From the President
One of the long-standing hallmarks of WXXI has been its commitment to arts and culture. From the only all-classical radio station in Rochester to an ongoing national series on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival to recent documentaries on the Eastman Theatre, Albert Paley, and New Horizons — WXXI is the recognized home for local arts.
With the launch of our new series, Arts InFocus, this reputation continues to grow. Hosted by WXXI’s Evan Dawson, the series presents in-depth stories and profiles of some of the area’s finest artists and arts organizations, as well as those beyond our state line. Arts InFocus is a collaboration with more than 30 PBS stations across the country – sharing content with each other to spotlight the amazing arts and cultural scenes of communities nationwide. So far, we have discovered a young dance troupe, an amazing fiber artist, and a performance by jazz legend, Joey DeFrancesco — along with many other stories. The program airs Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, but if you have missed any episodes, you can watch them all here on our Arts InFocus page. Be sure to watch this Friday — and if you have an idea for an organization or individual to profile, you can let us know!
More Recent Messages
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
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.