Need to Know

Dead Air

Right now, I have 26 minutes and 46 seconds of dead air planned for this week's edition of "Need to Know." You don't have to be in broadcasting to know this plan is not a particularly good plan.

A few hours ago, I had a very solid show lined up. In fact, it was one that took me weeks to line up. I dropped my best suit off at the cleaner's this morning in preparation. It was that kind of show. However, an unexpected development means my guests are now unable to be here as scheduled.

It's not really cause for panic (I save that for when I misplace one of my children.) It does affect quite a few people though.

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An Introspective Governor

Jean-Claude Brizard came straight from the airport to the WXXI studios this morning.

After asking him about the many challenges he faces taking over as Superintendent of the Rochester City School District, I asked him what he thinks the district's strengths are.

He talked about the outpouring of support he's getting from all corners - not just from people in the city, but from state representatives, suburban leaders, and local universities. Brizard says that's a good sign change can happen here.

While I was talking to Brizard, WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt was in Albany interviewing Governor Spitzer. She says he was more introspective than usual. We'll find out what she means on Friday.

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The Promise of Prose

"Today is the day when all of that changes - when we stop standing still and start moving forward once more." - Eliot Spitzer, Monday, January 1, 2007

A year and a day after Eliot Spitzer was sworn in as New York Governor, Jean Claude Brizard will take over as Rochester City School District Superintendent.

I was in Albany when Spitzer declared his first day on the job as one of "unbridled hope and possibility." I was there as he made his symbolic ascent to the top of the Capitol steps and - I kid you not - the thick clouds parted briefly for the sun to shine upon him. I was there to capture the optimism in the air.

But today, another gloomy Monday, the Siena Research Institute released a poll suggesting Spitzer's performance is falling far short of most expectations.

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Migrant Workers in our Midst

The stairs leading from WXXI’s lobby all the way up to our creative services department on the fifth floor offer a good view of the stands at Frontier Field.

Today they are full – of snow. But just about every time I catch a glimpse of that stadium, regardless of the season, nostalgia kicks in. Despite the thick glass and the busy street between me and the field, I can "hear" the clean crack of a bat and the organ rallying an exuberant crowd. I can "smell" the French fries and the Rohrbach’s. I can "see" my young son Ben’s amazement as a foul ball somehow drops in his lap. I can "feel" the sun going down and the warm evening breeze kick in.

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