National Masters News sold to Amanda Scotti and Tish Ceccarelli
Randy Sturgeon, recovering from cancer, has sold National Masters News to W55 national champion sprinter Amanda Scotti and W55 runner Tish Ceccarelli. That’s the word from Amanda, a veteran NMN staffer, who writes: “We have both worked there for a number of years so the transition has been pretty smooth.Â We’re both terribly excited to be taking over and can’t wait to put out our fist issue, the upcoming March one.” Randy’s seven-year tenure was rocky but momentous. He had a succession of editors, starting with Juliet Wahleithner and later Carmel Papworth-Barnum, whom he let go in May 2008. Under Randy, NMN launched a website, moved from tabloid to magazine format, promoted the Phidippides Awards, folded in columnists and began e-blasts to subscribers. USATF continued to subsidize NMN â€” $5,000 a year â€” and use the print edition to host chair columns.
The late Al Sheahen, of course, put NMN on the map after turning the twice-a-year 1977 newsletter into a monthly that eventually reached thousands around the world.
Between 1995 and 2002, NMN was owned by Rodale Press, publisher of Runnerâ€™s World and other sports and health magazines. Suzy Hess bought the magazine in 2002 and, with her hubby-to-be Jerry Wojcik, was publisher until handing off to Randy in January 2007.
NMN has suffered revenue and circulation losses like all print media, but has a leg up. Many of its subscribers are older and prefer a print publication â€” even if it contains months-old news.
But seeing your name or photo in print gives a buzz that can’t be matched. So NMN has a shot at reaching 50 in 2027. It will always be a labor of love. Amanda and Tish will debut as owners with the March issue.
I expect more details later.
Best of luck to both!