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(Rochester, NY) March 29, 2012 – Three WXXI productions have garnered Telly Awards for excellence in local and regional television. WXXI’s national health care series, Second Opinion, received a Bronze Telly in the Health and Fitness TV Program category for its episode on Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). RIT Big Shot: Painting with Light received a Bronze Telly in the Documentary TV program category and Homework Hotline received a bronze award in the Educational TV program category. The Telly Awards Competition recognizes distinction in local, regional, and cable TV programs and commercials, as well as video and film productions.

Second Opinion’s award-winning episode, Mystery Diagnosis, highlights a neurological condition that manifests symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In the episode, Betty Dale shares how NPH interrupted her healthy, active retirement. Betty is joined by her husband, Alan, who helps to recount her symptoms, including gait problems, memory loss, and urinary incontinence.

RIT Big Shot: Painting with Light documents the history of the Rochester Institute of Technology's annual nighttime photography project. What started as a project to get RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences' students excited about electronic flash photography has turned into an annual nighttime event that brings a whole community together. The project began 26 years ago with the shooting of Highland Hospital in 1987. The 2011 Big Shot took place at the National Museum of Play at The Strong and was documented in high definition by WXXI. The film includes interviews with photography project organizers Professor Emeritus Bill DuBois, Associate Administrative Chair Michael Peres and Professor Dawn Tower DuBois, as well as archival footage of several past Big Shots.

Homework Hotline is WXXI’s statewide, live call-in show where kids get help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program 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.

Entering its 32nd year, the Annual Telly Awards receives over 10,000 entries per year. With a highly esteemed reputation, the Telly Awards are internationally recognized for showcasing the best advertisement and entertainment production in the world.


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