A Message From the President

While May in Indiana focuses heavily on the Indianapolis 500, we here at WFYI are also revved up for a month of great programming, engaging conversations, and popular community events that lead us into the heart of summer.

In honor of Memorial Day and our veterans, we air a number of programs this month that salute those who served our country. From the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., to the more personal stories of courage in Homefront, WFYI recognizes our nation’s military for their service on our behalf.

From our own production team, WFYI brings you Mestiza Music, a colorful, musical program with world-renowned composer Gabriela Frank. In the program, you’ll see and hear the beauty that results from the blending of South American music and instrumentation with Western classical music. This is WFYI’s third in a series of documentaries that have followed Frank’s work around the globe.

In our ongoing Conversations About Education series, this month we bring you national expert on education, John Bridgeland, for a May 19 talk at Central Library. Bridgeland is coauthor of the nationwide yearly report Building A GradNation, which tracks national trends and data toward the goal of boosting graduation rate of students across the U.S. He will discuss best practices to keep students on track for graduation, which is also a critical aspect of WFYI’s commitment to the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen. We hope you’ll join us.

Also this month, WFYI staffers are hard at work planning our annual PBS KIDS in the Park event, presented by PNC. This fun-filled, family-friendly event is slated for Saturday, June 13. WFYI will also play an active role in the Broad Ripple Art Fair on May 16-17. Stop by the WFYI Blues Stage that weekend, enjoy some good music and meet many of our staff members.

To each of you who joined WFYI or renewed your membership during our Spring TV and Radio Membership Drives, thank you! You help us serve the community as a vital resource and source of inspiration. We appreciate all that you do to keep public media thriving in central Indiana.

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO