From the President
The death of the first United States-diagnosed Ebola patient has heightened concerns about Ebola across the country. In an effort to gain a better understanding about this infectious disease WXXI's Second Opinion, presents a pair of programs the week to help answer your questions. Second Opinion “Special Edition: Ebola” airs this Thursday at 8:30 pm on WXXI-TV and we will also present a live call-in radio show Second Opinion LIVE “Ebola” on Friday, October 17 at 1:00 pm on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5, and online at WXXI.org/listen.
In the special television episode, American missionary worker and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol will share the story of some of her darkest days as the disease ravaged her body. Travel medicine doctor and vaccine expert Mark Shelly, MD from URMC and an infectious disease doctor will use Nancy’s case as a springboard to discuss disease transmission, diagnosis, treatment, drug and vaccine research and development, and what the Ebola crisis in West Africa means to its citizens, and to America. Complete information on the episode is available here at WXXI.org.
Then Friday on WXXI radio, Elissa Orlando invites a University of Rochester Infectious Disease Expert into our studio to help answer phone calls and Twitter questions from listeners. To find out more about the episode and how to interact, you can discover more on our web site.
Second Opinion is the only regularly scheduled health series on public television – and this timely special Ebola episode is being presented to public broadcasting stations across the country. It will also air on PBS World on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm. This is just another example of how WXXI and public media provides responsive and in-depth programming that you cannot find anywhere else.
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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!
As I look back on 2009, I am grateful for another productive and eventful year, where WXXI continued to make a positive difference in so many lives in the Greater Rochester area.
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