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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (May 27, 2008) – Among thousands of entries from across the nation, WXXI’s Second Opinion and OnStage brought home four Telly Awards. Honoring excellence in local, regional and cable TV programs and commercials, the 29th Telly Awards recognized WXXI’s innovations in medical and musical television.
            Utilizing the world-class knowledge of dozens of health professionals, including many from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), WXXI’s national health care series Second Opinion garnered three Telly Awards. Each week Emmy award-winning host Dr. Peter Salgo presents an actual medical case to a panel of experts to debate the pros and cons of diagnostic testing, interpret test results, and prescribe the best course of action. The episode in which Dr. Salgo lead six panelists in a discussion about the facts and mysteries surrounding Parkinson’s disease won a silver Telly. The panelists included: Dr. Louis J. Papa of URMC, Kathy Cole-Kelly of CWRU School of Medicine, Dr. Robert G. Holloway of University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Monique Giroux of Boothe Gardner Parkinson's Care Center, Glenn McGee, Ph.D. of Alden March Bioethics Institute, and patient John Testa of Rochester. Episodes on suicide prevention and ovarian cancer were also recognized with bronze Telly Awards. Produced in association with West 175 Productions and the University of Rochester Medical Center, Second Opinion’s executive producers are Fiona Willis and Elizabeth Brock. The series airs Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), and on more than 225 PBS stations across the country.
            Honored with a bronze Telly Award in the entertainment category, OnStage highlights a wide range of performers from Upstate New York. Hosted by WXXI-FM mid-day host and music director Julia Figueras, each program presents an hour-long concert with Figueras posing questions to the artists between their sets. Not only can the WXXI studio concerts be seen on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and heard on WRUR 88.5, interested concertgoers can also attend live tapings ( OnStage airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WRUR 88.5. The series is made possible in part by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The series’ executive producer is Todd McCammon.
            Entering its 29th year, the Annual Telly Awards receives over 10,000 entries per year. With a highly esteemed reputation, the Telly Awards are internationally recognized for showcasing the best advertisement and entertainment production in the world.


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