It's Never Slow Around WXXI
By Norm Silverstein ~ Posted Fri, 07/31/2009 - 8:52pm
It may be summer, but it's never slow around WXXI.
While a few shows go into hiatus in the summertime, such as Homework Hotline and Assignment: The World, many of our series are in full production. Second Opinion, our national healthcare series, is completing production of season six. Topics such as Diabetes Prevention, Hip Fractures and The Art of Diagnosis will be part of the new season airing this October. Production also continues on the second season of New York Wine & Table, and we are working with our partners on new episodes of BizKid$, our national financial literacy program for "tweens." Need to Know continues its mission as "Rochester’s News Magazine" of the air. Recent shows covered the controversy over plans for Renaissance Square and the struggle to keep Garth Fagan Dance Company a strong, viable cultural gem that our community shares with the world.
We're working on our own funding sources, too, applying for grants to enhance what we do in journalism and for new equipment to keep WXXI state-of-the-art. You'll be pleased to know that some of these grant requests are collaborative applications with other New York public broadcasting stations. We're also seeking new underwriters and production funding for our key programs. We take our role as Rochester's essential media resource very seriously and as much as creating compelling programming makes us pertinent, being financially stable provides us the resources to do that.
If you haven't yet heard, Brenda Tremblay, who produces feature stories for WXXI and NPR newsmagazines, and hosts Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra radio concerts on Classical 91.5 FM, has been promoted to Morning Drive Host/Producer. She succeeds Simon Pontin, who retired in May 2009 after 33 years of hosting classical music. We were pleased to learn that Simon will be honored for his "lifetime achievements" by the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester at an upcoming awards luncheon. Honorary Trustee Betty Strasenburgh will be honored at the same ceremony, for her long-time support of the arts. And Backstage Pass, our radio series that highlights local and visiting artists, recently received a Bronze World Medal from the New York Festival Awards for its episode featuring the Cello Divas!
Our guests from public radio's StoryCorps completed their month-long stay, capturing great stories from Rochesterians to share with the community and nation. 120 unique and interesting stories will now be reviewed by the StoryCorps team. And while only a handful will make NPR's national broadcast, our own producers are editing the many stories compiled so you will be able to hear stories every week on WXXI and WXXI.org beginning this fall. [UPDATE: NPR has already aired a story from Rochester from the StoryCorps visit; much more to come.]
And finally, remember that by clicking on the button below, you will be able to post a comment directly to me on this page – while seeing what others have to say as well. I look forward to hearing from you and please accept my wishes for an enjoyable summer!
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