South Whidbey Record

South Whidbey Record

The South Whidbey Record was founded 88 years ago in Langley as The Whidby Record. It has gone through two name changes, first in the 1940s when islanders discovered there was an “e” in the name of the island’s namesake, Joseph Whidbey, who was a crew member on Capt. George Vancouver’s ship that explored the Pacific Northwest from 1791 to 1795. It remained the Whidbey Record until 1982, when it became The South Whidbey Record to better identify its coverage area. Whatever its name, The Record has been covering the communities of Langley, Clinton, Freeland and Greenbank as a weekly and, since the 1990s, a biweekly. Islanders still depend on The Record for local and county news, covering everything from local government to civic and charity organizations to transportation, environmental issues and the thriving arts community.

Winner of 12 industry awards in 2017!

The South Whidbey Record won 12 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including three for First Place.

In all, Sound Publishing took home 275 WNPA awards. Seventy-five of those were 1st place, including the coveted General Excellence. Sound also scooped up nine Local Media Association awards. At Sound, we remain dedicated to covering local stories that affect each of our communities. No other news source reports down to the neighborhood level like we do.


are female


family households


ages 25 to 54 years


have college


median household

Source: U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameNielsen Occupied HouseholdsSouth Whidbey Record (Wed)South Whidbey Record (Sat)Sound Publishing, Inc. CoverageSeattle Times (Sun)Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
98236Clinton2,58964664626%387 15%
98249Freeland2,20387987944%320 14%
98260Langley2,67510031,00347%370 14%
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q2, 2018), U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

The Record understands that seasoned, long time business people such as myself, like to think we know what is really going on in the news. My version of the news is tastier served up with one of my prime rib dinners. Advertising with the Record consistently over the years, through good times and more recently in bad, has worked and helps keep me serving up those dinners.
Neil Colburn
Neil’s Clover Patch Restaurant