Record parent company goes Navy in winning newspaper bid

Sound Publishing, the parent company of the South Whidbey Record and 15 other community newspapers in Western Washington, continues to grow with the purchase of six newspapers in the last two months.

According to a Aug. 9 press release, the civilian contract for publication of a new regional newspaper for the Navy was awarded to Sound Publishing. The yet-unnamed publication, which is scheduled to start publishing Oct. 1, will combine the news for the three regions served by Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and Naval Station Everett.

The new publication will consist of three zoned editions designed to incorporate news relevant to all naval personnel in the Puget Sound area, according to the company.

Sound Publishing spokeswoman Sherry Havens said this week that the newspaper will have a circulation of up to 30,000. The weekly publication will publish every Friday

Sound Publishing president Manfred Tempelmayr said Sound Publishing is fortunate to have won the contract for producing the new Navy newspaper.

“As long-time suppliers of publishing services to the U.S. Navy, we are very pleased that the government selected us to produce the new regional publication,” he stated in a press release this week.

The move signals the end of the Sound Publishing-owned Crosswinds, which was published in the Whidbey region for more than 25 years, the Northwest Navigator, which served Kitsap for more than four years. Both newspapers, along with the Navy-produced Everett Dispatch, will cease publication on Sept. 30.

Havens said everyone now working on Crosswinds and the Northwest Navigator will stay employed.

She said some of the writers at the Crosswind are employees of the Whidbey News-Times. Since part of their jobs is writing stories to the Crosswind, they will do the same for the new publication, Havens said.

The Navigator’s only full-time employee, Fred Watts, will also write for the new publication, she said.

Havens said meetings are still underway to determine how many more Sound Publishing employees will work for the newspaper.

In related news, last month Sound Publishing purchased the Community News, which serves Kingston, Hansville, Indianola and Port Gamble, as well as the Poulsbo Community News and the Bainbridge Island Community News. Sound Publishing will be the fourth owner of the Community News, which has been published for 21 years.

Former owner Dan Price operated the Community News for the last five years. He started the Bainbridge Island Community News in October 2003 and the Poulsbo Community News in January 2004. All three publications are published monthly.

Sound Publishing is a subsidiary of Black Press Ltd., a Canadian newspaper company with publications from Vancouver, B.C. to Hawaii.

In 1987, Black Press launched Sound Publishing when the company purchased The South Whidbey Record and the Whidbey News-Times. Sound Publishing now has newspapers on Whidbey Island, in the San Juans, on Vashon Island and in Kitsap, King and Pierce Counties.

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