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Kodak Creditors Uncertain of Chapter 11 Future

Jan 19, 2012

Eastman Kodak owes a lot of money to a lot of people.

According to Kodak's bankruptcy filing [PDF], the struggling photography pioneer owes hundreds of millions to banks and manufacturing firms.

The company also owes tens of millions more to movie studios (Sony, Paramount, Disney), retailers (Walmart, CVS, Staples) and tax collectors (New York State Department of Taxation and Finance).

Kodak also owes $1.7 million to Rochester-based Optimation.

"We're hopeful that we'll see at least a large percentage of the money," Optimation President Bill Pollock* said Thursday morning. "But at this point in time, it's not clear what the court will say and how creditors are going to be paid."

WXXI President Norm Silverstein and Little Theatre and WXXI Board Member Mark Cleary discuss the new partnership between Rochester’s public broadcasting organization and the region’s principal venue for the showing of independent film, the Little Theatre on WXXI-AM's 1370 Connection.

Click the audio player above to listen to a portion of the interview with WXXI's Bob Smith on 1370 Connection Friday, January 6, 2012.

You can also listen to the full interview.

New NPR Chief Talks to WXXI

Dec 22, 2011

Gary Knell is just weeks into his new job as CEO of NPR. He joined WXXI’s Bob Smith on Thursday’s 1370 Connection to talk about the transition and look ahead.

Click on the audio player above to listen to the interview.

A former University of Rochester professor who now holds a chair in security policy at Ohio State University thinks Americans are more worried about the potential threat of an unstable North Korea than they should be.

John Mueller is the author of best-selling books on security issues including "Atomic Obsession:  Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda" and spoke on WXXI’s 1370 Connection on Monday.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress appeared on 1370 Connection to discuss the recommendation to move MCC's downtown campus to space available near Kodak's world headquarters building.

Kress talked with WXXI's Bob Smith about the Board of Trustees's decision process and why the Kodak site on State Street was chosen over the Sibley building on Main Street. That choice goes against the wishes of Rochester Mayor Tom Richards who supports keeping MCC in a renovated Sibley building.

Rochester Business Alliance CEO Sandy Parker talked with WXXI 1370 Connection Host Bob Smith about the recently concluded New York State Economic Development grant process and how it impacted Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region.

Click on the audio player above to hear a portion of the interview from Monday’s 1370 Connection.

Consumer Advocate Says Toy Safety Still an Issue

Nov 28, 2011

Your children could be at risk from some of the products you buy for them, according to local consumer watchdog Judy Braiman.

Rochester-based consumer advocate Braiman says products intended for children are still reaching the market with hazardous materials like heavy metals in toys and jewelry, or carcinogens in products ranging from shampoos to apparel. 

Rochester, NY – WXXI's Bob Smith interviewed author Laura Browder about research into the thousands of women who are going into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of the interview from 1370 Connection.