If you can believe all the hype about Apple’s new tablet computer, the “iPad,” it’s yet another product ready to “change the world.” Of course, it’s hard to write off Apple. They do come up with world-changing ideas. Whether we have an iPhone or another “smart phone,” we’re all connected in ways that would have been hard to imagine a few short years ago (after all, the iPhone has only been around for three years)!
You will often hear us say during membership campaigns that “we work to earn your trust every day.” It’s a phrase that we do not take lightly. Though we receive your endorsement through your membership gift, we look to validate that support throughout the year. From in-depth news stories to inspiring arts programs to extending our community reach, you can always rely on WXXI to make a positive difference every day. Some of our latest activities at the station certainly demonstrate that.
With the Legislature back in session debating the recently released New York State budget, WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs has been working to bring you the news, analysis and behind-the-scenes details that you’ve come to expect from WXXI. With reports from Karen DeWitt at our Albany News Bureau, interviews with key legislators by Bob Smith on 1370 Connection, and comprehensive reports from WXXI’s own local news team, you’d be hard pressed to find as extensive and compelling coverage on the topic from any other media source in the region.
The New Year is a time when many of us make “resolutions.” If you are looking for ways to start the year off right, let me suggest that you resolve to “Go Public” with WXXI. Throughout the year, public media will provide you with programming that makes a difference in your life. In fact, we have hit the ground running with events and programming for the new decade!
WXXI’s new “Go Public” campaign received a boost when Rochester “went public” by voting WRUR/WXXI as favorite radio station in City Newspaper’s “Best of Rochester 2009” Awards! If you voted for us, thank you (and thanks to our friends at City, too)! We were also pleased that our own Scott Regan, host of “Open Tunings” on WRUR 88.5, received a “Critics’ Picks” for “Best Reason to be Late for Work.” Also, WXXI Honorary Trustee Betty Strasenb
I hope you enjoyed Ken Burns’s latest series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea on WXXI. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped over the past few weeks by people who watched the series and loved it.
September marks the beginning of the new school year and a renewed focus on educational services at WXXI. So it is with great pride that I share some exciting news. WXXI has won its first national Emmy Award in its 42-year history and it is for one of our children’s productions. Biz Kid$, a WXXI co-production that promotes financial literacy for children, has garnered a Daytime Emmy Award. Though WXXI has won numerous regional and national awards for its programming, this is our first national Emmy and we couldn’t be more pleased!