Kicking off the New Year

As we begin 2011, let me first welcome any new members who joined WXXI during our December Membership Campaign. We hope you enjoy the engaging programming that you now help make possible. I also hope you take advantage of the events and outreach activities we make available throughout the year, like our January 20th Community Cinema screening and our February 5th Making Stuff Science Café event at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. And if you were one of the many individuals who provided WXXI with an additional year-end gift, thank you for your continued support and making WXXI your home for news, arts, culture, education, science, health and local interest.

 In fact, as we enter the New Year, here are a couple upcoming highlights you might find interesting:

  1. NOVA has produced a fascinating four-part series called Making Stuff, which premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 9 p.m., and airs over four consecutive Wednesdays. Hosted by New York Times technology reporter David Pogue, the series takes an adventurous tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Immediately following the broadcast at 10 p.m. WXXI will host an online chat with University of Rochester scientists Lewis Rothberg and Todd Krauss. To participate in the chat that evening, log on to WXXI.org/makingstuff.
  2. WXXI continues it partnership with Al Sigl Community of Agencies as we present the ninth annual Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series. This week-long outreach initiative runs Sunday, January 16 through Sunday, January 23, and is designed to encourage community conversations about the abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming that can be seen on WXXI-TV, WXXI-CREATE and City 12, heard on AM 1370 and Reachout Radio, and screened during WXXI’s Community Cinema series. This year’s centerpiece film, The Way Bobby Sees It, tells the remarkable story of Bobby McMullen, who is a competitive mountain biker on a mission to race on the most demanding downhill course in the country. Adding to the difficulty of a course riddled with obstacles including life-threatening cliffs, Bobby is blind. You won’t want to miss this film, airing Tuesday, January 18 at 10 p.m. and again Thursday, January 20 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Click here for a complete schedule of specials.

I hope you have the opportunity to watch, listen or participate in just one of the things I’ve mentioned above. Once again, thank you for your support of WXXI and the vital service we provide for this community. Your membership will help strengthen and sustain WXXI for the coming year.