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VIDEO: Faces of WNET

By Bijan Rezvani
Monday, April 26th, 2010
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by Rebecca Fasanello
Sr. Exec. Asst., Content / Producer

Do you remember what songs were sung to you when you were little? Where did those songs come from? Your grandfather the ice delivery-man? Your great-aunt Sadie? A distant in-law who was a bit of an outlaw? Who are the people in your family? How are you like them? How are you different?

Inspired by the four-part PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that aired nationally this past February and March, we set out to listen to the stories of our colleagues here at WNET. Paralleling one of the queries of the Faces of America series: What made America? – our mission was to discover what kind of people make up WNET.

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I’d always felt that one of the perks of working at WNET is the range of interesting co-workers with which I interact every day; even without chatting around the water cooler, you can sense there’s something about our colleagues that’s out-of-the-ordinary. Indeed, every member of the human family is inherently interesting – and sure, everyone has a story — but what touched my heart was how the people in these short pieces appreciated and expressed their heritage.

Armed with a loose set of five or six questions and a full day of shooting with excellent shooter/finishing editor Kevin Alexander, I interviewed 29 candidates from our staff and volunteer pool – a true cross-section of the workplace here at WNET. Our goal: To discover the stories of the “non-celebrity”: These people with the warm smiles, intriguing looks and names — whether in production, membership services, law, or grant writing – they bring their heritage to our workplace. The four pieces you can see here aired on WNET as bookends to the nationally-aired series. We captured plenty of other fascinating stories that did not make air due, only, to time and composition constraints. We intend to add more stories to this site as we have time to edit.

We invite you to watch, and hope that these short pieces will spark your curiosity about your own family and heritage. And stay tuned for more stories.

  • Margot

    Bec k – these are just terrific. Very moving. Keep it up!! Best, M

  • Bernadette

    What lovely videos. What a great idea! I’m glad you’re getting to do something ELSE there these days. Keep up the good work.

  • Heidi

    Excellent work, Becky! Really nicely done and very moving. Congratulations!

  • Ellie

    These are great! We are doing some work with students here in Ukraine on respecting diversity and appreciating one’s heritage, I am going to suggest this site as one to look at as a catalyst! Wonderful.
    And of course, Mom’s favorite song? “Me and the Moon” of course! Congratulations!

  • kim

    Great job! How interesting to find out these tidbits about your co-workers! Everyone has interesting stories if the right questions are asked.

  • Joan

    Hi Becky,

    We enjoyed your interviews with the people that you work with at PBS.

    Recently we did enjoy the tours of the New York Islands on Channel 13. That also was well done.

  • Barbara Adrian


    I agree people are inherently interesting and beautiful. Thank you.

    Barbara Adrian

  • June Pecchia

    You surprised me in a fun way! Upon glancing at the still images before clicking ‘play’, I expected individual narratives. Instead, I got a smattering of folks on a single topic. Lovely!
    Where’s your face and voice? Let’s include you next time.

  • Susan

    Wow. So engaging. More, please. (My mother always used to sing that Mean To Me song-isn’t that funny?) Beautifully done, Rebecca