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

WXXI REMEMBERS THE LATE MITCH MILLER WITH A SPECIAL BROADCAST OF AN ARCHIVED PROGRAM FEATURING MR. MILLER

Rochester, New York (August 3, 2010) – In memory of legendary musician, singer and orchestra leader Mitch Miller, who passed away Saturday, July 30, 2010 at the age of 99, WXXI presents an archived episode of its The Rochester I Know series featuring an interview with Mr. Miller. The Rochester I Know: Mitch Miller airs Sunday, August 8 at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

In the half-hour episode, recorded on August 30, 1985, Mr. Miller shares stories of growing up in Rochester, learning to play the piano at age 6, attending school at Washington East Junior High where George Eastman donated free instruments for the school to start a music program, and being awarded a scholarship from Hochstein School of Music to study the oboe. He also reminisces about playing in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

A Rochester native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Miller is best known for Sing Along With Mitch, a 60's television show that featured standards sung by a male chorale with a "bouncing ball" that followed the lyrics.

The Rochester I Know, produced by WXXI, was a weekly series recorded in the 1980s and 1990s that featured Rochester citizens recounting fascinating stories about Rochester.

###
WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

Press Release Index