Chet Tomczyk,

President & CEO

 

chet.tomczyk@wtvp.org

 

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Notes from the President and CE0 - March 2010

 

You’re never too old to learn. The old part I’m reminded of with my every gray hair and every wrinkle. The learning part comes in large part from talking with members and supporters like you.

For the past 15 years WTVP has broadcast Bradley University women’s basketball games, and more recently the few men’s games for which we were able to acquire the rights. The games that caused the most viewer response were usually the games between Bradley and Illinois State University (two per year) and games that interrupted the Lawrence Welk Show. That was the status quo until last month when, as an experiment, we broadcast the Bradley vs. Drake men’s game on our World Channel, WTVP 47.2.

We received a large volume of calls asking “What is 47.2?” and “Can I get this on cable?” That really surprised us. We learned that a year after the analog shut-off not everyone knew that WTVP broadcasts on three channels: 47.1 our main program service, 47.2 the WTVP World service, and 47.3 our Create service. We assumed that everyone knew that these extra channels existed and that they are available free when received off-air on your new digital receiver or through your converter box. From those phone calls I learned that I made a bad assumption.

So if you have not had an opportunity to find these superb program services, I invite you to tune in today. It’s an easy thing to do. If you are taking your TV signals directly off-air, just re-scan your channel menu. If you are paying for your cable company’s digital tier, look for WORLD and CREATE (the back cover of this Guide has some cable channel information and helpful phone numbers). If you are on basic cable and don’t currently have access to them, call your cable company and urge them to make 47.2 and 47.3 available on a channel you can receive.

I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find these two commercial-free sources of excellent programming that are made possible by your membership dollars. And you might even find a few program surprises like Bradley basketball. Thank you for making them possible.

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