Membership support is more important now, than ever

Though the federal funding debate continues in the Senate, the regular efforts at WXXI also move forward. Early March marks our Spring Membership Drive on television and also signals some significant programming coming your way – not the least of which is a reprise of Les Miserables which premiered with much excitement this past weekend. Many of us remember the original Les Miserables performance, which first aired on PBS in 1995 and featured Colm Wilkinson. Now, with this new performance – Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2

– we not only get to experience the thrill of the memorable soundtrack, but watch it performed with Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and Nick Jonas as Marius. If you missed it last Sunday, you can see it Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m. 

Then, on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m. we bring some spring to the air with Baseball: A New York Love Story. The series not only trace the history of baseball in New York, but we will be offering a trip to New York City, which will include an overnight stay and tickets for the Yankees/Mets “Subway Series”. Finally, you can enjoy an evening of folk music as The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! is followed by a Great Performances special honoring Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden. That all gets underway Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

Our battle for federal funding notwithstanding, it is membership support that is the core of everything we do. Consider the shows that engaged you as a child, the documentaries that opened up new worlds to you as a student, and the programs that keep you informed and entertained as an adult. Your support ensures that a generation of programming continues.

WXXI is an essential part of who we are as a community – because only public broadcasting gives everyone access to non-commercial, inspirational, educational programming that helps us grow stronger as a region. I hope you will “Go Public” with your pledge of support this month and I thank you for your continued belief in the importance of public broadcasting.


For an update on the federal funding debate and a way to contact your Senators, please click here.