2005 Annual Report

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Regional and National Specials

One of surest ways to ensure the long-term growth of the arts in our region and beyond is by encouraging people to seek out these experiences in their own communities.

Several WHYY specials this past fiscal year exemplified our commitment to increase awareness of the Delaware Valley's rich cultural life, but perhaps none better than Experience and Delaware: Portrait in Time, two ongoing series of video "postcards" that shine a spotlight on compelling, behind-the-scenes stories about familiar destinations and lesser-known gems.

With features ranging from "Delaware's Forgotten Fortress" to "Growing Up Winterthur." Delaware: Portrait in Time presents viewers with a new perspective on history and culture in the First State. In addition to viewing Experience and Delaware: Portrait in Time on TV12, people can watch these pieces at whyy.org and learn more through links and resources about each feature.

We turned some of our earliest Experience features into the half-hour WHYY-TV production Backstage at the Pennsylvania Ballet, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the critically acclaimed staging of Swan Lake by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the Ballet's 40th anniversary season.

The Delaware Valley is home to some of America's most talented and inspiring individuals, and we were pleased to introduce four of them -- Ed Bacon, Harry Kalas, Ruth Patrick and Harold "Tubby" Raymond -- to viewers in our WHYY-TV series Hometown Legends. We also recognized the remarkable contributions to education made by Dr. Judith Rodin, president emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of 2003 The Philadelphia Award, through a special broadcast of the award ceremony.

Another one of our region's treasures, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, celebrated its 200th anniversary this year, and we joined the festivities by broadcasting an afternoon of special TV12 programs showcasing some of its most distinguished alumni.

WHYY had a party of its own in FY'05 when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of WHYY-FM with an unforgettable live production featuring an all-star lineup of public radio personalities past and present that was later broadcast on 91FM and WHYY Digital TV. Our companion 91FM@50 Web site at whyy.org took visitors through five decades of great radio with rare audio clips, archival photos and recollections from the people who made it all possible.

As we reflect on our many accomplishments in FY'05, we also look forward to further developing our Arts & Culture service to help people appreciate the arts and participate in them more fully.

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