Grand Opening

During the grand opening ceremony, this video was played to highlight WCNY’s history.

Visitors to WCNY’s Oct. 30 grand opening offered feedback about the new facility on our “Wow” camera.

On Oct. 30, WCNY welcomed nearly 2,000 people to its new Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse.

Public broadcasting fans of all ages saw how modern television and radio are made, explored the Enterprise America education center, ate at the new café, met on-air personalities and heard from special guests, including PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, state education commissioner John King and kids’ favorite Bob the BuilderTM.


Main events:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Building open to the public; café open; tours
2 to 2:45 p.m. Grand Opening Ceremony
3:30 to 5 p.m. Education Center ribbon cutting and open house
Live events in the Performance Studio:
9:30 a.m. Bruce Paulsen hosts the Setnor School Guitar Quartet
10 a.m. Bill Baker and Bill McGlaughin live
11 a.m. Capitol Pressroom recording live
Noon to 12:30 p.m. Live at Noon – Bill Baker hosts Duo L’Adour
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Capitol Pressroom host Susan Arbetter
3:00 p.m. Marie Lamb and musical guest
4 to 5 p.m. Ciao! with Joey Nigro and Jim Battaglia
Meet WCNY personalities in the atrium lobby:
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Talk TV programming with Dale Wagner
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marie Lamb and Bruce Paulsen, radio hosts
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Leo Rayhill and Bill Knowlton, radio hosts
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The hosts of Financial Fitness
3 to 3:30 p.m. FM host Bill Baker
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Ivory Tower panelists and producer Doug Moreau
Meet Bob the BuilderTM in the Education Center:
10:30 to 11 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to noon
1 to 1:30 p.m.
4 p.m.

This schedule is subject to change.


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WCNY new Broadcast and Education Center Grand Opening
set for Oct. 30

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, invites the community to the Grand Opening of its new Broadcast and Education Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse.

 The Grand Opening ceremony will feature a unique multimedia ribbon cutting from 2 to 2:45 p.m. A separate ribbon cutting for the Education Center will be held at 3:30 p.m. Following the Education Center’s ceremony, an open house will be held with special information for teachers and parents. Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO, and Dr. John B. King, Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, will speak at both ceremonies.

“We are eager to open our doors for the public to engage with today’s WCNY,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY President and CEO. “We are excited for our community to witness the power of public broadcasting to educate, entertain and inspire and recognize WCNY’s commitment to position itself for the future, for the benefit of the Central New York community that owns and values this essential community asset.”

Throughout the day, visitors can tour the building to see how television and radio programs are made and enjoy the opportunity to star in TV spots of their own. Visitors can also meet on-air hosts, enjoy live musical performances, share suggestions for new programs and meet everyone’s favorite handyman, Bob the Builder™. WCNY’s new café and courtyard also will be open.

Attendees will learn about WCNY’s innovative leadership in driving the creation of Centralcast LLC, the first collaboration of its kind within PBS, leveraging a cost-savings strategy serving as a model for the entire PBS system. This ground-breaking approach for the delivery of television content up to 200 streams (or channels) of television can be managed from this single location alone, saving stations subscribing to the service millions of dollars. Currently, all nine PBS stations in New York and New Jersey, a total of 35 channels of television, are being managed, serving nearly 20 percent of the PBS viewership across the United States.

Also on the tour is WCNY’s new 10,000-square-foot Education Center that provides educational programs for learners of all ages. One of those programs is Enterprise America, New York’s first hands-on experiential learning program that provides middle school students with a real-life immersive learning experience focused on STEM (science, technology, education and math) skills, entrepreneurship and financial and civic literacy. Students apply what they are learning in the classroom as they become business entrepreneurs, political leaders, employees and consumers in our real-world city with 14 businesses and a City Hall. Up to 30,000 students per year can participate in the Enterprise America experience, which helps prepare them for future college and career success.

For more information about the Grand Opening, including a complete schedule of events, visit or call (315) 453-2424.