Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO

Chet Tomczyk,

President & CEO



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Notes from the President & CEO - May 2013


“Why do you keep looking at your watch?” I asked my caddy. “It’s not a watch. It’s a compass.”

Your search for great programming doesn’t need to be like my golf game nor does it require a compass. Your best tool for locating television worth watching is right here in your hand: the May WTVP Program Guide.

Season 3 of Downton Abbey has concluded and the 40th WTVP Auction is history, but television worth watching continues unabated. Series like Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge are well worth your time, and they continue through May. Wednesdays continue to be the smartest nights on television with Nature and NOVA. And Tuesdays in May celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution with Constitution USA. Peter Sagal of National Public Radio fame mounts a red, white and blue Harley Davidson motorcycle and travels across the USA in search of the impact and meaning that the Constitution holds for the average citizen (including a stop in Havana, IL). The month ends with the ever popular National Memorial Day Concert from the National Mall in Washington DC.

If you are using your computer to view archived programs, I especially invite you to search out one of my favorites -- Live from Lincoln Center with classic performances by Chita Rivera and Joel Gray during “Ring Them Bells!”, the tribute to the Broadway songwriting duo of Kander and Ebbs.

While watching the Live from Lincoln Center performances with their stage settings overlooking Columbus Circle in New York City, and the traffic radiating out from the roundabout, I thought it would be terrific if we could do something like that on our air. We neither have Columbus Circle nor NYC traffic (thank goodness), but we do have a river and bridges. Watch for our version of dramatic staging from Central Illinois during our June membership drive.

Meanwhile, thank you for watching and supporting WTVP, your local public television station.



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