Someone recently sent me one of those junk emails that purport to hold the wisdom of
the ages in a few cute sayings. This one blamed all the ills of American society over the past fifty years—
including dandruff, mange, plagues of frogs and locusts, and teenagers in general—on television. Normally I
automatically hit the delete button, but this one got my attention.
Television is one of those common experiences that we all share and on which we all
embrace some deeply held opinion. We all love something on TV; we all hate something on TV. We adulate the stars,
curse the villains, and think someone else should have been voted off the island. And then there is Public Television.
Public Television is arguably the largest stage in every community presenting hundreds
of hours of world-class performances, untold hours of thought provoking and mind-blowing science, nature programming
that is without equal, news and public affairs that are indeed unbiased and “fair and balanced.” And, of course,
there are the more than forty hours a week of consistently excellent children’s programming. The topper is that,
thanks to your generosity as members of WTVP, it comes uninterrupted by commercials. This is the television that
gives lie to the bumper stickers. Public Television doesn’t rot your teeth or dull your mind. It is television that
is truly worth watching, and television worth supporting. Thank you for making it possible.
As you prepare to weather the cold and snow of the coming few months, check out season two
of Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE on Sunday nights. Season one of this costume drama played to rave reviews last year, and
was a huge Emmy award nominee and winner, and season two will not disappoint.
Finally, from all of us at WTVP, best wishes for a happy, safe and prosperous New Year. We
look forward to serving you even better in 2012.