"Another Happy Ending" at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage


Santino DeAngelo speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the reading of his musical Another Happy Ending.  DeAngelo has been working on his musical for a few years now, and it’s in the workshopping stage.  Songs have been written, tossed out, revised, and restored as the musical is shaped. And having an audience hear it is important. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1034430.mp3

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Victoria Young

At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top. Victoria made her orchestral debut at age six with the Nevada Chamber Symphony and made her international solo debut at ten in Dominican Republic. In January 2013 she won the grand prize in the 40th Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artists Competition. In March, Victoria won the Special Jury Prize in the 8th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany—competing with pianists up to 36 years old.

Tromboteam! performs in Johnson City


Vestal native Sarah Paradis speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the free performance her ensemble Tromboteam! presents at St. James Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm. Sarah Paradis is the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Boise State University. Paradis earned her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University, and her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University.

"The Human Voice" is heard at Franklin Stage Company


Carmela Marner and Barbara Paterson speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Francis Poulenc’s one-woman opera which opens the Franklin Stage season. Poulenc based the opera on a play by Jean Cocteau, and worked closely with Cocteau and the soprano Denise Duval while composing it.  It depicts the last conversation a woman has with her lover, who now loves someone else.  



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June 6, 1944

In 1944, 23-year-old PFC Philip Russell was among the thousands of troops who were part of the D-Day invasion. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the group of soldiers later known as the ‘Band of Brothers.’ Take a journey with Philip Russell and WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas, and hear his story. Explore the map full-screen! More D-Day Stories from WSKG
Binghamton D-Day veteran remembers his WWII journey
by Crystal Sarakas
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"Zebratown" By Greg Donaldson and Kevin Davis

“…When I get home [to Brooklyn] I get a change of thoughts.  Finally, I decide to play that Elmira card every other weekend.  Peace.  Quietness, peacefulness.  That’s mainly what I was lookin’ for.” — Kevin Davis in “Zebratown”
For some reason, in the roll-call of locales that bear the responsibility of hosting a New York State penal institution, the name of Elmira doesn’t have the same chilling reputation as Attica or Dannemora or Ossining.  It could be because Elmira is also famous for other things.  Until the early 20th century Elmira, not Binghamton, was the dominant municipality of the Southern Tier.  It manufactured fire engines and typewriters.  It’s still a college town and was Mark Twain’s favorite place to write.  “Mention my name in Elmira…” sang vaudevillians, “…It’s the greatest little town in the world…”  Even the Elmira Correctional Facility itself was noted for its founding in the 1870’s as a progressive “reformatory”. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-
In recent years the city of Elmira has suffered through the economic slowdown affecting much of upstate New York, while the prisons have functioned less as a truly correctional system and carried on in what’s been called an “era of incarceration”.  Today the hulking hilltop prison in Elmira is one of the city’s major economic resources.  You’d think that anyone who had been sentenced there would wish to get as far away as possible after his release date.  But some men have chosen to stay, including African-Americans from downstate who have established relationships with local (mostly white) women from the Elmira area.  Many of these interracial families now live in a neighborhood on the east side that’s earned the nickname “Zebratown”. The experience of Kevin Davis is perhaps typical of many of the inmates in the Elmira Correctional Facility.  He was an African-American youth from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, a densely-packed community once described as Brooklyn’s version of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  He was regularly in and out of trouble and, tried but found not guilty of a murder charge, “Killa Kev” spent seven years at Elmira and other prisons for aggravated weapons possession, finally being released in 2000.  The New York City police were able to finger Davis after seeing him in a group photo on the dust cover of “The ‘Ville”, a 1994 book about police operations in Brownsville by journalist Greg Donaldson.  Following his incarceration, Davis began an e-mail correspondence with Donaldson.  They then met, grew to trust one another and for the next seven years the lives of the writer and the ex-con were intertwined.  Greg Donaldson is also an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Theater and Media Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York.