From the President
In April WXXI launched Veterans Connections, an initiative designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness. As part of the initiative WXXI is pleased to present several television and radio programs that spotlight the men and women who serve our county. This month we bring you Navy SEALs – Their Untold Story, airing Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The program explains how the U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world’s most admired commandos..
That will be followed by The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family, airing Friday, May 22 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The program presents a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families. Then at 10 p.m. we join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States in A Salute to our Troops: In Performance at the White House.
And of course, on the eve of Memorial Day, as our country pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, WXXI-TV presents its traditional broadcast, The National Memorial Day Concert, Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m.
To learn more about Veterans Connections and for a complete list of special programs and news stories, visit: WXXI.org/veterans.
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On Friday, November 16th I had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview with Diane Rehm before a sold-out audience at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Diane was not only engaging and entertaining -- but forthright when audience questions turned to the importance of NPR in the current media landscape. "It's more important now than ever," replied Diane.
Although Rochester and the Finger Lakes region was spared the worst of Superstorm Sandy, WXXI was there to bring you the news and official information needed to help keep you and your family safe.
I thought I'd share with you a "Speaking Out" piece I wrote for the Democrat & Chronicle about the importance of public broadcasting and why government support is money well spent. It ran in this morning's editorial page:
I’m just back from Washington and two days of meetings with my PBS colleagues from throughout the country. We shared ideas about our work to help reduce the high school drop-out rate (American Graduate). We previewed the new schedule (including the upcoming season of Downton Abbey). We shared plans for national/local election coverage, and we discussed upcomi