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


June 17, 2005 (Rochester, NY) — WXXI Public Broadcasting has won four Telly Awards – two Silver and two Bronze – in a national awards competition that recognizes excellence in local, regional and cable TV programs and commercials, as well as the finest in video and film productions.

A silver Telly was awarded to WXXI’s TV department for its hour-long feature, Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake in the “Travel/Tourism” category. The program invites viewers into six beautiful homes situated on one of the most enviable lakeside locations in the country. The production team included: executive producer Gary Walker; producer John Overlan; narrator Wyatt Doremus; principal videographers Martin Kaufman and Douglas Steffer; and on-line editor Joanne Gordon.
The second silver Telly was awarded to WXXI-TV’s Homework Hotline in the “Use of Graphics” category. The graphics team included: director Kris Nestle; on-air graphics designer Chris Golding; and on-line editor Joanne Gordon. The half-hour, live call-in program that helps students with homework questions in math, science, geography, English and language arts, also took home a bronze Telly in the “Education” category. The production team included: executive producer Elissa Orlando, senior producer John Overlan; producer Wyatt Doremus; director Kris Nestle; and on-line editor Joanne Gordon. Geared to children in grades five through 12, the program airs statewide. In Rochester, Homework Hotline airs throughout the school year, Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

A bronze Telly was awarded to WXXI’s News and Public Affairs department for Need to Know: A Conversation with Eliot Spitzer in the “Talk Show/Interview” category. In the 20-minute interview, Need to Know’s Michael Caputo talks with New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer about his high profile cases against the former head of the New York Stock Exchange for excessive pay and against Wall Street bankers, and talks about his stance on controversial issues. The production team included executive producer Gary Walker, producers Michael Caputo and Martin Kaufman; and director Eric Fundin. Need to Know, a half-hour weekly news program that airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and again on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (Cable 11), provides in-depth coverage on community issues that matter to Rochesterians.

WXXI Public Broadcasting Council operates WXXI-TV (channel 21/cable 11), WXXI-DT, including four channels of digital television, AM 1370 (Rochester’s NPR news station), Classical 91.5 (Rochester’s only full-time classical music station), WJSL FM 90.3 (a mix of NPR news and classical music in Houghton), WRUR FM 88.5 (a partnership with the University of Rochester that plays a mix of music and news from NPR), and Reachout Radio, a service for those with visual impairments or blindness. WXXI-TV is one of the most-viewed sources of children’s programming in the Rochester area, with 11.5 hours of non-commercial, non-violent programs each week day.
The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 10,000 entries annually.


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