From the President
Our partners at the Golisano Foundation are once again challenging the Rochester community to spread the word to “End the R-Word”. The campaign, which has become one of the largest in the nation for a single region, is part of the national Spread the Word to End the Word project. It asks people to take a stand against using the R-word, "retard" or "retarded," by taking the pledge at http://www.r-word.org/.
WXXI is proud to take the pledge and we encourage you to do so. You can learn more about the campaign by tuning in to AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5 or WEOS-FM 89.5 (Geneva) for Connections with Evan Dawson on Tuesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. (and repeats at 9pm that evening) when his guests will be Ann Costello, Director of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation; Onolee Stephan, MPH Director of the Community Health Program for Special Olympics, Stephanie Straka, AADMD dental student; and Catherine Lewis, Assistant Director of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership at the University of Rochester. Also, on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV Homework Hotline presents a special segment about the campaign when Rob Mitchell from Special Olympics and Unified Sports joins us in studio to talk more about how we can all end the R word.
WXXI’s on-going MOVE TO INCLUDE initiative is proud to support the “End the R Word” campaign. MOVE TO INCLUDE is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. To learn more, listeners can visit movetoinclude.org.
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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!
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.