As we look ahead to spring, I'm thrilled to tell you what's in store for WHYY. First, look for Friday Arts, an exciting new monthly WHYY-TV series spotlighting the region's arts, culture and entertainment offerings, which will premiere the first week of April. A robust Web page you can find at WHYY.org with content supplementary and complimentary to Friday Arts television content will be updated frequently.
Later this spring, look for NewsWorks.org, WHYY's expanded, enhanced online news and information service. News coverage will be bolstered by the addition of reporters as WHYY begins to grow a regional enterprise reporting team. WHYY's existing staff will continue to generate an increased number of Web-only reports. The service will also feature a section for "hyperlocal" news and community forums that will launch this fall.
Construction of The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons is just weeks away from completion. Come the fall, the facility will be a place where you and your family can utilize cutting-edge digital technology to become great storytellers. Thirty high school students are learning this semester to develop the skills necessary to produce short videos, and WHYY will welcome dozens more high school students during its pair of two-week Young Journalists Summer Camp sessions.
As we move forward in 2010, WHYY will strive to remain your most trusted local public media provider and be the go-to place for news when you need it, entertainment when you want it and a safe haven in which children can learn.
As always, your contributions are invested in programming and services that enrich the lives of all of us in the Delaware Valley. Thank you for your continued support of the region's leading public media provider.
William J. Marrazzo
President and Chief Executive Officer