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

EIGHT HOMEWORK HOTLINE FANS WILL BE GUEST HOSTS ON WXXI’S LIVE, HOMEWORK HELP SHOW

(Rochester, NY) April 21, 2011Homework Hotline, WXXI’s state-wide live call-in show where master teachers help kids with homework problems right on the air, will feature eight different guest hosts between April 25 and May 4, 2011. These Homework Hotline fans earned host slots after correctly answering the most Daily Challenge questions asked on Homework Hotline throughout the season. Homework Hotline airs on WXXI-TV/HD Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and on PBS stations across New York (check local listings).


The winning Homework Hotline hosts, and their debut dates on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) are:


?     Justin Kowal, Cobleskill, NY, hosts Monday, April 25 at 5:30

?     Adrian Kowal, Cobleskill, NY, hosts Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30

?     Noah Stewart, Staten Island, NY, hosts Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30

?     Daniel Li, New York, NY, hosts Thursday, April 28 at 5:30                    
      
?     Chris Woods, Staten Island, NY, hosts Monday, May 2 at 5:30

?     Cody Ingrham & Collin Ingrham, Guilderland, NY, host Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30

?     Britney Reynolds, Bridgeport, CT, hosts Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30

Two of the top ten finalists are unable to host the show, but congratulations go out to them as well:

?     Magdalena Mazur, Queens, NY

?     Joseph Zhao, Queens, NY

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 take students calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester. The host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by at the WXXI studios to help kids work through homework assignments live on television.

Produced by WXXI, Homework Hotline has garnered nine New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a 2010 My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Silver Telly, Bronze Telly, and an Aurora award. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) funds the program.

The program also hosts a companion Web site at <homeworkhotline.org>, which earned a 2008 Parents’ Choice Award. The Award honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and Websites. The Website features a video player where visitors can search, by subject matter, segments from the show, interactive games, and homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and educational and entertaining features.

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