Since the day Triple Cities Carousel launched five years ago, it has been my whole life. Running a newspaper is not an easy task for anybody, but starting one from scratch in the 21st century is as Sisyphean as it gets. I have given my everything to Carousel, and that has more often than not come at the expense of my health, my relationships, my sanity, and my personal well-being. I cannot always tell where Carousel ends and I begin, because everything about the newspaper and the organization that has grown around it is so close to my heart.
I am incredibly proud of the impact Carousel has had on the local community, and I am forever grateful to the staff, advertisers, and readers who have gotten us this far. Together we have built something amazing. After this next issue goes to print, it is time for me to walk away and let Carousel continue on without me.
I’m very excited to announce that next month I’ll be stepping into the role of Marketing Director at Binghamton University's Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. This job is a dream come true for me, and I’m very much looking forward to starting this next chapter of my life.
As many of you know, Carousel was sold late last year to local media group Equinox Broadcasting. They’ve got a great team of creative, media-minded folks over there, and I have full faith that Carousel will continue on under their stewardship and grow to levels I never could have imagined. It’s not my place to announce the new editor-in-chief, but rest assured that the paper is in good hands. I, for one, am extremely excited to see what the future brings for Carousel, and for the local arts scene as a whole.
And so, friends, there is nothing left to do but party. Carousel's 5th Birthday Bash is coming up this weekend, and I hope to see you all there. We will toast, we will hug, we will cry, and we’ll dance like a bunch of maniacs.
–Chris Bodnarczuk, founder