The Houghton Lake Resorter has purchased assets of the Roscommon County Herald-News, according to John Cribb of Cribb, Greene & Associates, who represented the Perlberg family in the transaction.
The end of an era accompanies this issue of the Roscommon County Herald-News, but it also signals the beginning of another.
The Herald-News will cease publication as of this issue, publisher Robert Perlberg announced. The effects of the recession on the newspaper industry led to “a difficult decision that had to be made,” Perlberg said.
The Houghton Lake Resorter will continue its mission to provide all of Roscommon County with comprehensive news coverage that has earned the paper a reputation as one of Michigan’s leading community newspapers.
The Resorter has been published continuously for 69 years at Houghton Lake, and under the ownership of the Hamp family for 48 years. Robert J. Hamp Jr. was the publisher from 1961 to 1982. Current Resorter publishers are Thomas W. and Eric M. Hamp.
“The Hamp family has a strong tradition of newspaper publishing and I’m pleased that they will continue to provide Roscommon County with a first rate newspaper,” Perlberg said. “They are experienced, community-minded newsmen, and the Herald-News’ legacy of serving Roscommon County will continue under the Resorter name.”
“We see this as an opportunity to strengthen the coverage of both newspapers in the county under the banner of one newspaper published weekly,” Thomas Hamp said. “For decades the two newspapers have been friendly competitors, serving readers in both communities and overlapping much of the news content. With the changing newspaper market today the Hamp family will ensure a strong community presence by publishing a viable single newspaper each Thursday that covers all of Roscommon County.”
Readers will benefit from continuity of news and advertising in the county and a strong voice in township and county politics. The Resorter has placed consistently in the Michigan Press Association’s annual newspaper contest, winning awards for news coverage, features, photographs, editorials and in advertising creativity and originality.
The Resorter has had a presence in the Village of Roscommon by maintaining an office there for 35 years, and covers all of Roscommon Area Public Schools, Roscommon High School sports, community events, organizations and governments.
“We take our responsibilities to the communities we serve seriously. We want to produce the best product possible and meet the needs of all of our readers and advertisers,” Eric Hamp said.
The Perlberg family has been publishing newspapers for nearly 100 years, beginning in Standish with Robert Perlberg’s grandfather. Perlberg’s Sunrise Printing and Publishing continues to publish the Ogemaw County Herald, Arenac County Independent and Oscoda County Herald.
The Hamp family has been in newspaper publishing 112 years, with the fifth generation now in the business.
Terms of the sale of assets were not disclosed but it does not include the Herald-News’ office in the Village of Roscommon. The Resorter will continue to staff an office in the Village of Roscommon. The archived issues of the Herald-News will be maintained by the Resorter and continue to be a resource for the community.
Cribb, Greene & Associates is an 86-year-old newspaper brokerage and appraisal firm with offices in Montana and Virginia.