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Morris Communications sells radio stations to Alpha Media

May 18, 2015 --  Morris Communications has entered into a definitive agreement with Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon to purchase Morris radio stations. Morris owns thirty-six radio stations in 8 markets including; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA (see below for full Station Market list).

Morris Publishing Group Announces 2015 President's Club Winners

AUGUSTA, GA - March 10, 2015  - Morris Publishing Group, LLC (MPG) announced today the 2015 President’s Club winners. These awards recognize the best and brightest sales executives and their 2014 sales efforts throughout MPG.

This year’s winners include:

Trish Faris (Amarillo, TX), Christa Murphy (Athens, GA), Robert Corley (Augusta, GA), Natalie Woods (Bluffton, SC), Moneek Langston (Jacksonville, FL) Tara Mallett (Conway, AR), Irene Lance (Lubbock, TX), Andrea Stockton (Savannah, GA), Cheryl Brunk (St. Augustine, FL), Blake Weibel (Topeka, KS).

Morris Publishing Group Names Brandon Hughes Publisher of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Feb. 16, 2015: Brandon Hughes has been named publisher of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.  The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group, LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. 


AUGUSTA, Ga. – January 13, 2015:  Stephen Beasley, publisher of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, is retiring after 43 years in the newspaper industry.  The announcement was made by Derek May, executive vice-president of Morris Publishing Group.

Scott Smith Named to Succeed Dennis Bookey at Morris Anchorage Media Group

AUGUSTA, GA – December 4, 2014:  Scott Smith has been named general manager of the Anchorage Media Group, Alaska, succeeding radio veteran Dennis Bookey who is retiring.  The announcement was made by Craig Mitchell, senior vice-president of Morris Communications Co. and Morris Radio Group.

Morris Publishing Group Names Rona Johnson Publisher of MPG Alaska

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dec. 2, 2014: Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaska Equipment Trader and the Alaska Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group, LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. 

New Chief Information Officer Named for Morris Communications Co.

AUGUSTA, GA — November 10, 2014 — Andrew Young has been named chief information officer of Morris Communications Company, it has been announced by William S. Morris III, Chairman and CEO. Young will be responsible for information management and company-wide strategic planning and deployment of information technology. 

Morris Publishing Group Names Richard Brashear General Manager of Main Street Digital

Morris Publishing Group, LLC has announced it has named Richard Brashear as General Manager of Main Street Digital, Morris’ digital marketing services start-up company. As general manager, Brashear will lead growth strategy for Main Street Digital and  over see the sales, operations, product development implementation and the management of the national fulfillment and retention teams.

ABH Media Names Maggie Louie Vice President of Audience

ATHENS, GA— September 22, 2014 — Morris Publishing Group today announced that Maggie Louie has been named vice president of audience for ABH Media, the Athens Banner-Herald and  This senior-level position will focus on building a powerful community voice by growing the news, audience and digital efforts.

Morris Communications Announces Print Operation Consolidation in Texas

Augusta, GA – September 4, 2014 - Morris Communications announced today the consolidation of its press operations in Lubbock, TX and Amarillo, TX. The consolidation will be completed in two phases spanning the first and second quarters of 2015, resulting in a joint printing operation located at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal building.

The project includes upgrading of equipment, new automation and controls that will replace the existing presses, providing quality improvements, increased color capabilities and the ability for the company to grow its commercial printing business.