From the President

 

Happy New Year!

I hope your holidays were shared with family and friends and that you are looking forward to 2018. One of our wishes for the New Year is to help build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities of all people. That’s what our continued partnership with Al Sigl Community of Agencies and our Dialogue on Disability initiative is all about.

For more than a decade this initiative has featured special programs that spotlight the abilities of people with disabilities and encourage dialogue about the vital role inclusion plays in our community. This year we’re hosting a free screening of The Rebound, an award-winning film that follows an underfunded Miami wheelchair basketball team for their first-ever national championship. It will screen at the Little Theatre on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. We will also have prime time specials, news reports, and community conversations on Connections with Evan Dawson. For a complete list of all programming, visit: WXXI.org/dod.

The vital work of Dialogue on Disability has served as a model for our Move to Include initiative. Al Sigl and WXXI envisioned a project with even bigger community impact and together we worked with the Golisano Foundation to create Move to Include, a project that encourages thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled year round.

More Recent Messages

Citizen Koch Screening

One of the most requested films in recent memory has a special screening at The Little this week. Citizen Koch,searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party screen

Summer Music and Membership

Although summer seems to have hit our region, let me give you a couple great reasons to stay indoors! This Wednesday, you can watch the legendary Diana Ross take the stage in Central Park as WXXI-TV airs Diana Ross: For One and For All.

WXXI News Extends Its Impact

Thank you for making your pledge of support during our Spring Radio Membership Drive. Because of the community outpouring, we were able to reach our goal and shave nearly two days off our campaign. It obviously signals the value placed on public radio — especially WXXI News — so I'd like to share some information on a couple of our recent ventures. 

Busy times for WXXI Radio

I hope you had a chance to listen to the live broadcast of the RPO's Carnegie Hall concert on May 7th. Classical 91.5 was the only place you could have heard it in Rochester and the response has been nothing short of overwhelming — both for the performance and the presentation on WXXI-FM. As a result, we have had many requests for CDs or rebroadcasts of the RPO performance.