GoPublic 2014 Some of our Programming


Dialogue on Disability:This partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies celebrates its 10th anniversary. The week-long initiative is designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming that shows the amazing lives of people with disabilities.

Raising 100,000 Voices: Raising 100,000 Voices works collaboratively with local and regional organizations to engage youth and young adults from traditionally disadvantaged segments of the population in a “video voice” community education program. Working with WXXI and its partners, Rochester’s young people created mini-documentaries, sharing with the public the issues they face as emerging adults.

Masterpiece Theatre: Downton Abbey: Few programs have generated more response from our viewers than Downton Abbey. The drama about British aristocracy and servants coexisting in the early 20th century created a national sensation. We had an early glimpse of that when WXXI held a special preview screening at the Dryden Theatre. Not only was the event sold out, but the diversity of the audience - from students to university presidents - revealed Rochester’s obsession with the Crawley Family. The subsequent success of our Super Bowl Sunday Marathon of the program was recognized by PBS.

Finger Lakes RAEN: The WXXI-led Finger Lakes Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN) is one of seven staff development organizations established by the New York State Education Department’s Adult Education and Workforce Development Team. The RAEN plans and delivers quality professional development and training to state and federally-funded agencies that provide adult literacy services below the post-secondary level.

Homework Hotline Celebrates 20 Years: This live call-in show, where kids receive help with homework problems on the air, is celebrating its 20th season. Produced by WXXI and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, the series has helped thousands of children with their studies. Designed for children in grades 4 through 12, the program supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Statewide funding is provided by NYSUT.

WXXI Reachout Radio: This service provides 24-hour a day readings of newspapers, magazines, and books for people who are print-handicapped. Reachout Radio is accessible through specially-tuned radios, provided free of charge to eligible applicants. The service is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: WXXI shares the exciting sounds and scenes from the Xerox RochesterInternational Jazz Festival. The series captures the essence of one of the most popular and most respected jazz festivals in the country, featuring spectacular performances by some of today’s hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz. Production for the newest season is made possible through support from the The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.

Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre: Co-produced by WXXI and Eastman School of Music, and narrated by Rochester native, actor, and director Philip Seymour Hoffman, Restoring a Masterpiece showcases the intricate renovation of a building that is itself a work of art. At the same time, it tells the story of the intertwined histories of the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Production funding for this New York Emmy®-nominated film was provided by The Pike Company, PAETEC, Louise Epstein, and Keith & Betsy Wilson.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years: In documenting the meticulous restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House, WXXI has captured both the innovative spirit and determination of owners Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker. A team of local craftsmen worked to restore the home to its original beauty using materials and processes that Wright himself intended. The incredible story brought to life in this documentary will be shared by WXXI with the entire country.

Innovation Trail: A collaboration among five upstate New York public media outlets led by WXXI, Innovation Trail provides in-depth reports about the innovative technologies, businesses and policies that are helping rebuild the region’s economy. Reports are available on air and online at: 

WEOS 89.7 Geneva & WITH 90.1 Ithaca: WXXI partners with  Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in the operation of WEOS 89.7. As part of the commitment, WXXI provides HWS students increased opportunities in the media industry, and gives WEOS listeners additional local and regional news coverage. This partnership also resulted in WXXI and HWS launching WITH-FM 90.1 in Ithaca, which offers a mix of eclectic music programs and NPR news and talk.  

Candidate Free Air Time: To help keep the Rochester community informed about local political races, WXXI gives candidates the opportunity to deliver their messages directly to voters, free of charge, through the Candidate Free Air Time service. Recorded at WXXI, the two-minute messages are heard on AM 1370 and also posted online at

City 12 Television: In this partnership with the City of Rochester, City 12 provides city residents with informative and entertaining programming including CityWise, a weekly talkshow that covers issues of particular interest to residents. Programmed by WXXI, City 12 is available to cable television subscribers in the City of Rochester.