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A Retirement Message

Retiring WGBY GM Rus Peotter's Farewell Remarks

WGBY's longest-serving general manager Rus Peotter bids farewell to his post, but still calls western New England "home."

Leaving a Legacy of Local Focus

Public television is all about community — that will be the legacy of 40-year TV veteran Rus Peotter, who has announced his end-of-year retirement as general manager of local PBS member station WGBY.

For Peotter, the impact of a public television station doesn’t begin and end with the broadcasting of national educational content. Rather, its impact stems from its role as a facilitator of community discourse and local engagement.

“Rus has brought passion and dedication to his role, advancing WGBY’s service to audiences and communities across western New England,” said Jon Abbott, president of WGBH Educational Foundation, which includes WGBY. “His deep commitment to our educational mission is reflected in the ways he has used public media to serve teachers, students, and schools. We all have benefited from his extraordinary leadership.”

A Tribute from Staff

For the last 15 years as WGBY’s GM, Peotter has overseen the creation of locally produced programs, including the station’s flagship series Connecting Point and the bilingual Latino series Presencia, to ensure the people of western New England share in the past, present, and future stories that shape our most immediate surroundings. He has also sought to re-imagine the role a public television station can play in the community as a provider of educational experiences.

In this video, WGBY staff members reflect on Mr. Peotter’s contributions to the station and honor the legacy he leaves.

The Rus Peotter Community Engagement Fund

In recognition of Mr. Peotter's special focus on local programs and community initiatives, WGBY has created a fund in his honor. WGBY invites you to participate in growing this important fund.

With your thoughtful support, The Rus Peotter Community Engagement Fund will continue Mr. Peotter's legacy of engaging the public through local production and programming, education outreach, and community discourse.