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Message from the General Manager

Spring has sprung, and we have much to look forward to this season. With more daylight and more active evenings, we’re hoping you and other WGBY members get ready for some quality local programming.

Starting the first week in April, it’s the Season Three premiere of Presencia, a weekly bilingual program that tells the stories of our Latino community. In-studio interviews, in-the-field footage, and resident-made digital stories come together to connect us with the arts, culture, trends, and concerns of our region.   

What I appreciate about Presencia is its courage. To be bilingual, to toggle back and forth between two languages — both widely used in the region — in a sincere effort to bring different demographics and ethnic groups together to reach a common understanding about our shared environment is truly admirable. I’m proud of our Presencia team, and I encourage you to tune in and watch this unique local program.

Another important community in focus on WGBY this month is the Jewish community. In the week following Passover, we air the documentary film, GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II. Last month, we partnered with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, and others to host three advance screenings of this film, followed by meaningful panel discussions. The community engagement at these events was motivating.

We hope to replicate some of that engaging energy the first week in April when we partner with Clinical & Support Options (CSO) in screening the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. This film explores childhood trauma, and CSO puts the ideas in the context of education. Learn more about it at wgby.org/resilience.

There’s a lot going on here at WGBY. Luckily, the brightness of spring, along with the energy of our vibrant community, gives us the ability to do it all.

Thank you for continued support.

Anthony V. Hayes,
General Manager