The Delta County Independent’s 137-year history will continue under new ownership, after Wick Communications Inc. acquired the regional news source from longtime owners, Randy and Pat Sunderland; Ron Sunderland and Roxanne (Sunderland) McCormick.
The sale includes the DCI’s building. Randy Sunderland’s siblings and former co-owners will remain in leadership roles at the paper.
“The Delta County Independent will remain independent,” Pat reassured readers Tuesday, when the acquisition was finalized and announced.
“Our greatest desire is for the transition to be successful for our staff, for the community and for the Wick family.”
The DCI joins the Montrose Daily Press, also 137 years old, as a member of the Wick publication family. Wick Communications acquired the Daily Press in the 1990s. The family-owned company owns more than two dozen newspapers and specialty publications in 11 states. The DCI is Wick’s second Colorado property.
“We’ve been talking with the Wick family for many years,” Randy said. “Ten years ago, there were some internal reasons why it wasn’t the right time. We’ve cleared the things that needed to disappear so we could do it.
“We are thankful that the Wicks are the kind of company that could come in and keep that community favor and community focus. They have a proven track record.”
Wick Communications president and CEO Francis Wick and his father, Bob Wick, were on hand for the Tuesday announcement.
“We’re honored to have been chosen by the entire Sunderland family to continue this great tradition of journalistic service to the community,” Francis said.
“The Delta County Independent and surrounding communities served have a strong, independent spirit and voice that the newspaper will continue to support and foster. Ultimately, a newspaper is only as strong as the community fabric and desire to grow together, rather than apart.”
Montrose Daily Press publisher Dennis Anderson, a Delta High School graduate and a current Delta resident, will also serve as the publisher of the Delta County Independent.
“We think the fact that Dennis is going to be the publisher will really resonate with our community members who value those local ties. We’re pleased that Dennis has been named publisher,” Pat said.
This article includes information and quotes from the Delta County Independent’s own piece announcing the change in ownership, which will publish in print Wednesday, May 1.