In its 4th season, What it Takes was named the “Best News Series” for 2021 by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and this year the program continues to feature experts and committed citizens to our studio to discuss timely issues affecting Southwest Virginians. Hosted by BRPBS Director of Educational Innovation Tom Landon, WIT embodies the spirit of our ECHO Channel, featuring topics on Education, Community, Health and Opportunity.
MONDAYS @ 7pm on Blue Ridge PBS & streaming on ECHO
September 19 - What it Takes to Adapt Schools to New Priorities
Our season premiere features State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, who joins host Tom Landon to talk about her vision for educating the students of Virginia. Governor Younkin’s renewed focus on improving student SOL test scores, workforce development, and giving parents more say in what teachers teach are driving changes in the Virginia Department of Education, and viewers will learn more about Mrs. Balow’s background, experience, and plans for Virginia’s schools.
September 26 - What it Takes to Make Southwest Virginia a Mecca for Paddlers
Pete Eshelman of the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Roanoke Outside Foundation and Michael Clark, Director of Parks and Recreation for Roanoke City join Host Tom Landon to discuss plans underway to create a kayaking course on the Roanoke River. The project has the potential to reframe the way whitewater enthusiasts see the region’s blueways.
October 3 - What it Takes to Lead Radford University
The newly installed President of Radford University, Dr. Bret Danilowicz, joins host Tom Landon to talk about his early impressions of the university and what led him to take the job in the face of difficult times when it comes to growing enrollment and graduation rates. The 8th President of the institution’s enthusiasm is palpable, right down to his custom tartan paint job on the Jeep he drives around town. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.
October 10 - What it Takes to Teach Soft Skills to the Region’s Workforce
Virginia Western has placed a growing emphasis on teaching more than just book knowledge to its students in order to better prepare them for the workforce. Host Tom Landon is joined by Regina Cook, Administrative Officer of Training Solutions to help us understand not only what she means by the term Soft Skills, but also how they can help supply a more resilient and adaptable workforce for modern day employers.
More to come!