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

HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES CREATE PARTNERSHIP WITH
WXXI PUBLIC BROADCASTING

Geneva, New York (April 6, 2010) – Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) announced today a partnership between the Colleges' radio station, WEOS 89.7 FM, and WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, N.Y., that will provide HWS students increased opportunities in the radio and television industries. The new venture also gives WEOS listeners access to increased local and regional news coverage through WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to extend and strengthen opportunities for students, we are delighted to have forged this new relationship with WXXI,” says Robert Flowers, Vice President for Student Affairs at HWS. “In addition to enhancing the student experience and expanding coverage for the local community, the move is also fiscally prudent as the station will be maintained more efficiently by WXXI.”

Through the partnership, WXXI will assist WEOS with coverage of some campus events, including the HWS President’s Forum Series and Fisher Center lectures, and will provide internship opportunities for HWS students, including those interested in television, in WXXI’s Rochester studios.

The current staff at WEOS will continue to manage the day-to-day operation of WEOS, providing local news, music and coverage of special events. The agreement does not affect the operation of WHWS 105.7 FM, the HWS station devoted to programming specific to the Greater Geneva community. WHWS will continue to be managed by WEOS staff, and will continue to feature campus-related shows with student programs, faculty symposiums, and Hobart Statesmen and William Smith Herons sports coverage.

In addition to program enhancements and expanded services, WXXI will assist WEOS in fulfilling its commitment to launching a new radio service in the Ithaca region. WITH 90.1 FM is slated to begin broadcasting in May 2010 with fresh offerings to meet the needs of the Ithaca community.

“We look forward to working with Hobart and William Smith Colleges to build a solid public radio foundation in the Finger Lakes area,” says WXXI President Norm Silverstein. “With varied program offerings, the partnership will strengthen the reach and diversity of public radio in the region.”

This partnership strengthens WXXI’s on-going commitment to the region. For years, audiences have enjoyed tuning in to Classical 91.5, AM 1370, WRUR-FM and WXXI-TV. PBS viewers across the country have discovered the beauty of the region by watching WXXI’s award-winning series New York Wine and Table, and documentary productions such as 15 Miles on the Erie Canal, Seneca Falls, and Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake.

With more than forty years of supporting the Greater Rochester area, WXXI has established itself as a vital community resource in areas of education, culture and public affairs. Through innovative programming and essential outreach efforts, WXXI has been recognized as a leader in community engagement on a local, regional and national level.

Started by HWS students in 1947, WEOS is a public radio news, information and music station, broadcasting to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and airs many popular public radio programs from NPR, PRI, the BBC World Service, and Pacifica Radio, including several locally-produced programs.

The main WEOS signal is 89.7, transmitting from a few miles west of Geneva, and reaching from Canandaigua to Auburn, to Ithaca, Watkins Glen and Lake Ontario.  WEOS also has repeater stations on 90.3 in downtown Geneva.

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