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Message from the President of NEPM

We’ve all heard it said: “Change is the only constant in life.” For public media, that certainly proves to be true.

For nearly 24 years, I’ve had the honor of serving as CEO & General Manager of New England Public Radio. This month, NEPR officially joins forces with WGBY, and I am thrilled to write my first WGBY PrimeTime column as President of New England Public Media.

NEPM is the culmination of many years of work. WGBY General Manager Anthony V. Hayes has been instrumental in helping to facilitate our agreement. He now joins me, as COO & General Manager in proudly seeing New England Public Media begin to operate as an independent nonprofit multimedia organization this summer.

You may have heard that over-the-air viewers will need to rescan television sets in order to receive the WGBY signal via UHF antenna as of July 19. (For more information visit wgby.org/tvrescan.)

I’ve already been asked whether this TV rescan is directly related to the NEPM venture — it is not. The FCC is mandating this signal repackaging, which affects hundreds of stations across the country, in order to accommodate high-speed wireless signals.  

But NEPM and the TV rescan are indirectly related in this way: just as the FCC sees a need to accommodate more modern trends in communications and content consumption, so too must public radio and public television. Broadcasting content under the same old model is no longer sufficient.

I look forward in the coming months to regularly communicating with you about our expanded services, digital platforms, local happenings, and more. If you do your part by rescanning your TV sets, I’ll do my part by keeping you in the NEPM loop.

Thank you for supporting public media.

Martin Miller
President, NEPM