Times Herald-Record

Times Herald-Record

name = Times Herald-Record

caption = The October 3, 2005 front page of the
"Times Herald-Record"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Tabloid
foundation = July 30, 1956
(as "Middletown Daily Record")
ceased publication =
price = USD 0.75 Daily
USD 2.00 Sunday
owners = News Corporation
publisher = Joe Vanderhoof
editor = Derek Osenenko
language = English
circulation = ~80,385
headquarters = Middletown, NY
United States
website = [http://recordonline.com recordonline.com]
The "Times Herald-Record", often referred to as "The Record" in its coverage area, is a daily newspaper published in Middletown, New York, covering the northwest suburbs of New York City. It covers Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York; Pike County in Pennsylvania; and Sussex County in New Jersey.

The newspaper's news-gathering operations are largely decentralized, the result of its large geographic reach. Its news staff reports from four communities:
* Middletown, covering western Orange and Pike counties
* New Paltz, covering northeastern Orange and Ulster counties
* Chester, covering southeastern Orange and Sussex counties
* Monticello, covering Sullivan County

It is published in a tabloid format and was the first cold offset press in the country. It is owned by News Corporation. Its sister newspapers in the New York market are the "New York Post" and "The Wall Street Journal".


"The Record" is the combination of two papers, one well-established and one newer. The "Times-Herald" had been in existence in some form in the city of Middletown since 1851, but under Ralph Ingersoll's ownership had the market to itself in the 20th century. In 1956, however, J.M. Kaplan started publishing the "Middletown Daily Record", the first daily U.S. newspaper to use cold type, from a garage on North Street and there was competition again. The new paper grew to a daily circulation of 19,000 within three years but lost a lot of money in the process.As the decade ended, James Ottaway was negotiating with Ingersoll to buy the "Times-Herald" and the "Port Jervis Union-Gazette". ("The Gazette", serving Port Jervis and surrounding communities, still exists as a weekly newspaper published by the "Times Herald-Record".) A few months after he acquired both papers, Kaplan, who had been trying unsuccessfully to sell Ingersoll "The Record", persuaded Ottaway to do so instead.

Ottaway tried to convert the paper to a broadsheet, but restored the original format after three months. In October 1960 the two papers were merged into their current form. "The Sunday Record" began in 1969, shortly after Ottaway itself was acquired by Dow Jones. In 2007, when News Corp. bought Dow Jones, the newspaper again changed hands.

The newspaper underwent a significant redesign and page cut-down in 2007. At that time, "The Sunday Record" was given the standard "Times Herald-Record" nameplate. In 2008, the newspaper's Web site, recordonline.com, underwent a complementary redesign. The in-print and online redesigns were launched to coincide with bolstered local and business news coverage.

Prominent former employees

[http://www.romm.org/avrom.html A.N. Romm] was hired as the first managing editor, a position he held for 20 years, and spent several more years as editorial page editor. In his tenure at the paper, "Al" Romm won numerous awards for his editorials, even when "The Record" was in direct competition with large papers such as The New York Times.Fact|date=February 2007 He was most famous for his role in bringing The Woodstock Festival to Bethel in 1969, and discussed it regularly in subsequent years. [http://www.woodstock69.com/wsrprnt2.htm 1969 Woodstock Festival and Concert - How it Happened, Part 2] , author unknown, undated, retrieved November 12, 2006.] [http://www.yasgurroad.com/howwoodstock4.html How Woodstock Happened, Part 4] , reprinted from 1994 "Times Herald-Record", retrieved November 12, 2006.] Levine, Mike; December 11, 2005; [http://archive.recordonline.com/archive/2005/12/11/news-mlbeatle0-12-11.html Days in the Lives] ; "Times Herald-Record"; retrieved November 12, 2006.] He went on to teach and help with quality control at newspapers in the Dow Jones stable.

Manny Fuchs joined the Record in 1957 and became chief photographer in 1960. [Farlekas, Chris; July 10, 2005; [http://archive.recordonline.com/archive/2005/07/10/cffuchsw.htm A salute to Manny Fuchs] ; "Times Herald-Record"] He was a concentration camp survivor who became a photojournalist. [ [http://www.spysoftball.com/auschwitz.htm A Place Called Auschwitz] Rayburn Hesse; March 9, 1993] His jet-setting led him to the Record, where the modern printing process could showcase photographs. Before and during his stint at the Record, he had a long and illustrious career taking pictures of Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Tennessee Williams, and Ben Hecht, among many others. In 1966, he went to Vietnam to take pictures of hometown soldiers in the war zone. In addition to his photojournalism assignments, he was a patient teacher [Bedell, Barbara; March 19, 2003; [http://archive.recordonline.com/archive/2003/03/19/bed19.htm Columnist celebrates 30th anniversary] ; "Times Herald-Record"] but hard taskmaster. After retiring, he and his wife returned to her native France and lived in Paris, but came back to Middletown where they lived until his death in 2005.

Glenn Doty, one of the paper's former managing editors, later trained hundreds of student journalists at "The Legislative Gazette", a student-run newspaper covering state government in Albany operated jointly by the SUNY campuses at New Paltz and Albany. Many went on to work at other newspapers.

Hunter S. Thompson had a memorable stint with the paper. The future creator of gonzo journalism was a sportswriter and briefly a reporter for what was then the "Daily Record" in 1959, between jobs at "Time" and "El Sportivo" in Puerto Rico. He was fired by Editor A.N. Romm after vandalizing an office vending machine that had taken his nickel, and for arguing with the owner of a local restaurant who was a major advertiser in the paper.Burkhart, Wade; undated; [http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/misc?url=/static/aboutUs.htm About us] , "Times Herald-Record"; retrieved November 12, 2006.] Neither Romm nor Thompson regretted the action.


External links

* [http://www.th-record.com "Times Herald-Record" online]

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