WCNY Blog Post #1: American Graduate Day 2017

American Graduate Day 2017

By Nico Basile

WCNY-TV presented American Graduate Day on Oct. 14. American Graduate Day highlighted the inspiring organizations/individuals that help students graduate from high school and focus their attention onto the next chapter of their lives. The day is dedicated to those individuals who have created a passion for achieving success in young students everywhere.

The broadcast focused on telling compelling stories of actual cases where students have grown to be successful through the help of others and eventually earning their high school diploma. WCNY-TV has shown this event since 2012, and it has helped communities come together and spread awareness of these great stories to show that anything is possible. Graduation rate is now at an all time high, so now the attention of the broadcast will spread beyond just high school but will also include; career paths, workforce trends, and skills needed to thrive in society.

For the first time since the first airing of American Graduate Day, the broadcast focused on more than just the beginning of young people’s careers. Instead, there was a shift of focus towards post-secondary pathways to career success that range from traditional universities to job training. The spotlight was on those individuals and organizations that have altered peoples paths to success in a positive manner and have helped change people’s lives. Sr. Director of Education and Community Engagement, Debbie Steck, had this to share about why WCNY-TV will broadcast the event. “Sharing local stories of individuals and companies helping Central New York students achieve both academic and life success is a natural fit for WCNY.”

American Graduate Day featured many notable people including, General and Mrs. Colin Powell, John Legend, Misty Copeland, Phil Mickelson, Bill Moyers, Daymond John, Juju Chang, Jane Pauley, Marcus Samuelsson and others too.

For future event viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

By Luke Lawn

The seasons are changing from fall to winter in New York State. The weather starts to cool and thoughts of snow approach, but the community remains active! WCNY has adopted the spirit of fall and has plenty of shows and community events hosted before the weather gets too cold. It is truly an exciting time of year as the holiday season approaches.

Halloween takes place next week and there are plenty of holiday activities for community members to enjoy. WCNY is hosting Halloween themed TV broadcasts for the week prior to Oct. 31. This includes a new showing of a Curious George one-hour special on Oct. 28 as well as the Oct. 31 at 8 a.m.! There is also a broadcast of Arthur and the haunted tree house Oct. 25 at 6:30 a.m. These programs will air on WCNY, along with many other holiday themed shows.

I believe that it is important for the community, young and old, to show their support of the holiday spirit and take part in the festivities. Syracuse University engages the community by bringing children to dorms to trick or treat. I participated for the two years I lived in dorms and believe that it is a great opportunity for students and the children alike. The children get to see what Syracuse University is like first-hand and also get to leave with bag fulls of candy! The students get to be involved in an event that gives back to the community that has been our home.

As the leaves continue to fall, be sure to check out how you can get yourself involved by visiting the WCNY website. Here you can find more information about current events and a full television schedule to checkout programs that you can watch.

My Introduction

Hello Everyone,

I am recent transfer from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in New York City with an Associate’s Degree, majoring in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. I am a Junior, double majoring in Writing & Rhetoric and Communication & Rhetorical Studies. My experience in journalism, writing, and communications proves serving to this project due to other works not only inside of the classroom, but outside of the classroom.

For two summer’s I worked at a Public Relations firm in which I learned how to work and write at a professional level. I also learned how to deal with public life, how to create exposure for a client, how to network, and how to create a clientele. In my three years of college I have learned many different versions of writing both short and long. My knowledge ranges from business communication to public speaking, intercultural communication, conflict resolution, marketing, etc. This semester I am taking a class where I am learning how to code, create a website, along with making apps functional for common usage. My courses, apply directly to our project and possible future endeavors at WCNY. My role can be very diverse and flexible considering my experience ranging from editor to mediator.

In my time serving the community, I have served meals to the poor in soup kitchens, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Breast Cancer Walk with my previous college. I was also a Senator in Student Government involved in Academic Senate and many other activities that represented BMCC as a whole on behalf of the students. I prefer any type of leadership role most times I find myself to be the leader or on equal standing with everyone in the group as team players. I approach everyone with respect, a smile, and an open ear for understanding.

I am dedicated to not only to my group, but to WCNY as well. I am passionate about bringing our group together and achieving great work that will leave an impression on WCNY. It is my duty to strive for the best whilst motivating my team and others around us do the very best. I believe that we can accomplish our work combining our many versatilities together to make a great team.



Brianna Johannes

WCNY Blog Post #2: The 46ers Premiere Party

The 46ers Premiere Party

By Nico Basile

On Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m. ,WCNY will be hosting a Premiere Party for The 46ers. The documentary captures those who create life experiences from scaling the 46 Adirondack Mountain High Peaks in New York state. Men and women who are part of the Adirondack 46ers club will be introduced and the impact of their experiences will be told. Being a member of this club involves being a part of a group that supports hiking high peaks both in the winter and the summer in various locations.

Stories shared from the documentary include the tales of multiple individuals who set out to move through the mountains at both gentle and intense paces. These experiences create memories that last a lifetime and translate to each individuals overall success as a person. Director Blake Cortright drew inspiration for the making of the film based off of the individuals perseverance in attempting these journeys regardless of the life threatening risk of climbing such heights. The film will document the travels of individuals going through 19 different High Peaks highlighting the positive and negatives that come with the experience. Some of these individuals have climbed the highest peaks in New York State up to 700 times.

The event will begin with a welcome and light hors d’oeuvres served from 5-5:30 p.m. , followed by a Q&A and meeting the producers from 5:30-6 p.m. Finally The 46ers premiere will take place at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for WCNY members and $25 for non-members. RSVP will be open until Nov. 5 and can be done on the WCNY website at wcny.org/events or by calling (315) 453-2424. We are expecting a lot of people to attend so please do not forget to RSVP.


Syracuse Mayoral Race

Syracuse Mayoral Race

By Luke Lawn

The political season is upon us in New York State. Make sure to stay informed with your friends here at WCNY! There are a few different votes approaching and it is important to stay educated about upcoming political decisions and issues. One approaching vote is for the constitutional convention which encompasses all of New York State. Another is the upcoming mayoral vote for the city of Syracuse, NY.

There are currently four candidates running for mayor of Syracuse: Democratic candidate Juanita Perez Williams, Republican Laura Lavine, Green Howie Hawkins with the green party and Ben Walsh who is not affiliated with any party. These four will debate on live television three times over the course of the next weeks.

The first debate occurred on Oct. 30 at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science. This Friday, Nov. 3, the second debate will be hosted live on WCNY-TV at 9 p.m. The moderator of the debate will be Jim Aroune who is WCNY’s senior director, special productions & news content. Be sure to tune in to get some essential and relevant political information.

The largest issue brought up in the first debate was the city’s infrastructure. This has been a long-term issue for Syracuse leading to problems with community and civic engagement. The candidates will certainly address the problems with the current city infrastructure and more. Infrastructure around the city is outdated and requires an upgrade in efficiency and usability for citizens.

Candidates are advocating for 100 percent clean energy, increased bike lanes around the city and more dedicated community buildings. Tune in to check out how they will accomplish these goals and more while maintaining Syracuse’s city budget.

Please tune into WCNY on Friday to check it out! The third and final debate will be aired on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m., moderated by Dan Cummings.

Double Down Preview

Get ready for Season 13 of ‘Double Down’

By Andrew Godnick

Are you ready to feel disappointed with your intelligence? Are you ready to be out-smarted, out-worked, and out-trained? Well, you’re about to face the hardest test of your life on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. — except, you’ll be behind the cameras.

Tune into WCNY to watch the season premiere of the new high school game show Double Down where  students will face challenging questions covering a wide array of topics. From science and math to literature and current event topics, these smart versatile students will get to show the world how much we, the viewers, really don’t know. Tune in to find out if your 5th grade teacher really gave you a life time supply of knowledge.

The competition will be broken down into teams of three where the students will compete for prizes, but as we all know, the real prize are the bragging rights that come along with winning. We all know that feeling of walking into class on Monday with something to brag about during the five minutes before the teacher starts class. The buzz is alive in the classroom as all your friends, and your crush sitting in the corner, turn their attention towards you for the rest of the day. This is a chance for these students to feel the glory of putting their handwork to use in front of their friends, family, and, oh yeah, the endless amount of world wide viewers.

Tune in on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p .m. to find out who this year’s first Double Down winners will be.

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WCNY Round Table Discussion

The upcoming vote on a convention

By Luke Lawn

As fall commences in upstate New York, voters are starting to look forward to the upcoming general election in November. While there are no seats up for re-election, the election is not one to be overlooked! This general election is particularly exciting because it will include a ballot that New York natives see only once every 20 years.

New York is one of 14 states in the United States that allows voters the opportunity to rewrite their governmental blueprint in an open convention. In order for this convention to be held, there is a vote held every 20 years. This vote will occur on Nov. 7, 2017 during the course of the general election.

WCNY will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at their headquarters on the Near Westside in Syracuse, NY to educate New Yorkers about the state constitutional convention. Many Syracuse University students will be in attendance to participate in the live, televised event. New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is working with WCNY to run this event. These organizations have offered the opportunity for Syracuse students to participate as audience members in this historic, televised event.

There has been lots of public debate about which side voters should take when filling out their ballots. The last time the constitutional convention was held was in 1967. If there is a statewide vote for “Yes” a convention would be scheduled for 2019. The convention would consist entirely of elected officials from state senate districts. These individuals would be elected next year and anyone legally living as a New York resident can run as a delegate.

The televised forum airs Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch.



Nico Basile

My name is Nico Basile, I am from Los Angeles, CA and am a Sport Management major. I will be working on the website project for WCNY, which was one of my top choices because of my heavy interest in creating attractive, content filled websites. Currently, I am in a Sport Technology class and have been reviewing strategies on what makes an effective website.

In the past, I interned as a sales representative for a men’s clothing company where I would attempt to spark sales through social media accounts and the company website. In-order to maximize sales, it was important to have an effective website where it was easy for the consumer to purchase clothing and stay informed by the company. By shadowing my experienced sales representatives during the internship, I learned that it is important to have a website that catches the reader’s attention while also being simple enough to understand. Additionally, the website should be filled with a good amount of content that obtains a good balance of pictures and writing. I’m here to help with CONTENT!

Currently I am the Community Service Chair for my fraternity this semester. The American Red Cross is where I have volunteered previously and I plan on continuing to complete more hours of service through blood drives and fundraising for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Lastly, I prefer working in a group setting because of my prior experiences being a part of a team and understanding that it takes an equal distribution of hard work between each member to succeed. If one person slacks off, the whole team is affected and I could promise you that I will give my best effort to do the best I possibly can on the project.


My First Post!

Luke Lawn

My name is Luke Lawn and I am currently a senior in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. My course of study is Information Management and Technology and I have a minor in global enterprise technologies. I am very excited to be working with WCNY throughout the course of this semester. I am working with a project team of three other students at Syracuse to produce new content for the WCNY website. Our goal is to actively engage the community through fun and frequent events in the area.

This summer I worked for a Pharmaceutical Service company in Exton, PA. While I was there, I had the opportunity to take a week of my internship and dedicate it to community service. I assisted a local food shelter move their entire operation to a new location. This included hundreds of thousands of pounds of food products, business materials, shelving and more. I also assisted with updating their website content. I enjoy giving back to the community and will look to work for companies who also value giving back to their communities.

I am passionate about technology and how it can be used to better our world. One of the reasons I am so excited to be working with WCNY is their utilization of many forms of technology. Education is the basis for a strong society. I have been fortunate enough to have access to spectacular educational facilities throughout my life and I look forward to promoting the education of others through community engagement.