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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI WINS TWO NEW YORK STATE BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING

Rochester, New York (July 29, 2010) – WXXI-TV’s Homework Hotline and New York Wine & Table each brought home an award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA). The awards recognize outstanding achievement among New York's radio and television stations. WXXI’s President & CEO Norm Silverstein accepted the award at the 44th Annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting at Sagamore Resort Hotel in Lake George, NY last night. 

            New York Wine & Table, produced by WXXI in partnership with the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, received the NYSBA Award in the “Best Locally Produced TV Show” category. Hosted by nationally known television lifestyle host Susan Hunt, the series features food, wine, agriculture, restaurants, people, and landscapes from the region. New York Wine & Table airs Sundays at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

           
Homework Hotline earned a NYSBA Award in the “Best Locally Produced Program Designed for Children” category. This is the ninth award Homework Hotline has garnered from NYSBA in this category. Designed for children in grades four through 12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television. Homework Hotline airs on public television stations throughout New York State during the school year, and in Rochester, airs Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).  Homework Hotline is funded by the New York State United Teachers.

            The New York State Broadcasters Association represents the interests of over 300 television and radio station in the New York State Assembly, the United States Congress, and various other legislative bodies. Since 1955, NYSBA has fought many battles on behalf of broadcasters including opening New York’s courtrooms to broadcast television coverage, putting broadcasters on equal economic footing with newspapers, and defending the confidential sources of broadcast journalists.

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