RISN Operations

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RISN Operations Inc.
Industry Newspapers
Founded January 22, 2007
Headquarters 508 Main Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19804 USA
Key people
Melanie Radler, president
Roland McBride, vice president
Products The Call and seven other newspapers in Rhode Island
Parent Glacier Media (50% owner)

RISN Operations Inc., also called Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, is a privately owned publisher of three daily newspapers and several weekly newspapers in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The company was founded by Illinois-based newspaper executives in early 2007 to purchase the Rhode Island holdings of Journal Register Company, which it did for $8.3 million.[1]

In 2013, RISN acquired the Yuma Sun and the Porterville Recorder from Freedom Communications.[2]


The corporation's first two named officers, Melanie Radler (president) and Roland McBride (vice president and treasurer), were both Illinois residents connected with Conrad Black's former Hollinger International newspaper chain. Radler is the daughter of F. David Radler, a former Hollinger boss; McBride is chief financial officer of Horizon Publications Inc., the company Radler founded after he left Hollinger.[1]

McBride also served as CFO of American Publishing Co., a former Hollinger subsidiary, and was said in an indictment to have aided Black's and the elder Radler's misappropriation of $5.5 million in connection with the sale of some newspaper properties from Hollinger to Horizon.[3]

As of March 2007, the company had not yet announced a local headquarters. Its incorporation papers list a Delaware address.[4]


RISN operates five daily newspapers:

The company also briefly published the Warwick Daily Times, based in the West Warwick newsroom. The Warwick paper had been founded by JRC in 2006 but was folded by RISN in 2007.[5]


RISN's five weekly newspapers, known collectively as Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, are based in the village of Wakefield, part of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. As Journal Register properties, the weeklies managed to avoid circulation slips as sharp as those that plagued the dailies in the early 2000s, but nevertheless have still cut back on staff members, consolidating positions that were once held by multiple people and forcing new responsibilities onto the employees that remain. In the past 16 months, the weekly chains have lost three full-time photographers, two full-time sportswriters and eight full-time reporters. A Providence Journal report said the group's combined weekly circulation of around 13,000 in 2007 was down from 16,140 in 2001.[1]

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers' offices are at 187 Main Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879. Chain is infamous for its poor writing, reporting, design and several plagiarism cases.

The Chariho Times 
The Chariho Times covers Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond, three rural towns in western Washington County that form the Chariho regional school district (the name comes from the first letters of each town's name). Founded in 1993, the paper circulated an average of 1,328 copies each Thursday in 2006.[6]
The Coventry Courier 
The Coventry Courier covers Coventry and West Greenwich, the two westernmost towns of Kent County, also covered by the Kent County Daily Times. It was founded in 1996 and circulated an average of 849 copies each Friday in 2006.[6]
The East Greenwich Pendulum 
The East Greenwich Pendulum has covered East Greenwich in Kent County since 1854. Its Thursday circulation in 2006 averaged 2,040.[6]
The Narragansett Times 
With the largest and most frequent circulation of the Wakefield-based papers—5,006 in 2006,[6] delivered twice weekly, on Wednesday and Friday -- The Narragansett Times is the second oldest, having covered Narragansett and South Kingstown, in southeastern Washington County, since 1855.
The Standard-Times 
The Standard-Times is the only of RISN's newspapers to cover a community off the mainland. In addition to Exeter and North Kingstown, it covers Jamestown in Newport County. Founded in 1888, its Thursday circulation was 3,854 in 2006.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Grimaldi, Paul. "Journal Register Co. Sells its Nine R.I. Newspapers". The Providence Journal, January 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Yuma Sun under new ownership
  3. ^ Miner, Michael. "News Bites: David Radler's Daughter", Chicago Reader online, January 31, 2007. Accessed February 16, 2007.
  4. ^ Rhode Island Corporation Information: R.I.S.N. Operations Inc., Rhode Island Secretary of State's Office. Accessed March 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Nesi, Ted. "Kent Co. Times Staff Down 28%, Not 75%". WPRI.com. January 17, 2011. Accessed January 29, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e Audit Bureau of Circulations "e-circ" data for six months ending September 30, 2006. Accessed March 7, 2007.