With summer here, I'm hoping you're marking your calendars with some great community events to attend. One I'd like to tell you about might just be the biggest WHYY event in history: the Connections Festival, a free, open-to-the-public two-day arts and culture event at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. A screening of Ken Burns' latest documentary, Prohibition, will be held the evening of Friday, Sept. 2, and Dr. Dog will headline a concert the next afternoon and evening featuring additional performances by The Baseball Project, Birdie Busch, Kuf Knotz, Toy Soldiers and more. WHYY members will enjoy exclusive perks at what promises to me a stellar event that will attract thousands.
I want to welcome NJN radio listeners. WHYY now serves a great many more listeners after the dismantling of the New Jersey Network. WHYY-FM's reach extends from the Jersey Shore's southern tip to Ocean County, and listeners can tune in 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-TV viewers can expect a new fall season of dynamic programming, with Prohibition leading the way at 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 4. Local programs Friday Arts, On Canvas and On Stage at Curtis will return with new episodes exploring the Delaware Valley's arts and culture treasures, and First will continue its Delaware coverage.
WHYY.org offers rebroadcast times of those and other programs for your convenience. Episodes of WHYY-TV programs and PBS favorites may be streamed anywhere, anytime using WHYY's video player, also available as an iPhone app.
NewsWorks.org, WHYY's news and information service, and its WHYY-FM companion, NewsWorks Tonight, broadcast at 6 p.m. weekdays, continue to bring you reports on the region's business and education, government and politics, health and science, and arts and culture.
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 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 work.
This summer, Hamilton Commons will welcome high school students for its Young Journalists Summer Camp and WHYY Film Academy. Courses for adults of all ages and educators will be offered in the summer, and new courses -- Introduction to Video Camera, Introduction to Editing and Beginning Documentary Production -- will be rolled out in the fall.
While you're enjoying summer, be sure to check out Member Experience page for information about upcoming events. If you don't already receive it, consider signing up to get In the Loop, our free weekly e-newsletter, featuring TV, FM, WHYY.org and NewsWorks.org 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