Dear Friends,

Back in early 2020, one of the first steps we took in response to the global pandemic was to apply for our first newsroom grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. In May 2020, WSHU was awarded a $4,000 grant to produce the three-part series “Virus of Hate,” a deep exploration of the rise of anti-Asian racism in the age of COVID-19.

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Of all the many devices we have found to distract ourselves during the epidemic, radio is surely one of the most accessible, flexible and reliable. It is everywhere, and it is absolutely virus-free. No mask or distancing is required to listen to Morning Edition, and you don’t even have to wash your hands afterwards. You don’t even have to look at your radio while you listen to it. In the old days, before television came into our lives, my parents did watch the radio because it was a handsome and expensive piece of furniture, and I think they felt it was only polite to face towards it when somebody was speaking. But really, it’s not necessary. It’s true that everyone on the radio is exceptionally good looking, but we are invisible, so you can’t be distracted by our beauty. As we have all discovered with Zoom and Skype, visibility is not always an asset.

George J. Lombardi, long-time general manager of WSHU Public Radio, based in Fairfield Connecticut and owned by Sacred Heart University, has retired, ending his 44-year tenure with the station. He has been succeeded by A. Rima Dael, a development and management executive with over 25 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in the public media, arts and education sectors.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.
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WSHU, as a public media leader, participated in a “Fireside Chat” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, as part of the COVID Collaborative. The discussion focused on the intersection of health science and political science.

A Statement From The WSHU General Manager

Jan 21, 2021

Dear Staff, Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

As we continue to live through history, I take this moment to share some thoughts and mark this moment with you to articulate our shared responsibility in moving our country forward.

Today, I double down on hope, embrace future possibilities and look forward to working hard to repair and heal the country.