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Celebrating 50 years on FM 91.5
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In 2024 WXXI-FM 91.5 celebrates its 50th anniversary, 12/23/1974. Each month we will share reflections and memories of events, celebrations, honors and personalities that have made WXXI Public Media what it is today.

In MAY we travel down FM 91.5’s Memory Lane

As we continue down FM 91.5’s Memory Lane we find many celebrations and great moments that happened in May.


Tom Bartunek became WXXI-FM’s Manager in May 1978, and current WXXI Classical Morning host Brenda Tremblay joined WXXI in 1991.


May 1978 also saw a live remote outside the studios on State Street in celebration of Simon’s Super Scintillating Sunshine Show, “WXXI FM 91.5 Celebrates Sun-Day.” In those days, Simon was sporting his signature full beard.

On May 16, 1994 Fascinatin’ Rhythm host Michael Lasser and Audio Engineer Dave Sluberski made their way to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to receive a Peabody Award. Host Michael Lasser, both a broadcaster and a teacher, approaches the past century through an examination of lyrics and musical styles. He lets our treasury of popular tunes speak (and sing) for itself with sparkling commentary tracing the contributions of the composers and performers to American society. For an ongoing presentation and celebration of American culture through popular music, a Peabody to WXXI-FM for Fascinatin’ Rhythm. Watch the video and listen to Mike’s acceptance speech.


And on May 17, 2014 the RPO performed at Carnegie Hall – for the 17th time, but the first in nearly 30 years. One of the highlights of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)’s 2013-14 season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson, is certainly its concert at Carnegie Hall on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the prestigious Spring For Music festival. One of just six orchestras invited to participate, the RPO presented a concert production of Merry Mount, the only opera written by the late Howard Hanson, renowned composer and director of the Eastman School of Music. It was commissioned by and made its highly successful world stage premiere at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera in 1934, and still holds the world’s record for the most curtain calls—50—at that historic venue. Read the full release.

And just for fun, on May 2, 1993, this cartoon of Simon Pontin in the studio appeared in Mitchell’s View of the Democrat and Chronicle.