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Kenosha News: First step in growth of United Communications

Howard J. Brown purchased the assets of the Kenosha News Publishing Co. on Dec. 26, 1961. In 1962, the Kenosha Evening News changed its nameplate to the Kenosha News and Brown became publisher.

In June 1969, Brown formed United Communications Corp. and Kenosha News Publishing Co. became a subsidiary of UCC. Brown and General Manager Eugene Schulte assumed additional corporate responsibilities. UCC is a closely held private company with 11 board members, most of whom are family.

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Soon after its formation, UCC began purchasing media properties.

On July 10, 1969, UCC purchased the Attleboro Sun Publishing Co., which publishes a daily newspaper and a weekly shopper in Attleboro, Mass.

On Oct. 14, 1977, UCC branched out in to the television business, purchasing KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minn. KEYC is a CBS affiliate that serves south central Minnesota and north central Iowa.

UCC purchased the Zion-Benton News and Bargaineer on May 30, 1979, acquiring the weekly newspaper and shopper distributed in Lake County, Ill.

On Dec. 31, 1981, UCC added another television property, purchasing WWNY-TV in Watertown, NY. The station is a CBS affiliate in upstate New York. The corporation also purchased a low-power TV station called WNYF-CA in Watertown, N.Y., in 2001.

In 1986, UCC purchased the Midweek Bulletin, a shopper serving Kenosha County. The corporation added the Foxboro Reporter, a weekly newspaper serving Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 1, 1988.

UCC added another property in southeastern Wisconsin on Feb. 22, 1999, purchasing the Lake Geneva Regional News, a weekly newspaper, and the Resorter, a weekly entertainment guide.

On Feb. 28, 2002, UCC made its most recent purchase, buying the Watertown Public Opinion, a daily newspaper serving the Watertown, S.D., area.

Schulte retired and Brown stepped down as publisher of the Kenosha News in July 2001. Brown retained the title of president of UCC and appointed Kenneth L. Dowdell publisher and Ronald J. Montemurro general manager.

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