For the first 11 months of 2004, the Star's circulation averaged 106,399, a 2.6 percent improvement over 2003.
The numbers for the Tucson Citizen, also released in the Pulitzer financial statement, weren't pretty. The Gannett paper's circulation for November averaged 30,545, down 5.9 percent from last November's 32,458. For the first 11 months of this year, the Citizen's circulation averaged 31,056 per day, down 7.2 percent from last year.
For the record, Pulitzer notes those figures are unaudited.
Pulitzer's financials also indicate a pretty healthy November at Tucson Newspapers. Pulitzer reported revenues on its half of the agency at $4.87 million, up 9.9 percent from November a year ago. For the first 11 months of the year, revenues stood at $51.2 million, compared with $49.1 million a year ago.
CFWM's corporate parent, CHUM Limited, parlayed it into ratings successes in Winnipeg and three other Canadian markets. The trend crossed the 49th parallel last year in Honolulu, then went to Citadel's KQOB in Oklahoma City, and has been bounding across the country with increasing speed. It's a package deal--with station jingles and common Internet graphics for station Web sites--built on the idea that the broader the playlist, the more likely more listeners will find some connection. While the Canadian form promises music "from the 80s, the 90s, whatever," the U.S. version seems to target music from the '70s and '80s (except for Bob 106.1 FM in Minnesota's Twin Cities area, which plays new and classic country).
The decision was announced Nov. 22, and was placed in the Federal Register Dec. 9.
Assigning the frequency to Sells is a victory for Rural Pima Broadcasting, which asked the FCC for a frequency allocation in 2002.
But a dart to thee, CJR, for taking a gratuitous poke at the "curiously named" station's call sign. Apparently some news, such as l'affaire Hecht, travels swiftly to your ears. But KGUN's call sign predates the 41-year-old magazine by a couple of years. Imagine how much more politically incorrect fun folks today could have had with its original moniker. Founding owner D.W. Ingram, a local rancher, branded the station in 1956 with his initials--KDWI.
The agreement limits Contreras' use or discussion of confidential information, and his ability to hire anyone away from Pulitzer, until Oct. 1. He gets $150,000 when he leaves the company Jan. 3, with the rest to be paid Oct. 1.
According to Pulitzer's 2004 proxy statement, Contreras' pay for 2003 was $435,470--base pay of $294,079 and bonuses totaling $141,391. He also had unexercised stock options for 33,333 shares, and in 2003, the company awarded him nearly 4,000 shares of stock but retained the right to take them back if he quit the company before September 2006.
Gannett will pay a quarterly dividend of 27 cents a share Jan. 3. About 82 percent of the company's stock is held by institutional investors and mutual funds.
Clear Channel's dividend, payable Jan. 15 to shareholders of record Dec. 31, will be 12.5 cents per share.