With all the swirling information – and misinformation – surrounding government funding and public broadcasting, I am often asked, “How is WXXI doing?” As the question is mostly delivered compassionately, I am quick to respond that there are positive things happening.
While the media and special interest groups tend to portray the current debate over federal funding for public broadcasting as a “partisan issue,” a few days in Washington, meeting with our elected officials, again proved that there's support for public media on both sides of the aisle.
Last Thursday WXXI and the RPO hosted its Education Takes the Stage luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Nearly 700 people came out to support the education programs of both organizations.
The education services of WXXI and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra take the spotlight as we jointly present this week’s Education Takes the Stage Luncheon. On Thursday, March 31, 2011 at noon, WXXI and the RPO will host a special luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center to introduce the RPO's Music Director-Designate Arild Remmereit.
WXXI's Jon Haliniak sat down with President Norm Silverstein to talk about the impact of HR 1076, a bill that would prevent federal funds from going to NPR and would prevent stations from using federal dollars to acquire NPR or other radio programming. Here's an excerpt from their discussion:
By now you’ve probably heard that Vivian Schiller has stepped down as president of NPR. Her resignation follows an embarrassing incident where two NPR fundraising executives met with a filmmaker pretending to represent a Muslim organization considering a gift to NPR.