A Message From the President

When I am out in the community, people often tell me how much they value WFYI’s quality programming, our educational focus, and our strong community partnerships. While I find this very gratifying, I am also humbled by the fact that this vital work happens only because 26,000 of you have come together and said, “We want public media to thrive and we will support it.” Without the “public” in WFYI Public Media, we are just another media outlet.

Thank YOU -- each one of our members and supporters -- for caring deeply enough to support the programming you love and the mission of public media by keeping WFYI on the air for the past 45 years!

This month, we bring you election news, programs that honor our Veterans, as well as more engaging arts programs and independent films, intriguing nature programs, and a new PBS KIDS schedule of educational programs for children.

One of our roles as a local public media station is to bring you programs that you cannot find elsewhere, and this month, we bring you several local productions that inform and inspire. Children of the Dumping Ground  follows a young, developmentally disabled boy ensnared in the Indiana juvenile justice system. Without family or legal support, he is essentially “dumped” into the system. This film shows what can happen when, over six years’ time, caring advocates step in and help him get the support he needs.

Also, caring citizens are featured in another local production, When the World Answered, about the 1966 Florence (Italy) flood, and the many who people came together to save and restore so many important artworks. Indianapolis philanthropist Jane Fortune is leading ongoing efforts to recognize the efforts of women artists to help Florence during its recovery. Additionally this month, in Baby Boom to Aging Boom, WFYI and its partner, the Central Indiana Senior Fund, help you think through the important discussions and plans to ensure an excellent quality of life in the later years.

You’ll want to tune your radio to 90.1 -- just voted “Indy’ Best” -- on Election Day, November 3, (or stream online at wfyi.org), for a special two-hour No Limits featuring Indianapolis’ five living mayors talking with host John Krull about the ins and outs of being a mayor of Indiana’s capital city. In addition, WFYI Public Radio will carry election results throughout the evening.

While we offer you a full month of news, entertainment and ways to connect more deeply with the people around you, we also pause with gratitude over the Thanksgiving holiday with our families and friends.

From each of us at WFYI, to each of you, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO