Resolve to "Go Public" with WXXI in 2010

Dear Friend,

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!

WXXI is pleased to bring Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for The NewsHour, to Rochester this month. Ms. Ifill will be in our studios on Saturday, January 23 at 3 p.m. to talk about her newly published book and her experiences in Washington. To learn more about the event, and order tickets click here.

2010 marks our eighth year of collaborating with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies on Dialogue on Disability, an initiative designed to stimulate community conversation about the “abilities of people with disabilities.” The week of January 18th we’ll be providing special programs on radio, television and online that delve into the lives of people with disabilities.  I hope you get a chance to catch these amazing stories, especially Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story, airing Wednesday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  This documentary tells the remarkable story of John Robinson, a congenital amputee. For a complete list of programs, and to learn more about this project, visit our Dialogue on Disability page.

Finally, as you “Go Public” with WXXI in the New Year, there are promises and resolutions that we at WXXI plan to meet:

  • WXXI will be the place for news and conversation about the topics that are vital to our community.
  • We’ll support the Rochester arts and cultural community with the best in classical music, and we’ll showcase the local music scene and events.
  • Your children can count on the best in educational television programs, presented in a safe and commercial-free environment.
  • We’ll work to expand the ways you can access our programs and services, whether you listen to traditional radio, stream our stations online through, watch our programs on television, download our podcasts, watch episodes on our new video player, select our programs On-Demand through cable, or catch up with us on your smart phone.

The need for our programs and services is greater than ever, but we also must acknowledge that so are the funding challenges. Over the past several weeks I've met with members of our local delegation to talk about prospects for the upcoming legislative session.  Everyone agrees it's going to be a difficult session and like many institutions, we’re waiting to hear the details of the Governor’s budget in these uncertain times.

Though state funding is critical to educational programs, the largest percentage of our funding comes from individuals. Your support makes it possible for WXXI to better serve our community and to work to improve the quality of life in the region.  Thank you. On behalf of all of us at WXXI, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!