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:


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  


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!

14 Jul, 2011

One of the highlights of the June 16, 2011 Corporate Operating Group meeting in Richland Center, Wisconsin was the announcement that Karen Ruden was named a member of the Corporate Operating Group (COG), WCI’s senior management group effective July 1, 2011.


In making the announcement, WCI President & CEO Tom Yunt, made the following comments: “Karen has served exceptionally well as an interim COG member since she began reporting to me directly in January 2010 and has now earned the opportunity and right to officially join COG and serve as a member of our valued senior management team. Karen brings a vast amount of niche publishing experience and a fresh perspective to the COG group. I’m very excited for Karen, COG and WCI and proud and grateful for her continued contributions to our dynamic employee owned media company.”


Karen, currently Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia joined WCI in September 2002 as Associate Publisher, Magellan Medical Division. Subsequently, Karen was named Associate Publisher and Sales Manager, Magellan Publishing in August 2003 and Group Publisher, Specialty Publications in March 2005. With the advent of the division’s name change to WoodwardBizMedia in 2008, Karen assumed her current title of Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia. WoodwardBizMedia publishes several national B-to-B magazines in the material handling, electric power generation and renewable power and fuels markets.


In 2005, the WCI Board of Directors named Karen to the WCI Profit Sharing/401(k) Trustees. In 2010, Karen was appointed as a member of the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board.


Karen started her publishing career in 1982 at the Antique Trader Publications. While there, she had several positions in a variety of departments including circulation, advertising, production and accounts receivables. Her leadership positions included Customer Service Manager, Advertising Manager and Sales and Advertising Director, the position she held prior to joining WCI in 2002.


Congratulations Karen!

02 Jun, 2011

Steve Fisher, Group Publisher of Woodward Community Media, announced that Lee Borkowski, General Manager of Unified Newspaper Group, will take on the additional responsibilities of General Manager of the Richland Center and Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News. Lee will replace Deb Mullarkey, who is leaving the company June 30 to be with family in Arizona. The change is effective July 1. Lee will continue to report to Steve Fisher.


“Lee has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the free paper industry. Her experience in overseeing multiple publications in her past makes her a natural fit for this position,” Fisher said. “We are blessed with many experienced employee owners in Richland Center and Prairie du Chien. I’m confident that Lee will work well with both operations.


Lee joined Woodward Communications, Inc. in October 2009, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Verona Press, Stoughton Courier Hub, Oregon Observer, and Great Dane Shopping News publications.


Lee has more than 30 years of experience in community newspaper publishing. She joined her family-owned shopping guide, Trade Lines, in 1977, learning the business from the ground up. There she served in several positions, from graphics specialist to general manager to Publisher. In 2000 she joined Journal Community Publishing Group and served as its regional manager, with direct oversight of the Stevens Point and Wausau Buyers Guides.


Lee’s accolades include the Association of Free Community Papers’ (AFCP) Publisher of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards. She served as that organization’s president, and is a past board member. She is also a past board member and president of the Community Papers of Michigan, and is currently a member of Wisconsin Community Papers.


Tina Knable will serve as interim Sales and Marketing Manager at Unified Newspaper Group, assuming managerialresponsibilities for Advertising and Circulation as we go through a formalized search for a Sales and Marketing Manager at UNG.


Congratulations, Lee!

20 Oct, 2011

Becky Wiegel, a WCI Corporate Division employee owner has been given additional management responsibilities in the Human Resources Department. In her new role, Becky will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the HR administrative employee owners, Amy Wagner, Judy Timmerman, Mark Koehler, and Emily Mashak. Pat Tobin will continue to report to Dan Marcue. Becky will also continue responsibilities for benefits and compensation functions and take on other high level managerial functions, while reporting to Dan Marcue.


“Becky has excelled in her role as the Benefits/Compensation Manager since joining WCI two and a half years ago. This promotion will allow her to take on a supervisory role and become even more valuable to the company. Becky has been a great addition to the Human Resources Department and I look forward to coaching her in her new role,” stated Dan Marcue, Human Resources Director.


Prior to joining WCI she worked as the Employment/Benefits Specialist for Capital Newspapers in Madison, WI and had over 9 years of human resources experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and maintains a Professional Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.


Congratulations Becky!

15 Sep, 2011

For the second time in 4 years, WAPL was awarded the top prize in radio by being named Rock Station of the Year by it’s peers at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual convention September 15, 2011 in Chicago. Facing competition from big markets like Los Angeles and Austin, TX, WAPL took the award back to one of the smallest markets in the country by creating a big market sound through innovative programming and listener promotions that are second to none.


In accepting the award, WAPL Program Director, Joe Calgaro pointed out to the auditorium audience that “…it looks like Green Bay wins again in Chicago!,” referring to the Packers victory in January’s NFL Championship game.


The MARCONI Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau were established in 1989 and named after inventor and NOBEL PRIZE winner GUGLIELMO MARCONI, the NAB MARCONI RADIO AWARDS are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.


The Rockin’ Apple is STILL Rockin!

02 Apr, 2012

Dubuque, Iowa/Charlotte, NC - Friday, March 30, 2012 – Beverly B. Poston, President and CEO, of Bahakel Communications, Inc., and Tom Yunt, President and CEO of Woodward Communications, Inc. (WCI), jointly announced the sale of Bahakel’s four station radio cluster in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa to WCI. Jody McCoy of Media Services Group acted as the exclusive broker for the transaction representing the seller.


Effective April 1st the addition of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa 4-station group increases WCI’s broadcast holdings to 11 stations in the region with their other radio station cluster in the Green Bay, Appleton/Oshkosh, Wisconsin markets. Woodward Communications, Inc., headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, has six operating divisions: daily newspaper, weekly publications, commercial printing, niche B-2-B magazines, radio and a full-service advertising agency.


In announcing their purchase of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls group Yunt said, “We are very excited to add these outstanding stations to the Woodward Radio Group (WRG) and our “dynamic employee-owned media company,” and we look forward to the opportunity of serving the greater Waterloo/Cedar Falls communities. The stations are well positioned with their heritage and formats and have a wonderful track record in serving their valued listeners and advertisers.”


Poston said that “it is with highly mixed emotions that we sell the stations but that the decision was made easier because of the quality company that Woodward is, the fact that it is employee-owned and their commitment to provide such excellent services to the various communities in which they operate.”


She further added “that we (Bahakel) recently purchased an additional television station in Montgomery, AL, as well as an additional radio station for our Chattanooga cluster so this was done as some realignment of our properties. We leave Waterloo very reluctantly but comforted in knowing that our stations and employees will be in such wonderful hands.”


Bahakel also owns and operates six radio stations in Colorado Springs, CO and Chattanooga, TN and six television stations in Montgomery, AL (two stations); Jackson, TN; Columbia, SC, Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC, and their flagship station, WCCB-TV in Charlotte, NC.


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