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Message from the General Manager

I had the privilege late last month to spend the day with a curious fellow. A character of very few words — none, in fact — he nevertheless had a profound impact on my outlook for the summer and coming fiscal year.

As FY19 winds down, New England Public Media gears up. With the new fiscal year comes WGBY’s new alliance with NEPR, and Curious George joined me and NEPR President Martin Miller in meeting with colleagues to prepare for our future work together in this new company.

Martin and I had a lot to say to our team members, and they shared many ideas with us as well. Curious George, however, remained smiling and waving. His spirit is truly unconditional, and it reminded me why we’re in the business of public media.

Curious George knows that in the new fiscal year, WGBY will remain committed to local journalism, national PBS programming and, of course, PBS Kids educational content. Rest assured that WGBY will again bring its Summer of Fun & Learning to young students of Greater Springfield, introducing them to Curious George and other PBS Kids-themed apps, games, and books — all designed to foster a love for reading, thinking, and learning.

Curious George will be on hand again this month, appearing at the WGBY Asparagus Festival on the Hadley Town Common Saturday, June 1. The festival is a family-friendly affair, with children’s band In the Nick of Time taking the stage at noon.

Before and after In the Nick of Time’s performance, Curious George will give out his signature hugs, high fives, and friendly waves. I hope you stop by for a photo opportunity. I can guarantee he’ll be smiling.

Anthony V. Hayes