Hindsight on 2020

It’s a gross understatement to say that 2020 has been an extraordinary year in many respects… a routine first quarter turned every which way through quarters two and three and finally inside out in the fourth!

The reporting and programming that our local content team produced under some very difficult circumstances was exceptional. Our engineering and operations team developed work-arounds that allowed WGCU staff to largely stay safe at home while continuing to provide the programming and services you count on without missing a beat.

Our development and finance staff, and donors like you, steered us through the scariest recession straits we’ve seen in over a decade. NPR and PBS news and public affairs producers, reporters and staff likewise pulled out all the stops to continue to provide the comprehensive, in-depth reporting and stories that you expect and deserve. Who would have ever guessed that our own John Davis and NPR’s Ari Shapiro would be joined on air by their barking dogs as they hosted programs from makeshift home studios, while Judy Woodruff anchored the PBS NewsHour from her living room.

Yes, all-in-all an extraordinary year and one that very few of us – it’s safe to say – will be sorry to see come to an end. Thank you for your support and for continuing to watch and to listen to PBS and NPR for Southwest Florida. And, from all of the staff of WGCU, we wish you the happiest of holidays and join you in the hope for a much brighter and more joyful 2021.  


Author: Dayna Harpster