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.

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!