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.

09 Feb, 2012

Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Publisher of the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer, and General Manager of the Eastern Iowa Shopping News, was named Master Editor-Publisher by the Iowa Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Des Moines on Friday, February 3. The Master Editor-Publisher Award is the association’s most prestigious award.


Mary came to WCI in November, 2001, as the Classified Manager of the Telegraph Herald. In the fall of 2002, Mary was named Publisher of the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer, and Eastern Iowa Shopping News’ General Manager. During her time as Publisher, Mary has overseen the redesign of the two newspapers, as well as the launch of their corresponding web sites.


Mary is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Journalism and English programs, and has over thirty years of experience in working with management, publishing and newspapers. Mary is active with the Dyersville Area Community Foundation, serving the past two years as Chairperson, and is a member of various area organizations. In 2010, Mary was elected President of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Board of Directors, and served as Past President in 2011.


Mary first worked with INA in 1982 as Advertising Manager of the Dyersville Commercial, when newly-hired INA Director, Bill Monroe, visited her at the paper. She continued her involvement with the association when she returned to the Dyersville and Cascade locations in 2002 under Woodward Communications, Inc. and was then asked to join the board. Since then, she has served on the INA Services Company, and in each of the officer positions on the INA Board, as well as on various committees, including Strategic Planning for the future of INA and C.N.A.


Other WCI employee owners who have been awarded Master Editor-Publisher include Tom Yunt, WCI President and CEO (2002), and Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald Executive Editor (2009).


Congratulations, Mary!