Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Media & Broadcasting


415 W Fayette StreetSyracuse, NY 13204 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

WCNY is Central New York’s own member-supported public broadcasting station. As the public voice for Central New York, WCNY’s mission is to connect with and give back to the community that supports us. We do this by inspiring, educating and entertaining the public with programming that encourages a deep appreciation for our diversity and shared humanity.


WCNY was launched in 1965 and chartered by the NYS Department of Education as the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York. WCNY is a nonprofit organization, and a member-supported affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service. WCNY has dramatically expanded its services throughout 19 counties over the past 50 years. It has grown to include five digital channels available to more than 1.8 million people. WCNY-FM has also grown from a single classical music station to three digital stations. In addition to Classic FM, WCNY broadcasts on its Jazz HD and Oldies HD stations. The WCNY facility features two large television studios, where Artifex, Double Down, Financial Fitness, Insight, Ivory Tower and other local programs are recorded for broadcast. WCNY has launched Enterprise America, an experiential learning center for school-aged children. The 10,000-square-foot center is a city, including businesses which the students run as part of lessons tied to school coursework.

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