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Randy Gorbman

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

The strong winds on Sunday caused a lot of damage to the Williams Opera House in Attica.

According to village police at about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, the rear wall of the building began to collapse due to the high winds. It is a three-story brick and masonry building that was built around 1879.

A new theater opens in Canandaigua this weekend and its backers hope it fills a vital need in the local arts community.

It’s called the Sands Constellation Theatre, and it’s part of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center on Fort Hill Avenue.

The theater dates back to the 1920s, and it is the former Canandaigua Academy School auditorium.

Actor and Rochester native Robert Forster has died.

Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness.

He was at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, including his four children and partner Denise Grayson. Forster was 78.

WXXI has announced that it will expand its coverage of the arts. 

“Thanks to support from our donors, we are in a unique position to enhance our existing arts and culture services and expand arts reporting in our newsroom,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. “We know that the arts have widespread social impact and we believe we have an important role to bring focus to the arts community.”


World-renowned artist Albert Paley, who is based in Rochester, is getting ready to make a major change in how he creates his towering metal sculptures and other works.

During a tour of his Lyell Avenue studio, Paley reminds his visitors to safeguard their eyesight and not stare at any welding going on in the cavernous metal fabrication shop. It is part of the leased space he has occupied for the last decade.

Nazareth College is taking another step in the effort to enhance its undergraduate and graduate music programs.

The Nazareth College Wind Symphony is just one of the orchestras that make up the extensive menu of music performance and other programs at that college.

There’s a big renovation project underway at the George Eastman Museum.

The restoration involves the Colonnade, a passageway between the Palm House and the dining room in George Eastman’s historic mansion.

Museum Director Bruce Barnes says it’s a critical part of the museum since it is the only interior route between the museum’s main entrance and galleries, and the historic mansion and Terrace Garden.

But Barnes says it needs some work.

The Gateways Music Festival is in Rochester this week, capped off by a concert Sunday in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.

The 125 musicians from all over the country rehearsed Friday morning, in advance of a preview concert held that afternoon, and among them was Amadi  Azikiwe, a violin and viola player based in New York City.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is asking City Council to apply for $4.7 million from New York state, as part of a proposal to develop Parcel 5 into a year-round festival site.

Details still need to be fleshed out, but City Council President Loretta Scott says the city can only apply for this particular pool of state funding once a year, so officials are asking that the application be made now.

It would be part of a potential $18.8 million project that could possibly include things like a visitor center, an overhead canopy and green space.

A local World War II veteran who is known for his service and his harmonica playing is quickly gaining celebrity status in many other places around the world after a video of him went viral.

They often call him ‘Harmonica Pete,’  better known as 96-year-old Pete DuPre of Fairport, who is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, where he was a medic.