The Sandusky Register has been in production since 1822. The inaugural issue of the Sandusky Clarion was published on April 24, 1822. It was the sixth newspaper in the United States west of Buffalo, first in Erie County and all the Firelands, and direct forerunner of today’s Sandusky Register. Published in a building at the corner of Columbus Avenue and East Water Street, the Clarion became a daily newspaper on April 24, 1848. The Clarion office burned down in January 1852 destroying almost all files. Rechristened the Daily Register, the paper continued to grow with its city, becoming a paper of Republican affiliation in 1856.
In 1859, the paper was renamed the Commercial Register. The name plate Sandusky Register first appeared in 1869. A charter member of the Western Associated Press, parent of the present Associated Press, the Register was one of the first newspapers able to supply, through radio dispatch, instant news. In 1929 the Sandusky Register purchased the Democratic-affiliated paper the Sandusky Star-Journal and moved to its present location at Jackson and Market Streets. Both the Register and the Star-Journal continued publication under the corporate name of Sandusky Newspapers Inc. In 1941 the company acquired the rival Sandusky News, and the name on all editions was changed to the Register Star-News. The paper resumed its original name Sandusky Register in 1958.
Its website Sanduskyregister.com went live in 1996. The local entertainment web site for Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands Funcoast.com also went live in 1996. The local sports web site [Fandy.com]http://www.fandy.com went live in 2007.
Audience reach and circulation
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Average paid circulation for the Sandusky Register:
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In 2005 the online site was awarded a Digital Edge Award from the Newspaper Association of America for Best Online Advertising Program. Featuring local golf courses, it was called the Par 3 Golf Shootout and was one of the first groundbreaking “advergames” deployed by a newspaper. The Sandusky Register was awarded the Associated Press General Excellence Award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. SanduskyRegister.com was awarded Best Web Site by the Associated Press in 2008. The Fallen Sons series was awarded Best Enterprise by the Associated Press in 2008. The series was a look at local families coping with the loss of loved ones in the Iraq War.
- Audit Bureau of Circulations 12 months ended March 31, 2009