WXXI AM News

Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

Ways to Connect

Caitlin Whyte

The first phase of Roc the Riverway kicked off Wednesday with a breakdown of the first 13 projects getting state funding.

Mayor Lovely Warren was joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo to unveil phase one of the program. She said this project will bring the community together around the power of the Genesee.

"To rebuild, to reinvest and to reignite our river way. So that our child, my children, will say that when help came, we accepted. When we needed to Roc The Riverway, we did."

OFFICE OF NY GOV. CUOMO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently leading Cynthia Nixon for the governor nomination 2-to-1 in polls among likely Democratic primary voters in New York.

That’s according to a recent Siena Poll with just about six weeks until Primary Day.

Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg says there is no question Cuomo holds a commanding lead across the state.

"He leads by 21 points in NYC, he leads by 58 points in the downstate suburbs. But he even leads by 21 points upstate, 54 to 33."

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand is taking on pharmaceutical companies, in an effort to keep prescription costs low. She made a stop in Canandaigua Monday morning to talk about price gouging on many brand name medicines.

Gillbrand spoke at the Ferris Hills senior living community, saying she hears complaints about drug costs all the time from constituents, and while it’s a problem with really anyone who needs a prescription, it’s an urgent issue for many seniors, many of whom lived on a fixed income.

She says she’s working on a number of bills to battle this crisis.

The annual Puerto Rican Festival wrapped up Sunday at Frontier Field.

The president of the festival Orlando Ortiz says the festival was a big hit with the people that attended, and that included an audience that was a bit of a different mix this year.

Thousands of  Puerto Ricans have moved to Rochester since Hurricane Maria last year, so organizers hoped to cater to some of their need.

Healthi Kids Coalition

Neighborhoods throughout the City of Rochester stopped to appreciate some playtime last weekend.

It was part of the third annual PlayROCs Your Neighborhood event, which helps prioritize activity and playing at sites across the city in spaces that might not be thought of as traditional play areas.

Jenn Beideman is the Advocacy Manager for Healthi Kids Coalition at Common Ground Health, and said there were a number of activities to choose from.

"Some of the sites had DJs, Zumba, and yoga. Other sites had different activities like fencing and skateboarding."

Parts of the former Midtown Plaza Monorail might be coming out of storage soon, if passed by a city council vote Tuesday night.

The City of Rochester has been housing the monorail since it was discontinued about a decade ago.

Trustee for the New York Museum of Transportation, Jim Dierks says they’ve already started to plan for an exhibit, hoping the proposal passes that lets them house two of the train cars.

Dierks says they would be a great addition to the museum.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

A first of its kind "pilgrimage" brought both Republican and Democratic leaders to Western New York this weekend to explore two significant freedom movements in the state, the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage.

After a day in and around Seneca Falls, the lawmakers made their way to Rochester Sunday morning, to honor the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at Susan B. Anthony Square.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed of the Southern Tier and Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York City hosted the weekend of events.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

What do you think of when you think of farming? Rolling fields of grain? Cows mooing in the background? A blue sky overhead?

Well, we’re far from the country out here. Steps away from a 490 overpass on the corner of Broadway and Meigs is the Broadway Community Garden, which is run by the 490 Farmers group.

rocpridefest.org

Roc Pride week kicked off this past weekend and runs through next Sunday with a series of events celebrating LGBTQ+ life and culture.

Monday marks the opening ceremonies at City Hall with performances and remarks from area lawmakers like Mayor Lovely Warren and Assembly Member Harry Bronson. The Pride flag will be officially unfurled at the building as well.

There are pride events every night this week, including a "Gayme" night at Swillburger, and an exhibit of Rochester drag culture  Equal Grounds Coffee house, both taking place Monday night.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

No matter how many times it was suggested to me, I told everyone I would never watch Black Mirror, a science fiction TV series that deals heavily with the future of technology. I knew it would freak me out; I am already hesitant about technology. But as I was scrolling through Netflix one afternoon, I decided to give it a shot.

I watched a few episodes. Then I deactivated my Facebook, deleted Instagram from my smartphone, and logged out of my Twitter account. I even blocked twitter.com and facebook.com on my phone to keep myself away.

Pages