July is when we celebrate America’s Independence, and during this Presidential election year, July heats up with the Republican and Democratic conventions. Our radio and television programming always mirrors what’s happening across the country, a fact re-affirmed recently by NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, who visited the station in early June. Jarl talked about how important it was to offer in-depth election reporting so you, our listeners, can make informed choices. If you missed his conversation with Cathy Lewis on HearSay, download the WHRO media app and listen in.

As this issue goes to press, I’ve just completed a HearSay conversation with Marsha Bemko, the executive producer of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (AR). We’ve been working closely with Marsha and her team at WGBH for several years to bring AR to our region, and I’m sure you’ve heard that filming for the 2017 season happens on June 25 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center!

As American philosopher Alan Watts once wrote “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance,” which is a fitting way to open this month’s column. As technology fuels a dramatic shift in how one can access our programming, and beloved members of the NPR family retire, we at WHRO Public Media are responding with new technology and new programs.

PBS recently released what I would describe as a “trust barometer.” The purpose of the survey was to determine how “trusted” PBS is as an institution, and how valued our programming is. It’s not surprising to me that public broadcasting is a trusted institution, but interestingly, it ranks higher in the minds of the public than Congress, courts of law, commercial television, and the federal government! Other key findings in the report are:

If you haven’t heard, Antiques Road Show is coming to Virginia Beach in June! More than a year ago, WHRO applied to the Antiques Roadshow to do a live broadcast from Hampton Roads and we learned that we would be the only mid-Atlantic destination on the summer tour — a first for our area.