"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends."
Those are the words of Edward R. Murrow, one of the pioneers of broadcast journalism, about television. In his words he captures the challenge that we face each day as your TV station. WLOX's goal is to keep you informed and safe.
This week Murrow's challenge was presented to our staff as an honor. It's inscribed on the DuPont Silver Baton, a national award given to just 14 broadcast entities around the country this year.
Columbia University chose WLOX and its staff for recognition for its dedication in continuing to broadcast and inform you the viewer before during and after Hurricane Katrina. But I dare say that for our staff and community the challenge continues.
We survived the storm, but what about our recovery? That story of our community and its future has only just begun to unfold. And some of the rebuilding issues facing our community have the potential to be just as destructive as Katrina herself.
Each of us has a responsibility to take part in the recovery process. It will be a long process, but we promise to continue to be there for you.
However, unlike other stories we cover, a return commitment is needed. It's a promise that you too will help shape our community's future.
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