WTVP - President & CEO
November 2007 - Ken Burns' The War
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

Every once in awhile a program comes along that resonates with our viewers in some deep, visceral manner...case in point: Ken Burns' The War.

Since the initial broadcast of the first episode on Sept. 23, we have received calls, letters and emails from viewers of all ages telling us how engaging and how meaningful they find The War to be. Most gratifying though are the many people who stop us on the street, in stores or wherever we happen to be to share the memories and feelings that the series elicited.

Many of you told us that The War encouraged first-person accounts from parents, spouses, relatives and friends that were never before told, except perhaps in bits and pieces in nightmares. Others told us that the series was cathartic and finally helped them deal with memories they had suppressed for over 60 years.

To all of you, and especially to those who served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, or who continue to serve, thank you.

If you missed the original broadcast of The War, you still have an opportunity to see the final episodes on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. through Nov. 14.

Our own Stories from the Heart, war memories from Central Illinois, will continue throughout the year.

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)

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