A Message From the President

This is it.

Month after month, year after year, I have used this space to let you know about new programs, exciting events and heartwarming stories that have been part of WFYI, and this is the last time I’ll be doing that. It’s time for me to give way to WFYI’s next leader, Greg Petrowich.

I’ve known this day has been coming for a while now, but it’s still hard to believe it’s here. It’s strange to think that I have completed my journey as WFYI president and CEO, and that I’ll no longer be interacting with the station’s talented and dedicated staff on a daily basis. I’ll miss many things about not coming to 1630 N. Meridian Street every day, but nothing more than that.

I’ve seen a lot of change since succeeding Frank Meek back in 1989, and it’s been a lot of fun each step of the way. I like to think I’m leaving things better than when I found them, but that’s only because of all the wonderful, hard-working people I’ve had alongside me for the past 30 years.

I’m proud to retire knowing that WFYI has made a difference in people’s lives over all this time and in many different ways – preparing preschoolers for success, informing voters about candidates and important issues, and telling amazing stories that wouldn’t otherwise get told. Together, we’ve been able to “Amplify the Voices” of our community. For that, I’m very grateful.

As I look ahead to the life’s next chapter, I look forward to staying involved with WFYI in a different capacity. I’ll be a resource for Greg as he gets to know the city and the community partners that have helped WFYI thrive. I’ll be at various events whenever it’s helpful. I’m also excited to be part of the station’s 50th anniversary activities as that draws near in 2020.

Still, it’s hard to say goodbye to something you love, and I do love public media. I also love all the people who have supported us all these years, because without you, WFYI would not be as strong as it is, and central Indiana just wouldn’t be the same. So thank you for making me feel so special all these years, and for supporting this vital community resource. I hope you’ll continue to do so, just as I will be… in a different way.

Once again, thanks for everything. It’s been a remarkable run and I’ve loved every minute.


Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO