On the Air! Lehman College and President Ricardo R. Fernández Recognized at BronxNet’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

May 2, 2014 10:05 am Information Technology, Institutional Advancement, Multimedia Center, President Fernández

Michael Max Knobbe, BronxNet Executive Director; Paul Gentile, BronxNet Chairman; and President Ricardo R. Fernández

Lehman College and President Ricardo R. Fernández were among the honorees at a gala celebration on May 1, marking BronxNet’s 20th anniversary.

BronxNet, based in Carman Hall on Lehman’s northwest Bronx campus, is a non-profit community television channel, launched in 1993 under an agreement between the City of New York and Cablevision. Broadcasting on multiple channels on Cablevision and Verizon Fios, BronxNet provides a wide variety of news, entertainment, and public affairs programming. The channel also works to train New York City residents in television production and journalism, providing internships part-time jobs to students and recent graduates, many from Lehman College.

Lehman College and President Fernández were awarded for its role in launching BronxNet, after then-Bronx Borough President Fernando “Freddy” Ferrer approached the College, seeking space and technical assistance.

Other awardees were Darlene Rodriguez, a journalist with New York City’s WNBC-TV who began her career at BronxNet, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“When I arrived at Lehman College, 24 years ago, the Bronx was very much an ‘information desert’,” said President Fernández. “There was no media outlet dedicated to daily coverage of the Bronx’s citizens, events, and news. BronxNet changed that.”

NY1’s Dean Meminger, another BronxNet alumnus, hosted the anniversary luncheon, which was held at Marina del Ray in Throggs Neck.

“It’s tremendously exciting to serve the people of the Bronx as we grow,” said Michael Max Knobbe, BronxNet’s executive director, told the NY Daily News in an interview. “Darlene is a shining example of how the workforce opportunities that BronxNet provides can result in someone being a media leader and role model.”