A Message From the President

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the start of baseball season. For me, the sound of a bat connecting with a fastball, or the call of a vendor selling peanuts stirs up memories of warm evenings at the ballpark.

However, for Jackie Robinson in the spring of 1947, when he broke baseball’s color barrier, baseball was far more than a game. The integration of the Major Leagues was yet another milestone for him in his fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans. This month, famed director Ken Burns chronicles Robinson’s life and his fight against racial injustice in the new documentary, Jackie Robinson, premiering on April 11.

We revisit more of documentarian Ken Burns’ work when we air again his six-part documentary on Jazz (April 1 to May 20) and his six-part exploration of our National Park System (April 25 to 30). Also this month, in recognition of National Holocaust Remembrance Month, WFYI premieres a new special, Remembrances, a moving story of the Holocaust told in dance by members of Dance Kaleidoscope, which airs on Thursday, April 21, at 9 pm, and repeats on Sunday, April 24 at 3 am.

If you’re a regular patron of some branches of the Indianapolis Public Library, this month you may see something new in your library: WFYI’s Speak Up phone. Our phone has been making the rounds of some of Indy’s most-challenged neighborhoods to collect insights from local residents about the places where they live. Some comments are being integrated into WFYI’s Intersections reporting project which explores in-depth the problems and opportunities in six critical neighborhoods of the city.

During WFYI’s Radio Membership Drive from April 9 to 15, we will be on-air asking for you to join or renew your membership. If you rely on NPR’s balanced, in-depth news, or if you enjoy the many cultural and educational programs WFYI brings you each day, then I hope you’ll call or go online and lend your support during this drive. We cannot pay for these important programs without listener contributions.

Many of you regularly give of your treasure, talents and time to insure that public media continues to thrive in central Indiana. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. We are proud to serve you and this vital community, where we live, work and play.

Thank you!

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO