WTVP - President & CEO
January 2013 - Downton Abbey & Bradley Basketball
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

All the talk recently seems to center around Downton Abbey. Whether the gala fundraising event on January 5, the premiere of Season Three beginning January 6 or the recent announcement that there will be a Season Four, the buzz continues to be about Downton. However there is another British series that is gaining traction thanks to word of mouth promotion.

Imagine a gifted, big city surgeon who becomes so nauseous at the sight of blood that he has to trade big medicine for a general practice in a small seaside town. The town characters are so eccentric to that they appear normal, while the doctor becomes the odd duck. And there you have Doc Martin. So many people have stopped me to say how much they enjoy the series, and even threaten me if we ever remove it from the schedule. No need to do that, because it tickles our funny bones, too. And they said PBS was the network for the humor impaired. Tune in on Mondays at 9:00 pm following Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors beginning January 7. It's just what the doctor ordered.

I am also pleased to tell you that we have not entirely abandoned our basketball broadcasts. The Bradley women's team faces off against the Illinois State women's team on Sunday January 6th at 2:00pm, and on Saturday, February 23rd, the Bradley women will take on Creighton. And this just in, the ISU vs. Bradley men's game at Normal will also be broadcast live on February 13th. Underwriting availabilities for all games are available by contacting us at (309) 677-4747.

For all the golfers who can't wait for spring or who can't get away to Florida for a round or two, bring your clubs to Quail Meadows Golf Center in East Peoria on Friday, February 1. That's the sight of the inaugural WTVP Virtual Golf Outing. We'll play the back nine at Pebble Beach, enjoy food and beverages, and have an opportunity to win prizes. Fees are only $75 per golfer, advance registration required. Put a foursome together and get your big football game weekend off to a fun start.

Finally, from all our staff members and Board of Trustees, best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)

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