A Message From the President

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since our inaugural WFYI Wine Fest? My, how time flies! This year’s event on March 1 promises to be the best one of all with our move to the Biltwell Event Center just across the White River from downtown. This event always has great food, wine and conversation, and I hope you can make time to join us. I also hope you will introduce yourself and let me know what you like about WFYI, what you don’t like so much and how we can do better. I look forward to seeing you there!

Last year at this time, we had another significant event – the launch of the WFYI mobile app. Since then, we’ve seen about 1,500 people/month enjoying the easy, anytime access to PBS, NPR and WFYI content in one simple-to-use spot. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do. It’s free, and it allows you to take your favorite radio and television programs with you wherever you go.

Speaking of favorite programs, we are closing in on the national distribution of our award-winning documentary on Holocaust survivor Eva Kor. Next month, “Eva: A-7063” will start playing on more than 300 public television stations across the country. We hope her story and her message of healing and hope will start impacting communities all over America the way it has in Indiana. April is also when we should be able to reveal plans of a new Eva-related exhibit you will be able to experience in Indianapolis.

We’ve got more great television programming headed your way this month. A couple longtime PBS stars are featured in programs as “The Best of the Joy of Painting” details how Bob Ross has become part of the pop culture landscape (March 10), and “A Conversation with Ken Burns” shares insights from America’s foremost documentarian (March 13).

Finally, in case you didn’t hear, PBS and its member stations have just been named the most trusted institution in America for the 16th consecutive year. That comes from an annual survey conducted with thousands of people across the country. Trust is everything in public media. We thank you for trusting us to offer unbiased news coverage and meaningful programs that help make our community such a great place to live. We can’t do what we do without you!

Sincerely,

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO