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Message from the General Manager

Rus Peotter, WGBY General ManagerIt’s hard not to love the month of June. Outside, the days are still lengthening and the region’s fields are sharing their early produce. On Saturday, June 4, WGBY will be celebrating local food and local agriculture at our fifth Asparagus Festival. As always, we’ll have great food from local chefs, local beverages to enjoy with it, lots of wonderful music thanks to our friends at Signature Sounds, and scores of activities for all ages. Visit wgby.org/asparagus for more information.

We will be celebrating the outdoors on-air as well. On Wednesday, June 8, we will focus on the Connecticut River—probably our region’s single-most defining feature. We will reprise some programming from the past and, with friends and stewards, share what’s happening to this remarkable resource today. It’s just one part of our June fiscal-year-end fundraising push.

Our fiscal year isn’t the only thing that ends in June. Many of our TV projects conclude their seasons and get ready for new ones to come in the fall. Each year, one of the most exciting is the As Schools Match Wits Championship Match. I’ll admit it will be hard to match last year’s incredible finale, but producer  Tony Dunne says its close. We will also  wrap up both Connecting Point and Presencia for this fiscal year. Connecting Point made many changes this season, and we hope you noticed.  Presencia was completely new and groundbreaking for  both WGBY and the region. As both programs get ready for next year, we would love to hear your feedback.

Finally, I want to close with a few words of thanks to Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl and Holyoke Community College President Bill Messner. As viewers of WGBY, I hope you’ve seen our American Graduate work on Connecting Point and elsewhere. Much of that work focused on preparing students for jobs. We have been incredibly fortunate to have Ira and Bill as strong partners in those efforts. Community colleges are key to our region’s success and we are grateful for their leadership. They both retire this June. Thanks Ira. Thanks Bill.

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Russell J. Peotter
General Manager