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Message from the General Manager

Rus Peotter, WGBY General Manager May is a special time for many reasons. It’s when our much anticipated Spring comes forth in earnest; a time for college graduations and the celebration of motherhood and family.  And a bit anachronistically, it’s also when the “TV season” winds down as well.  That means it’s an especially busy time when we not only rush to conclude ourfiscal year that will end next month, but when our staff and Board put together our plans for the year ahead.

At the national level, the stage will be set for those plans at the PBS Annual Meeting to be held in Austin, mid-month. There, we’ll get a glimpse of what our system’s most talented producers have created and learn how we can both present and enhance their work.  This past year, we had great success adding local stories to series like The Italian-Americans, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, screenings of Last Days of Vietnam, and of course Downton Abbey.  We’ll learn more about supporting programs and opportunities for our education work as well for our on-going commitment to the American Graduate Initiative.

Locally, we’ll be taking a fresh look at our commitment to local storytelling and issues of importance. This past season’s Long Row In Fertile Ground, and its important predecessor Root Hog Or Die, continue to be screened at community forums as catalysts for the discussion of our local food systems and regional sustainability.  We will be continuing to enhance our work with Connecting Point, working with local organizations, businesses and individuals whose stories and concerns make our region the vibrant place it is. And of course, As Schools Match Wits will return for its 55th season. As a preview, you won’t want to miss this year’s finale next month! It really demonstrates why the show has been a hit for decades.

Arts and Culture will be a special area of planning for us this year. For the past five years, we’ve used Together In Song to celebrate choral music, and we’ll be looking for how we might extend that experience to additional areas of the arts and humanities.

So, as you’re enjoying what’s new this Spring, we’ll be working on what will be new next Fall.  At the same time, we’ll be wrapping up this fiscal year successfully, with your help.  But more about that next month!  Thank you for making this all possible at WGBY for almost 45 seasons!

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Russell J. Peotter
General Manager