Roundup celebrates 20 yearsWritten by Roundup Staff
Launched by Bill Glanz and partner, Del Tinsley joined the publication when it was just 18 months old and spent the next 15 years as publisher. It was Tinsley who made the decision to move the Roundup to Casper in 1999 where access to a more centrally located post office and full color printing spurred the publication’s growth.
Dennis Sun purchased the publication from Tinsley in 2006. “The Roundup team and I are proud to be a part of something so well supported by Wyoming agriculture,” says Sun of the newspaper’s 20-year celebration.
Tinsley recently took a moment to reflect on the highlights of his tenure with the Roundup. “One of the more fun things,” he says, “was hiring kids right out of college and watching them try out their new skills on life and succeed. I learned early on that there are two kinds of employees – the kind who make you money and the kind who cost you money.”
The manner in which people stepped up to support the newspaper through both advertising and subscriptions is also among Tinsley’s fond memories. “It was the advertisers like Gary Lathrop, Riverton Livestock and Torrington Livestock and so many others who’ve been with us from the beginning and the banks willing to purchase subscriptions for their customers that made it successful,” says Tinsley. “It provided 15 years of a really good life.”
“It is amazing to think how far the Roundup has come over the past 20 years, even over the past six, since I have been involved,” says Roundup field man Curt Cox. “From my first day on the job I could tell this paper truly had a relevant role in Wyoming’s ag community and that commitment has not weakened.”
“Each week at the Roundup presents a new learning opportunity,” says managing editor Jennifer Womack. “I consider the Roundup a community and business newspaper for Wyoming agriculture, which is great since we get to write for and about some of Wyoming’s most interesting people.”
“It’s that ‘one-of-a-kind’ newspaper dedicated to informing its readers of the latest news and events in the agricultural industry,” Denise Obyrne who sells advertising for the Roundup.
“It’s rewarding to be a part of a publication that keeps Wyoming agriculture’s best interests at heart,” says summer 2008 intern Liz LeSatz. “The Roundup has a passion for agriculture and Dennis Sun and the Roundup team share that passion not only in print each week but in the Wyoming agricultural community.”
“Of all the things I’ve done in my life,” says Tinsley, “the Roundup was the most enjoyable enterprise I ever participated in.”
“The Roundup team and I are proud to be part of that something so well supported by Wyoming agriculture,” says Sun. “With the redesign of the web page, a new layout to our front cover and new ideas arriving with each edition, we see a long-time future for the Roundup in Wyoming.”