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

For Immediate Release


(Rochester, New York) June 13, 2014 – WXXI last night received three Awards of Excellence in Broadcasting from the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) at the 48th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The awards recognize outstanding achievement among New York’s radio and television stations. WXXI’s President Norm Silverstein and WXXI’s Senior Vice President of TV and News Elissa Orlando accepted the awards.

WXXI-TV’s Homework Hotline earned an Award of Excellence in the “Individual Program or Series Designed for Children” category. The live call-in TV show helps kids with their homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, it provides the tools students need to succeed in school, and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television. Homework Hotline airs on public television stations throughout New York State during the school year and in Rochester Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. This award marks Homework Hotline’s twelfth New York State Broadcasters Association Award. Homework Hotline is funded by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

WXXI News received an Award of Excellence in the Best Public Affairs Program or Series category for Rochester Remembers the Dream, commemorating the 50th anniversary March on Washington for civil rights. The five-part series looked back at the events of 1964 through the memories of local people who were there, while also examining how much progress has been made in the fight for civil rights since then. The second award was received for a local Morning Edition newscast in the Best Local Newscast category. In that newscast, on October 23, 2013, local host Beth Adams covered the controversy of the Mayoral Primary race in Rochester, while WXXI’s Capitol Correspondent in Albany, Karen DeWitt, reported on the impact on state revenues from problems in Washington.

The New York State Broadcasters Association represents the interests of over 300 television and radio stations in the New York State Assembly, the United States Congress, and various other legislative bodies. Since 1955, NYSBA has fought many battles on behalf of broadcasters including opening New York’s courtrooms to broadcast television coverage, putting broadcasters on equal economic footing with newspapers, and defending the confidential sources of broadcast journalists.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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