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From WHYY —
September 23, 2011

With fall and its glorious colors awash, I hope you're planning to participate in an event that's fast becoming a tradition in the Delaware Valley — the WHYY Y12K Road Race. The race offers a scenic 12-kilometer [7.45-mile] run through Philadelphia that will kick off Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m., and it's designed to be competitive for novice and experienced runners. Little ones are welcome, too, to enjoy the 3K Family Walk/Run and Y Kids Family Fit Zone, where educational games and PBS KIDS costumed characters will entertain.

WHYY-TV viewers can expect a new fall season of dynamic programming, with Prohibition leading the way at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 to 4. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the five-and-a-half-hour series tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. It promises to deliver a special story that reveals another layer in the fabric of American history in the way only Burns films do.

After the Prohibition broadcast, WHYY-TV will launch its new season of original programming Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. with an episode of On Canvas featuring In the Pocket, a group led by Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen. Friday Arts and On Stage at Curtis will return Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. and 9 at 6 p.m., respectively, with new episodes exploring the Delaware Valley's arts and culture treasures, and First will continue its Delaware coverage.

As always, if you miss a program, WHYY.org offers rebroadcast times for your convenience. And episodes of WHYY-TV programs and PBS favorites may be streamed anywhere, anytime using WHYY's video player. PBS and NPR also offer apps for users of devices with iOS and Android operating systems to keep you connected to programs you enjoy.

Speaking of keeping you connected, that's something WHYY has focused on in the past year. NewsWorks.org, WHYY's news and information service, and its WHYY-FM companion, NewsWorks Tonight, broadcast at 6 p.m. weekdays, bring you reports on the region's business and education, government and politics, health and science, and arts and culture. For Delaware residents, look especially to First, WHYY-TV's news and information magazine program dedicated to covering the First State, which is broadcast at 5:30 and 11 p.m. Fridays.

I want to welcome NJN radio listeners who have joined the WHYY family. WHYY-FM's reach now extends from the Jersey Shore's southern tip to Ocean County, and listeners can tune in to WHYY-FM's signal via WNJZ-FM (90.3, Cape May Court House), WNJM-FM (89.9, Manahawkin), WNJN-FM (89.7, Atlantic City), WNJB-FM (89.3, Bridgeton) and WNJS-FM (88.1, Berlin).

WHYY communicates a lot of information to you. We've conducted surveys in New Jersey to find out whether listeners enjoy WHYY-FM's programs. We've surveyed registered NewsWorks users. And we continue to alert you to information about WHYY programs, services and events.

Now we're looking to you to share your thoughts, and it's easier than ever to do so these days! Tell us your story about what Sept. 11 means to you. Chime in with Radio Times producers at WHYY.org, Facebook or call in during the broadcast. And, of course, voice your opinion on NewsWorks.org and submit your photos. New Jersey residents, we'd like to hear from you. Tell us how we're doing as your new public radio provider. Finally, if you have questions or comments, our Member and Audience Services team would be happy to talk to you.

It has been almost a year since The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons opened, and the facility has welcomed dozens of Greater Philadelphia residents -- from high school students, educators and businesspeople wanting to refine or learn new skills to grandfathers and grandmothers exploring multimedia production for the first time. These folks are learning camera and editing skills to produce photo and video keepsakes for their families and friends or professional-looking presentations for school or work. I encourage you to explore Hamilton Commons' offerings.

While you're enjoying the fall, be sure to check out Member Experience page for information about upcoming events. WHYY celebrated its largest event ever, the WHYY Connections Festival, on Labor Day weekend, welcoming 12,000 for a Prohibition sneak peek and reception followed by an all-day concert.

Are you In the Loop? If you're not, be sure to register to receive our free weekly e-newsletter, featuring TV, FM, WHYY.org and NewsWorks.org highlights, event information and Member Experience specials exclusive to WHYY members.

This fall, WHYY will continue to work diligently to be your trusted local public media provider and the place you turn to 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