An advertising career that began at the Central Kentucky News-Journal 20 years ago will draw to a close this month.
Cheryl Caulk Magers will retire as advertising sales manager on Jan. 30.
“It was a very difficult decision to leave all my friends at the Central Kentucky News-Journal,” Magers said. “The people here are very talented and very hardworking individuals. They care about the community and their fellow workers. I will also miss the people at Landmark central office and other LCNI papers that are a tremendous help to our day-to-day operation. Landmark has been very good to me.”
Magers became interested in radio and newspapers while attending college at Western Kentucky University, where she helped promote campus events by getting media coverage.
“A couple of years later, I ran into an old friend that was news director of the WIEL/WKMO radio stations who encouraged me to apply for a job.”
Before coming to the Central Kentucky News-Journal in 1988, Magers was advertising manager for The Galleries Inc., promoted 33 Kentucky and Tennessee restaurants for Holda Systems Inc. and worked in sales at WIEL/WKMO in Elizabethtown and WCKQ in Campbellsville.
Magers said her time with Landmark Community Newspapers has offered her several highlights.
“During my 20 years with Landmark, I was lucky to be picked to go to Landmark Leadership Training in Norfolk, Va. I also attended the Advertising Leadership seminar for multi-weekly papers at the American Press Institute.”
For 20 years, Magers served on Kentucky Press Services’ Ad Steering committee, serving as chair and vice chair. She earned numerous LCNI awards, the most recent of which was being named the top salesperson in the multi-weekly division during the 3rd quarter of 2008.
CKNJ Bookkeeper/Graphic Arts Manager Suzy Houk, who has worked with Magers during her entire career at the CKNJ, said she’ll be missed.
“Cheryl and I had been good friends for several years prior to her joining the Central Kentucky News-Journal staff in 1988. I was thrilled when she became part of our team. She brought lots of excitement and ingenuity to the paper and the CKNJ has benefited greatly from her dedication and hard work.
“We’ve enjoyed many successes and weathered a few storms, both professionally and personally. Working together for 20 plus years has solidified our friendship. I understand that all good things come to an end eventually but I will miss her daily presence tremendously.”
CKNJ Publisher Patrick Keefe, who said the advertising department will be reorganized after Magers’ retirement, congratulated Magers on her retirement.
“We thank Cheryl for 20 years of fine service to the News-Journal and for providing great service to our advertisers. While we will miss her at the newspaper, we wish her well in retirement.”
Magers said she plans to stay busy during her retirement.
“I decided to retire because I wanted to pursue my interest in art and photography and spend more time with my grandchildren.”
Magers and her husband, Gary, have three children — Jessica, Ashley and Matthew — and two grandchildren — Carly and Jillian.
The Central Kentucky News-Journal will host a reception in honor of Magers from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the CKNJ office on Woodlawn Avenue. Advertisers, customers, family and friends are invited.