SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, honored Richard Budman, publisher of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, on the Senate floor to commemorate the paper’s 100th anniversary.
“Not only is The Signal known in my district for outstanding reporting, but the organization is renowned in the community for its involvement and generosity,” said Senator Wilk. “Richard and Chris Budman have a strong commitment to the people and community – it shows every day in how the news is reported and it shows in their support of local non-profits, schools or other entities in our area. Each year The Signal donates to over 100 local charities. I am proud to congratulate Richard today on a remarkable centennial anniversary, and look forward to many more years of excellence.”
On February 7, 1919, the Newhall Signal became the weekly hometown newspaper for a community of just 500 people with a circulation of 250 papers. From this humble beginning, the newspaper grew to become an integral part of the community and now serves over 300,000 in print and online, with over 70,000 households receiving a print copy of the Sunday edition.
In 2006, the National Newspaper Association of America named The Signal the “Best Paper for General Excellence” for newspapers with a circulation of 50,000 or less; and in 2018, The Signal was named the number-one news source for local information in a poll conducted by the City of Santa Clarita.
“My wife Vanessa and I argue over who gets the paper first every morning. I imagine that is something that has been occurring in kitchens in the SCV for the last 100 years,” noted Wilk.