Brian Keeler was born in 1953 and he began his art study early in life as his father was a painter as well. More through osmosis than direct teaching he was inspired to paint and encouraged by his father’s example. He continued to have an interest in drawing and painting throughout his youth, which led him to study first at Keystone College near Scranton,PA and then at the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. While in York he studied realistic painting under the auspices of Tom Wise, Ted Fitzkee, Virgil Sova, William Faulkler and others. He has since studied with several other accomplished realist painters including Dan Greene, Everett Kinstler, Jack Beal and Nelson Shanks.
Music Director Marisa Crabb speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Downtown Singers’ Spring Concert. The program includes music by Bruckner, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and Holst. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033953.mp3
Bill Cowdery and Will Wickham speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the two concerts featuring JS Bach’s Mass in b minor. It’s a reunion concert of the Cantata Singers, bringing back many former members of the group, and there’s also a talk about the work and the previous works that Bach “recycled” into the Mass. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033955.mp3
Pianist Rick Pedro speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his Patriotic Piano performance on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Pedro started out as a classical pianist, but was drawn to ragtime and jazz stride piano. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033906.mp3
Cast members of Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce opens the season at Chenango River Theatre. Cast members Hayley Zale, Brendan Cullen, and Katie Lamark speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this play which has been described as “Law and Order if the Marx Brothers took over”. Two cops, three crooks, eight doors. GO! http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033908.mp3
Over 160 years ago in 1852, David Hazlitt bought 153 acres of fruit trees and vineyards in Hector, NY. Watch as our host Bill Snyder meets with Winemaker Michael Reidy and 7th generation family member Sarah Hazlitt to talk about Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAXGvRdppUg
Let’s Polka is WSKG’s locally produced half hour of polka music and dancing. Each episode features a great polka band along with our live studio audience and is hosted by the one and only, Bill Flynn. This program features The Joe Weber Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This four person group features Joe Weber on accordion and vocals, his sister Sue Rabenold on vocals, Dick Doddy on saxophone and Billy Yob on drums. This rousing set includes, ‘So A Schwipserl’, ‘Uhrlaubzeit Polka’ and the ‘Blumenstrauss Waltz’. The program also contains an interview with Bill and Joe where he discusses how he and his sister got their start in polka music.
Endicott, NY native Syndicated Cartoonist, Mason Mastroianni acquired a passion for drawing at an early age. He passed the time drawing when he was young. His grandfather, Johnny Hart was an award winning cartoonist noted for creating the comic strip, B. C. and co-creating The Wizard of Id comic strip. More importantly he was Mason’s role model. He and Mason had an ability to understand each other.
In 1943, 2nd Lt. Joseph P. Congelli, a native of Hornell, New York and a member of the “Mighty Eighth” 8th Air Force, was shot down while he returned from a mission over Osnabruck, Germany. Today, a Dutch citizen has adopted Congelli’s name at the Wall of the Missing in Margraten, Netherlands. In an effort to learn more about his adopted soldier, Peter Cootjans reached out to WSKG, and this is what we discovered. THE WALL OF THE MISSING
This past Memorial Day, as the familiar sound of taps played at cemeteries across the United States, in the Netherlands, thousands of Dutch citizens gathered to decorate the graves and memorials of nearly 10,000 U.S. service members in the Netherlands American Cemetery.
WSKG’s Sam Goodyear speaks with Writer and Director Judith Present and Performer Carolyn Christy-Boyden about the upcoming presentation of Women Who Tamed the West, an original production by Present. Performances are in the Roberson Museum and Science Center and feature performances by local actress based on real-life women. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1033785.mp3
Photograph Courtesy David Kingham via Flickr