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Message from the President of NEPM

WGBY’s September schedule is filled with superlative new programs and I couldn’t be more excited to watch along with you. This month Now Hear This, a new series from Great Performances, delves into the history of Baroque music. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a portrait of Raúl Juliá from American Masters. Frontline gets to the bottom of the Flint water crisis. Masterpiece presents the final seasons of The Durells in Corfu and Poldark.

But in the world of public television, there’s nothing more exciting than the premiere of a new documentary by Ken Burns. Country Music, Burns’ highly anticipated new film, starts Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m.

“At the heart of every great country music song is a story,” said Ken Burns. “As the songwriter Harlan Howard said, ‘It’s three chords and the truth.’” In his signature style, Burns weaves together these musical stories, connecting the history of country music to the larger story of America, looking at how artists and songwriting reflected periods of depression, war, and cultural upheaval, while examining how radio and later television impacted the art form.

WGBY will present a live preview event on Sunday, September 8 in celebration of Country Music. I hope you’ll join us at the Academy of Music in Northampton for an evening of music and conversation with Signature Sounds’ Jim Olsen, special musical guests, and more.

As always, thank you for being a member of WGBY. Your continued support makes programming like Country Music possible. It also funds WGBY’s local shows like Connecting Point, Presencia, and As Schools Match Wits, which put our community in the spotlight.


Martin Miller
President, NEPM