HARRODSBURG - Bill Randolph will end his 40-year career in the newspaper business at the end of this year. He announced his decision to his staff at The Harrodsburg Herald Monday.
Randolph, 60, has been publisher of the weekly newspaper since 1993 and will leave the job on Dec. 31. Current General Manager Chris Freeman will become publisher. Freeman has worked at the newspaper for 11 years, his predecessor said. "He has the knowledge of the community and will do a super job," Randolph said.
The Herald was Randolph's last stop in a business he has been in since he was 20 years old.
"I've enjoyed it, but it's a tough business and at my age, I've decided it's time to move along," he said Wednesday afternoon. Randolph served two stints at The Advocate-Messenger, one in composition when the newspaper was published using hot type.
He took a similar job at the Lexington Herald and then returned to The Advocate-Messenger as part of the advertising department. His second stint at The Advocate was for at least 16 years when he left in 1981 and went to work under the tutelage of Jane Bird Hutton at her family's newspaper in Harrodsburg.