Message from the General Manager
As I write this in early February it already seems like a long winter. As you read this in early March I’m sure it’ll feel that much longer! We’ve had season four of Downton Abbey, the Olympics and the polar vortex. While much of the country got the flip-side of climate change over the last few months, we in New England basically got a real old-fashioned winter. I suspect that like me, you are ready for more light, more warmth and surroundings that are
a bit more green.
But that’s not to say there wasn’t a lot to see and learn on WGBY, especially locally. Our Connecting Point team introduced you to a local side of the Olympics with some background on the athletes, their families and the places they train. That same CP team also tackled really tough issues as well; such as the heroin epidemic that is clearly no longer solely an urban problem. And throughout the last two months more than one thousand enthusiastic performers headed to our studios in downtown Springfield to share their musical talents during tapings of Together In Song. While it may not have seemed warm outside, it definitely added a warm glow inside the studios at WGBY.
And “more green”? It’s hard to believe, but this month will be the 12th time the WGBY team heads to Holyoke for the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. It is one of our most complex and costly productions, but one that we are also very proud of. Most of our crew has been with us for each year and they are very proud of the quality production they put out for one of the largest St. Patrick’s events in the country. This year marks a technical first, as we are proud to produce, broadcast and stream the parade for the first time in high definition.
People, issues and events. All local and conveyed with depth, sensitivity and quality by a dedicated team that cares about you and about . . . right here.
Your support made this all possible through the long winter. And that support will continue to sustain us into what is sure to be a bright and exciting spring.
Russell J. Peotter