With a new year stretched out in front of us, it's a good time to be reminded of the words of George Burns, "I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life."
WTVP will begin to celebrate its 40th year of service in a few months. And yet, it's more than a celebration for WTVP, it's a celebration for you and a celebration for our entire 22-county service area.
We should all be proud and happy that we have grown from a tiny seedling planted on the Bradley campus to a premier provider of programming and services in a state-of-the-art facility in an area associated with Peoria's rebirth - the riverfront/industrial area.
Our locally-originated programs, such as At Issue, Interesting People and Illinois Adventure, plus our long affiliation with PBS, our annual Auction, and community pledge drives, but, most of all, you our members, make us proud for having tended and nourished our growth.
In another 40 years we will be at mid-century and what wonders will have been wrought by then? It's hard to imagine, but you can count on WTVP still being here and still being a vital part of the community, because you, our loyal viewers and supporters, continue to allow us to be part of your life and of your family's lives.
In 2050 will the Sesame Street gang be grown-up? Will items from our childhood show-up on Antiques Roadshow? Will the This Old House guys ever run out of houses to remodel?
Stay tuned...we've only just begun.
On behalf of WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk, our entire staff, and our Board, best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2010.
Vice President of Development (2008-2011)
Phil Zeni is the Vice President of Development for WTVP, an unapologetic optimist, and a truly nice guy. It was a pleasure to lend my column to him this month.
- Chet Tomczyk, President & CEO