The Golden Tones, Show Three

All six members of The Golden Tones have been playing music for over thirty years, totaling over 200 years of polka music experience. The guys in the band all have a love for polka music and it keeps their drive alive. That drive is evident on the Let's Polka stage as The Golden Tones put on a tremendous performance for our studio audience. The musicians in the band are; Richie Machey, (sax, clarinet and vocals) Jerome Machey, (trumpet and vocals) Joe Krzysik, (accordion keyboards and vocals), A.J. Wanyo, (drums) Mike Yevich, (accordion, trumpet, guitar, bass and vocals) and Paul Pehala, (accordion, concertina and vocals). Highlights of this set include 'Barbara's Polka', 'Don't Cry Oberek' and the 'Life of a Drunk Polka'.

"Fractures" By Lamar Herrin

The Marcellus Shale formation, rich in natural gas, has the potential to make landowners, gasfield workers and presumably everyone in the region at least a little richer.  New York is still studying environmental and health issues that may arise from preparing a well pad, boring a couple of miles into the Earth, redirecting the pipes for a few miles, injecting water, sand and chemicals to fracture ("frack") the shale and forcing the gas up into pipelines and onto the market.  The timeframe is often uncertain, but there has already been one payoff and it is not economic or geological but cultural. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1028761.mp3
Tapping the Marcellus Shale has brought forth some solid journalistic work and respectable creative efforts.  These include the memoir "The End of Country" by Seamus McGraw and Tom Wilber's book-length study "Under the Surface" (you can listen to both Wilber and McGraw on OFF THE PAGE).  Beyond the books and articles there's the play "Frack You" by Laura Cunningham -- which was presented on WSKG-TV -- and a radio play entitled "A Bad Case of the Fracks".  Natural gas development and the resistance to it is a theme of  Bob White's novel "Hotbed in Tranquility".  There's even a rap number called "Think Before You Frack".  The novel "Fractures" by Lamar Herrin is the most ambitious work of literature to arise thus far from the Marcellus.  It is the story of one family, the Joyners, who expect to receive many dollars from the gas wells to be drilled on their property, but who also must deal with fractures in their relationships that seem to make every step and gesture  hurtful to someone.  Frank Joyner is the family patriarch, a restoration architect who has saved and rebuilt many of the fine old buildings in a region that is never named but certainly resembles the Finger Lakes of New York State.  Frank is estranged from his wife, who still lives in the local community, and their three children are very different characters: Gerald lives quietly with his family in California, Mickey is a schoolteacher still in the old family apartment and often at loose ends and Jen is the mother of an 11-year old boy, Danny, who is currently being raised by his grandfather in what seems to be a loving and mutually protective relationship.  Danny often seems to be the wisest and steadiest of the family.

John Stanky & The Coalminers, Show Three

Let's Polka is honored to have the legendary John Stanky and his Coalminers take the stage for this episode. With over fifty years of polka experience, John will surely get your hands-a-clapping and your toes-a-tapping over the next half hour.  John is joined on stage by a crack horn section including Norbert Wisniewski, Deborah Horoschock and Kimberly Bukowski. Vince Horoschock and John Ptashinski round out the band by providing the rhythm with their electric bass and drums. Performances include 'Just Because' and the 'Wedding Polka'. Bill Flynn hosts and talks to John about his early days in polka.

Local Content and Services Report to the Community 2013

WSKG strives to be a trusted partner, enriching the lives of the children, families and communities we serve. We value diversity, creativity, integrity, courage, transparency, accountability, open mindedness and responsiveness. These values are at the heart of what defines us as an organization serving our community since 1968. In 2013, WSKG provided these key local services: Arts & Culture programming that pays tribute to the talent of local artists in the Southern Tier of New York. Programs that offered a venue for individuals to gather and engage in civil dialogue about topics of interest in our communities.

Annual Report 2013

Thank you! You’ve made a difference. Your support and generosity made it possible for us to impact the lives of many children and families that reside in the communities we serve. This past year your financial support and enthusiasm for our mission helped children foster a love of reading and storytelling, inspired youth to be curious about the fascinating world of science, and encouraged teens to think about the benefits of graduating high school. We continued our successful Let’s Polka!

"Fertility" By Denise Gelberg

About ten percent of American women ages 15-44 suffer from what is called "impaired fecundity".  In the case of Sarah Abadhi, protagonist of Denise Gelberg's novel "Fertility", her infertility is due to a sexually transmitted disease passed along by a former boy friend.  She has responded to her condition by plunging deeper into her work.  She is one of the top lawyers at a "white shoe" New York law firm, a workaholic the firm sends confidently into some of their most difficult cases. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1028497.mp3

The first chapters find Sarah suddenly defending a hospital where a pharmacy mistake has almost killed the infant daughter of a wealthy and powerful couple.  In the midst of gathering information and trying to redirect a potential lawsuit, Sarah meets Dr. Rick Smith, a pediatric intensivist whose heroic efforts have saved many young lives, but who has no interest in marriage or children of his own.  Their relationship seems initially to revolve around jogging in Central Park, but when they become lovers and Sarah informs Rick that she is sterile the doctor mentions that medical advances like in-vitro fertilization could move her toward motherhood.  "Are you sure your tubes are blocked?  Sometimes they're partially occluded but those little spermies don't need a heck of a lot of room."  Soon after sharing the facts of Sarah's life, Rick learns that he will become the father of her child. The prospect of a baby coming into their lives changes both Sarah and Rick.  She feels joy; he steps away from their relationship.  The prospect of being a single parent doesn't seem to disturb Sarah, especially given the support of her parents and her grandmother, a tough and philosophical Holocaust survivor who tells her, "Today I tink de mommas go a liddle bit crazy vit da babies... Dey forget babies have been born for tousants of years, fancy strollas or no fancy strollas."  The baby will arrive, daddy or no daddy.  But just weeks before the birth date, Sarah and her unborn child are caught in a tremendous construction accident and are nearly killed.  The baby, a girl, is delivered by C-section safe and sound. Sarah, now a patient in Rick's hospital, is severely injured and begins a long recovery.  Rick is suddenly forced to face the heavy responsibilities he's avoided, and overcome the fractured childhood that he'd experienced and tried to forget.