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Message from the President of NEPM

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock — one of the defining moments of the 1960s when hundreds of thousands of people made their way to “Yasgur’s Farm” in Upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. You may have seen the classic 1970 documentary that captured many of the riveting performances on the main stage.

This month American Experience presents a new point of view with “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation.” For this film director Barak Goodman turns the camera around, focusing on concertgoers, organizers, performers, and local residents to give us a new perspective of the event, not only as a musical milestone, but as a cultural phenomenon that changed the country forever.

This type of storytelling is a hallmark of public media. A change in perspective, the telling of a well-known story in a brand-new way. It is the reason you and I tune in to American Experience, or head to the Connecting Point website to see a segment we missed. It is also the reason we tune in to Morning Edition on New England Public Radio on our commute and subscribe to NEPR’s In Contrast podcast which marks its 50th episode this month.

Now that WGBY and New England Public Radio have come together as New England Public Media, we will also be turning the cameras and microphones around, so to speak. We will be listening to you, our audience, and asking you to stay engaged and to help us plan for the future of public media in western New England. I’m looking forward to the stories we can tell together.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer,

Martin Miller
President, NEPM