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

WXXI HOSTS A REUNION PARTY WITH ITS ORIGINAL MEMBERS TO KICK OFF
40 YEARS SERVING THE GREATER ROCHESTER COMMUNITY

Rochester, New York (June 9, 2006) – WXXI Public Broadcasting will kick off its 40th anniversary celebration with a reunion party for more than 100 of its charter members and other longtime friends of the station. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at WXXI’s studios, 280 State Street in Rochester. The reunion party gives WXXI the opportunity to thank those who have supported the station for so many years.

Among the guests will be Harold Hacker, WXXI’s Founding Father, who served as the Director of the Monroe County Library and the Rochester Public Library Systems for 24 years. Convinced that public television was a civic good, Mr. Hacker and his colleagues set forth to obtain a broadcast license for the first public broadcasting station in the Rochester area. Mr. Hacker led a five-year struggle in Washington, D.C. for Rochester’s public television station and on September 6, 1966 his passion and dedication paid off. Rochesterians tuned in to WXXI-TV 21 to hear Mr. Hacker introduce the station’s first broadcast, Julia Child’s The French Chef. On air he told viewers that they were about to witness something the community had never seen or heard before – educational broadcasting on Channel 21. He then gave his word that [ http://wxxi.org ]WXXI would always provide a choice on television. When the station first launched it signed on with 50 hours of programming, five days a week. Today WXXI-TV delivers more than 7,000 hours of entertaining and educational programming per year. WXXI’s three additional digital television channels, including WXXI-HD -- a high definition channel -- provide even more programming choice. The station is also working to use a portion of its digital signal to help distribute first-responder training and vital information to over 100 public safety sites across the region for the Rochester Fire Department.

Reunion party guests will witness a proclamation for Mr. Hacker by Mayor Robert Duffy’s office, view the premiere of WXXI’s 40th anniversary video – a retrospect of the last 40 years – and enjoy the festivities.

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