The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland)

The Daily Times is a morning daily English-language (broadsheet) publication based in Salisbury, Maryland, United States, and primarily covers Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties, and regional coverage across the Delmarva Peninsula. It has been a Gannett publication since 2002. The online news product is Delmarva Now.

The Daily Times
The paper's April 11, 2010, front page
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)1886; 137 years ago (1886)
Managing editorLaura Benedict Sileo
HeadquartersSalisbury, Maryland, United States
OCLC number9958506

History Edit

The Daily Times was first owned by the Truitt family of Salisbury, Maryland. It was sold to Brush-Moore Newspapers of Canton, Ohio, in 1937; 30 years later, Brush-Moore was sold to Thomson Newspapers of Toronto, Canada. Gannett bought the paper from Thomson in 2000.

The paper began publication in 1886 as The Wicomico News, a weekly.[1] On December 3, 1923, it became a daily and became The Evening Times and later The Salisbury Times, the Shoreman's Daily. It changed its Sunday name to The Sunday Times on October 22, 1967, to reflect its Sunday publication, while maintaining a five-day publication still known as The Daily Times. It became a morning publication on October 2, 1989. later, it dropped the name on Sunday and printed seven days a week under the name of The Daily Times.

Location Edit

The paper was located on Main St. in downtown Salisbury, Maryland, for years, at a site that later became a men's apparel store. A new building was constructed on what was Upton St. (now Carroll Street), across from the Peninsula General Medical Center. The paper's home was on a site that had been the old Wicomico High School and before that in the 1860s, a Union encampment during the Civil War. The school was demolished[citation needed] to build a modern newspaper plant built in 1957. Photos of the open house on Upton Street are in the Nabbs Research Center at Salisbury University, along with photographs and several other items from the paper.

In 2008, the building was sold to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center for $1.8 million dollars,[2] and the paper moved to a site on Beam Street in the Northwood Industrial Park, north of Salisbury, where it purchased a building and installed a multimillion-dollar press.

On January 29, 2011, Delmarva Media Group announced that printing of The Daily Times, and other weekly publications, would be transferred to The News Journal's production facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Due to the move, 17 production jobs were eliminated.[3]

On October 30, 2017, the paper returned to downtown Salisbury at 115 S. Division St. at the former Salisbury Fire Department Station 16, which was later Headquarters Live music venue.[4][5]

Management Edit

Its first editor was Charles J. Truitt, who owned the paper with his cousin, Alfred Truitt. Editors followed included: Oscar L. Morris, Richard L. Moore, Mel Toadvine, Gary Grossman, Greg Bassett, Mike Kilian, Ted Shockley,[6] David Ledford, and Laura Benedict Sileo.[7]

Alfred Truitt was its first publisher. Others who followed included Thomas D.Irvin, Dean Farmer, and Edward "Ed" White, Terry Hoppins, Keith Blevins, Larry Jock, Joni Silverstein, Rick Jensen, Greg Bassett, Tom Claybaugh, Bill Janus and Ronald(Ron) Pousson. A regional publisher now oversees The Daily Times.

Weekly publications Edit

In addition to the daily paper, special and seasonal publications and special inserts, The Daily Times is responsible for the publication of an assortment of associated regional weekly papers (see below).[citation needed] The Times and its associated broadsheets and weekly tabloids were branded the Strategic Marketing Group in 2001, and rebranded as the Delmarva Peninsula Media Group in 2006.[citation needed] The DMG serves a readership that covers Sussex County, Delaware; Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in Maryland; and Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia.

Publications in the Delmarva Media Group Edit

Defunct publications (merged with other extant publications) Edit

  • The Maryland Times-Press
  • The Worcester County Messenger
  • "Shore Woman"

References Edit

  1. ^ "About Delmarva Media Group | The Daily Times". Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Canfora, Susan (December 31, 2014). "City accepts grant to demolish old Daily Times building". Salisbury Independent. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Delmarva Media Group to transfer printing to Wilmington". The Daily Times. January 29, 2011. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Holland, Liz (May 3, 2017). "Daily Times moving; lease signed for HQ Live building". The Daily Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Ledford, David; Benedict Sileo, Laura; Pousson, Ron (October 29, 2017). "After nearly a decade away, it's good to be home". The Daily Times. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  6. ^ Cox, Jeremy (October 26, 2016). "Delmarva Media Group layoffs include top editor". The Daily Times. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Benedict Sileo named Delmarva Now executive editor". The Daily Times. February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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