WMHT and WCNY partner to deliver tools for tough times

Public Television stations WMHT-Albany and WCNY-Syracuse shed light on the current economic crisis in New York State with the brand new series "Help Wanted," premiering January 6, 2010 (check your local PBS listings). The series gives New York citizens useful and trustworthy information in an accessible centralized manner regarding the factors affecting their family economic situation. Four elements of concern will be addressed in each episode: Employment Resources, Job Training, Consumer Protection, and Family Finances.

"'Help Wanted' is a perfect example of how public broadcasting can serve communities by assembling and deploying a great team of partners in the public and private sectors to help people meet the challenges of a fragile economy," said Robert Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WMHT.

Partnering closely with government and non-profit organizations, "Help Wanted" features a 26-episode television series, a web portal that serves as a vital tool for resources, and public outreach events to expand the reach of the project and the resources. WMHT's Dan Bazile is the host of the series with field reporting from WCNY's Liz Ayers. Together, WMHT and WCNY recruit guests from various backgrounds and give them real world advice for their real world situations from organizations that can truly help. The series invites viewers to follow 44 diverse individuals as they are connected to

employment and financial resources and both WMHT and WCNY feature stories and spotlight guests within the communities of New York State.

"'Help Wanted' is a great tool for New York State residents to find the advice they need on job training and financial information," said Robert J. Daino, President and Chief Executive Officer of WCNY-TV/FM and Chair of The Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York. "Economic ups and downs are always expected, but now there is a great resource to use for free. The "Help Wanted" series, web portal, and outreach events are designed to offer accessible help."

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