Euclid Media Group picks up St. Louis alt weekly the Riverfront Times from Voice Media Group
Acquisition gives Euclid Media Group six titles including the Cleveland Scene, Detroit Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, San Antonio Current and OutInSA
St. Louis, MO – March 25, 2015 — Euclid Media Group, a media company headquartered in Cleveland, OH, announced today that it has purchased the Riverfront Times, an award-winning St. Louis alternative weekly publication, formerly owned by Voice Media Group.
The Riverfront Times has been recognized among the top 20 alt-weeklies in the country, though the industry has faced challenges in recent years. Euclid Media Group anticipates a revitalization of the alt-weekly by ushering in fresh print, digital and event marketing strategies, as well as through the addition of notable staff, like newly appointed Editor in Chief, Sarah Fenske.
Sarah Fenske is an award-winning journalist and veteran of the Riverfront Times, having served as its Managing Editor from 2010 to 2011 before leaving to become Editor in Chief of the L.A. Weekly. Under her direction, the Weekly became the nation’s most-read alternative newsweekly, growing its web traffic 63 percent and earning numerous national and local awards. Most recently, Fenske has worked as Director of Digital Content at Feast Magazine, a regional food and drink focused publication. “I’m thrilled to be returning to the Riverfront Times,” Fenske said of the hire. “The staff has been doing amazing work under difficult circumstances, and I’m excited to be a part of Euclid Media Group’s plans for the paper. I can’t wait to join Managing Editor Jessica Lussenhop and the rest of the team.”
The acquisition marks the sixth property for Euclid Media Group, whose multimedia portfolio includes the Cleveland Scene, Detroit Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, San Antonio Current and OutInSA. EMG orchestrated a merger of Detroit Metro Times and former alt-weekly, Real Detroit, in 2014. Each property publishes engaging content in print and online, and specializes in producing culturally unique events to highlight the cities in a variety of categories.
“We share a passion for the St. Louis area and are beyond excited for the opportunity to do our thing here. I’ve always had enormous respect for the RFT and have been a reader since I was a teenager,” said Michael Wagner, Chief Operating Officer of Euclid Media Group. “I worked there under some great mentors, so this is a bit of a homecoming.” Wagner is a Missouri-native and former Publisher of the Riverfront Times.