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WRTI Update from General Manager Bill Johnson

Carliss Million
WRTI General Manager Bill Johnson

Sequestered at home, many of you have taken the time to share your comments and stories with us about how music is enhancing your life right now. Some stories have been funny, others poignant, but all of them heartfelt. Thanks so much for sharing.

If you can, please take a minute to support the music on WRTI with a contribution today.

Here’s an update on things happening at WRTI:

On the radio, we’re endeavoring to create a sense of calm, refuge, and—to whatever extent possible—normalcy. Our amazing hosts continue to come to the station to guide you through the music they love, just as much as you do.  

Our off-air staff works diligently, mostly from home, to keep the business of public radio humming along: posting content on all of our digital platforms, answering phone calls, sending electronic and snail mail letters, paying bills, repairing and maintaining equipment, picking up mail, whatever it takes.

It’s also been a priority for us to ensure that you hear local artists and music ensembles on WRTI.

We know now, more than ever, that we can’t forget how all of our lives are made better by the phenomenal community of musicians and musical organizations in our region. That’s why you’re hearing more local performances than ever before.  

Some of them are commercial recordings, others were recorded at the WRTI Performance Studio and curated by us. In either case, we’re keeping their musical voices heard during this time of separation.

We’ve also created a Livestream Community Calendar. Many musicians are keeping the music coming through virtual performances that are available to you absolutely free. Of course, they’ve also lost their paying gigs so we encourage you, if possible, to help them out.

All of these things underscore what WRTI as a public radio music station does all year long—serve you and all the members of the music community.  Furthermore, this music community is essential to the broader arts community, and part of what makes our entire region such a vibrant place to live.

On behalf of your WRTI family, stay healthy, be well, and rejoice in the music.