December is always an exciting month as we gather with loved ones to celebrate the holidays. It is also a time to reflect on the year’s milestones. As we approach the end of 2016, I am thankful for the generous support that you have provided to WHRO. Because of you, we have accomplished many exciting things this year.

As I write to you, it’s early October and Hurricane Matthew is heading toward Hampton Roads with little certainty about whether the storm will make landfall and what the impact might be. It’s a bit like the Presidential election, now just 32 days away and too close to call. By the time you read this, Presidential History will be made and hopefully, any storm damage averted.

One of my favorite things about leading WHRO is the fact we truly are a locally owned nonprofit organization. Local means that we are not owned by some larger entity outside of Virginia. Local means that we are your neighbors and understand the needs of the local community. Local means that you can reach out and be heard by your public media organization.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the nation’s tribute to the American worker. It’s also a yearly unofficial end to summer and start of school. Labor Day is also seen by some as the unofficial start of the final campaign stretch toward the November elections. It’s one day, during our calendar year, that is rich in significance for many of us.

As we come to the end of a very strong fiscal year and start a new one, I’m thinking about what Jarl Mohn, the CEO of NPR, recently wrote:

“We are a nonprofit. We are mission driven. We have a unique and flexible business model. We are a membership organization. We are innovating across platforms. These are the reasons for our success.”

I couldn’t agree more.