From the President
I hope you and your family enjoy the “4th of July” celebrations here in Rochester, or wherever you may be over the long weekend. WXXI-TV will celebrate with its annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, which is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. (and repeated at 9:30 p.m.). This year marks the 35th anniversary of the broadcast and it promises to be an all-star musical extravaganza that puts you front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.
In addition to being a traditional broadcast honoring the country, A Capitol Fourth is also part of WXXI’s Veterans Connections initiative that is designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness. Through special TV, radio and online programming, documentary films, group discussions, news features, and a comprehensive website (WXXI.org/veterans), Veterans Connections works to create a community platform to raise awareness and connect veterans with important resources. I encourage you to visit the website to learn more about the initiative, and to join us at the Little Theatre on August 10 for a special screening of Service: When Women Come Marching Home, which highlights the special challenges facing disabled female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life.
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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.