From the President


Celebrating WXXI's golden anniversary with shared memories

I’m still hearing from viewers who loved the early episode of The French Chef with Julia Child, part of our 50th Anniversary celebration on September 6. What a treat it was to watch Julia (in black-and-white) making chocolate mousse 50 years ago… the very first show we aired on WXXI-TV! We also brought back a favorite episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episode, and other commemorative programming across all of our services, including the Little Theatre!

I’m also pleased that we were able to celebrate our Golden Anniversary with a breakfast for our “founding members.” We heard wonderful stories about the early days of WXXI. We’re continuing to collect those stories. Here’s a few of our favorites:

While I have grown old, WXXI has not. You are still fully involved in education, bringing all of us a full platter of educational programs from “Homework Hotline” to summertime learning; from adult literacy to resources for veterans. I myself can no longer go to Yellowstone due to health problems, yet WXXI has taken me there to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Thank you WXXI for allowing me to still visit those parts of the world that I love and enjoy. – James D. Blackburn

I cannot imagine living in a place without 24/7 classical music programming and in-depth, non-biased news coverage. When our kids were young, we relied on the extensive, excellent children’s programs – “Sesame Street”, “Mister Rogers”, and others. -- Jeanette Musliner

WXXI is a community treasure. It is stimulating, diverse, high quality programming, which improves the quality of life in our community. -- Justin L. Vigdor

We couldn’t agree more with James, Jeannette, and Justin. Those are all reasons we believe WXXI is important to our community. If you haven’t shared a WXXI story with us, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story online by clicking here.


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