The controversial firing of Juan Williams by NPR was both tragic and inevitable. Not because Williams isn’t a fine journalist (he is), or because he was a bigot (he isn’t). What made it inevitable was the difficulty of juggling two very different positions with two news organizations, NPR and Fox.
With the election season upon us, you have probably been overwhelmed with endless political ads, shouting pundits and polarizing news stories. That is, unless you have been tuning in to public broadcasting. WXXI has been the home for civil discourse and balanced information about the races that are most relevant to you.
If you were among the more than 2,500 people who attended WXXI’s Open House on Saturday, October 2nd, thank you for coming and I hope you enjoyed your visit. We had a great turnout, with a line outside the door an hour before we opened, and a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.
I would like to invite you to Go Public! on Saturday, October 2nd as WXXI opens its doors and invites the entire community to attend our Open House. Please join us at our studios at 280 State Street for a behind-the-scenes look at how our programs are created and meet the people that make it happen.
If you have been listening to the radio lately, you have no doubt heard reports from the Innovation Trail emerging in our news stories. In fact, you may have caught yourself listening even more intently as topics like turbine wind power and the Marcellus Shale “hydrofracking” endeavors were discussed in fascinating depth.
As summer winds down, I think the long-held belief that the season is a quiet time for rest and relaxation has been lost on most of us. We all find our weekends' book up quickly and the good weather has us out doing more things than we ever anticipated! It’s the very same here at WXXI – in fact, many of you may have seen us in your travels.
At WXXI, we strive to develop a healthy and engaged community through our programs and services. One of the ways we measure the success of that mission is through the ardent support of our volunteers who value what we do so much that they give freely of their time. In appreciation of their commitment, we recently had the pleasure of hosting our Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception.