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Message from the General Manager

Rus Peotter, WGBY General Manager As we conclude our fiscal year this month, I’d like to write a bit about the way everything we do gets done; it’s the people who work here, those who volunteer here and all of you who support us financially.

Shortly after I composed last month’s column, we learned that members of the WGBY staff were nominated for four Regional Emmy® Awards.  By the time you read this, we’ll know if they won, but sadly I don’t know that now.  (The Awards ceremony is May 30.)  But in a sense that doesn’t matter, because in a major way, simply being nominated is important recognition of quality work. Here are a few reasons why:

First, Emmy® Awards are made to people, not institutions.  So, while WGBY is justifiably proud of these productions, the award is recognition of the skills of the individuals who made them. They include:

Keith Clark for Together In Song: We Sang To The Top
Dave Fraser for Connecting Point: Veterans Coming Home
Freelance Producer Julie Akeret and WGBY Videographer Mark Langevin for Big Ideas For Little Kids
Producer Jeff Belanger and WGBY Producer Tony Dunne for New England Legends: Maritime Mysteries

A second reason that this recognition is especially significant is the selection process itself.  For each region in the country, hundreds of entries are made. The Academy then solicits judging teams for each category by region. The entries are shipped to another region to be judged by a professional peer from that area.  This process focuses on professional achievement and removes any hometown bias. The entry needs to tell its own story. It’s a high bar.

Keith, Dave, Mark and Tony are longtime WGBY employees.  Julie has been a key contributing producer on many WGBY projects over the years.  And Jeff ’s passion for mystery has made him a frequent contributor to our broadcast schedule.  I mention them here by name several times, because in the end, WGBY is NOT a big nameless institution; it is a group of highly skilled staff (beyond the few mentioned here) and strongly dedicated supporters who believe that our local stories can be told, should be told and be told well.

You are one of those supporters. So this month, as we make our end-of-the-
fiscal-year solicitations, please consider the people who make it happen. Thanks in advance.

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Russell J. Peotter
General Manager