9/25/2012 9:29:00 AM Winslow program tells of communication media history Newspapers, radio an important component to community
WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Historic Preservation Commission sponsored a meeting at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce/Hubbell Trading Post Building on Sept. 7. Barbara Arthur chaired the meeting at which persons who were associated with The Winslow Mail newspaper, KINO Radio and the Reminder shopping guide all spoke regarding those publications which have long played a role in Winslow communications. Unfortunately, Winslow has lost its newspaper but still has coverage of the community in the Holbrook Tribune News and the Navajo-Hopi Observer. KINO is the only one of the principal media outlets still in existence.
Judge Allison Kolomitz spoke first representing the Benham family, which had established and published the Reminder. She said that she had worked at least part-time at the Reminder for about 10 years.
She said that Earl Benham, son of the publication's founder whom she remembers only as Mr. B., had seven children, all of whom worked some for the publication. She read a humorous want ad for help there and described the Benhams as being a good family to work for. There were sample copies of the Reminder, which had existed in Winslow for 53 years.
Janice Henling spoke regarding The Winslow Mail, which had been published a few years before, but was first called The Winslow Mail in 1894. At that time mail for Winslow residents would be dropped off of a railroad car and that which was not claimed was on a list published in The Winslow Mail asking citizens to come get their mail. In its early days the paper even ran some popular novels in serial form as Winslow did not have a library. The Winslow Mail covered local, state and national news.
She listed many of the owners and publishers of the paper including a Mr. Bower who was the grandfather of Bunny Nimtz, still a popular Winslow family. The Giragi family was one of the owners just prior to World War II and there were others of note.
Janice Walters spoke for The Winslow Mail and said that she had worked there during the linotype days when J. Morris Richards was the owner and Vada Carlson the editor. She remembered when Paul Barger obtained the paper and served as publisher and editor. She remembered Judy Douglas, who was at the meeting, as a proofreader extraordinary. She said that Barger was a good man to work for. Barger sold The Winslow Mail but still publishes The Holbrook Tribune News, which carries much news from Winslow. The Winslow Mail under new ownership published for a number of years but closed in 2008. She said that the paper is missed by the community as Winslow has lost its major news source and the recorder of its history.
Loy Englehardt, owner and operator of KINO Radio, spoke regarding the radio station, which he has operated for 36 years. He said that his wife Pat says that she did not realize when she married him that she was marrying a radio station. He went on to explain how he often has to be away long hours on radio station business. For example, he said that broadcasting a game at Monument Valley High School didn't involve just time at the game. There was a road trip of about three hours each way to Kayenta and back then he had to get up and be at the station at 6 a.m. the nest morning.
Englehardt said that he has had many fine people working for him including students and others. He cited Art Griffith who broadcasts football games with him, Janet Light and Paul Shultz who have gone on to careers in the media. R.C. Brown, who worked at KINO is slated to graduate from Arizona State University and is expected to be a success in whatever he chooses to do.
He said that the advice he gives to students, who work for him is, "Don't let the opinion makers make up your mind for you. Get and stay informed and make up your own mind." Not bad advice for anyone.
Sam Conner said that he had had the privilege and the pleasure to work with Paul Barger at The Winslow Mail and now The Holbrook Tribune News and with Loy Englehardt at KINO Radio. He said that what he enjoyed most was writing articles about people he knew and liked. He cited legendary Winslow football coach Emil Nasser but noted that the story referred to was his flying 'over the hump' in India during World War II, Dr. Bill Engvall and Olympic great gymnast Olga Korbut.
Larry Smith said that two forms of communication not mentioned in the program were the school newspapers and CB radio. He said that he has been involved in that and thought it had been an important means of communication.