After a six-month national search, WFYI Public Media has named Greg Petrowich as new CEO.
Thanks to $1.7 million in new grants, WFYI and the eight other Indiana Public Broadcasting stations that make up IPB News will soon be beefing up their statewide news coverage.
Wright is the longest-serving TV station manager in Indianapolis. He joined WFYI in 1988 as director of program production before being appointed president and CEO the following year.
A decade ago, WFYI’s on-air personalities mostly read local stories from other sources. With its four additions, WFYI will have 15 staffers dedicated to gathering, reporting and disseminating local stories statewide and beyond.
Indiana Public Broadcasting’s political reporter, Brandon Smith, will take over the show in December.
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have bought TV time on Indianapolis stations. So have the Club for Growth, Our Principles and Trusted Leadership PACs.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking to buy spectrum space to sell to wireless, broadband and other technology and communications companies. And they appear willing to pay big bucks to get it.
The state’s eight public TV stations are building an Internet-based video streaming service that could expand their offerings and turbo-charge collaborations. Public radio stations also would benefit.
National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.
Public TV and radio broadcaster WFYI is counting on its listeners and viewers to open their wallets in a big way this fall,
as it gears up for a campaign to grow its endowment well beyond its current $2.2 million.