Jeanne Fisher

Vice President for Radio

Jeanne Fisher is Vice President for Radio at WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester New York, where she oversees WXXI-AM and FM, WRUR, WEOS, WITH, and Reachout Radio. She has served on the national boards of the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio and the Public Radio Program Directors Association, and was recently Chair of the Board of Eastern Region Public Media. Before coming to Rochester, Jeanne was program Director of the West Virginia Public Radio Network.

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Rhonda Austin

Former WXXI reporter and longtime local radio personality Bill Flynn died Tuesday at age 60, after a battle with cancer.

Bill was a producer of WXXI’s midday talk show, "1370 Connection with Bob Smith," and occasionally co-hosted the sports talk show "1370 Sports Connection" with Times-Union reporter Rick Woodson.

He started his radio career while he was still in high school, doing sports reporting and play-by-play announcing for WRHR-FM. In 1976, he joined WSAY-AM, and in 1984, he joined the news team at WXXI.

Len Levasseur

This weekend, hundreds of musicians and music lovers will gather in Rochester for the 2018 Organ Historical Society (OHS) Convention. The OHS began in 1956 as a small group of young musicians who met in New York City to talk about locating and preserving historic pipe organs in the city. Since then, the society has grown from that small group to an international organization.

Twenty-six year old Thomas Gaynor has won first prize in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Gaynor is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church in Pittsford.

Held every two years in the historic suburb of London, the two-week long, multi-round competition ended on Saturday night. Three finalists each gave a solo recital, and then played a concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

Local Eastman student advances in St, Albans  Organ Competition

The quarter-final rounds of the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition have just finished, and one of the Eastman students has advanced to the semi-final round.

Thomas Gaynor from Wellington, New Zealand is a doctoral student of David Higgs. Gaynor and the other seven semi-finalists will perform Tuesday at Christ Church Spitalfields in London, and at St Peter's Church in St Albans on Wednesday.

If Gaynor is one of the three organists selected to advance to the final round, he will perform again solo recitals at St. Albans Cathedral on Friday, and a concerto concert at St John's Smith Square in London on Saturday.

The First Prize Gold Medal Winner will receive a cash prize of £6,000 sterling, a concert tour of Europe, and concert management in the United States. The two-week festival wraps up this weekend. The next St. Albans International Organ Festival will take place in July 2019.

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Coming up on NTK: Top of the Class - Eman Muthana

May 18, 2017

Our "Top of the Class" special series continues with Eman Muthana from World of Inquiry High School. Eman the Rochester second runner up for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

See her on Need to Know on WXXI-TV, Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

(Rochester, NY)  Former WXXI Host Bob Smith passed away this morning at the age of 63 after a long illness. Bob was the original host of WXXI’s midday talk show, 1370 Connection, for over 25 years. Every day, he created two hours of civic engagement and civil discourse, on topics that ranged from politics to the economy, from education to the environment, from music and dance to arts and culture. Bob interviewed countless newsmakers and opinion leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Mario Cuomo, Diane Rehm, Susan Stamberg, Dave Brubeck, and B.B. King.