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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253


(Rochester, New York) March 4, 2011 – WXXI is observing Women’s History Month by spotlighting remarkable women throughout the month of March on WXXI television and radio. On Tuesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1 kicks off the celebration, which also marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, with host Julia Figueras, whose show will feature some of the finest representations of women in music. Classical 91.5 hosts Figueras, Brenda Tremblay and Chris Van Hof will continue to feature music composed and performed by women throughout the month.

On March 8 WXXI will also launch a series of vignettes that highlight a few of the many remarkable women in American History. Hosted by Kitty Van Bortel, Noteworthy Moments in Women’s History airs throughout the month of March at varying times on AM 1370, FM 91.5, FM 90.3, FM 88.5 and HD 91.5-1 and 91.5-2. Noteworthy Moments in Women’s History features Antoinette Brown, the first ordained woman minister; Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for President; entrepreneur and beauty expert Martha Matilda Harper; geneticist Barbara McClintock; and JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic.

In addition, 1370 Connection, heard weekdays between 12 noon and 2 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2,will present a series of special interviews with some of Rochester's most influential women. The series includes:

Women and Business – Thursday, March 10 at 12 noon
Guests: Mary C. (Kitty) Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Subaru, Ford and Used Car Center; Marie Kenton, President of Ketmar Development Corporation; Sandy Parker, President and CEO of Rochester Business Alliance; and Carin Colon, Executive Director of Executive Programs at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester.

Women in Music – Thursday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
Guests: Dr. Sylvie Beaudette, Artistic Director of the Women in Music Festival and Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music; Eun Mi Ko, Doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music and Assistant Director of the Women in Music Festival, and Rebecca Smithorn, Founder/Director of Ad Hoc Orchestra

Women and Media – Thursday, March 24 at 12 noon
Guest: Laura Kipnis, PhD, Professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University

Rounding out the month-long celebration, WXXI will also broadcast several television programs spotlighting amazing women including:

Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter, airing Wednesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), celebrates one of America's best loved humorists.

Dolley Madison, American Experience, airing Monday, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI- TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11), shares a portrait of the woman who transformed the previously undefined role of the president’s wife and became America’s “first” First Lady.

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, an American Masters presentation, airing Tuesday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), takes a closer look into the life of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott.

Since 1979 the month of March has been recognized as Women’s History Month, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. A complete listing of WXXI programs that celebrate women can be found at

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