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From WHYY — Sept. 22, 2010

This fall might be WHYY's busiest ever. I'm thrilled to tell you about and welcome you to attend an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, for The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, WHYY's newly opened state-of-the art facility. It will be a place where you and your family and friends can utilize cutting-edge digital technology to create multimedia productions such as short videos and photo slide shows complete with music. Several specially designed beginner and advanced courses are open to the public and educators, who will receive Act 48 credit. WHYY members receive discounted rates.

This fall, 120 high school students participating in the WHYY Afterschool program will learn media literacy and video production while getting involved in their communities. Last summer, WHYY's second annual Young Journalists Summer Camp offered more than 40 high school students the opportunity to learn how to produce news stories during a pair of two-week sessions, and 12 students learned how to produce film narrative shorts at The WHYY Film Academy, a partnership with King of Prussia, Pa.-based Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs.

NewsWorks.org, WHYY's expanded news and information service featuring multimedia coverage, will go live this fall. Tying in with NewsWorks plans, WHYY will launch a pilot project to develop "hyperlocal" journalism in Northwest Philadelphia. Citizen correspondents will file audio, video and text news stories utilizing the production tools of Hamilton Commons, and civic leaders will contribute commentary pieces.

WHYY-TV will bring to you a new Ken Burns documentary, The Tenth Inning, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. The second half will be broadcast at 8 and 10:30 p.m. the following day, with a special preview of WHYY-TV's new season to be aired immediately following the first broadcast -- a few minutes after 10 p.m. The film is a follow-up to and picks up where Burns' 1994 film Baseball left off, the 1990s, and continues through today.

WHYY-TV will launch its new season of original programming at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 with Friday Arts, a 30-minute monthly arts, culture and entertainment magazine that explores Greater Philadelphia's best-kept secrets. Be sure to visit the Friday Arts Web page for bonus content.

On Canvas, a weekly performing arts series that explores Greater Philadelphia's rich, diverse arts and culture scene, will kick off its fourth season with a new episode featuring a performance by and interview with the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, on WHYY-TV. On Stage at Curtis, which spotlights the legends of tomorrow in recital at the Curtis Institute of Music, will showcase Thomas Hampson working with young singers in the premiere of its fifth season at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, on WHYY-TV.

WHYY.org offers rebroadcast times of those and other programs at your fingertips. Of course, episodes of Friday Arts, On Canvas, On Stage at Curtis and other WHYY-TV programs and PBS favorites may be streamed anywhere, anytime using WHYY's video player.

Be sure to check our Member Experience page for information about upcoming events. About 200 are planned through June. And if you don't get it already, I welcome you to sign up to receive In the Loop, our free weekly e-newsletter, which features TV, FM and Web highlights, event information and 2-for-1 deals exclusive to WHYY members.

WHYY will continue to work diligently 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