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  • Insider Newsletter - Nov/Dec 2011

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    Insider Newsletter - Nov/Dec 2011

    This is the November/December 2011 issue of witf's new donor newsletter, witf Insider.  The witf Insider publishes 4 times a year.

    Click on the image to see the full newsletter.


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    Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 14:38

  • witf to honor Emeritus Board Members with private reception

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    witf to honor Emeritus Board Members with private reception

    witf’s board has guided the organization through three different buildings, tens of millions of dollars in equipment investments, several financial crises, hundreds of regional and national awards for programming, dozens of important community initiatives—service to generations of children and families who have learned and laughed with us.

    The following are some interesting and inspiring facts about the witf board:

    • From 1963 (when the organization was founded), until today, witf has benefited from the wisdom of 241 board members.
    • 10 board members have served 20 or more years.
    • Our longest serving board member was Oscar Lingle, a member of the founding board, who served from 1963 to 1986.
    • In 1995, the bylaws were changed to limit board service to three 3-year terms (9 years), with extensions permitted for persons who were board officers (chairs or vice chairs). Since then, Rich Bidgood is the longest serving board member, at 14 years.
    • As of today, 33 board members have been honored with the Emeritus designation…14 of them this year.
    • According to the board resolution creating the Emeritus Circle, “exemplary service to witf may be demonstrated in a variety of ways: committee leadership, leadership as an officer of the board, wise counsel on critical questions (financial or strategic), generous personal contributions or energetic solicitation of contributions. Emeritus members should have served a sufficient number of years for their impact to be felt on witf.”
    • In 48 years, there have been 21 board chairs and 5 presidents of witf.


    The following is a list of members of the witf Emeritus Circle:

    • Marion C. Alexander
    • Mary-Linda Armacost
    • Max Banzhaf
    • Bruce Bartels
    • Richard Bidgood
    • M. Francis Coulson
    • D. Bruce Conner
    • Myrna Delgado
    • Erda G. Erdos
    • Owen Freeman
    • Arthur J. Glatfelter
    • Donald Goldstrom
    • Lois Lehrman Grass
    • Charles Grubmeyer
    • M. Thomas Grumbacher
    • Lois G. Haynes
    • Joanne Judge
    • Michael Kovach
    • G.Michael Leader
    • Oscar Lingle
    • Charles J. Long
    • Henry K. Long, Jr.
    • Charles Merrill
    • Anne Orban
    • Gilmore Seavers
    • Deidre Simmons
    • C. Mickey Skinner Keith Spalding
    • Elmer Stevens
    • Lawrence M. Thompson
    • Jane K. Williams
    • Thomas W. Wolf
    • Morton Zifferer


    On October 18, witf will proudly honor its Emeritus Board members at a private reception. Please join us in congratulating and thanking our board members, past and present, in the comments below!

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    Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 18:56

  • Three witf journalists to host public issue forums

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    Three witf journalists to host public issue forums

    witf journalists Scott Detrow, Scott LaMar and Craig Layne are moderating or hosting public forums on three of Pennsylvania’s most important topics on October 17, October 21 and November 1st. Their participation is part of witf’s commitment to encouraging thoughtful discussion on public issues.

    On October 17, witf and StateImpact: Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow will host the Economic State of the State Address featuring Alan Walker, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development. The event, presented by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg at 7:30 a.m. Secretary Walker will discuss Pennsylvania’s business climate and take questions from the audience.

    Craig Layne, witf’s Morning Edition host and reporter, will moderate the Mid Atlantic BX’s Marcellus Shale Economic Development Summit, a panel discussion by and for those in the construction trades. The panel and conference are scheduled for October 21st at 8:30 am at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill. The panel will focus on the impact of Marcellus Shale in reference to infrastructure, development, construction and job growth. Panelists will represent the natural gas industry, township supervisors, the American Petroleum Institute (API), and legal and engineering experts.

    The State of the City in Pennsylvania, a panel discussion presented by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, will be moderated by Scott LaMar, host of Radio Smart Talk on witf. The event, at the Hilton Harrisburg at 7:30 am on November 1st, will feature Mayor Linda Thompson (Harrisburg) and two other Commonwealth mayors (to be confirmed).

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    Monday, 17 Oct 2011 12:44

  • witf awarded national Murrow at Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner

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    witf awarded national Murrow at Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner

    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) celebrated the best in electronic journalism on October 10, 2011 as it presented 95 Edward R. Murrow Awards to 62 news organizations at its annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York in front of over 400 journalists and guests.

    For the fourth time since 2007, witf was honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award by the RTDNA. Former Multimedia News Director Scott Gilbert's story on beep baseball, a game designed to allow visually impaired players to take the diamond, was named Best Sports Feature in the Small Market Radio category. It topped stories from 13 other regions. Audio Engineer Casey Houtz also has earned recognition for his editing work on the story.

    witf is the only media organization in Pennsylvania to be recognized by RTDNA on the national level. "It's humbling to be mentioned among the nation's best in broadcast and digital journalism, but in the end, it's about making sure we are serving our community. Public service is our number one priority," says witf's Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert. Since 2006, witf has earned four national Murrow awards and 18 regional Murrow honors (six in 2011).

    NPR  earned four national Murrows in the network radio category, including Website, Audio Investigative Reporting (Home of Nursing Home: America's Empty Promise to Give the Elderly and Disabled a Choice) and Audio Reporting: Hard News (The Foreclosure Nightmare).

    “It is important that we honor the excellent journalism produced everyday by creative, determined journalists,” said RTDNA Chairman Kevin Benz. “The challenges are great and pressures sometimes overwhelming but these honorees, and those at the regional level as well prove that great journalism still, as Murrow said years ago, enlightens, educates and protects our society."

    RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.

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    Tagged under Radio, TV

    Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 14:54