A Message From the President

Someone once said, “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The more than 800 volunteers who serve WFYI with generosity, grace and enthusiasm certainly make me proud, not only to work alongside them, but to witness their dedication and commitment to strengthen public media in central Indiana in service to our community. While we appreciate them every day, this month we also honor our volunteers with a thank-you luncheon and awards ceremony on April 2. It was true in 1970, when Ardath Burkhart and hundreds of volunteers led the way to bring WFYI to the airwaves and it is still true 45 years later – WFYI truly could not exist without their gifts of time, talent and treasure.

I also want to thank those of you who joined or renewed your WFYI membership during our Spring TV Membership Drive last month. Your support is the catalyst for the many documentaries, science and nature programs, and entertaining dramas we bring to you this month. From the American Experience documentary Last Days in Vietnam, to America’s Ballroom Challenge, programs on WFYI truly run the gamut, balancing education and entertainment.

For our many radio listeners, you will have an opportunity to join or renew your membership this month during our Spring Radio Membership Drive. We hope you’ll consider the value you find in the in-depth news and stories you hear each day and pledge your support.

Also this month, WFYI continues our Conversations About Education series as part of our commitment and ongoing work with the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen. On April 9 at Central Library, all are welcome to watch and talk about a new documentary, which airs later this month called The Homestretch. The documentary follows the inspiring story of three homeless teens in Chicago who fight to stay in school and graduate. Following the screening, panelists will discuss topics raised in the film.

For all the ways you help WFYI lead vital community conversations and share inspiring content, we thank you.  Together, you help WFYI make a lasting impact in our community.

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO