A Message from WDIY's Executive Director

Mar 16, 2020

Greetings WDIY members, volunteers, and listeners. I am writing to let you know that WDIY staff is staying engaged with a resolute commitment to service for our listeners, volunteers, members, and our Lehigh Valley Community throughout this health emergency.

I would like to thank everyone for the great support we are receiving from all the parties mentioned above.

As we each define our idea of social distancing and possible isolation, please know this, your WDIY staff is aiming to balance the broadcast of factual COVID -19 information with our locally "volunteer produced" brand of great dependable audio art.

For 25 years WDIY has/is proud to be an NPR Member station. Because of our NPR membership I thought each of you might be interested in reading a message we received this morning from John Lansing, the President and CEO of NPR.

Stay Healthy! :)

Greg Capogna
WDIY Executive Director


From John Lansing: Serving America

Good morning, colleagues. We are now entering yet another week of uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a time in which public media journalism and community engagement is even more vital and valued than ever. Lives are hanging in the balance as we work together to disseminate facts, mitigate faulty rumors, and fact-check public officials for our audiences on-air, online, and on-demand.

For Americans to be safer, they need to understand exactly what the dimensions of this unfolding emergency are, they need to consider the implications, and they need to know that the information and insights they are getting can be relied on to be accurate and relevant. Thanks to the remarkable work of journalists in newsrooms across the public media system, the American public has a trusted source to depend upon. And thanks to the superb talents of public media staff who work in the areas of music and the arts, the American public has a deep well of content on which to draw, to enrich their daily lives.

Of course, none of our vital public service would be possible without the support and commitment of each and every department and division at NPR and in your own organizations, and I want to recognize the professionalism, dedication, and creativity that infuses every corner of NPR and the public radio community. Together we are adapting to a challenging new reality, and I am proud to stand with you during this unfolding crisis.

Keeping everyone healthy and safe as we do our work during this pandemic is our priority. And being there for our audiences during this time is our mission. We are all NPR, and we thank you for your partnership.


John F. Lansing | NPR President & CEO