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WCNY to premiere ‘SUNY Oswego Holiday Television Special’

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster will premiere the “SUNY Oswego Holiday Television Special” at 11 p.m. Dec. 14. The film will be celebrated and unveiled at a special viewing party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Marano Campus Center auditorium at the SUNY Oswego campus.

The “SUNY Oswego Holiday Television Special” is a television variety show in the style of classic shows, such as “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Johnny Carson Show” and “Saturday Night Live,” but with the flavor of the holiday season and the perspective of SUNY Oswego students.

In a truly interdisciplinary collaboration, more than 48 students studying media, music, theater, art, and communications worked this fall semester under the supervision of Francisco Suárez, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies.

The viewing party will celebrate the successful conclusion of this project and start the holiday season on a positive and energetic note. The special guest speaker for the night is WCNY’s President & Chief Executive Officer Mitch Gelman.

For access to interviews, additional videos, and photos, please contact Haley Dubnoff at or (315) 385-7317.

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 member magazine, and social media. Through online stream technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates five digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Towers are located in Watertown and Utica, and WCNY’s radio programming extends into Canada. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally-programmed music.

Educational services include workshops; a 10,000 square-foot building with dedicated Education Center; Read Out, a radio reading service for the visually impaired; Enterprise America for middle school students; and a media and marketing communications program for high school students.

WCNY is LEED® Platinum Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest certification level achievable in Leadership, Energy & Environmental Design. Other achievements include “Business of the Year” in the nonprofit category in 2014 by CenterState CEO.

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