August 29, 2016

WFYI Launches Final Phase Capital Campaign

Today, WFYI Public Media launched the final phase of the $8.5 million “Amplify the Voices of Our Community” capital campaign that will expand WFYI’s service to the community and insure technology advancements for WFYI’s public radio and television stations.

The purpose of the capital campaign is to improve efficiency and delivery of WFYI’s programs and services; to improve the WFYI facility as a community connector and convening space; and to keep WFYI current with ongoing technology advancements.  Funds already raised have enabled WFYI to invest in new television studio cameras and a new master control switcher for live broadcasts, as well as to upgrade broadcast transmission equipment and improve facility security.

Thanks to gifts from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Rollie and Cheri Dick, and CNO Financial Group, as well as hundreds of individuals from the community, the campaign has already raised $6.2 million toward the goal of $8.5 million.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support during the early phase of our campaign, and feel confident that the public phase will deliver similarly impressive results,” said Lloyd Wright, president and CEO, WFYI Public Media. “We thank all the donors for their generosity and investment in WFYI Public Media.”

The investments are necessary “to continue the distinctive programs, in-depth news, and community engagement -- all assuring that WFYI remains the trusted resource the community expects from public service media —radio and TV and its growing array of distribution outlets,” said campaign chairman, George Plews, partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP, Indianapolis.

“As we know with our personal computers, regular technological updates are required to keep pace with basic services. It’s far more substantial of an upgrade for public TV and radio stations,” Plews said. “This campaign will help WFYI remain relevant not only today but for future audiences as well.”

For nearly 46 years, WFYI Public Media has served central Indiana as PBS and NPR member stations, carrying not only national programming, but also in creating original award-winning content for television, radio and digital distribution, particularly in the areas of arts and culture, health, education, history and public affairs.

For more information on WFYI’s Amplify the Voices Capital Campaign, visit the campaign website.