From the President


Did you know that March is “Music in Our Schools Month?”

This national celebration is designed to engage music educators, students, and communities to promote the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. At WXXI, we know how important music is to a child’s intellectual and social development, which is why we’re joining the celebration – with Classical 91.5 taking the lead – by providing a variety of on-air and online content. This includes special arts segments and a curated web page where you can share a story, tribute or memory of a music teacher who made a difference in your life. If you’d like to be part of this effort, Classical 91.5 is partnering with the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) to collect musical instruments and supplies for Rochester City students. To learn more, click here.


More Recent Messages

Celebrating 50 Years of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

February marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On February 19, 1968 the show premiered on WXXI-TV and on PBS stations across the country. The series changed the landscape of children’s educational television forever as Fred Rogers brought his warm and heartfelt messages to millions of young viewers.


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.


A few of my proudest moments of 2017

As we enter the holiday season and approach the end of 2017, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. In addition to compelling programming from NPR, PBS and the Little Theatre, we are proud of our many events and opportunities to engage with our community. I don’t have space for everything, but I’m pleased to share some of the highlights of the year.


From WXXI News' Inclusion Desk comes a podcast about eight young people with disabilities transitioning into adulthood

This month our news department has launched a new podcast called Exited, which introduces listeners to a group of teens with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. The podcast is led by reporter Karen Shakerdge from WXXI News’ Inclusion Desk, which is a multi-platform reporting effort to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion.