A Message From the President

“Boom Baby”!  If you’re an Indiana Pacers fan you know that phrase and have come to love what it means.  “Boom, Baby”, is the expressive trademark phrase uttered by Bobby “Slick” Leonard to describe the successful Swish of a 3-point Pacers’ basket during his colorful broadcast commentary. 

I’m pleased to share that WFYI has a bit of a “Boom Baby” moment this month with our premiere of two outstanding WFYI productions. The first features the Indiana basketball icon himself in Bobby “Slick” Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier, which premieres on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. on WFYI 1. More than a year in the making, this WFYI documentary, created in partnership with award-winning independent producer Ted Green, tells the rich story of Leonard’s life not only as a basketball player and coach, but as a husband, father, mentor and a true Hoosier legend. The film features interviews with many people you’ll recognize, including Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Senator Richard Lugar, and many others.

Then on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 p.m., we highlight another icon of Indianapolis in the premiere of The Fringe Factor: Ten Years Onstage with IndyFringe. The film, created in partnership with IndyFringe, highlights IndyFringe’s beginnings as a festival of innovative and emerging performance, and looks at how the organization shaped the arts and economic landscape of Indianapolis. You’ll see snippets from some of those imaginative and often quirky performances, some of which – please note – may be considered “for mature audiences.”

This summer, our 90.1 Public Radio News team is developing The Neighborhood Project, a series of stories on Indianapolis’ changing neighborhoods, and we hope to get your input. Tell us about your neighborhood, how it’s changing, and your opinions on the changes you see or are a part of. What is special about your neighborhood, what are the trends, concerns, points of pride? Click here for the ways in which you can participate in helping us create a rich and vibrant series.

Also this month, WFYI will be at the Indiana State Fair – come see us! We’ll be there for Kids Day on Aug. 11, with our friend Peg from the program Pet+Cat, and our radio news team will broadcast live from the fair on Aug. 14. We’ll meet you at the fair.

Thank you for the many ways you keep WFYI Public Media on the air, online and actively engaged in our central Indiana community. All that we do at WFYI is intended to inspire the best in our community by sharing stories and connecting people.  Please know how important you are to WFYI.  Whatever success WFYI enjoys in service to our community is thanks to you and your continued support.   “Boom Baby”!

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO