Liberty Hyde Bailey: The Father of Agriculture at Cornell University

By Miranda Materazzo

Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) was a professor of horticulture and botany at Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University, and later at Cornell University. Explore this map, and follow Bailey’s travels while he makes some of the most important contributions to New York State agriculture. Explore the map fullscreen! Photo credit: Wikipedia

Montezuma Winery

Montezuma is a family run winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Seneca, upstate NY.  It’s offerings combine over 30 different types of wine, including their exotic bee vodka. The also offer other tasty treats such as a homemade fudge, made by the matriarch of the Martin family, Ginny Martin herself.  Co-Owner Bill Martin reveals some of his behind-the-scene bee vodka-making techniques to obtain the highest-quality premium vodka available.

No bees were harmed in the creation of this program.

Polka Quads, Show Three

For the third time this season, The Polka Quads take the Let’s Polka stage. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock traveled from Steelton, Pennsylvania to perform their Slovenian style of polka for a live studio audience and the results are eclectic. Performances include  the ‘Dance Dance Dance Polka’, ‘Rose of Rio Waltz’ and the rousing ‘Quads Finale’.  Hosted by Bill Flynn, this program also includes a short interview with John where he remembers advice that the legendary Frank Yankovic gave him.

“Pecon In Europe Polka”
“Theresa Polka & Oj Marica Peglaj”
“My Darling Ann Waltz”
“Little Green Valley Waltz”
“Dance Dance Dance Polka”
“Uncle Jake’s Polka”
“Rose of Rio Waltz”
“Quads Finale”

If you are interested in joining WSKG’s Let’s Polka Club, please contact Chris DiRienzo at (607) 729-0100 ext.

Spare Productions presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"


Tony DeLousia and Brian Ives speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Spare Production’s presentation of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  It’s a musical within a musical about a reclusive Broadway show fan who plays a record of his favorite 1920’s musical, and the audience sees it though his eyes.


Photography Courtesy thephotographymuse via Flickr

Theatre organist Nathan Avakian performs with the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band


Theatre organist Nathan Avakian and Joel Smales, conductor of the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Out of the Box 2, coming to the Forum in Binghamton.  The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society brings together this unexpected collaboration.


Photograph Courtesy Binghamton Theatre Organ Society

JulyFest is back in downtown Binghamton


Music Coordinator Mike Carbone speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s JulyFest in downtown Binghamton.  It’s a three-day celebration of arts, crafts, food, and jazz .

Photograph courtesy JulyFest

Polka Quads, Show Two

The Polka Quads return to the Let’s Polka stage with another rousing half hour of Cleveland/Slovenian Style polka. John Salov, Mark Dubrovec and Vinny Horoschock are the Polka Quads and they delighted our studio audience with selections including the ‘Pony Tail Polka’, ‘Oh Johnny Johnny Polka’ and the ‘Night in May Waltz’. Bill Flynn hosts and conducts a short interview with John where he talks about how he puts the setlist together for a half hour program.

“When You’re Away Polka”
“Pony Tail Polka”
“Until We Meet Again Waltz”
“Ja Sam Sirota Waltz”
“Oh Johnny Johnny Polka”
“Old Timers Polka”
“Schnee Waltz”
“Night in May Waltz”

POLKA FACT: Another popular form of Polka is the ‘Polish Style’, which incorporates horns (such as trumpets, saxophones or clarinets) into the mix.  

Windsor Whipworks presents a talk by violin-makers


Violin-makers Jon Thompson and Christoph Blumrich speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about their talk and demonstration — and Christoph brought his home-made baryton! The baryton enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 1800s. Haydn’s patron Prince Esterhazy played the instrument and Haydn wrote quite a few works for the Prince to play.

Photograph provided by Christoph Blumrich