Sam Hatcher will step down as publisher of The Wilson Post following the announcement Lebanon-based Main Street Newspapers LLC was sold Thursday to Dave Gould, former advertising executive at The Tennessean.
The sale includes the twice-weekly Post, along with weekly newspapers Gallatin News and Hendersonville Standard. Gould was vice president of advertising with The Tennessean for 11 years and spent 23 years with Gannett Co., Inc., The Tennessean’s parent company.
“Sam is going to continue to work with me on some new things,” Gould said. “We will continue to work together. He will remain in some capacity. I will probably take on more of [the publisher’s] role. Sam may be involved in some different things, but he will remain involved. Sam birthed this company…and I look forward to continue to work with him.”
Gould and his wife, Ellen, reside in Nashville with their eight children. Patrick attends the University of Tennessee, Andrew attends the University of Dayton, Nicholas and Sam attend Father Ryan High School and Sarah, Oliver, Annie and Maggie attend St. Henry School. Gould is involved with a number of civic organizations, including the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where he served as board president for three years, Nashville Rotary and St. Henry Church.
Gould said he has no immediate plans to move to Wilson County but plans to become involved in the local communities where the newspapers are based.
“We have some newspapers in Sumner County and are looking at some other possibilities around Middle Tennessee,” Gould said. “My family is firmly rooted where we live now. I’m going to be involved in the community and make sure we are community minded and focused.”
Hatcher said he’s looking forward to his new role in the company.
“We looked at selling the company for the last six or eight months, and we found someone we really like,” Hatcher said. “We’ve talked and really become good friends and shared some of our experiences over the years. I think it’s a great fit.
“I’ll be hanging around and kind of helping out with the company. I will be writing some regular columns and helping him some in the regular business of the company.”
Hatcher started in the newspaper business with The Lebanon Democrat, eventually serving as its publisher for several years before opening Main Street Newspapers.
“I graduated from Castle Heights in 1966 and started writing sports for The Lebanon Democrat,” he said. “I went to Cumberland for two years and continued to write sports. I went to Tennessee Tech for two years and came back and sold advertising at The Democrat at that time. When I graduated, I worked my way up in the company.”