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  • Insider Newsletter – July/August 2012

    Written by witf

    Insider Newsletter – July/August 2012

    This is the July/August 2012 issue of witf's new donor newsletter, witf Insider.  The witf Insider publishes 6 times a year.

    Click on the image to see the full newsletter.

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    Friday, 22 Jun 2012 21:16

  • witf 89.5, 93.3FM Coverage of “All Things Regional” Begins Monday!

    Written by witf.org

    witf 89.5, 93.3FM Coverage of “All Things Regional” Begins Monday!

    At 5 a.m. on Monday, June 25th, witf 89.5 and 93.3 FM will change to an all news and information format. The format change was approved by the witf Board of Directors on June 1st to provide the highest possible level of public service and to fulfill its commitment to coverage of “all things regional.”

    The shift to news and information features several important changes to the 89.5 and 93.3 schedule:

    • The Diane Rehm Show, one of witf’s most requested programs, will air from 10 am to noon.
    • Talk of the Nation, NPR’s daily talk/interview program, will air at 2 pm and at 10 pm.
    • A new original series, Center Stage, will feature the concerts of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Market Square Concerts and other performing and presenting groups from our region. Center Stage will feature classical, jazz and other musical genres each Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 pm.
    • Other programs joining the schedule for the first time are Here and Now (noon, weekdays), The Story (1 pm weekdays), On Point (8 pm weekdays) and The Splendid Table (Saturdays at 2 pm), as well as Marketplace Money (Saturdays at 7 am) and On Being (Sundays at 7 am)
    • The BBC World Service, a globally admired journalistic resource, will be featured overnight (weekdays 11 pm and Saturdays/Sundays 10 pm).
    • The full schedule and program descriptions for 89.5 and 93.3FM can be accessed here: http://www.witf.org/listen.

     

    witf and NPR have an established track record of providing trusted news globally, nationally and regionally,” said witf President Kathleen Pavelko. “It’s not a decision we make lightly, but we are certain it will provide better coverage of our region, including of the arts and cultural community.”

    “The Board’s strategic plan recognizes that witf has a vital role to play in an environment in which the quantity of quality journalism, especially in broadcasting, has been in decline,” said Doug Neidich, board chair and president of GreenWorks Development. “Our responsibility is to provide the most valued possible service to listeners.”

    Classical music listeners now have a 24-7 option of their own--a classical music internet channel on witf.org, witf Classical. Now lovers of classical music will be able to access their favorite music via computer, mobile device or internet radio. You can access the internet streams here:

    Listen Live web page -

    http://www.witf.org/listen

    Classical stream (RealPlayer, iTunes, Quicktime, Winamp) -

    http://witf.ic.llnwd.net/stream/witf_witfmusic24_mp3.pls

    witf Classical stream (Windows Media Player) -

    http://www.witf.org/witfmusic24_wm.asx

    The “all things regional” approach strengthens witf’s coverage of the arts and culture in the region by devoting two of witf’s most experienced producers to a new arts and culture desk. Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich (hosts of Classical Air) will produce profiles, interviews and segments about personalities, events and issues in the world of music, visual arts, theatre, museums and literature.

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    Tagged under Radio

    Friday, 22 Jun 2012 15:10

  • witf Honored with Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards

    Written by witf.org

    witf Honored with Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards

    The Radio Television Digital News Directors Association (RTNDA) announced that witf has received two national Edward R. Murrow awards, for Best Audio News Series for Facing Cancer Together and for Best Sports Reporting for Hope in Handball. Find the complete list of winners here.

    Murrow awards are presented at the regional and national level. witf received six regional Murrow awards this year, the most in the region among radio and broadcast outlets in both the large and small market categories. The two stories receiving national awards competed with entries from 13 regions nationwide. The national awards will be presented in October at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York. RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism.

    Tim Lambert, witf’s Multimedia News Director, was cited for his work on the Hope in Handball story, and reporter Megan Lello, Craig Layne and Lambert were recognized for the Facing Cancer Together series. The awards are a first for Lello and Layne but the third national Murrow for Lambert.

    “The talent and depth of reporting in witf’s newsroom is truly inspiring with a daily focus on people and really good story telling skills,” said Cara Williams Fry, witf’s Senior Vice President for Content. “Tim Lambert leads the witf team by example, hard work and a sound journalistic approach.”

    witf President and CEO Kathleen Pavelko noted that “a national Murrow is one of the most coveted awards in electronic journalism. The fact that witf has been recognized nationally six times since 2007 demonstrates the quality of our commitment to All Things Regional.” witf 89.5 and 93.3 moves to an all news/information format as of June 25.

    Hope In Handball is part of witf's Real Life | Real Issues multimedia project. The story focused on a unique mentoring program in central Pennsylvania that reaches out to low-income children through the sport of handball. As the story noted, “every minute they're on the court is a minute they're not on the street looking for something to do.”

    Lambert noted that “witf works to bring stories that matter to listeners and to tell those stories in unique ways. Both Hope in Handball and Facing Cancer Together are perfect examples of how our newsroom aims to bring each story down to a personal level.” He added, “As for me, it's an unbelievable honor to have another one of my stories recognized on a national level. Just truly humbling."

    Facing Cancer Together (FCT) is a research-based project with the goals of improving knowledge and changing behaviors about cancer and is a community education partnership of PinnacleHealth, WellSpan Health, Lancaster General Health and witf. FCT launched in April 2011 with original productions for TV, radio and print plus interactive web resources (including a Digital Quilt). Facing Cancer Together is entering its second year.

    witf is honored by the recognition these awards bring to the partners of the Facing Cancer Together project,” said Pavelko said. “This region is fortunate in the quality and commitment displayed by WellSpan Health, PinnacleHealth and Lancaster Health in clinical care, research and community health.”

    witf has now been honored twice in the series category, twice in the sports reporting category and twice for hard news features:

    • 2007 Flight 93: Five Years Later (Tim Lambert, Hard News Feature)
    • 2009 Impact of War (Scott Detrow, News series)
    • 2009 Luis Ramirez Beating Death (Tim Lambert, Hard News Feature)
    • 2011 Beep Baseball (Scott Gilbert, Sports Reporting)
    • 2012 Hope in Handball (Tim Lambert, Sports Reporting)
    • 2012 Facing Cancer Together (Megan Lello, Craig Layne, Tim Lambert, News Series)  

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    Tagged under Radio, TV

    Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 16:22

  • witf Board Approves Plan to Strengthen News/Information

    Written by witf.

    witf Board Approves Plan to Strengthen News/Information

    witf 89.5, 93.3FM to change to 24-7 News and Information Format

    Commitment is Coverage of “All Things Regional”

    Harrisburg, PA—To provide the highest possible level of public service and to fulfill its commitment to coverage of “all things regional,” witf 89.5 and 93.3 FM will change to an all news and information format as of Monday, June 25. The format change results from a year-long strategic planning effort driven by witf’s determination to contribute to the betterment of our region. The format change was unanimously approved by the witf board on Friday, June 1.

    “witf and NPR have an established track record of providing trusted news globally, nationally and regionally,”  said witf President Kathleen Pavelko. “It’s not a decision we make lightly, but we are certain it will provide better coverage of our region, including of the arts and cultural community.”

    "While we are certain this is the right course for our audiences and our organization, it is with sadness that we mark the end of our classical-music programming,” Pavelko said. “We know our classical listeners will have other ways to hear the music they love, and our expanded news format will bring new content to our audiences. But while it is the right course, we will be saying goodbye to a cherished part of our service that dates back to 1971.”

    New Programs Join the Schedule

    The shift to news and information features several important changes to the 89.5 and 93.3 schedule:

    • The Diane Rehm Show, one of witf’s most requested programs, will air from 10 am to noon.
    • Talk of the Nation, NPR’s daily talk/interview program, will air at 2 pm and at 10 pm.
    • A new original series, Center Stage, will feature the concerts of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Market Square Concerts and other performing and presenting groups from our region.  Center Stage will feature classical, jazz and other musical genres each Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 pm.
    • Other programs joining the schedule for the first time are Here and Now (noon, weekdays), The Story (1 pm weekdays), On Point (8 pm weekdays) and The Splendid Table (Saturdays at 2 pm), as well as Marketplace Money (Saturdays at 7 am) and On Being (Sundays at 7 am)
    • The BBC World Service, a globally admired journalistic resource, will be featured overnight (weekdays 11 pm to Saturdays 10 pm).
    • The full schedule and program descriptions for 89.5 and 93.3FM can be accessed here: http://www.witf.org/listen. The new schedule is effective June 25.

     

    “The Board’s strategic plan recognizes that witf has a vital role to play in an environment in which the quantity of quality journalism, especially in broadcasting, has been in decline,” said Doug Neidich, board chair and president of GreenWorks Development. “Our responsibility is to provide the most valued possible service to listeners.”

    witf.org Adds a Classical music stream

    witf is adding a classical music internet channel to witf.org, witf Classical. Now lovers of classical music will be able to access their favorite music 24-7 on witf.org, via computer, mobile device or internet radio.  You can access the internet streams here:

    Listen Live web page -

    http://www.witf.org/listen

    witf Classical stream (RealPlayer, iTunes, Quicktime, Winamp) -

    http://witf.ic.llnwd.net/stream/witf_witfmusic24_mp3.pls

    witf Classical stream (Windows Media Player) -

    http://www.witf.org/witfmusic24_wm.asx

    A new Arts and Cultural Desk

    The “all things regional” approach strengthens witf’s coverage of the arts and culture in the region by devoting two of witf’s most experienced producers to a new arts and culture desk.

    Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich (hosts of Classical Air) will produce profiles, interviews and segments about personalities, events and issues in the world of music, visual arts, theatre, museums and literature.

    Listeners are encouraged to share their comments at feedback@witf.org

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    Tagged under Radio

    Friday, 1 Jun 2012 15:42