A Message From the President

Education has been a primary focus of WFYI Public Media since our formation in 1970.  That’s when we brought Sesame Street to central Indiana, and education remains a key element in our service to our community today, through our public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.  Since those earliest days, PBS KIDS programming and services have helped prepare millions of children to enter pre-school, kindergarten and first grade ready to learn.

In September, WFYI hosted a 14-hour marathon of national and local education programming and featured 38 local organizations doing who are doing vital work on behalf of our state’s children. If you missed that inspiring day of television, we invite you to watch our local video segments now online at amgrad.wfyi.org.

We continue our focus on education again this month, with the kick-off of a fun, educational program from PBS KIDS, called Odd Squad.

Also, if you remain undecided about your vote in the IPS school board election, we encourage you to view our taped Conversations About Education online at wfyi.org (see page 10). These conversations, held last month in partnership with Chalkbeat Indiana and the Indianapolis Public Library, feature a question-and-answer session with each school board candidate. While we would never tell you how to vote, we hope this program reminds you that your school board vote is a critical way to support children in our community.

Also this month, we honor the service of our veterans through a variety of PBS programs such as Navy Seals: Their Untold Story, which tells of the transformation of U.S. Navy frogmen into the warrior elite,  Salute to our Troops, an entertaining performance of music and dance from the White House, and additional inspiring programs on WFYI 3.

Check out our inspiring local veteran stories online through our Veterans Coming Home project in partnership with Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Herron School of Art and Design. These moving stories demonstrate how some central Indiana veterans use art to heal from their war experiences. Watch online at wfyi.veteranscominghome.org.

On 90.1 HD2, we welcome a new radio program by local Indianapolis blogger Jolene Ketzenberger, called Eat Drink Indy Radio. Her new program, beginning on Saturday, November 1, will help you find Indy’s most tasty food and beverage options.

To those of you who renewed your membership or joined WFYI last month during our Fall Radio Pledge Drive - Thank You. We at WFYI feel fortunate to be located and serve in such a supportive and affirming community as this. And most especially during this season of gratitude, we are thankful for the many ways you share the vibrancy of public media in our neighborhoods and beyond. WFYI works to inspire the best in our community by sharing stories and connecting people.  Please know we are inspired by you! Thank you.

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO