WTVP - President & CEO
November 2011 - Volatility in Congress surrounding Public Broadcasting
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

The volatility in Congress surrounding Public Broadcasting that was so prevalent last spring continues. Even though things seemed to calm down a bit over the summer when federal legislators were back in their districts, they have returned to Washington and the pot is starting to simmer again. To keep up to date with the latest brickbats (and sometimes, bouquets) being thrown at public broadcasting and to have an active voice in the matter, I would invite you to log on to www.170millionamericans.org. Your informed voice is very important, and this is an excellent way for you to be heard and to be counted.

Watch starting next month for some new short form programs about the Central Illinois business community. These interstitial programs (short programs inserted between regularly scheduled programs) are being prepared by the Heartland Partnership and are just a taste of what we have in mind to present to you beginning in 2012 thanks to our new association with them.

If you will allow me a personal note, I want to state unequivocally that chivalry and kindness are not dead, but alive and well and living in Central Illinois. I spent three weeks in September and October hobbling along on crutches following some foot surgery, and I was constantly amazed and gratified by all the kind folks, young and old, who went out of their way to hold doors, carry trays, and generally show concern. You have restored my faith in humanity with those little acts of kindness. I will try to make sure that your efforts were paid forward. Thank you.

And finally, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of WTVP, thank you for all you have done to support WTVP and public television throughout the year. Whether with your financial contributions, your volunteer time, your service or simply your encouragement, you have made a difference to our existence. Please accept our best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)

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