With summer upon us, I'm hoping you're enjoying some new and returning television programs such as History Detectives, POV, Soundstage and WHYY-produced Friday Arts. Broadcast at 8:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Friday Arts spotlights the region's best-kept secrets in its five segments. Be sure to visit the Friday Arts Web page for additional content — and if you miss an episode, you can watch it online using WHYY's video player.
Early in the fall, WHYY-TV will begin broadcasting the fourth season of the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award-winning On Canvas, a weekly performing arts series produced by WHYY that explores Greater Philadelphia's rich, diverse arts and culture scene. Episodes will feature such diverse artists as Blitzen Trapper and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In the meantime, tune in to WHYY-TV to catch repeated episodes of all the action at 8 p.m. Wednesdays or watch online.
Also be sure tune in to On Stage at Curtis to catch tomorrow's bright stars in recital on the stage of Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Episodes are broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Sundays — all on WHYY's Y Arts channel. The program will return for its fifth season early in the fall.
WHYY will bring you a new Ken Burns documentary, The Tenth Inning, in September. The film is a follow-up to Burns' 1994 film Baseball. The Tenth Inning picks up where Baseball left off, the 1990s, and continues through today. Burns will return to Philadelphia to throw the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game July 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks — and WHYY members will enjoy a special opportunity to meet the acclaimed filmmaker.
Continuing to look ahead, there's some more exciting news to report: A grand opening celebration for the newly named Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons will be held in September. It will be a place where you and your family and friends can utilize cutting-edge digital technology to become great storytellers. This summer, though, WHYY will welcome 35 high school students to its second annual Young Journalists Summer Camp.
Several weeks after the Hamilton Commons' celebration, NewsWorks.org, WHYY's expanded news and information service featuring multimedia coverage, will go live. 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.
While you're enjoying summer, be sure to check our Member Experience page for information about upcoming events. 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