WTVP's virtual golf outing last month has put many of us in the mood for the real thing. Now if only Mother Nature and her silly ground hog would only cooperate.
One good thing about the extremely cold weather is that it did keep people indoors to bask in the warm glow of their television sets. Hopefully you did not have to tune in to that video of the fireplace, but rather you were warmed by the sparks generated by Downton Abbey and Sherlock on MASTERPIECE with their delicious storylines and hot plots. And for you Doc Martin fans, thank you. The marathon to raise revenue to acquire season six and renew earlier seasons was hugely successful. As I write this, we are in negotiations with the distributor to keep the good doctor and the citizens of Port Wenn on WTVP.
March is traditionally the main month when viewers like you take to the phones and the web to let us know with your membership gifts and renewals that we can count on you to keep WTVP strong. It is no secret that memberships like yours are our major source of funding. You do make a difference at this, your local public TV station. Thank you for taking the time during the next few weeks to do your part.
Downton Abbey may be over for the season, but the great drama continues. Watch for a Mr. Selfridge special during the March membership drive and for Season 2 of the spectacular drama later in the month on MASTERPIECE. If you are not familiar with the series, it's about a former employee of Marshall Field & Company who moves to London and starts a merchandising revolution with his eponymous department store - and all the intrigue and interpersonal drama that accompanies the effort. And also starting later this month is a brand new season 3 of Call the Midwife - one of my favorites for its writing, characterizations and drama. The good stuff continues on public television thanks to your support.
Finally, congratulations and a huge thank you to Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP's Promotions Director, who has agreed to serve as our Interim Program Director following Linda Miller's retirement last month.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)