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Payne, Kummer, Join CQ Advertising Department:

from CQ Communications, Inc on October 4, 2012
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Payne, Kummer, Join CQ Advertising Department:

(Hicksville, NY) October 4, 2012 -- CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, today announced the appointments of Charlie Payne, ex- WN2AKC, and Jon Kummer, WA2OJK, to the company's advertising department. Payne and Kummer succeed Charles "Chip" Margelli, K7JA, who resigned to pursue other opportunities in the amateur radio industry.

Payne, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, is the new Advertising Director for CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online magazines. A former ham who held a Novice license in the 1970s, Payne has been selling magazine advertising since 1984, when he formed a partnership with his father, who spent 40 years in the business. He has worked both with business-to-business publications - primarily in the metalworking industry - and with special interest consumer titles - primarily in the equine industry. He is already studying to regain his amateur license.

Kummer, of Port Washington, New York, has held WA2OJK since 1970, and has been in magazine publishing since 1980. Magazines he has represented include Electronic Engineering Times, Military and Aerospace Electronics and Microwaves & RF. An avid collector and restorer of antique radios and TVs, Jon is also currently editor and publisher of Antique Radio Classified.

This will be Kummer's fourth stint at CQ Communications, having sold advertising in the past for Modern Electronics, Electronic Servicing & Technology, CQ Amateur Radio and WorldRadio Online. He is now taking on advertising sales responsibilities for Popular Communications.

"I'm very happy to be back at CQ and to work with the CQ staff again," said Kummer. "It's not often that a person has the opportunity to work with a publication such as Popular Communications, the world's leading magazine for communications enthusiasts."

Payne said he is looking forward to both the opportunities and the challenges that the position presents, and that his guiding philosophy is, "You can always do something."

“We’re extremely excited to welcome these two ad sales pros to our staff, following in Chip’s path," said Ross. "Our parting with Chip was completely amicable, and Chip still is ironing out details of his next adventure in the amateur radio industry. Our best wishes go out to him.”

Charlie Payne may be reached by e-mail at; Jon Kummer may be reached at

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by WB2AMU on October 16, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I was disappointed to hear this news as I knew that Chip was a very hard worker and was dealing with many challenges such as a declining advertising base for ham radio and the change in direction from print media to digital technology. It is no secret that CQ is barely hanging in there financially as many authors of articles have not been paid for more than two years. Good luck Chip!!
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