2015 Crystal Ball Award Recipient

Robert J. Daino

Robert J. Daino, president and CEO of WCNY Public Media, is an innovative entrepreneur, a community provider/leader and a volunteer.  Daino’s made a tremendous effort to revitalize the Central New York community.

As President and CEO of WCNY, he has renovated a factory building on the Near West Side to be a state-of-the-art collaborative work space and integrated green technology.  He included in the renovation Enterprise America, a learning center where middle and high school students can learn about true life strategies in a city-like environment.

Daino also spearheaded Centralcast, LLC, the first collaboration of its kind within PBS that serves as a cost-savings model for the entire PBS system. This groundbreaking approach for the delivery of television content provides as many as 200 streams of television that can be delivered across the country, managed directly from WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse. This innovative system controls the content for all stations in New York and New Jersey, WHYY in Philadelphia, WTVI in Charlotte, along with an upcoming launch for PBS Hawaii.

Of his many volunteer efforts, one of the most notable is his work with the Syracuse Symphony to rebrand, restructure and launch what is now Symphoria.