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


Rochester, New York (February 24, 2006) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council President Norm Silverstein has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) in Washington, D.C.

Silverstein was voted by his colleagues to a three-year term on the Board of the nonprofit organization that provides advocacy for public television at the national level, as well as consistent leadership and information in marshaling support for its members: the nation's public television stations.

In addition to his national leadership position with APTS, Silverstein chairs New York’s public broadcasting association, representing the interests of the state’s nine public television stations in Albany. He also represents public television and radio as a Director of the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA).

Silverstein has been WXXI’s President since 1995 and in his 10 years at the station has worked to make public broadcasting a vital part of the Greater Rochester community. Under his direction the station completed its most successful capital campaign in its history, rebuilding for the future and adding many new services. In addition to Channel 21/Cable 11, WXXI provides three additional digital television channels including WXXI-HD, a high definition channel. Using a portion of its digital signal, WXXI is currently working with the Rochester Fire Department to help distribute first-responder training and vital information to over 100 public safety sites across the region.

In addition to his work with public broadcasting, Silverstein is a member of the Arts & Cultural Council’s CEO’s Roundtable and a member of Wilson Commencement Park Advisory Board, as well as a past board member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.
A graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., Silverstein studied political science and communications. He holds a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Silverstein resides in Pittsford, New York with his wife Jane Gallagher and their two sons, Benjamin and Lee.


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