Sat, 22 June 2013
Radio Chavura host Dean Rotbart, who also hosts a the weekly Business Unconventional radio newsmagazine, interviewed Rabbi Hillel Goldberg about this week's commemorative issue of the Intermountain Jewish News (IJN), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Dean's interview with Rabbi Goldberg, who is the IJN's executive editor, was taped in August 2012 in anticipation of the paper's centennial-year festivities. Dean is joined by David Biondo, who serves as Dean's co-host on Business Unconventional. B. Unconventional is broadcast each Sunday on 710 KNUS AM in Denver from 8 am to 9 am.
In this edited portion of the August 26, 2012 business program, Rabbi Goldberg discusses what it takes to keep the IJN vibrant and relevant, as well as his pride over the high-quality of readers and advertisers that the paper attracts.
Rabbi Goldberg's father, Max, of blessed memory (z'l), purchased the IJN in 1943 for $1. At the time, the community-owned publication was a financial mess. Max Goldberg and Robert Gamzey, who was brought in as a partner, revitalized the paper both financially and editorially. The IJN has won dozens - perhaps hundreds - of editorial honors over the decades.
Upon his father's passing, Rabbi Goldberg's mother, Miriam assumed the leadership of the paper and oversaw its continued growth until passing along the duties to Rabbi Goldberg. Virtually all of the Rabbi's children are active (or have been active) in contributing to the IJN.
Rabbi Goldberg notes that several of the IJN's employees have remained with the paper for more than 35 years, including assistant editor Chris Leppek.
Original Broadcast: August 2012