JW Johnston, Photographer

Whitney Point, NY photographer JW Johnston, first began photography as a passing interest. This then turned into a hobby and finally it became his passion. JW attended two Adirondack photography workshops that were life changing experiences. He knew he needed to leave his high pressure, stressful job of broadcast journalism and make a transition to photography, first natural landscape photography and then fine art photography. He enjoys sharing the beauty that you find outdoors and teaching photography.

"Dragonbait" By David Mclain


“Tell me a story.”      It’s one of life’s earliest demands and meeting this human need helps to form the relationship between child and adult, and between young readers and those who write for them.  A good story will fill in the blanks in unanswered questions, transforming the mundane into the amazing and preparing a weary mind and body for a night’s sleep, where dreams become one more fantastic experience.  No wonder that no wonder would not be wonderful.  A work of imaginative fiction, like David McLain’s “Dragonbait”, can strike familiar themes, unfold along unreal but recognizable settings and indulge the sense of “everyday magic” that can be both a delight and a learning experience. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1029405.mp3

“Dragonbait” will be familiar in some ways to young and old, while taking off in its own direction.  The narrative begins,
Once, a long, long time ago, a little bit before your grandmother was born and a little bit after the invention of fire, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a fairy kingdom.  Her name was Jocelyn.  This was during the Golden Age of Princesses, when enchanted young women with long hair and elegant dresses and golden crowns sat at the tops of tall towers waiting for handsome knights to come and rescue.Jocelyn would have undoubtedly been one of the most charming and famous of these women, it it weren’t for a tiny problem: Joselyn wasn’t the daughter of a king and queen and she never had worn a fancy crown or even visited a castle.  Jocelyn’s princess resume was, in fact,rather slim. This story is clearly off to a fine start.  David McLain knows the direction that an odyssey of imagination and fantasy must go.  He’s also one author who doesn’t try to take the action of his story too seriously.  In fact, “Dragonbait” begins as a story quest, with an unnamed father responding to his six- and eight-year old sons.  His conversation with the two boys punctuates the adventure as they respond sometimes with apprehension about Jocelyn’s fate, and sometimes with skepticism.  The self-proclaimed princess falls through her own version of Alice’s rabbit hole and encounters a dragon, who will become her protector and guide as tjhey meet with a troll named Algernon, a black unicorn named Sebastian, Arachnis, queen of the spiders, various clowns, jesters, farmers and thieves, and The Black Knight, a villainous figure who attempts to imprison her in his castle.  Along the way she sees the Endless Ocean and the City of X, typical of the locales in imaginative fiction, and meets up with truly frightening antagonists. The phrase “mad dog” was still used in those days.  It isn’t a great phrase and you aren’t going to win a Pulitzer Prize for using it, but back then, it served as a reminder that men were not always on top of the food chain.  People knew that when you were confronted unarmed by an angry wolf, there was never any question of who would be eating whom for dinner.  Now Jocelyn and her entourage were facing a whole pack of wolves, and they were all very, very angry.

Grace Kelly refreshes us with her music and choice of mint tea

Grace Kelly is a 21-year old singer, songwriter, saxophonist, composer, arranger… Yep, she does a lot. She brought her talent, energy and soulful style into WSKG’s Green Room for a private performance. Though she came to our studios direct from a performance in East Meredith, a small upstate New York town, Kelly leaves soon for a tour in Germany. She tells us about the lead track to her new album, Live from Scullers, we ask her what it’s like to be called a “prodigy” (so that weknow what to say in case someone ever calls us that), and Kelly wows host Sarah Gager during a word association game.

Willow Artist Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale’s work is focused on spatial containment and definition. Her medium is willow. Functionality is the leading principle. She creates beauty. Although there was a profusion of traditional willow basketry in Nineteenth century Eastern and Mid-Western United States, the immigrant basketmakers and their descendant trainees have almost passed away.

"The Brotherhood of Battle" By Jerald L. Marsh


The Civil War was more than a dividing line in American history, a bitter and bloody resolution of the unfinished work of building a nation where all could be equal.  It was also a fraternal conflict in which both sides displayed valor and imagination, developing iron-clad warships and surveillance balloons.  The combatants were largely literate and have left behind detailed documentation of both military action and the tedium between engagements. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1029087.mp3

To understand the Civil War we must study the words and actions of legendary figures like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, but we can also draw on the experiences and observations of Lewis W. Ballard or Jacob Saddlemire or George Muzzy. They were all combatants in the 1861-65 conflict with ties to Newark Valley, NY and their stories are recounted in “The Brotherhood of Battle” an encyclopedic work by Jerald L. Marsh, himself a resident of the small town in rural Tioga County. “The Brotherhood of Battle” is 626 pages long, with biographical sketches of more than 300 men who were in the Civil War, including details of family history, occupation, health condition and life after the war.  In some cases the soldier was a lifelong resident of Newark Valley, while others lived there only briefly or chose to resettle.  The information about battles in which they fought would be of value to any historian.  For example, the diary of Pvt. Henry Leach around the time of the Battle of the Wilderness, when he was near Fredericksburg, Va.