The news cycle continues to expose how America contends with racism: racial disparity in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the protests, the president’s tweets, the weaponization of white womanhood. 

On Monday from 8-10 p.m., WXXI News will air a special program called America: Are We Ready - A National Call-In about Racism, Violence, and our Future Together. Listen on AM 1370, FM 107.5, WXXINews.org, or on the WXXI app.


SpaceX is expected to become the first private company ever to launch astronauts into Earth’s orbit on Wednesday when its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are slated to take off from the Kennedy Space Center and transport two NASA crew members to the International Space Station.

The launch is scheduled for 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30. Watch live in our player above.

HomeStage: The Demos

May 22, 2020

Here's a little Q&A with Jason Milton from The Demos before the group performs "Meet at Night" for you on HomeStage. The group consists of Jason Milton, Caela Moore, Callan Saunders, Jeremiah O’Reilly, and Alex Durr.

It's our live forum on restarting the economy during a pandemic.

Industry leaders and local business owners to answer your questions about the guidelines for reopening the region. 

Our live forum is made possible with support from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

HomeStage: Sulaco

May 15, 2020

While the shutdown is not allowing Sulaco to perform live, it's not stopping them from performing together. All five members got together - virtually - for this unreleased song, "Cutup," performed for HomeStage!

What does restarting the economy look like in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region? What questions do you have about reopening?

On Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m., WXXI News is hosting a live forum with industry leaders and local business owners to answer your questions about the guidelines for reopening the region. Panelists will discuss what you can expect to see in your community during different phases of process, and how local businesses are being impacted by the pandemic. The panel will include:

  • Bob Duffy, president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Finger Lakes reopening advisor to Governor Cuomo
  • Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive
  • Dr. Michael Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner
  • Willie J. Lightfoot, president of the United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologists Association (UPBCA), Inc., and vice president of Rochester City Council
  • Janine Caschette, proprietor of AVVINO 

Email your questions and comments to forum@wxxi.org, or call 585-209-3180 and leave a voicemail. The forum will be live on WXXI-TV, AM 1370/FM 107.5, on the WXXI News Facebook page, the WXXI app, and streaming here.

WXXI LIVE FORUM: Restarting the Economy is made possible with support from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

Watch the latest updates on coronavirus testing for May 11, 2020.

Kearstin Piper Brown is not only an announcer on Classical 91.5, she's also an opera singer. She was scheduled to sing in a new opera at Lincoln Center before the shutdown happened. So now, she's performing for you on HomeStage.

There's a new album out by The Heavy Love Trust's titled "Always Kinda Nothing". Check it out on your favorite streaming platform. 

To mark the release, we've got The Heavy Love Trust's Benton Sillick with us on HomeStage to play the only song he's written during quarantine.

HomeStage: Yellow Kite

Apr 29, 2020

Have you ever loved someone that had emotional and anger issues? That was the motivation behind the song "Shrine" by Yellow Kite. Check it out on this edition of HomeStage!