The Daily Times (Salisbury)
The paper's April 11, 2010 front page
|Owner(s)||Gannett Company, Inc.|
|Opinion editor||Susan Parker|
The Daily Times was first owned by the Truitt family of Salisbury, Maryland. It was sold to Brush-Moore Newspapers of Canton, Ohio in 1937; 30 years later, Brush-Moore was sold to Thomson Newspapers of Toronto, Canada. Gannett bought the paper from Thomson in 2000.
The paper began publication in 1886 as The Wicomico News, a weekly. On December 3, 1923, it became a daily and became The Evening Times and later The Salisbury Times, the Shoreman's Daily. It changed its Sunday name to The Sunday Times on Oct. 22, 1967 to reflect its Sunday publication, while maintaining a five-day publication still known as The Daily Times. It became a morning publication on October 2, 1989. later, it dropped the name on Sunday and printed seven days a week under the name of The Daily Times.
The paper was located on Main St. in downtown Salisbury, Maryland, for years, at a site that later became a men's apparel store. A new building was constructed on what was Upton St. (now Carroll Street), across from the Peninsula General Medical Center. The paper's home was on a site that had been the old Wicomico High School and before that in the 1860s, a Union encampment during the Civil War. The school was demolished to build a modern newspaper plant built in 1957. Photos of the open house on Upton Street are in the Nabbs Research Center at Salisbury University, along with photographs and several other items from the paper.
In 2009, the building was sold to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the paper moved to a site on Beam Street in the Northwood Industrial Park, north of Salisbury, where it purchased a building and installed a multimillion-dollar press.
On January 29, 2011, Delmarva Media Group announced that printing of The Daily Times, and other weekly publications, would be transferred to The News Journal's production facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Due to the move, 17 production jobs were eliminated.
Its first editor was Charles J. Truitt, who owned the paper with his cousin, Alfred Truitt. Editors followed included: Oscar L. Morris, Richard L. Moore, Mel Toadvine, Gary Grossman, Greg Bassett and Mike Kilian.
Ted Shockley became the executive editor in May 2015.
Alfred Truitt was its first publisher. Others who followed included Thomas D.Irvin, Dean Farmer, and Edward "Ed" White, Terry Hopkins, Keith Blevins, Larry Jock, Joni Silverstein, Rick Jensen, Greg Bassett and Tom Claybaugh.
Bill Janus was named publisher in 2015.
In addition to the daily paper, special and seasonal publications and special inserts, The Daily Times is responsible for the publication of an assortment of associated regional weekly papers (see below). The Times and its associated broadsheets and weekly tabloids were branded the Strategic Marketing Group in 2001, and rebranded as the Delmarva Peninsula Media Group in 2006. The DMG serves a readership that covers Sussex County, Delaware; Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland; and Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia.
Publications in the Delmarva Media Group
- The Chincoteague Beacon
- The Daily Times
- The Delaware Beachcomber
- The Delaware Coast Press
- The Delaware Wave
- The Eastern Shore News
- The Ocean Pines Independent
- The Maryland Beachcomber
- The Somerset Herald
- The Worcester County Times
- Coastal Delaware
- Wicomico Weekly
Defunct publications (merged with other extant publications)
- The Maryland Times-Press
- The Worcester County Messenger
- "Shore Woman"
- Delmarvanow.com Delmarva Media Group to transfer printing to Wilmington
- DelmarvaNow.com, the internet publication of The Daily Times and The Delmarva Media Group.
- Today's The Daily Times front page at the Newseum website