CQ Names New Advertising Manager as Publisher Shifts Gears
CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company’s advertising department, effective immediately. Chartock, who is not a ham, arrives “as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital ‘hybrid’ publication covering the entire communications hobby,” the CQ announcement said. As Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU, explained, “The main print and digital edition of CQ continues to focus on Amateur Radio, while the online-only CQ Plus supplement to the digital edition of CQ covers the full spectrum of hobby radio communications, from shortwave listening and scanning to broadcast band DXing and more.”
Chartock succeeds Jon Kummer, WA2OJK, who became CQ’s advertising chief last fall. Kummer, who left in mid-February, faced a similar recalibration as the publisher of Antique Radio Classified.
Chartock has more than 25 years’ experience in publishing, both in editorial and sales positions. For 12 years he was editor of the trade magazine New York Construction News. Since 2002, he’s been an independent sales representative, working with start-up publications and the annual journal of New York’s Concrete Industry Board.
CQ announced recently that it’s still experiencing delays with its January and February print editions, but that mail delivery of both issues was scheduled for mid-March. CQ has told its advertisers that a combined March/April issue of the magazine will follow “shortly thereafter,” before it resumes single-issue publication. Online editions of the January and February issues of CQ are available for downloading and viewing.
In CQ’s February “Zero Bias” editorial, Moseson cited CQ readership numbers that were “not keeping pace” with growth in the number of ham radio licensees, and “the glacial pace of the overall economic recovery” among the reasons behind the CQ magazine’s delivery difficulties.
Word of the publications realignment came in December. Effective with the February 2014 issue of CQ, content from CQ’s three sister publications — Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online — has been incorporated into CQ Plus. The print editions of Popular Communications and CQ VHF have been phased out, and WorldRadio Online no longer exists as a separate online publication.