For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI TAKES A MONTH-LONG LOOK AT THE ARTS IN ROCHESTER

December 31, 2004 (ROCHESTER, NY) — WXXI Radio and Television News begins a month-long focus on the arts in Rochester. Reports on AM 1370 will range from shedding light on smaller arts organizations in the region and whether the arts in education is dwindling, to larger issues like funding of the arts and the future of the arts in the Greater Rochester Area in general. AM 1370 reporters Peter Iglinski, Bud Lowell, Alex Crichton and Deanna Garcia will be joining television reporters Julie Philip and Michael Caputo on stories both for radio and inclusion on WXXI-TV's Friday night public affairs program, Need to Know.  AM 1370 News Director Peter Iglinski will join Need to Know to host roundtable with the Democrat and Chronicle’s Classical music reporter John Pitcher, City Newspaper’s movie critic George Grella and City’sNewspaper’s theatre and dance reporter Herb Simpson to speak about the state of the arts in Rochester. The Need to Know special is scheduled for Friday, January 14 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

This partnership between radio and television is part of WXXI's continued commitment to provide Rochester news and information that may otherwise be unavailable to the community. As one of the last independently owned and operated stations in the market, WXXI sees the arts as one of Rochester's greatest assets and, so, seeks to bring focus to an important part of the community. Other reports in January will include the arts as an economic development tool, the state community theatre, Garth Fagan’s annual free dance clinic, and art therapy among many others. Tune into AM 1370 during Morning Edition weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and All Things Considered weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for these special reports. Those programs are also simulcast on WRUR-FM 88.5 as part of WXXI’s continued partnership with the University of Rochester. Need to Know airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and repeats Sundays at 12:30 p.m.

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