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


Rochester, New York (August 23, 2006) – On Monday, August 28th WXXI will honor two of Rochester’s favorite radio hosts, Simon Pontin and Mordecai Lipshutz, for bringing Classical 91.5/90.3 listeners beautiful music for the past 30 years. To celebrate, the Sunshine Show with Simon Pontin and Afternoon Drive Time with Mordecai Lipshutz will broadcast live on Classical 91.5/90.3 from the front lawn of WXXI’s Studios at 280 State Street.

Throughout the morning of August 28th, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pontin will be visited by several long-time program contributors including George Grella, Isobel Neuberger and Bob Koch. In the afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Lipshutz will be joined by RPO Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and RPO Assistant Concert Master Wilfredo Deglans, Director of Madrigalia Roger Wilhelm, Hochstein Music School's Peggy Quackenbush, and Artisan Works owner Louis Perticone. Listeners are encouraged to stop by during the broadcast for complementary coffee and pastries in the morning, ice cream in the afternoon and other giveaways throughout the broadcasts.

Pontin was born in Reading, in Berkshire, England in the early days of World War II. He moved to America with his family when he was 16 years old. In the States, Simon worked at several printing-related jobs before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1959. In the service, he was trained to repair broadcast equipment. Upon being discharged, Simon took a job in a safety department at Eastman Kodak Company. While at Kodak, he moonlighted as host on WBBF-FM, Rochester’s only classical music station. He joined WBBF-FM’s successor, WBFB, full-time in 1971 and later became its program director. He left the station in 1975 when the format changed from all-classical to all-news. After less than a year as an unsuccessful car salesman, he accepted a job with WXXI-FM as program host of the morning program. Pontin and his wife Lois Tipton live near the shore of Irondequoit Bay. They enjoy traveling, gardening and entertaining their two retired greyhounds. Pontin has three adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren.

Lipshutz was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His parents ran a printing company which did all the programs for the Philadelphia Orchestra, so Lipshutz was exposed to great music all during his childhood. He earned a degree in acting at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. In 1975 he decided to enroll in the Printing Management program at Rochester Institute of Technology. During that time WXXI-FM became a classical station and Lipshutz took a part-time job there. After a while he decided he preferred radio to printing and, after more than twenty-five years, he's forgotten how to do anything else. He's been everything from the host of Live from Hochstein to Music Director and the producer of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert series. Now he's the afternoon host as well as master of ceremonies at Hochstein. He resides in downtown Rochester, and can often be seen around town at classical music and jazz events.


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