The Star phased out the Phoenix sports gig in 2003, leaving Magruder--who'd moved north in 1988--to log a gawdawful number of Interstate 10 round trips to handle Tucson assignments.
Until 1999, the Star had a big reason to keep an eye on sports in Phoenix, or at least parental unit Pulitzer Inc. did. Pulitzer's broadcast properties included Phoenix sports radio station KMVP. When Major League Baseball awarded sports impresario Jerry Colangelo a franchise, Pulitzer bought a 5 percent stake in the team. (And guess what radio station got the broadcast rights?)
Pulitzer dealt away the D'backs position when it sold off the broadcast operations in 1999, and now has a 4 percent stake in the St. Louis Cardinals.
If the corporate parent's name sounds a little familiar, it's because the former Madden Publishing is working up new logos for its new name, as it expands its publishing niche in the travel and tourism industry, Kontowicz said.
The new name comes from Madden's purchase of Preprint Publishing in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2003.
While Madden's publishing arm has 14 titles, the preprint group does travel-related newspaper inserts in about 30 markets, Kontowicz said. The company's Web development business, Maddenmedia, was founded in 1995.
Union officials are considering challenging the results on the basis that TNI supervisors allegedly tried to intimidate workers in the weeks before the election. The election was to have been held last year, but was postponed after the National Labor Relations Board approved a no-fault settlement after the union accused TNI of threatening workers with loss of jobs and benefits, among other things, if they supported the union.