A Message From the President

The word “unprecedented” comes up in so many of our conversations these days. And yet, what better way to describe this season we’re in, and the one we’re approaching? This fall, as America once again exercises the muscles of democracy, many things will be different. One thing that hasn’t changed is “FRONTLINE: The Choice,” which examines the background, character, qualifications and beliefs of the major candidates for every presidential election since 1988. This year is no different, you can catch “The Choice: 2020: Trump vs. Biden” on WFYI this September for an in-depth look at the candidates.

Fifty years ago, WFYI was founded with the goal of providing educational television to local families. From Mister Rogers to “Odd Squad,” we’ve kept true to that original purpose. On September 7, PBS KIDS introduces a new animated series exploring the remarkable ways that our everyday lives are connected to nature. Created in partnership with a robotics engineer and a celebrated physicist, “Elinor Wonders Why” ignites the natural curiosity of children while introducing them to scientific inquiry and problem solving.

And speaking of history, we hope history buffs and current-event fans will join WFYI on September 24th for a virtual event with the hosts of NPR’s “Throughline.” As part of our Listen Up series presented by Lumina Foundation and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, “Throughline” co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah & Ramtin Arablouei will perform the podcast live, in a new way: featuring stories from past episodes interwoven with music and sound design.

Even if your passport isn’t getting much use these days, WFYI can still transport you across the world. Maybe you’d like to solve high-profile cases in Amsterdam in the new series “Van Der Valk.” Or visit the U.K. and catch up with Alan and Celia from “Last Tango in Halifax,” who return for season 4. Or maybe you’d like the taste of traveling without leaving your kitchen? For that, there are marathons all month long on WFYI 3 Create to inspire and teach you to cook authentic international dishes.

Whether you need to feel informed or reassured – or both – we’re here for you. When you want to be swept up in a story to escape the headlines, you can count on us. When your youngest housemates are getting stir-crazy and you just need 30 minutes to yourself, you can turn to us. That’s our commitment, as your neighbor and as your trusted friend: to be always here for you.


Greg Petrowich
WFYI President and CEO