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

WXXI NAMES BRENDA TREMBLAY CLASSICAL 91.5

MORNING DRIVE HOST

Rochester, New York (July 14, 2009) – Brenda Tremblay, who produces feature stories for WXXI and NPR newsmagazines, and hosts Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) radio concerts on Classical 91.5 FM has been promoted to Morning Drive Host/Producer for Classical 91.5 FM. Tremblay replaces Sunshine Show host Simon Pontin, who retired in May 2009 after 33 years of hosting Classical music.

Tremblay will host the weekday classical music program, continue to produce and host the RPO radio concerts and other local productions, and work with the Center for Public Affairs to create arts and cultural coverage for all media services. 

Tremblay started at WXXI in 1991 as a part-time classical announcer and was soon appointed AM Traffic Director.  While working for Rochester’s NPR station, she reported on a wide range of topics from education to the environment.  Her 1999 documentary “Just Transportation,” examining racial and environmental issues in a wrongful death suit, earned her a national Gracie Award from the American Association of Women in Radio and Television.  She’s won several other broadcasting awards, including a Gabriel, three Gracies, several Associated Press awards, and a citation for creative excellence from the Public Radio Program Directors’ Association.

Since 2001, Tremblay has focused on music and Rochester’s cultural life.  In 2007, she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and attended the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University.  A long-time member of the Rochester Oratorio Society, Tremblay also serves as the organist and music director of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brockport, NY.

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