OUR MISSION


WFYI Public Media empowers, educates, entertains and connects our community through impactful journalism, inspiring stories and lifelong learning.
 


WFYI MANAGEMENT


Greg Petrowich, President & CEO

Connie Fraley Campbell, Chief Financial Officer

Matt Shafer Powell, Chief Content Officer

David Slade, Chief Development and Marketing Officer

Steve Jensen, Vice President of Broadcast Operations

Gail Thomas Strong, Vice President of Community Engagement

Clayton Taylor, Vice President of Television Production

Lloyd Wright, Former President and CEO

To contact any member of station management please call (317) 636-2020 or use our Contact Us form. 
 


WFYI BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Chair: Brenda Horn, Civic Leader

Vice Chair: Raquel Richardson, Centric Consulting

Immediate Past Chair: Michael Heaton, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Treasurer: Sue Back, Civic Leader

Secretary: Tony Felts, Anthem

President: Greg Petrowich, WFYI

Additional Executive Committee Members

  • Ted Boehm, Hoover Hull Turner LLP.
  • Michele Janin, Civic Leader
  • Kathi Postlethwait, Civic Leader
  • Howard Schrott, Schrott Consulting
  • George Plews, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun (Ex-officio)

Board Members

  • David Arland, Arland Communications, Inc.
  • Neelay Bhatt, PROS Consulting
  • Whitney Ertel, Borshoff
  • Ronald Fisher, Schmidt Associates
  • Rosie Foulke, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
  • Dr. Tim Garnett, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Eric Gillispie, Civic Leader
  • Irena Goloschokin, Copper Mountain Technologies
  • Beth Haney, Elanco
  • Gloria Jimenez, Indiana Latino Expo
  • Kathy Johnson, IUPUI
  • Terry Magid, Cummins, Inc.
  • Tim Maginn, Civic Leader
  • Fred Nation, Civic Leader, Terre Haute
  • Judy Okenfuss, Ice Miller
  • Tanya Stuart Overdorf, Attorney
  • Jon Owens, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Eddie Pillow, Pillow Logistics
  • Becca Polak, Civic Leader
  • LaTona Prentice, Citizens Energy Group
  • Anne Sellers, Sensory Technologies
  • Tiffani Taylor, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County (Eskenazi Health)
  • Aaron Williams, Google

Distinguished Directors Emeritus

  • Michael Alerding, Alerding & Co
  • Alan B. Cloe, Civic Leader
  • James Carr, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
  • Diana Davis, Civic Leader
  • David Sease, Sease Gerig & Associates
  • Norm Tabler, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

 

WFYI FOUNDATION BOARD


Foundation Board Chair: George M. Plews

Immediate Past Chair: David A. Resnick

Vice Chair: Robert Elzer

Secretary: Susanne Sogard

President: Greg Petrowich

Foundation Board Members

  • Dan Appel
  • Charles M. Blair
  • Barbara E. Branic
  • Julie Davis
  • Rollie Dick
  • Kristin G. Fruehwald
  • Arlene Glick Grande
  • Marnie Maxwell
  • Susanne McAlister
  • Mandy Moore
  • Brian W. Welch
     

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SCHEDULE


Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media Inc. (MIPM) is the governing body of WFYI. The Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of community leaders who provide guidance and work to promote a better understanding of the mission of WFYI.

All meetings are open to the public and currently being held via videoconference unless otherwise noted. The schedule below is subject to change. Please contact us to confirm meeting times and dates or to get more information.

Board
The MIPM Board will meet in 2020 on the following dates from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • January 24, 2020
  • March 25, 2020
  • May 13, 2020 *
  • June 17, 2020 *
  • July 22, 2020 *
  • September 16, 2020 *
  • November 18, 2020 (Annual Meeting) *

If you would like to participate in this meeting, please contact mhodge@wfyi.org for more information.

Executive Committee
The MIPM Executive Committee will meet on the following dates from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • February 27, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • June 5, 2020
  • August 19, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
     

BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE


All meetings are open to the public and held at WFYI (1630 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202) unless otherwise noted.  The schedule below is subject to change. Please contact us to confirm meeting times and dates or to get more information.

Audit Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 9:00 - 10:30, unless otherwise noted.

  • December 11, 9:00 AM
  • February 17, 2021

Finance Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • February 20 (9:30 - 11:00 AM)
  • May 7
  • July 23 (8:30 - 10:30 AM)
  • August 6 (8:30 - 10:30 AM)
  • November 5

Human Resource/Compensation Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • May 11
  • August 10
  • November 9
Facilities Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
  • October 28
Community Impact Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
  • February 12
  • June 20
  • August 6
  • November 12

Governance & Nominating Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • February 20
  • June 25
  • September 24
  • October 22

Special Events Committee will meet via videoconference on the following dates from 11:30a.m - 1:00 pm.

  • March 13
  • June 12
  • September 11
  • November 13

WFYI COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD


Chair:  Kevin Armstrong, IU Health

  • Dr. Tim Garnett, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Rob McPherson, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)                      
  • Joy Rogers, IU School of Nursing
  • Bryan Strawbridge, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys                                                              
  • Michael Twyman, OpportunIndy                                       

Community Advisory Board will meet virtually on the following dates from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

  • July 29
  • October 21
  • January 20, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • July 21, 2021
  • October 2021

 

HISTORY OF WFYI


Going Beyond Programming

Known for quality programming throughout Central Indiana, WFYI Public Media provides more than just the standard radio and television services. WFYI has been involved as a community leader and partner in education, health, public affairs, and the arts since 1970. We serve as a public forum where people are encouraged to discuss and debate issues important to the local community. Our award-winning documentaries and public affairs programs have addressed many relevant topics including financial literacy, healthcare, workforce development and environmental affairs. This broadcast schedule combines with local community outreach programs to focus on developing successful solutions to local issues.


Four Decades of Service to Central Indiana

More than 40 years ago WFYI Public Media was formed after many local residents in Central Indiana voiced the need to create the state’s first educational television system. A local community leader, Ardath Y. Burkhart, passionately led a small grass-roots campaign to create a local educational television station. This group became affectionately known as "Ardath's Army" and quickly gained community support by traveling door-to-door across Indianapolis and its six surrounding counties. The volunteers pushed the station into existence in just a few short weeks by raising enough money to cover a full year of operating expenses.

The station first signed on the air with a no-frills staff of nine employees, three black-and-white television cameras, and a signal that reached just beyond downtown Indianapolis. WFYI was the city's first UHF television signal and the only channel to provide commercial-free programming a novel idea, even more than 40 years ago.

 

A New Era in Public Service Media

More than 80 professionals work hard at WFYI Public Media to make it Indiana’s chief PBS and NPR member station and one of Central Indiana’s leading not-for-profits. The WFYI headquarters is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently situated at 1630 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. The WFYI location is one of Indianapolis' premier media hubs and centers for civic engagement.

WFYI Public Television's strong broadcast signal covers a 58-mile radius over the most heavily-populated urban and rural areas of Indiana. Over 80 cable companies extend WFYI's educational television programming to residents in West Central and East Central Indiana, bringing WFYI Public Television's service area to nearly two million households. WFYI is also honored to serve as the flagship PBS and NPR member station for Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations Inc. (IPBS). Approximately 450,000 households throughout Central Indiana continue to tune in to WFYI Public Television at least once a week, and 110,000 Hoosiers listen to FM 90.1 HD1 on the radio each week.

As WFYI Public Media looks towards the future, it will continue to focus on expanding its local production capacity; enhancing its community services to both mainstream and underserved audiences; and building on its proven track record of delivering first-rate local, national and international news coverage.

 

Digital Television Broadcasting

WFYI Public Television inaugurated its first digital broadcast in 2003. And Digital TV (DTV) technology, has enabled viewers across Indiana to have their choice of three separate WFYI channels! Today, WFYI has created three distinct public television services to provide for a variety of needs.

WFYI 1 (20.1) is the station's main channel offering the traditional PBS fare that Central Indiana families have come to enjoy for more than four decades.

WFYI 2 (20.2) carries WFYI's PBS KIDS around the clock, 24 hours a day. Voted the #1 educational media outlet in the country, PBS KIDS has research-based, award-winning programs proven to give children a boost in development and improve their chance of success in school. WFYI's PBS KIDS offers 21 different programs each day. The line-up can be viewed on our schedule page.

WFYI 3 (20.3) offers how-to programming during the day and national and locally-produced shows during primetime.

A New Radio Experience

With the advent of digital radio broadcasting, WFYI Public Radio features two distinct digital services:

WFYI 90.1 FM HD1 Home to WFYI Public Radio's traditional NPR and BBC program fare, along with 90.1 FM's award-winning local news and public affairs shows.

WFYI 90.1 FM HD2 (also known as "The Point") This alternative service features the same thought-provoking programming that local public radio fans have grown accustomed, but with a trendier and more engaging media format that's not just available through HD radio technology, but also available live-streamed online through WFYI's website.


MAIN STUDIO ADDRESS: WFYI PUBLIC TV & 90.1 WFYI PUBLIC RADIO


1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 636-2020
Email: viewerswfyi@wfyi.org
 


WFYI CLOSED CAPTIONING QUALITY CERTIFICATION


All programming provided by WFYI complies with the closed captioning requirements established by the Federal Communications Commission as embodied in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1, including regulations concerning closed captioning quality. Programming provided by WFYI complies with these regulations by either: (i) satisfying the caption quality standards set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(j)(2); (ii) adopting and following the “Video Programmer Best Practices” set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(k)(1); or (iii) being subject to one or more of the captioning exemptions set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(d), including programming for which the audio is in a language other than English or Spanish and that is not scripted programming that can be captioned using the “electronic news room” technique; interstitial material, promotional announcements, and public service announcements that are 10 minutes or less in duration; and/or programming that consists primarily of non-vocal music.
 


CONTACT WFYI ABOUT CLOSED CAPTIONING


Questions or comments having to do with closed captions should be directed to captions@wfyi.org or (317) 715-2090.