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Message from the General Manager

As cliché as it may be to call October “the month of change,” the transformations taking place this month just can’t be overstated.

While the autumn colors are astounding—and you can celebrate them in real time this month with a special program, Autumnwatch New England — the changes on the horizon this month are also political.

Following the 2016 election, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger reminded us why public television is needed in this “time of deep division.”

“Public broadcasting is the only media organization that does not separate audiences into categories based on who they are, where they live, or what they believe,” Kerger said. “We are the people’s network. We provide a space for Americans of all backgrounds to come together for meaningful conversation, without hyperbole and without rancor.”

Here at WGBY, I’m proud to say we have a news team that’s dedicated to continuing the same tradition of trustworthiness Kerger described. Our Connecting Point team values its journalistic principles and fact-based insights.

As this month’s PrimeTime goes to print, Connecting Point Executive Producer Tony Dunne is busy working to coordinate a statewide debate between incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican challenger State Rep. Geoff Diehl.

Both candidates have agreed to the debate, which will be hosted here inside the WGBY studio in Springfield in partnership with the Western Mass. Media Consortium.

As Paula Kerger explains, public media is needed “to understand our past, to inform our present, and to point the way to a brighter future.”

With any election comes some amount of change—and your ongoing support of WGBY and its commitment to reliable public affairs coverage is helping to ensure our community’s next steps are thoughtful, productive, and positive. So, thank you.

Anthony V. Hayes,

General Manager