As autumn begins to wane, attention turns to the fast approaching holidays as celebrations fill everyone’s calendars. At WHRO November is busier than ever; planning new shows, airing favorites, and honoring those who’ve served.

Hampton Roads is home to more than 178,000 veterans. They are our family, our neighbors, our friends and this month we honor their service. In 1919, President Wilson said November 11 “…will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died…” and in 1954 President Eisenhower proclaimed it Veterans Day. At WHRO, throughout November we salute those who served through programs such as Music and Might: An International Military Spectacular and Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades.  

Happy 25th anniversary to two members of our radio family we affectionately call “O” and “V.” Last month WHRO celebrated 25 years of providing two radio stations, WHRV 89.5FM and WHRO 90.3FM, to the Hampton Roads area. As we reflect on the journey, we are grateful we were able to respond to the interests of the community and create the stations you wanted. 

For many of us, it is always a surprise how quickly September arrives, often signaling the start of new experiences and opportunities. At WHRO, like students in Hampton Roads, we are already “back to school” as we launch a new project with the Virginia Department of Education, continue working with our 19 owner school divisions, and present our viewers and listeners with a great mix of new programming along with audience favorites.

Did you know WHRO saves our schools, and all Virginia taxpayers, about $15 million every year by producing digital educational resources?

This month we’re highlighting the educational services WHRO provides not only to our region, but also to the entire commonwealth of Virginia. WHRO is the only public media broadcaster in the country owned by a collaboration of 19 public school divisions; you can see a list here.

Do you have big plans to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?  As you gather with your family and friends, remember you can tune in to see the amazing National fireworks display accompanied by an inspiring musical performance of the National Symphony on WHRO TV 15 at 8 pm — A Capital Fourth.