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



(Rochester, New York) October 23, 2012 – WXXI Public Broadcasting announced today that award-winning journalist Beth Adams will return to the morning airwaves in Rochester as local host of NPR’s Morning Edition.   Adams has been part of Rochester’s radio landscape for more than 20 years and is best known as former co-host of WHAM 1180’s morning news show.

“We’re proud to welcome Beth Adams as the newest member of the WXXI family,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI.  “She will be a great addition to our news department, which already boasts a dedicated group of journalists focused on in-depth reporting on issues that concern our community and state.”

Adams comes to WXXI after most recently serving as Marketing and Communications Specialist at Bivona Child Advocacy Center.  As former co-host of the morning show on WHAM she has broadcast from the White House, two Olympic Games, and the Buffalo Bills’ first trip to the Super Bowl in 1991. She also served as News Anchor for WIOD in Miami, Florida, and News Director for WELM/WLVY in Elmira, New York. 

Starting Monday, November 26, Adams will be heard weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on AM 1370.  Morning Edition is also broadcast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5 and from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on WXXY-FM 90.3 Houghton, in the Southern Tier.

Silverstein called the addition of Adams an important step in the strengthening of WXXI’s news services.  Other changes include the naming of veteran morning announcer Alex Crichton as local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.   Alex will be heard from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on AM 1370 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5 and WXXY-FM 90.3 in Houghton.  Crichton joined WXXI in 1984 and has covered sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a jazz show, produced live remotes, interviewed an array of people from musicians to politicians.  He was local host of Morning Edition since 1997.

Hélène Biandudi will move from local afternoon host of All Things Considered to full-time journalist, dedicating more time to reporting and working on WXXI’s TV news program Need to Know Rochester.   This move will allow Biandudi to focus on education reporting, one of the most important issues facing the Greater Rochester area.   Biandudi joined WXXI in 2010 from the CBS News program
48 Hours.

“The changes announced today are about the future of WXXI and our commitment to the community,” Silverstein added.  “Whether on air, online or on a smart phone, WXXI strives to be the trusted source of quality public affairs programming for Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.”


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