After our much-esteemed former newspaper, the New Boston Bulletin, ceased publication, I decided to see if there was something I could do to find someone both capable and interested in taking on the job of editor and publisher for our town paper. One of the people on my mental short list was Keith Gentili. I had met Keith after the New Boston Bulletin first stopped publication. He had expressed interest in being an editor and had the right background but the New Boston Bulletin resumed publication and the opportunity passed. After the New Boston Bulletin closed its doors forever, I began looking for people interested in the role of editor again. After doing some research and meeting with Keith Gentili again, it was clear to me that he was the candidate most likely to succeed; he’s a long-time local, he has the requisite experience, he’s wants to take on the task, and to me he feels like he has the right outlook to be a good editor. In my opinion part of what made the New Boston Bulletin succeed so well was the editorial stance of Brandy Mitroff, and I think Keith Gentili understands that a local paper is for local issues. As much as we all love the acrimony ever present at the national level, it improves our local newspaper by leaving that out.
Finally we come to the part I don’t like. If you agree with me that a community newspaper is worth having, and you think Keith Gentili is a good person for the job, please consider donating to help establish The New Boston Beacon. I don’t like to ask but if we all gave a little we really can have a town newspaper again. The fact is that the economics of running a newspaper require capital to get started. Printing and distribution costs alone run into thousands of dollars per month. Our last community newspaper ran for 19 years and was free; Keith has looked at the economics and thinks he can continue that model. If you help us establish The New Boston Beacon today you might get another 19 years of free newspapers which is a good return by anyone’s standards. Everyone who contributes will have their names printed in the inaugural issue.
With your help, we can look forward to a January issue.
Bio for Keith Gentili
Keith Gentili has been a resident of New Boston since 2001. He lives with his wife Carrie and their daughters Julia (16) and Sarah (13). Carrie works at the New Boston Central School while Julia is a sophomore at Goffstown High and Sarah is an eighth grader at Mountain View Middle School.
Keith's newspaper career began in the winter of 1983 when he got his first bylines covering the Holliston (Mass.) High School hockey team. He was a junior on the team and would interview coaches/players after games and call in his story to local papers. Keith continued working for newspapers through his college years at Fitchburg (Mass.) State University before landing at the Peterborough Transcript in the summer of 1992. This was his first full-time position in the industry and included covering Francestown, Antrim, Bennington, and Greenfield.
Newspaper jobs followed on the island of Nantucket as well as Springfield, Mass. Keith then moved to Richmond, Virginia to join the staff of Tuff Stuff, a national sports magazine. In 1998, he returned to Boston to get married and take the editor's job at Where Boston, a monthly visitor's guide to the city. He also began contributing to the Antiques Roadshow Insider, a monthly newsletter published in conjunction with the PBS television show.
After nearly 20 years in the business, which included time at daily, weekly, and monthly publications, the business world was next. Keith worked for Pacific Trading Cards before joining with a business partner to build That's My Ticket, the world's leading manufacturer of sports and concert ticket displays. Currently at OYO Sports, the desire to contribute to the New Boston community while returning to his publishing roots has Keith ideally positioned to launch The New Boston Beacon.
When he is not biking the streets of New Boston or hiking New Hampshire's mountains, Keith can found tending to his mediocre lawn on Summit Drive.
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