CQ Communications Acquires WorldRadio Magazine – Merger or Separate?

A hearty thanks to Armond Noble N6WR for his years at the helm of WorldRadio, as many of the Amateur Radio press sources are carrying a somewhat confusing news release:

For release: November 12, 2008

CQ COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES WORLDRADIO MAGAZINE

(Hicksville, NY and Sacramento, CA, November 12, 2008) — CQ Communications, Inc. has acquired WorldRadio magazine, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA and WorldRadio Publisher Armond Noble, N6WR, announced jointly today. CQ, based in Hicksville, New York, currently publishes CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and Popular Communications magazines.

WorldRadio, based in Sacramento, California, has been published monthly since July, 1971, with a primary focus on the human side of ham radio. CQ, a general-interest ham radio magazine best known for its support of DXing and contesting, has been in print since January, 1945.

Armond Noble, N6WR, Publisher of WorldRadio, said that at the age of 74 the time had come for him to retire. “I wanted to be sure that WorldRadio found a good home, and that our readers would continue to be served by an independent voice in amateur radio,” Noble said.

CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, said, “WorldRadio has filled an important niche in our hobby for nearly four decades. We welcome WorldRadio’s readers to the CQ family, and we look forward to meeting their needs for many years to come.”

Current plans call for WorldRadio to continue to be published online as part of the CQ family of magazines, with Editor Nancy Kott, WZ8C, continuing in that position. WorldRadio subscribers will also have their subscriptions transferred to CQ magazine. Readers will be notified of details as plans are finalized.

Last paragraph says WorldRadio will continue and then goes on to say WorldRadio subscribers will have their subscriptions transfered to CQ Magazine.

Rather confusing statement.

Hopefully the two independent voices will remain but again the confused last statement puts that in question.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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7 thoughts on “CQ Communications Acquires WorldRadio Magazine – Merger or Separate?

  1. Howard WA2AFD says:

    I’ll bet the “life Subscribers” to World Radio will be the first losers in this transaction.

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  3. Christopher Bohn N0RZT says:

    Doesn’t seem too confusing to me. “WorldRadio to continue to be published online…” tells me that WR will continue, but not in paper & ink form. Then, probably to avoid outcry over the loss of a print subscription, “WorldRadio subscribers will also have their subscriptions transferred to CQ magazine.”

  4. k9zw says:

    “WorldRadio to continue to be published online…” is not how WorldRadio is delivered presently, which suggests a that people who paid for a physical product are going to receive instead a “virtual” magazine. As far as I know WorldRadio has no on-line version, so how can it continue?

    We will have to wait and see what happens ….

    73

    Steve
    K9ZW

  5. Jeff, KE9V says:

    Regardless of how this gets resolved, I think we have *long* since passed the point where people paying for a “lifetime” of anything — be it a subscription, club membership, or warranty need to carefully consider if it is for the “lifetime” of the buyer or the “lifetime” of the seller…

    73 de Jeff

  6. k9zw says:

    On the ARRL Website a clarification has been posted:

    WorldRadio to Cease Print Publication (Nov 13, 2008) — In a joint statement, WorldRadio Publisher Armond Noble, N6WR, and CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, announced that WorldRadio magazine will no longer be published as a print magazine. According to the announcement, CQ Communications Inc has acquired WorldRadio and plans to continue it as an online publication on CQ’s Web site. WorldRadio subscribers will have their subscriptions transferred to CQ magazine. Readers will be notified of details as plans are finalized.

    So the “Printed” WorldRadio will end.

    73

    Steve
    K9ZW

  7. Charlie says:

    An update posted on the CQ Mag site…….

    Further details on how World Radio subscriptions will be handled for yearly and Life subscribers.

    Go to
    http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/WorldRadioConver.html

    Life subscribers will be converted into either CQ mag issues
    or another CQ Com pub of your choice.

    73 de WA2ONH Charlie

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