RCTV/WXIR Vs. the Coronavirus

Recently, most of us have been focused on the Coronavirus and its impact.

As a community public access TV and radio station, we had hoped to remain open, so community members could continue broadcasting and sharing messages, news and music with our community. 

In light of news that has come out about the virus, and decisions made by Mayor Warren, County Executive Bello and Rochester City School District over this past weekend, we have made the difficult decision to close the station Indefinitely, to ensure the health and safety of our entire community of Members, Radio Personalities, Producers and Staff.

The RCTV building is closed until further notice. Weekly updates will be provided on Fridays via our websites, facebook, instagram pages and our newsletter. We will also plan to share reliable resources and information that may be useful to members of our community.  Both our TV and radio signals will remain on the air and continue broadcasting on our regular schedule.

Everyone's health and safety is our principle concern. 

Because we will continue to program both the TV and radio, if you are able to create your programming at home and send it to us, we will make sure it gets on the air.

To submit your TV program, please send an MP4 file to Rick Osborne via email at ROsborne@RCTVMedia.org. You may also drop it off at the station between 10 am and 12 noon, during which time, someone will be at the station. Please note that we will not be open for editing, TV or Radio production, only for dropping off shows.

Radio producers are requested to read the information below from Rashida Washington.

Please note that all classes and workshops for the immediate future have been postponed. If you have registered for a class or workshop, you can receive a refund, or elect to take it at a later date.

During this challenging and unprecedented time, our thoughts are with each of you, for the safety and health of you and those you love.
A Message to Radio Producers from Rashida Washington

Effective immediately, I am encouraging anyone who has the means to pre-record their shows on their own to do so and email it to  wxirshows@rctvmedia.org . Audacity is a free program that is downloadable to all operating systems and there are tons of online tutorials on how to use it. Adobe Audition is what we use here and is not free, but has a free trial. Those of you with Macs can also use Garageband for free. You can use Anchor
, a free mobile app, to record your show.

In-studio guests are prohibited until further notice. Those of you who plan to continue to do a live studio show should conduct interviews with guests by phone only. We do not have enough hand sanitizer or other needed supplies to get through the duration of this pandemic, and have been unable to secure more. Our backordered shipments won't arrive until mid May. So, if you have some of your own, please bring it and use it while in the building. Also use the provided disposable gloves while in the building. They will be at the front desk. 

This is not a vacation for our staff. We will be working from home and checking the building periodically. We will still be reachable by phone and email. 

Also, p lease be responsible broadcasters and provide FACTUAL information on the COVID-19 virus during your programs including the resource you received the information from. Radio is a tool people will be looking toward more for information. Utilize the CDC and World Health Organization websites as well and the Monroe County Health Departmen t for information that is safe to share. The RCTV website also has factual links to other websites with reliable and accurate data and a packet is being provided in the studio. 

You can also refer to this Fact Sheet we developed of information from reliable health, medical and scientific sites to ensure people are receiving accurate information. 
Reliable Resources for Information on COVID-19

These days, there is so much misinformation available on the Coronavirus, that we've put together the following resources to assist you with finding accurate and reliable information.
  • Center for Disease Control - Includes who is most at risk, steps to prevent illness, symptoms, what to do when sick, common questions, situation updates, and guidelines for travel, healthcare professionals, businesses and communities.
  • World Health Organization - Includes rolling updates on COVID-19, a situation dashboard with updates, public advice and scam alerts.
  • Monroe County Public Health - Includes information for healthcare providers, travelers and childcare providers, information for pregnant women and children, guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Five Steps to Prepare for COVID-19
  • nCoV19.Live - Provides up to the minute statistics on the number of cases, deaths and recoveries across the world, including a state-by-state breakdown in the U.S.
  • City of Rochester CoronaVirus update - Including  a list of 9 R-Centers and 7 schools at which Rochester residents in need can obtain pack-and-go breakfast, lunch, and dinner packs during school closures.
Be well, be safe, and be prepared!