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WCNY plans open house Oct. 30 for its new Broadcast and Education Center

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SYRACUSE — WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, will host an open house/grand opening ceremony of its new Broadcast and Education Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 415 W. Fayette St.

The day will feature a “multimedia ribbon cutting” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. A separate ribbon cutting for the Education Center will be 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 John B. King, New York State Commissioner of Education, will speak at both ceremonies.

Attendees will learn about WCNY’s innovative leadership in driving the creation of Centralcast LLC, the first collaboration of its kind within PBS. The collaboration, which consolidates master control operations, is a cost-savings strategy that is as a model for PBS. Master control is the final point before televisions signals are transmitted. The signals are monitored to ensure the best picture and sound.

This approach for the delivery of television content of up to 200 channels can be managed from the single location, saving millions of dollars for stations subscribing to the service. All nine PBS stations in New York (including the north country’s WPBS) and New Jersey, a total of 35 channels of television, are being managed in Syracuse and the station is serving nearly 20 percent of PBS viewers in the United States.

Each station will retain full control of its broadcast schedule.

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. Up to 30,000 students per year can participate in the Enterprise America experience.

Throughout the day Oct. 30, 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 also can meet on-air hosts, enjoy live musical performances, share suggestions for new programs and meet “Bob the Builder.”

For more information about the grand opening, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.wcny.org/grandopening or call the station at 453-2424.

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