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Message from the Board Chair

Only two months in, and it’s already been a big year for WGBY. Season 2 of our ground-breaking bilingual Latino show, Presencia, is a smashing success. Connecting Point continues to tell the stories of Western New England and call attention to current affairs. The station even took on a few short-term projects, including Healing Racism: A Community Dialogue forum last month. Indeed, interim General Manager Lynn Page hasn’t taken her foot off the gas—our public TV station is as active and engaged as ever.

This month will be no different. The station will take us live to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. It will walk us through some local history with two 30-minute “Gone But Not Forgotten” specials. It will continue its hands-on work providing educators with PBS Learning materials and children with access to educational apps and multimedia content to help prepare them for their future.

All these efforts differentiate WGBY from our commercial counterparts. Our public television station is firmly committed to being a present, engaged participant in our local community.

March also represents a major fundraising period for WGBY. As always, our membership drive will offer special on-air programming and opportunities to get tickets to local events, DVDs, and more. But it’s our biggest annual event, the WGBY Wine Lovers Weekend, that offers the tastiest way to support our station.

The Wine Lovers Tasting event on Friday, March 10 is shaping up to be very impressive. Our wonderful sponsor to this event, Table and Vine, has lined-up more than 300 wine vendors for you. If you haven’t yet been to this event, you really ought to get a ticket. Members get a $5 discount on Tasting admission tickets, too. Visit wgby.org/wine, and then use promo code WGBYMEMBER at checkout.

WGBY brings us all the PBS shows we know and trust (and a 24-hour PBS Kids service), but it also does so much more for our community—all of it possible because of you. Your support helps preserve WGBY as a valuable public resource.  

Crist Myers Chair,
WGBY Board of Tribunes