What a difference a coat of paint makes.
July marked the 10th year of operations at our State Street building in the Peoria Warehouse District. The occasion went largely unnoticed by a very busy staff, and only a few of us old timers paused to remember the transition from our previous digs at Bradley University to our own broadcast home.
The building is holding up remarkably well, but as you might suspect, there are the minor dings, dents and spills that serve to show that it is well used and well cared for by both staff and guests. The fašade of the building is another story. Thanks to 10 years in the cold, blustery Illinois winters and blistery Illinois summers, scraping of the exposed steel and a new coat of paint became necessary. That work was done a few weeks ago, and the improvement was instantaneous. The building looks as good as new, and the change has even put a spring in the step of us veterans. Maybe next we'll tackle the accumulation of papers and tapes that have amassed since we arrived. Then again, that may be a project for the next 10 years.
The peeling paint is not the only evidence of a decade on State Street. Since we arrived here our goal was to use the building and the facilities to better serve the community. We promised "More and Better", and we have delivered. From a single analog channel, WTVP now provides three distinct programming services twenty four hours each day...that's more than 26,000 hours of programming annually. In addition, we offer Internet access via wtvp.org to all PBS programs and we archive most local productions for convenient replay, all at no cost to you. In addition, we created a special Illinois Adventure website and host special websites for the 50+ crowd (Next Avenue), and a special site for teachers, students, and home schoolers (PBS LearningMedia Illinois Edition), again, all at no charge.
Programming is what we do best. There have been several Ken Burns specials over the past ten years, outstanding children's programming that is rated as the best in media, outstanding dramas like Downton Abbey, memorable concerts and specials, and we've made Wednesday the smartest night on television with NOVA and Nature.
The best part of the past 10 years is your continuing support. There is no varnishing the truth that without you none of the rest would have been possible. Thank you.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)