A Message From the President

It’s been a busy first couple of months on the job, and that’s good! I’ve been enjoying the education on all things WFYI and Indianapolis.

Here at the station, I’ve been able to visit with each of our various departments to better understand their unique projects. I also enjoyed seeing and hearing the launch of our new afternoon radio talk show, “All IN,” and have even recorded a couple of promotional messages that you may have seen on TV.

Around town, I’ve been to a couple of Indianapolis Indians game – great ballpark! My wife, Laura, and I have been taking in various downtown experiences along the cultural trail, including restaurants, the library and the zoon, and I managed to soak up some of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Indiana State Fair. Indy is a happening place!

Even more exciting is what lies ahead this fall. Not only does September bring the return of two Masterpiece favorites, “Poldark” and “Durrellls in Corfu,” but it also means the wait is over for the latest Ken Burns masterpiece: “Country Music.”

The eight-part series starts Sunday, Sept. 15 and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 25. I like all kinds of music, and country is no exception, but even more so, I am a great fan of fabulous storytelling, and that’s always what you get with Ken Burns. I’ll be watching. Hope you will be, too.

Speaking of great storytelling, Jad Abumrad is coming to town September 19. Jad is co-host of NPR’s popular, Peabody Award-winning “Radiolab” program that airs on 90.1 FM each Saturday afternoon. Jad is another master communicator who will share some of his great storytelling tips when he joins us at Clowes Hall. We have several great seats left if you’d like to come.

One other event we’re looking forward to this month is our exclusive private screening of the new “Downton Abbey” movie before it hits theaters nationwide. You can join us at the AMC Castleton Square 14 Theater on Sept. 15 for that premiere. Details on all our special events can be found at wfyi.org.

Thanks again for all your support of our events, programs and community partnerships. We can’t do it without you!


Greg Petrowich
WFYI President and CEO