John Covelli presents his annual New Year's Eve concert

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Pianist John Covelli speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about this year’s New Year’s Eve concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton. Covelli has been playing his New Year’s Eve concerto for 18 years as part of First Night activities, and continued after First Night was discontinued.  St. Patrick’s church is at 9 Leroy St. in Binghamton

Photograph courtesy Randy Cummings.

"It's a Wonderful Life" on WSKG Radio

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Larry Kassan speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life airing at 7pm on Christmas Eve on WSKG Radio.  Students of the Rod Serling School of the Arts perform a radio play version of the famous film, along with “foley artists” supplying the sound effects. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037932.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy Larry Kassan.  

The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents an afternoon of early film comedies

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Organist Jim Ford and Paul Stapel speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton Theatre Organ Society’s presentation of 4 historic silent films with organ accompaniment. Ford prepares by watching the films repeatedly until he gets the musical ideas that will accompany the action. He says that the greatest compliment is when audience members tell him that they don’t remember the music. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1037915.mp3

Photograph courtesy Leon Reynolds via BTOS

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 2

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

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Full Speed Ahead For Common Core As Education Commissioner Steps Down

New York’s Education Commissioner John King is leaving Albany to take a job at the U.S. Department of Education. King had a controversial tenure, overseeing the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and new teacher evaluations. But although King is leaving, the Regents say the policies he championed are here to stay. During his three-and-a-half-year term, King stood up for New York’s Common Core Learning Standards and new teacher evaluations. He took intense criticism from parents, teachers and legislators who opposed both initiatives.

December 11, 2014 | A Christmas Carol; The Nutcracker; Vance Gilbert returns to Oxford

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Charles Compton explores the psychology of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Ithaca Ballet presents their annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert appears in Oxford this weekend. https://youtu.be/buOINsnVdVk

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 1

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Drummer, Rocker and Photographer Mike Ricciardi

Local artist Mike Ricciardi has been drumming since the age of nine. This rocker turned photographer knows his way around Photoshop, as well as a drum kit. Lately, while touring with musician Marc Berger, his passion for photography art took a turn of no return. He has been featured by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals for his photo ‘Toast’.  In this arts and culture segment, Christine Lantz brings us the story behind the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AebzK2aW_g0

Space Toys

In the late 1960s, toy makers where quick to capitalize on America’s fascination with space. Some of the most popular toys in the industry centered on man’s trek through the stars.  
One of the most popular in a long line of space explorers was Mattel’s Major Matt Mason who looked to conquer the galaxy in his moon walker and space sled. In 1968 Marx introduced the popular Johnny Apollo line into the mix and Hasbro quickly signed up G.I. Joe for a trip into space with his Mercury styled Capsule. Dozens of different play-sets where to follow and America’s children played along with the real heroes of space.