and Gazette (T&G) in Worcester, MA, which has a 70,000 daily/80,000 Sunday circulated newspaper.  Jim delivered T&G as a youth as well as appeared in the sports section of the paper numerous times as a standout student athlete. T&G was recently acquired by Halifax Media Group.  Jim, and his wife Jody, will be returning to an area of the country where they have many family and friends as well as where Jim started his professional newspaper career.  Jim joined WCI in February 2004 as Publisher of the Telegraph Herald and was later promoted to VP of Newspapers. 

 

Steve Fisher will take over as TH Media Publisher on September 1st.   Fisher, currently the publisher of Woodward Community Media and General Manager of Woodward Printing Services, started at WCI in 2001 as the Telegraph Herald’s Retail Advertising Manager.   Fisher held several roles at TH Media from June 2001 to April 2009, including its General Manager.  Steve will continue to lead WCM and WPS.  In making this announcement, Tom Woodward, CEO & President stated, “Steve’s current roles, related success, and community involvement over the past 13 years made him an excellent choice for his new role as TH Media Publisher.  I’m excited for Steve and the company as this allows Steve to grow and continue to advance our collaboration strategy.”

20 Jun, 2014

Woodward Community Media publications won a total of 78 awards, including 29 first-place awards and three General Excellence awards at state, regional and national competitions for work completed in 2013.

 

The properties entered five competitions among them – the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA), Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA), Midwest Free Community Papers Association (MFCP), Wisconsin Community Papers (WCP) and Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP).

 

Dyersville Commercial/Cascade Pioneer’s Will Cushman took first-place honors in Outstanding Young Journalist award from the INA, and the Dyersville Commercial was first in Best Total Newspaper Design. Alana Gogel’s creative ad design won first place honor in the Ad Creation competition. The combined location (Eastern Iowa Shopping News/Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer) led the division in first-place awards (10) and total honors (25).

 

The Grant-Iowa-Lafayette Shopping News (Platteville) won first place from AFCP in Best Cover Design with its new Farm section and second place in General Excellence from WCP as part of a haul of 22 total awards, including nine first place.

 

Unified Newspaper Group staff teamed up for several awards, including both first and second place in All-Around Newspaper Photography, a three-person Business Reporting win and a team effort in producing the first-place winner in Special Section Editorial for Verona Progress. UNG took home 21 awards, including seven first-place finishes.

 

The Richland Center Shopping News was first in AFCP’s Innovative Idea Contest and won two General Excellence awards – second in WCP and honorable mention in AFCP – in taking home 10 awards (three first place).

 

Congratulations to all!

 

Unified Newspaper Group staff Jim Ferolie, Bill Livick and Anthony Iozzo hold the five first-place awards won from the WNA for its three weeklies.

03 May, 2014

A good night at the WBA’s!  The Woodward Radio stations were well represented at the annual Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Awards Night Gala, held May 3rd in Madison.

 

A total of 35 awards were handed out to the Woodward crew, with winning entries for WSCO, WZOR, WKSZ, WKZG, WAPL and WHBY.  Entries included radio shows, commercials, news or sports casts, editorials, PSA’s, features and more.  WHBY took home the most in the News-Talk division with 16 awards, including the coveted Station of the Year award, WHBY’s second win in the last three years.

 

Pictured: WHBY News Director Mike Kemmeter(l) and WHBY Program Director Dave Edwards (r)

13 Apr, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri

Mike Newland, TH Media Circulation and Operations Director, received the prestigious

President's Award at the 360 Media Alliance/CSCMA Mega Conference on Sunday, April 13,

in St. Louis, MO. Mike was honored for his dedication and contribution to this outstanding organization and the members it serves.

 

In addition, TH Media won four distinguished awards at the 360 Media Alliance/CSCMA Mega Conference - more than any other Newspaper/Media Company. Mike Newland said, "This is a true testament to the strength of the employee-owners not only in the Circulation Department, but throughout TH Media - truly a team sport."

 

First Place Circulation New Business Category

Through Trevor's Eyes

 

First Place Carrier Recruitment & Retention
Tuition Assistance Program

 

Second Place Verified Circulation/NIE
Sign on for Literacy

 

Second Place Circulation Operations - Cost Efficiency
Leveraging Independent Contracts

30 Jan, 2014

Becky Wiegel, a WCI Corporate Division employee owner, has been promoted to Human Resources Director.  She will assume this new role beginning February 1st. In her new role, Becky will be responsible for the direction of the Corporate Human Resources Department, reporting to Steve Larson, CFO and Corporate Services Director.  She will also serve as a member of COG, providing her expertise as it relates to the Human Resources function.

24 Sep, 2013

September 5, 2013 (St. Louis, MO) – Platteville, WI-based Woodward Printing Services has been selected by The Great Game of Business as a recipient of the 2013 All-Star Awards for excellence in practicing open-book management. The All-Star Awards are sponsored by The Great Game of Business to recognize the companies who have demonstrated outstanding results in their business practices and company culture through their commitment to The Great Game of Business. The Awards are presented each year at The Annual Gathering of Games conference in St. Louis, MO.

 

Woodward Printing Services applied to be recognized as an All-Star to celebrate its accomplishments, including increased financial literacy of all WPS employee owners, identifying job profitability through mini games, and the ability to better project monthly revenue and expenses.

 

“We are very pleased to have been selected as a 2013 All-Star,” said Steve Fisher, General Manager of Woodward Printing Services. “I am extremely proud of the efforts of our employee owners, and their active participation in open book management at every level.”

 

All-Star Award winners are chosen based on: results from a company-wide employee survey to measure how well the organization is living the principles and practices of open-book management; a review of specific business results the organization has achieved; the organization’s ‘story behind the financial metrics that detail the improvement to the business results and the employees who are driving those results. For more information on the All-Star Awards including current and past winners, visit: http://openbookconference.com/all-star-awards/.

 

Woodward Printing Services is a division of Woodward Communications, Inc. The commercial printing division, which opened in 1994, specializes in high-quality web and sheet-fed printing, bindery, mail list maintenance, mailing and delivery.

 

The Great Game of Business, Inc. provides affordable training and coaching services on the best practices of High-Involvement workplaces and open-book management. They offer publications, products, tools, and sponsor an annual conference and recognition program to identify and celebrate exceptional Open-Book organizations. The Great Game’s chief visionary, Jack Stack, has coauthored two best-selling books with Bo Burlingham; The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition (Currency/Doubleday, 2013) and A Stake in the Outcome (Doubleday, 2002).

08 Aug, 2013

Two Rivers Marketing, a subsidiary of WCI and a leading provider of business-to-business marketing and public relations services located in Des Moines’ East Village, was recently named to Outside Magazine’s sixth annual “Best Places to Work” list — celebrating companies that have taken innovative steps to establish a new, healthy work-life balance standard.

 

Partnering with the Outdoor Industry Association and the Best Companies Group, Outside Magazine launched the yearlong selection process by first identifying a wide range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the United States with at least 15 employees. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information regarding benefit offerings, compensation packages, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed their findings, selecting the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.

 

“We’re excited to be recognized by Outside Magazine as a top place to work in the country,” said Barry Bruner, account lead at Two Rivers Marketing. “As an Iowa company, it’s interesting to see how our agency’s culture mirrors several of the outdoor-type companies that more commonly call states like Oregon and Washington home. We’ve put a lot of focus on work-life balance, a healthy environment and having fun over the past several years. This award helps validate our progress as we continue to look at new ways to keep associates engaged in a productive, worthwhile work environment.”

 

To view the full list of top-performing small, medium and large companies, please visit www.outsideonline.com/bestplacestowork.  

 

Congratulations Two Rivers Marketing Associates!

13 Oct, 2011

Two Rivers Marketing was recently recognized as one of Iowa’s “Top Workplaces” a joint program between the Des Moines Register and a national research firm.

 

Following a nomination from a Two Rivers Marketing associate, The Des Moines Register partnered with Workplace Dynamics to survey associates and determine whether the Top Workplaces designation was warranted. Two Rivers Marketing placed in the top 25 in Iowa, for the small company division (50 to 149 employees). The recognition is not based on business volume or profits, but rather employee satisfaction with the organization. The program is designed to reward top employers that create environments where people want to work, and where employees become passionate about what they do. One, Two Rivers Marketing associates wrote “There is a very good mix of stability with good clients, strong parent-company backing, and proven strategies, along with a willingness to see new ideas and seek strong growth.”

 

Tom Yunt, president and CEO of Woodward Communications, said, “We're very proud to receive the designation, but more proud of the Two Rivers Marketing associates and employee owners who drive our success and create the exceptional workplace culture.”

 

Congratulations Two Rivers Marketing!

31 Aug, 2011

92.9 Country WXMM starts live on air Thursday, September 1st. With this new signal Woodward’s radio presence in the Appleton/Oshkosh/Green Bay metros comprises seven stations, five FM’s and two AM’s: 1150 WHBY, 1570 WSCO, 95.9 WKSZ, 94.7 WZOR, 104.3 WCHK, 105.7 WAPL and 92.9 WXMM.

 

“The new station fits nicely into our Woodward Radio Group strategic plan,” noted WRG VP/GM Greg Bell. Dayton Kane, Program Director for 95.9 KISS-FM will assume the same role for the new 92.9 Country. “I’m excited that we’re bringing a new, energetic country station to the area.”

18 Aug, 2011

Steve Fisher, Group Publisher of Woodward Community Media, announced that Brian Stuart has been promoted to General Manager of the Grant-Iowa-Lafayette Shopping News, located in Platteville, Wisconsin effective September 1, 2011.

 

“Brian has been on an outstanding growth path with the Shopping News and Woodward Community Media,” Fisher said. “When he came on board, I knew that this would be a logical transition for Brian.”

 

In addition to taking on administrative responsibilities, Brian will maintain his sales management duties at the Shopping News.

 

Brian joined Woodward Communications, Inc. in September, 2009, as the Sales and Marketing Director of the Shopping News. His accomplishments include the introduction of a new web strategy, the successful implementation of Big Deals and the addition of several successful special section projects. During a challenging FY ending March 31, 2011, Brian's sales team increased total revenue over the prior year by 3.8%.

 

Brian’s industry involvement includes Wisconsin Community Papers, serving on its Technology Committee, and Midwest Free Community Papers. Locally, he is a member of the Platteville Optimist Club and is the Vice President on the board of B.E.S.T – Building Economic Strength Together. Brian is also a member of the Grant County Tourism Council and the Mineral Point Historical Society.

 

Brian came to WCI from the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, IL. His advertising sales management experience also includes Life Newspapers, a suburban Chicago 200,000 circulation weekly, where he served as Classified Advertising Director; the Wednesday Journal company in Oak Park, IL, publishers of the Chicago Journal and Chicago Parent magazine. Brian also worked in national sales as Ad Director for La Raza, a 200,000 circulation weekly Spanish language newspaper in Chicago.

 

Brian and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four (4) adult children and several grandchildren.

 

Congratulations, Brian!

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