WCNY's Rosie Taravella makes her home in Borodino

In addition, WCNY produced its own community based shows, such as"Financial Fitness,' "Central Issues" and "The Ivory Tower Half Hour,"and also documentaries. "Arctic Air," a WCNY documentary about the 130th Air Lift Wing based in Scotia, NY, which aids climate research in Greenland and Antarctica, just aired nationally on PBS.

In 2012 they anticipate a move to their new building, located in Syracuse's downtown Salt District neighborhood. Syracuse is the heart o f Central new York's 19 counties, which is WCNY's broadcast area.

Their new headquarters will be equipped with a joint master control system, which will bring all of New York State's PBS systems together. "We spearheaded this effort, it will be a tremendous cost savings to all the stations. Our goal is to be good stewards in the 21st century." PBS was recently and once again voted number one in the public trust from GFK Roper for the sixth consecutive year.

WCNY's people

WCNY's vision is to be the 'hub' connecting Central New York to education, the arts and public affairs. The organization nurtures a team oriented, creative environment.

"People have good ideas, and we don't say let's do it next year, we go ahead and try it."

She credits their new VP of Human Resources, Carin Taddeo, for being very good in the selection process of late. "Everybody is shockingly enthusiastic ... if you aren't into it ... you can't keep up with the pace and so you move on," Rosie said.

The latest addition to the WCNY's stable of talent is engineer Kris Binder, who formerly worked at the NBC Studios at 30 Rockefellar Plaza in New York for shows such as "Saturday Night Live." WCNY's stable of on-air television talent includes George Kilpatrick, Bill Baker, Liz Ayers and others. Bill Baker also hosts Classic FM, along with Bill Shedden, Bruce Paulsen, Marie Lamb, and weekend favorites like Bill Knowlton, whose Blue Grass Ramble recently celebrated its 38th anniversary on the station.

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