- The Sun (Lowell)
name = The Sun
caption = The
July 27, 2005front page
of "The Sun"
August 10, 1878, as "Lowell Weekly Sun"
ceased publication =
USD.50 daily, 1.75 Sunday
publisher = Mark O'Neil
editor = James Campanini
circulation = 48,153 daily, 50,096 Sunday in 2006 [ [http://www.medianewsgroup.com/doc/2006PaidCirculationV3.pdf MediaNews Group Paid Circulation] , accessed
December 8, 2006.]
headquarters = 491 Dutton Street, Lowell,
website = [http://lowellsun.com/ lowellsun.com]
"The Sun" is a
daily newspaperbased in Lowell, Massachusetts, serving towns in Massachusettsand New Hampshirein the Greater Lowellarea and beyond. Its circulation is about 50,000. The paper, often called "The Lowell Sun" to distinguish it from other famous newspapers, has been owned since 1997 by MediaNews Group.
The newspaper's headquarters are in the first floor of the
American Textile History Museumbuilding in downtown Lowell. Before March 18, 2007, the newspaper occupied a succession of offices on Kearney Square, about half a mile away. One of the old news buildings, locally called "the Sunscraper," is a landmark high-rise topped with a huge neon "Sun" sign. The paper's most recent former home is across the street.Lafleur, Michael. "Sun Rising on a New Era". "The Sun", Lowell, Mass., March 18, 2007.]
editorials have, for decades, espoused a moderately conservative bent in a city and state where Democratic voters overwhelm Republicans. In the 1970s, editor and firebrand Clement Costello, who was known for walking around in a cape and beret, wrote that the U.S. should annex Mexico and was credited with helping to ruin John Kerry's chances of winning the 5th Congressional District seat in 1972. In 2004, the newspaper again made waves when it endorsed President George W. Bushfor re-election instead of the hometown senator.
"The Sun" is known beyond its circulation area as the home base of columnist Paul Sullivan, who until 2007 hosted a nighttime talk show on WBZ-AM radio in Boston. Before the newspaper moved, he would regularly tout scoops from "Lowell's great newspaper at 15 Kearney Square."
One of the paper's most famous alumni is
Jack Kerouac, a Lowell native who worked as a sports reporter for "The Sun" before going on to greater fame as poet laureate to the Beat Generation.
Print shop owners and brothers John and Daniel Harrington founded the paper as a weekly in 1878. In its earliest years, "The Sun" provided the growing
Irish Catholicpopulation a voice in a mill city that was run by wealthy Protestantfactory owners. Over the years, the paper outlasted its competitors to become the only major newspaper in Lowell, converting to a daily in 1892 and buying out its last competitor daily, the "Courier-Citizen", in 1941; and starting a "Lowell Sunday Sun" in 1949 and buying out its only Sunday competition, the "Lowell Sunday Telegram", in 1952.
The paper remained in the hands of John Harrington's descendants -- Thomas F. Costello, his sons John H. and Clement C. Costello, and grandson John H. Costello Jr. -- until it was purchased
August 1, 1997, by MediaNews Group. The newspaper's circulation at the time was 52,234, daily, and 55,804, Sunday.Lewis, Diane E. "Singleton Buys Lowell Sun from Costellos; Paper Had Been Under Family Ownership 119 Years." "The Boston Globe", July 9, 1997.]
When he purchased the paper, MediaNews CEO
William Dean Singletonnoted that "The Sun" had "played a leading role in the development and growth of the Greater Lowell region", including downtown Lowell's rebirth and the establishment of minor-league baseball and hockey teams in the city.
Following MediaNews' purchase (through "The Sun") of
Nashoba Publicationsweeklies covering several towns between Lowell and Fitchburg, the company in 2002 consolidated printing for "The Sun", Nashoba and the Fitchburg " Sentinel & Enterprise" at a new US$7 million press plant in Devens, Massachusetts. The move was said to have a beneficial effect on traffic in downtown Fitchburg and Lowell. [Vaznis, James. "Media Company Merging Print Sites; $7M Plan Includes Move to Devens." "The Boston Globe", August 1, 2002.]
* [http://lowellsun.com/ Lowell Sun]
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