First of all, let me just say thank you to all of you!
We have been very blessed during this transition period this summer to have your continued support here at Cyclone Nation. To be honest, I anticipated that there be would some sort of a loss of subscribers after we announced that Bill Seals had decided to move on, since he was such an important part of what we do here. And I wouldn't have blamed anyone for leaving until we had again proven we were capable of providing a quality product without him.
However, that supposed exodus of support didn't happen at all. Outside of the normal attrition rate that usually occurs over the summer, we've been very blessed with the loyalty and patience Cyclone fans have demonstrated while waiting to see what would become of our website and magazine.
Beginning today, we hope to reward your collective loyalty and patience by laying out our initial vision to re-introduce a bigger and better Cyclone Nation, just in time for a new school year.
Many of you have already received your first 48-page issue of CN The Magazine, and you'll be receiving your 48-page football preview in the coming weeks. But that's not all that's new about our publication. More space allows us to be more creative, and hopefully more enjoyable as well. You'll see more human-interest features, highlights of ISU student-athletes in the classroom, profiles of ISU fans that share your devotion to the Cyclones, and more extensive coverage of other ISU sports. The only magazine in the entire world devoted solely to coverage of the Cyclones is kicking it up a notch.
And that's not all that's new. Soon we'll be announcing how we plan to enhance our coverage on the website. We'll also be introducing some new ventures that will further implement our mission of making Iowa State the top sports team in Central Iowa. Stay tuned.
When I founded this website and magazine three years ago, I never intended it to be something I would be intimately involved with on a day-to-day basis for the long-term. It was always my dream to build this up and establish it, and then hand it over to someone else who loves the Cyclones far more than I do, giving them the opportunity to earn a living promoting and covering their favorite team. I had once hoped that would be Bill, but that didn't work out.
However, today I am thrilled to announce the hiring of a team of individuals that will be taking over the operating of our website and magazine. All of them are die-hard Cyclones, and all of them are anxious to get to work providing you the best product possible.
Chad Winterboer, Chief Operating Officer
A 1995 graduate of Iowa State…has previously worked in the world of finance the last 10 years…has been an Iowa State season-ticket holder for the past eight years…a member of the National Cyclone Club Advisory Committee to the ISU Athletic Department…currently on the Board of Directors for the Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club…Will oversee the day-to-day operations of Cyclone Nation, as well as become its new face and voice…married to Amanda Winterboer (also an ISU grad) and has two kids, son Chase is four years-old and daughter Alicia is three.
Amanda Ouverson, Lead Reporter
Graduated from Iowa State in May, majoring in journalism and mass communications…former member of the Dean's List and winner of the Pathways to Success Leadership Award…former Senior Sports Reporter and Assignment Sports Editor for the Iowa State Daily…primary coverage duties included football and women's basketball…former sports editor for the NIACC Logos…was a participant in "The Reporter" contest…interned for Cyclone Nation this summer…will be responsible for breaking news as well as daily coverage of ISU sporting events and recruiting for the website and magazine.
Andrew Swan, Features Writer/Editor
Graduated from Iowa State in 1990, majoring in English…served in the U.S. Army from 1984-88 in West Germany, earning both Army and Air Force achievement medals…rose to the rank of corporal…served in the Iowa National Guard from 1988-92, where he was a former Soldier of the Year…was a participant in "The Reporter" contest…will be responsible for features that take us beyond the field of play and tell us the Cyclone story from the people's perspective for both the website and magazine, as well as editing of magazine content.
Ryan Buck, News Assistant
Attended Iowa State from 1999-2002, majoring in journalism and mass communication…former National Cyclone Club member…football season-ticket holder…former baseball player at Indian Hills Community College…graduated from Des Moines Christian High School in 1998…will assist in game and recruiting coverage, as well as administrative duties for the website and magazine.
Mark Hersom, Analyst
Iowa State graduate, class of 1993, with a Bachelor Business Administration…former DJ at KUSR radio at Iowa State…former sports reporter for THE JOCK, and current sports reporter for KXNO during the high school sports season…will be responsible for ancillary game coverage and on-site talent evaluation of Cyclone recruits.
We still have at least one open slot to fill on our staff, pending the final outcome of "The Reporter" contest. The final five contestants remaining are Valerie Connell, Corey Johnson, Seth Nailor, Mike Dempsey, and Josh Madden. It was too difficult for us to distinguish between these talented Cyclones, so we decided to go with a Final Five instead of a Final Four.
Finally, in case you're wondering where I am going I want you to know the answer is nowhere. I will remain the publisher of Cyclone Nation, but with the talented and energetic folks we now have in place, it will no longer be necessary for me to maintain a daily presence here. I will continue to oversee the vision for the magazine, and pass along important tidbits as I come across them. My final Monday Musings column will be published at the end of this month. Afterwards, Chad Winterboer will take over that column space and I'll begin preparations for our new TV show – called State of the Nations – that I'll be co-hosting each week on Mediacom with Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation. This show will be broadcast to over 500,000 homes statewide each week during the school year.
I've always agreed that the Cyclones deserve a website and magazine produced by Cyclone fans, just like them. As much as I've grown fond of being around ISU's outstanding athletic department, I don't share the lifelong passion for the cardinal-and-gold that so many of you possess. Now, all of the people who will be promoting and providing content daily for Cyclone Nation do. Beginning July 18th, you'll begin to see the daily impact of our new team on the website.
Please join me in welcoming our new staff. Thank you again for your continued support of Cyclone Nation.