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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

 

WXXI TELLS THE STORIES OF LOCAL WORLD WAR II VETERANS IN CONJUNCTION WITH KEN BURNS' THE WAR
The War Premieres September 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV & WXXI-HD

Rochester, New York (September 13, 2007) – Ken Burns’ seven-part series The War, which tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns, premieres on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011/DT21.1) on Sunday, September 23 at 8 p.m. In conjunction with this much-anticipated series, WXXI has produced a series of WWII stories told by local veterans entitled The War: Rochester Remembers, which willbegin airing the week of September 17th on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

Some of the stories from The War: Rochester Remembers will also be posted on WXXI.org/thewar, a comprehensive Web site that invites visitors to submit their own WWII stories or those of their family members, and provides details about The War series along with reports on local veterans’ issues produced by WXXI's news department.

WXXI will also host a lecture called Voices from the War on Sunday, September 16th at 2 p.m. at WXXI’s studios (280 State Street).Veteran Major John Batiste and WWII Veteran Richard Bedford will share their war experiences from WWII to Iraq. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for WXXI members. Tickets may be purchased online at WXXI.org/voices or by phone at (585) 258-0200.

Additional war-related programming on AM 1370:
• Thursday, September 20th at 12 noon 1370 Connection with Bob Smith welcomes a group of Battle of the Bulge veterans to discuss their war experiences. At 1 p.m. Smith is joined by Tom Cray of the Veterans' Outreach Center to talk about the needs of veterans living in the Rochester area.

Friday, September 21st during Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 10 a.m.), NPR’s Renee Montagne speaks with Ken Burns about his newest documentary, The War. During All Things Considered (4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) NPR’s Joe Richman tells the story of the original 10th Mountain Division.

Monday, September 24th during Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) combat nurse Kate Nolan tells how she treated injured soldiers in almost every major battle in the European theater during WWII.

Tuesday, September 25th during Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) American GI Vernon Tott, who helped liberate a small concentration camp in Germany in 1945 and photographed the rescue, shares stories of his travels back to Germany to track down survivors in his photographs. During All Things Considered (4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) NPR tells the story of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, a group of artists who were dispatched to Europe after the Normandy invasion to fool the Germans with sound effects, inflatable tanks, cast iron soldiers, and fake camouflage designed to be spotted.

Additional war-related programming on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11):
• Monday, September 17th at 9 p.m., Most Honorable Son recounts one man’s remarkable journey through WWII. At 10 p.m. Justice For My People tells the story of Dr. Hector Garcia, a Mexican Revolutionary refugee.

Fridays, September 21 and 28 at 9 p.m. Need to Know will present special segments on veterans’ issues.

Sundays, October 14 and 21 at 11 p.m. New York Goes to War brings the local World War II experience to life through the stories of diverse characters.

The War, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. The War airs Sunday, September 23 – Wednesday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011/DT21.1).

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