The only sign that ownership of the Baltimore Guide recently changed is subtle: On its web site, the name of its publisher changed from long-time owner Richard Sandza to recent buyer Darwin Oordt. "It happened a couple of weeks ago," editor Jacqueline Watts explains in a brief phone chat today.
"Frankly," Watts says, "we don't think readers will notice the change, except that we will become thicker and more useful." Watts adds that only the sales effort, now overseen by Mary Catherine Judd, underwent a staff change when the business sold.
Oordt "is committed to community newspapers," Watts continues, "and I'm really very pleased about the move. It's good to know that there's still a market out there for community newspapers." She says he's an Annapolis resident, "but his office is here in Highlandtown" now that he's the Guide's new owner.
Watts hasn't "got a clue about the terms" of the sale, she says, because "I'm never concerned about the business side of the paper." Oordt was not immediately available to field questions about the details, but Watts promised to ask him to return the call.
The Wikipedia entry on Oordt lists his experience with newspapers in Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and describes his success as a breeder of Tennessee Walking show horses.