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Season 2 of The Reading League’s “Reading Buddies” premieres Sept. 12 on WCNY-TV

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, in partnership with The Reading League will premiere season 2 of “Reading Buddies” on Monday, Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

“Reading Buddies” is a fun, foundational reading TV series for students PreK-3. The show instructs three important underlying components of skillful word reading: phonological awareness, letter names/sounds, and blending sounds to decode words accurately.

It also features a talking dog named Dusty who, with the help of his best human friend Dott, learns a new trick – how to read! They are joined by a kazoo-talking, robot assistant named Alphabott, and an adorable cast of human Alphabotteers. Together, they form an after-school reading club where Dusty explores letters and their sounds, social-emotional learning, and whatever else sparks his curiosity!

Each episode features a new “Alphabadge” for Dusty to earn, marking the progress of his reading journey. Together, along with the viewers, they are the “Reading Buddies!”

All-new episodes will air weekdays at 12:30 p.m. through October 7  on WCNY-TV. The series is sponsored by Early Childhood Alliance, Hippity Hop Peds, and Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.

Each episode will be available after it airs on demand at For viewing information, please visit To learn more about the series, please visit

About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through online streaming technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates four digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed classical music.


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