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From WHYY —
Mar. 21, 2011

With spring here, I'm delighted to introduce NewsWorks Tonight, a new WHYY-FM component of NewsWorks.org. Launching May 16 in its 6 p.m. time slot and hosted by Dave Heller, the half-hour weekday news magazine will feature regional news reports drawing on the information gathered by the staff of WHYY and NewsWorks.org.

NewsWorks Tonight will feature a regular rotation of in-depth reports on state capital news, health and science, arts and culture and more. Other local features and opinion pieces will round out the program, which will also be available as a podcast like our other radio programs.

NewsWorks Tonight is part of WHYY's effort to increase local news and information and joins WHYY-FM's roster of programs such as Fresh Air, Radio Times and You Bet Your Garden. It builds on the success of NewsWorks.org, an expanded WHYY news and information Web service featuring multimedia storytelling, participatory content and a network of content partners. NewsWorks.org has built a sizeable audience of news consumers since its November launch. I encourage you to join NewsWorks.org by registering to maximize your experience on the site and enjoy all it offers.

This spring and summer will be our first operating WHYY's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons. Since its September opening, the facility has welcomed dozens of Delaware Valley residents who've learned how to utilize cutting-edge digital technology to create multimedia productions such as short videos and photo slideshows with music. Plenty more courses -- specially designed for beginners and advanced users of all ages as well as educators, who receive Act 48 credit -- are scheduled for the spring and summer. WHYY members receive discounted rates.

High school students who participate in the WHYY Afterschool program this spring will learn media literacy and video production while getting involved in their communities. And this summer, Hamilton Commons' third annual Young Journalists Summer Camp will offer as many as 64 high school students an opportunity to learn how to produce news stories using WHYY equipment during a pair of two-week sessions in June and August. Other students will learn all aspects of filmmaking with other aspiring filmmakers as they create their own short films in the WHYY Film Academy. Scholarships are available and space is limited, so register soon!

This spring, WHYY-TV will continue with more from its local productions and longtime PBS favorites. Tune in for the region's best look at arts, culture and entertainment on Friday Arts, On Canvas and On Stage at Curtis. Delaware residents can catch the last word on the First State on First.

WHYY.org offers rebroadcast times of these and other programs for your convenience. Episodes of WHYY-TV programs and PBS favorites may be streamed anywhere, anytime using WHYY's video player, now available as an iPhone app.

As Greater Philadelphia's leading public media provider, WHYY is committed to serving the needs of our community. This spring, WHYY will host or be part of dozens of events including a special event May 6 at The University of the Arts with PBS host Tavis Smiley. All events are listed on WHYY's Member Experience page.

If you don't receive it, consider signing up to receive In the Loop, our free weekly e-newsletter, featuring TV, FM and NewsWorks.org and other Web highlights, event information and Member Experience specials exclusive to WHYY members.

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