Chet Tomczyk,

President & CEO

 

chet.tomczyk@wtvp.org

 

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Notes from the President and CE0 - June 2008

 

Two recent events are indicative of our continued commitment to provide you with the very best in programming and events. The Andre Rieu concert at the Peoria Civic Center was his third, and in my opinion, the best yet. As usual, Maestro Rieu presented superb sopranos, but this time he also brought to Peoria his version of the Three Tenors.

These exceptionally talented gentlemen from Australia, Hungary and Germany brought the audience to its feet with a moving rendition of Nessun Dorma, and then kept them there with a little soft shoe and a kick line. It was a terrific event, and we are so pleased to have a friend like Andre Rieu who thoroughly revels in the fact that he “plays in Peoria.” If we can entice him back again in a year or two, don’t miss out on the tickets.

In the way of programming, I have never been a fan of reality TV—until now. Carrier, the ten-hour documentary about life aboard the USS Nimitz, was some of the most compelling video I’ve seen in a long while. Imagine living for six months beneath the runway of a major airport and above a nuclear reactor; imagine living cheek by jowl with 5,000 other men and women with no other place to go; and, imagine that you are 18 years old. If you didn’t see the first run of Carrier last month, tune in on Wednesdays from 9-10 p.m. beginning June 18. I promise you will be drawn in to the adventure, the personalities, and the attitudes of some very amazing real people.

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