Back To The Future
Thirteen years after stepping down as Editor In-Chief of The Wave, Kevin Boyle, was recruited to retake the editorial reins by Wave owners, Susan Locke and Sandy Bernstein. He accepted the position of interim editor after the departure of Howard Schwach last week.
Boyle, a resident of Rockaway for more than 20 years, will manage all things editorial. He will oversee columnists, reporters and interns while also looking for a permanent editor. “I might be like Dick Cheney,” he joked. “After being put in charge of looking for a Vice President, he chose himself. “
Boyle then added, “The Wave is a vital part of this community. It took a great hit with the storm and these next few months will be tough. But like the rest of Rockaway, The Wave will come back stronger than ever.”
Boyle takes over the position as The Wave and other businesses scramble to rebuild. “Because of Hurricane Sandy, the challenges Rockaway faces are deep and complex. Still, this will be the most exciting time to be part of The Wave and to have a voice in the way Rockaway moves to the future.”
The immediate future means reaching out to individuals who monitor issues important to Rockaway and to those now using social media. “Quite a few locals are using Twitter and Facebook and others have really informative blogs. I hope we can work together to get residents the news they need. I’d like The Wave website to reflect these dynamics and I hope our reporters use an assortment of tools including video to enhance the stories they report on. My fingers are crossed but I see lots of good stuff coming.”
Wave owner, Susan Locke, welcomed the change in the newsroom. “Kevin knows Rockaway and its people very well. He’s got great vision for the future of the paper and that’s what we need. We’re very happy to have him back.”
Although Boyle resigned as editor in 1999 and held no official position with the paper he maintained his Wave connection by occasionally submitting his “Boyleing Points” column, including last week’s Rockaway Christmas Carol. In 2002, he published Braving The Waves, Rockaway Rises And Rises Again, a non-fiction account of Rockaway as it dealt with 9/11 and the crash of Flight 587. Most recently, he coauthored “Ideas Wanted” with Rick Horan, a column he said he would like to revive. “Rockaway could use plenty of ideas. In fact, now more than ever,” Boyle said.
Kevin Boyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org