"Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street" By Michael Davis


The broadcasting industry has always been aware of its educational potential and is often idealistic about its service to children.  In the 1946 book “Here Is Television” author Thomas Hutchinson states, “Educational or informative programs on television open vistas that virtually stagger the imagination… No longer will low paid educators teach the three R’s to small boys and girls in isolated rural districts.  Instead every country school in the world will have a large screen television receiver, in each classroom.” http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-870312.mp3

Hutchinson believed that “there is nothing in the world that cannot be taught by television,” but as the visual medium took over the nation’s living rooms it seemed that the real potential of TV to instruct both children and adults remained undeveloped while children, as is their nature, were absorbing all manner of new knowledge from programs and commercials. There were some good kidshows during those early days of television.  “The Small Fry  Club” on the short-lived DuMont Network featured an avuncular Big Brother Bob Emery with a human cast of animal characters who taught about nature, music, health and shared daily delights (it was the first TV program to be aired five days a week). It even draw an appreciative adult audience — orchestra conductor Arturo Toscanini was one of its big fans.

Michael Davidman

At Seventeen years old, New York City-born pianist Michael Davidman has claimed the top prize at over a dozen competitions, has appeared as soloist with orchestra in performances of some of the most demanding piano literature, and has been presented before some of today’s most illustrious musicians. Michael started piano lessons at Greenwich House Music School at five years old with Michiyo Morikawa until 2005 when he started studying with his present teacher Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser since 2009 and conducting with David Gilbert in 2013. Michael will be attending college at Curtis Institute of Music in fall 2015. Classical Pianists of the Future with WSKG provide this special performance. http://youtu.be/sOjkUIU5Fss

Tri Cities Opera

Tri-Cities Opera’s Music & Associate Artistic Director/Conductor, Scott Bergeson, is your host and guide for this musical travelogue around the world of opera’s greatest hits! Filmed before a SOLD OUT live studio audience at the WSKG studio starring Resident Artist Training Program singers, including MM in Opera (TCO’s joint degree program with Binghamton University), performing highlights from TCO’s “65 and SO Alive” season…and MORE! Michael Lewis, TCO Assistant Music Director is the accompanist with TCO stars Meroë Khalia Adeeb, Michael Celentano, Tom Curry, Jenny Gac, Emily Geller, Rebecca Heath, Melanie Leinbach, Robert Heepyoung Oh, Matthew Samluk, Jake Stamatis, and Kevin Truax. http://youtu.be/MtdG_kMS2XM

Ryan Vanderhoof shares his soft style and unique favorite tea

You might be tempted to turn up the volume on Ryan’s performance, but he says softness is part of his style. Ryan, former singer/guitarist for Akron/Family, has gone solo with his new EP “Seahorse Memoirs”. Now living in Ithaca, he teaches private music lessons and classes at Hickeys Music Center. Straight from WSKG’s Green Room, Ryan performs three songs and tells our host, Sarah Gager, about the origin of “Seahorse Memoirs” (interview starts at 9:23). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORiR3-jZzDo

Set List:
“Understood” from Seahorse Memoirs (starts at 0:00)
A translation of “Gracias a la Vida” by Violeta Parra (starts at 5:30)
Cover of “My Heart’s In the Highlands” by Robert Burns (starts at 13:52)

Hosted by Sarah Gager
Produced by Teresa Peltier
Special thanks to Brian Frey

Roberson Museum and Mansion

In 1904 Alonzo and Margaret Roberson decided to move from their Main Street home to the prestigious Front Street/Riverside Drive area of Binghamton. They hired C. Edward Vosbury, a prominent Binghamton architect, to design the house. Vosbury designed an Italian Renaissance Revival style house with all of the modern conveniences. Alonzo died May 16, 1934. His will provided for the establishment of “an education center” in the Front St home after its use by his widow.