16 Sep, 2015

Woodward Communications, Inc. (WCI) based in Dubuque, Iowa, acquired the Manchester (Iowa) Press from News Publishing Inc., of Black Earth, Wisconsin on September 16, 2015.

The Manchester Press is now part of WCI’s Community Media Division, joining five other weekly newspapers and five free-distribution papers. WCI owns two nearby weeklies in Iowa: the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer.

The Manchester Press will continue to operate from its current location. The paper is published every Wednesday.

Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Publisher and General Manager of the Dyersville Commercial, Cascade Pioneer, and Eastern Iowa Shopping News, will also serve in that role for the Manchester Press. Beth Lutgen, who is currently the sports editor for the Commercial and Pioneer will be promoted to managing editor over the three newspapers, and Sara Millhouse will serve as news editor for the group.

“We are committed to quality community journalism and advertising services, and are looking forward to adding the Manchester Press, which operates in a vibrant community, with our existing products and the adjacent markets we serve,” said Tom Woodward, Chief Executive Officer and President of Woodward Communications, Inc. “We have a long and rich history of being engaged and supportive of the communities we serve and looking forward to doing so in Manchester.”


The Community Media Division is headed by Steve Fisher, who also serves as Publisher of TH Media and General Manager of Woodward Printing Services in Platteville, Wisconsin.

28 May, 2015

Tom Woodward, CEO & President, announced today that he has chosen Kelly Radandt to lead the Woodward Radio Group as General Manager.  Kelly has been with Woodward Radio Group since 1989, serving the division in sales, sales management and national sales. Kelly has also served as Chair of WCI’s Employee Owner Communications Committee, participated on the Woodward Foundation Committee, as well as served on several company-wide task forces, including those for the mission statement, participatory management, and Rev-It-Up.


Tom praised Kelly for her work, past and present, with Woodward and the radio industry.  “Kelly has a proven and solid track record with us in sales, management and team leadership.  In addition, she has been an active Board Member for the highly regarded Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and just recently served as Chair of the Board for that organization and is currently the Immediate Past-Chair.  She is a champion of our employee ownership culture.”


“I am truly honored and excited to be WRG’s next General Manager. Greg Bell leaves a heritage and culture of highly engaged, passionate employee owners here at WRG. With the help and input from my co-employee owners, I look forward to taking WRG to the next level,” Kelly offered.  “Thank you to Tom, Greg, the interview committee, and most of all, my fellow candidates for this position.  I know that it was a very difficult decision to make because we were all very strong candidates. Together we will make this transition.”


Radandt will assume the General Manager role at Woodward Radio Group July 1st as Senior Vice President, Greg Bell, retires on June 30th.  Greg will remain with Woodward Communications, as a consultant, assisting with company-wide employee owner development, business development in the Appleton/Green Bay marketplace, and provide Kelly with advice & counsel as needed. 


Greg offers that Kelly is a true professional that is ready for the challenge ahead.  “Kelly’s work speaks for itself as does the reputation she’s earned through the years with us and the industry.  We have a wonderful and talented mix of employee owners and with Kelly’s leadership the future is bright.”


The search to replace Greg began in early February and was led by Becky Wiegel, WCI HR Director.  With her guidance, a committee of employee owners, Steve Brown, Dave Edwards, Sandi Schmidt and Dan Terrien, vetted the applicants and conducted the initial round of interviews, ultimately forwarding the top candidates onto Tom. 


“I am thankful for the dedication and thoroughness that the search committee put into this decision,” Tom said.  “Additionally, we had a strong field of internal candidates, which speaks to the depth and quality of the radio division overall and Greg’s guidance, coaching, and leadership,” added Tom.