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

WXXI INVITES ROCHESTER TO “GO PUBLIC” AT ITS OPEN HOUSE
ON OCTOBER 2, 2010

Rochester, New York (September 22, 2010) – WXXI invites the community to “Go Public” at a special Open House on Saturday, October 2, 2010.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rochester's Public Broadcasting station opens its doors at 280 State Street for a day a fun, food and discovery. The event is free and open to the public (with free parking in Kodak’s lot directly across from the station).

At the Open House, PBS Kids’ characters like Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Cat in the Hat from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, WordGirl, the Big Red Dog and the Big Yellow Bird will welcome kids of all ages. Guests will also have a chance to meet WXXI radio and TV hosts, talk with the program director about PBS’s upcoming fall season, walk the sets of Homework Hotline and Assignment: The World, see Open Tunings’ host Scott Regan produce his Saturday morning show, and enter a drawing to win a 3D TV set, courtesy of Rowe Photo, Video, and Audio. There will be live music, courtyard performances and lots of interactive activities from community partners.

Since 1958 WXXI has provided the greater Rochester area with the finest radio and television programming available. Today, WXXI operates four television stations: WXXI-TV/HD, WXXI-Create, WXXI-WORLD , and City 12, plus three radio stations: AM 1370, WXXI-FM 91.5/90.3, WRUR-FM 88.5 (in partnership with the University of Rochester), along with two HD radio channels and Reachout Radio, a closed circuit 24-hour radio reading service for those who are visually impaired. WXXI also manages two radio stations in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges – WEOS-FM 89.7 in Geneva, NY and WITH-FM 90.1 in Ithaca, NY.

WXXI Educational Services include: instructional programming and local educational productions for use by families and schools video on-demand services for schools and families; Ready To Learn programming to prepare young children for school success; training for parents, teachers, and childcare providers on using media to improve education; Adult literacy services with area agencies to provide GED Connections and workforce development programming; training for adult literacy agencies. In addition, WXXI hosts a robust Web site (WXXI.org) that features streaming of its radio services, TV and radio schedules, podcasts, blogs, video and online forums.

For more about the open house, visit <WXXI.org/openhouse>.

  

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