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

WXXI RADIO RECEIVES GRACIE AWARD® FROM THE AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION

March 16, 2005 (ROCHESTER, NY) —  WXXI Radio Producer Brenda Tremblay was recently named winner of a national Gracie Allen Award® for her feature, The Dark Haired Beauty of Council Street. The American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) present Gracie Allen Awards® to recognize quality programming by women, for women and about women in broadcasting, cable and new media. The Dark Haired Beauty of Council Street, which aired on WXXI-AM 1370 and Classical 91.5/90.3, told the story of Italian-American singer Rosalie Michaels whose promising career was stymied by family and cultural expectations. Michaels, now retired, lives in Webster, New York.

This is Tremblay’s third Gracie®. In addition to reporting on the arts for National Public Radio on AM 1370, she is also host of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts (which airs on FM91.5/90.3 Mondays at 8 p.m., beginning May 23). Tremblay was born in Western New York and lives in Brockport with her husband and their three children.

The winners will be honored at the Gracie Allen Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 23 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. AWRT is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the impact of women in electronic media and related fields. Established in 1951, AWRT has worked to improve the quality of the electronic media; to promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the electronic media and allied fields; to serve as a medium of communication and idea exchange; and to become involved in community concerns.

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