The Cape Cod Chronicle became 40 years old this week, and the publishers say it is a miracle.
The weekly started as the Chatham Shopping News in 1965, segued into The Chatham Chronicle and fetched up thirty years ago as The Cape Cod Chronicle covering the towns of Chatham and Harwich with a staff which has been around longer than any others on the cape.
Managing Editor Bill Galvin has been reporting the news on the Lower Cape for the same newspaper for a third of a century, and there may not be another reporter who could make that claim. Bill still writes about Harwich, and he knows more and writes better about that town than anyone else on earth.
“Leave them alone and they’ll go away.”
I was Advertising Manager at The Cape Codder when the first edition hit the streets, and Editor John Ullman and I rushed into Publisher Malcolm Hobbs' office to urge him to let us give extra attention to Chatham before this upstart got established because Chatham was then our second biggest advertising territory.
With the business acumen so typical of newspaper publishers, Hobbs said, “Leave them alone, and they’ll go away.”
While, The Chronicle never went away, The Cape Codder has been sold twice in the interim and has had too many different editors to remember.
The Lower Cape is certainly blessed to still have both these very good weekly newspapers, along with the Provincetown Banner and the Harwich Oracle covering our seven small towns.
One has to hope that if long-time publisher Hank Hyora ever does decide to sell, he'll spend the time to find another local media masochist willing to sweat blood to keep The Chronicle afloat and independent for another forty years. We all owe Hank a huge vote of thanks for his stewardship.