October first marked the start of a new fiscal year for Lakeshore Public Media. I speak for the entire staff here at Lakeshore when I say we’re glad to move forward in service to you and our community. As you may already know, this summer turned sour for our television service when our Lakeshore PBS transmitter was damaged beyond repair as a result of storms in mid-July. This took us off the air for all but our Comcast viewers. This incident was coupled with additional damage caused by vandalism at our transmitter site. Things like this can certainly happen in our business, but typically not often and usually not to this extent. These events created a significant delay in restoring our service.
We have been off the air for the majority of our audience longer than any time in our 30 year history. We have heard from so many of you expressing concern and support. You have expressed how our programming has enriched you, your family and your community. Most importantly, a number of our audience members demonstrated how much they believe in Lakeshore PBS by making additional financial contributions while asking for nothing in return. That is greatly appreciated because now more than ever your financial support is needed to ensure that Lakeshore PBS remains sustainable, relevant and responsive.
One easy way to ensure that your support to Lakeshore PBS is ongoing is to transition to a sustaining membership. Our membership team can arrange monthly contributions of $10, $15 or any amount you wish. It’s easy to do. Simply call us at 219-756-5656 or visit our website and click donate to set it up yourself at lakeshorepbs.org. It just takes a couple of minutes. Your gift helps us to preserve our valued community service well into the future.
James A. Muhammad
President & CEO