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Staff dumps Trump

Employees of a Washington County-based magazine sever ties with the publication's co-publisher, Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trum

Employees of a Washington County-based magazine sever ties with the publication's co-publisher, Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trum

December 30, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The former administrative, creative and sales employees of a bimonthly magazine about life in Hagerstown and Washington County have severed ties with Mayor Richard F. Trump and will start a new magazine.

The existing magazine, "Hagerstown: The Best of Life in Washington County," is owned by Trump's Master Marketing Group Inc.

The magazine lists Trump as a co-publisher.

Trump did not return seven phone calls placed Thursday to his business, home, two cell phone numbers and Hagerstown City Hall.

A statement issued Thursday by the magazine's former employees states Trump will have no connection with the new magazine, which will be called, "Hagerstown: Living the Good Life in Washington County and Beyond."

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"For what we believe to be the financial health and integrity of the publication and our commitment to quality for the benefit of our readers, advertisers, and the community as a whole, the entire administrative, creative and sales team of the previous Hagerstown magazine has chosen to disassociate itself with (Master Marketing Group Inc.), owned by Richard Trump, who as of this date will have no connection to the new management team or its publications," according to the statement.

The names of seven people are listed on the statement, including Kate Rader, who had been co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine.

She declined to say specifically what prompted the employees to leave the magazine.

"We just no longer felt comfortable doing business with Master Marketing Group," Rader said in an interview Thursday.

Rader will serve as publisher, creative director and editor-in-chief of the new magazine.

The new magazine will be a publication of RidgeRunner Publishing LLC, at 6 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

Rader, majority owner of RidgeRunner Publishing, filed its Articles of Organization with the state on Dec. 20, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Andrea Rowland will be publisher and managing editor, and Ryan Harpster will work as publisher and art director.

Rowland had been managing editor of the existing Hagerstown magazine. Rowland and Harpster are former employees of The Herald-Mail.

The first issue of "Hagerstown: The Best of Life in Washington County," came out in October 2004. Rader said 10,000 copies of the magazine are printed and distributed to subscribers and retail locations. The newsstand price of the magazine is $3.50 per issue.

Rader said the new magazine's first issue will be out before March 1. She said RidgeRunner plans to publish six issues in 2006 and 10 in 2007.

She said the magazine will be different than the existing magazine and that "the quality, we hope, will exceed the prior."

"We have a lot of plans for growth and we really feel that the team that we have is the heart and soul of the publication that Hagerstown has come to love," Rader said.

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