My top 5 favorite things WXXI has done in 2015

As we enter the holiday season and the end of 2015, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. In addition to compelling programming from NPR and PBS and independent films at The Little, I'm proud of the work of the staff of WXXI and The Little. I thought I'd share my top five favorites of 2015:

1. CPR in America Produced by our Second Opinion team, this national TV special, in partnership with the American Heart Association, was designed to teach all of America “Hands-Only CPR.”  A broadcast like this had never been done before in the U.S. and we were proud to be able to teach this lifesaving skill to a broad audience. You can watch it at: 

2. Veterans Connections Last April, we launched this initiative designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness. If you were part of the sold-out audience at last month’s screening of American St. Nick at The Little, you saw the impact of this initiative. If you missed the screening, you can watch it December 17 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

3. Arts InFocus As an essential contributor and partner in our arts community, WXXI is committed to helping grow and promote arts and culture in our region. Arts InFocus embraces that promise by profiling some of the area’s finest artists and arts organizationsIt airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Episodes are also available online at: ArtsInFocus.TV

4. American Graduate This initiative, led by WXXI’s Education Department, is dedicated to helping kids prepare for success at school. Each year, nearly one million students in the United States fail to graduate from high school on time. American Graduate is designed to turn that around – by convening community partners and working together on what needs to be done in our communities. 

5. The Little’s One Take Documentary Series This monthly series presents a unique mix of documentaries followed by post-film discussions. Sold-out screenings this year ranged from Live From New York (a retrospective of Saturday Night Live) to Famous Nathan (the story of Nathan Handwerker and his legendary Coney Island eatery.) The films and lively Q&As in this series make it one of the most engaging film experiences in the city. To learn more, click here.

These are only a few examples of the programming and services that had an impact on our community – but I’m proud of all the work we have done in 2015. From our news team and their election coverage to Classical 91.5’s local hosts and productions, it’s truly been a great year.