With winter here, I'm delighted to mention some innovative changes on NewsWorks.org that will enhance this already successful and award-winning program. To mark its first birthday and year of service as WHYY's news and information source, NewsWorks.org launched Speak Easy, designed to encourage more interaction on the site, and Creative Connectors, featuring a growing number of profiles from 76 movers and shakers in Greater Philadelphia's cultural scene. NewsWorks celebrations were held throughout the Delaware Valley, and hundreds received giveaways and participated in drawings to win NewsWorks prizes.
WHYY-TV continues its season of original programming. Recent On Canvas episodes have featured Randy Newman and the Indigo Girls. Meanwhile, Friday Arts has explored Delaware Valley arts and culture treasures, and On Stage at Curtis has put at center stage at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia some of the great musicians of tomorrow. First remains a dependable, hard-working Delaware news source.
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.
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons offers courses in which almost anyone can learn camera and editing skills to produce photo and video keepsakes for their families and friends or professional-looking presentations for school or work. For high school students, Hamilton Commons offers the Young Journalists Summer Camp and WHYY Film Academy in addition to WHYY Afterschool. In early December, Hamilton Commons welcomed many students and their families to the first WHYY Youth Media Awards. Seventeen finalists were chosen from 150 entries received from Greater Philadelphia students in sixth to 12th grades.
Winter in the Northeast is sometimes connected to staying indoors to avoid the frigid temperatures and precipitation, but be sure to check out our Member Experience page for information about upcoming events -- more than enough reason to get out and enjoy yourselves. I'd say 2011 was a landmark year for WHYY events. More than 10,000 folks took in an afternoon-evening concert headlined by Dr. Dog on a gorgeous, sun-splashed day and preview screening of Ken Burns' Prohibition during the inaugural WHYY Connections Festival. More than 500 runners -- or 27 percent more than last year, as good a marker as any to chart the event's rapid growth -- participated in the third annual Y12K Road Race. Look for those signature events and dozens of other events in 2012.
One special event I'd like to mention is in New Jersey, where WHYY-FM expanded its listener family in July. WHYY will present Ira Glass at a special engagement Sunday, April 29, at McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Princeton. He will share his experiences as host and executive producer of This American Life and play clips from the program, combining his narration with pre-recorded segments and music.
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This winter, 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