Mercy House Brings New Purpose To Old Church

Cheers came as the ribbon was cut and people filed into the newly opened Mercy House in Endicott. Mercy House now inhabits the old St. Casimir’s Church. It retains some of it’s old features like the stained glass and the heavy timber beams, but now it houses ten rooms for people who are terminally ill to call home. The shelter will provide spiritual care and Lourdes Hospital will make visits provide hospice care.

The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War

Editor’s Note: WSKG has asked faculty and graduate students in the History Department at Binghamton University to explore the history behind PBS’s new drama Mercy Street. In today’s blog post, graduate student Erika M. Grimminger discusses the causes and effects of amputations during the Civil War. Note: this post contains a graphic illustration of gangrene. The Empty Sleeve: Amputees and the Civil War
In Episode 4 of Mercy Street, Ezra Foster , the brother of Union Doctor Jed Foster and a Confederate soldier, comes to Mansion House Hospital with a serious leg wound that requires amputating. Ezra Foster’s story represents the stories of thousands of soldiers who suffered though amputations during the American Civil War and returned home missing body parts. While these Union and Confederate soldiers luckily survived serious trauma, their reintegration into society and with their families after the war was, at best, a hard process of readjustment and, at worst, an almost impossible struggle.

Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace' is Performed in Horseheads


Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace’ was written only 16 years ago, and yet it is performed regularly, which is unusual for a contemporary  work that is so musically challenging. The Cantata Singers of Elmira are presenting it on Sunday, February 28 at 3pm in the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. As we hear from conductor Will Wickham and chorister Susan Nagle, the challenges are emotional as well. http://wskg.org/audio/jenkins.mp3


Photo credit: The Cantata Singers

Printable program guides for March 2016

We’ve stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX

WSKG HDTV condensed guide

WSKG DT-2, “World” condensed guide

WSKG DT-3, “Create” condensed guide




Preview 'Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House'

“Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned and up-and-coming artists.  Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher perform.  


In Performance at the White House airs Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm on WSKG TV.  

Photo Credit, Ray Charles: Courtesy of Norman Seef

Photo Credit, Steve Davis: Courtesy of Bill Morgan via Flickr

Arts Roundup: Matt Nakoa in Oxford, Mark Twain in Norwich, and Joan Baez in Ithaca


Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region, including performances by Chenango County’s homegrown songwriter Matt Nakoa, and folk legend Joan Baez.  



Photo Credit: Matt Nakoa

'Science Friday' Seeking Educators for Collaborations

For 25 years, Science Friday has been producing award-winning multimedia for web, radio, YouTube, and social media. By reaching millions of people and working with a growing network of scientists and innovators—including Nobel laureates, MacArthur geniuses, Pulitzer Prize winners, and world-famous explorers—we aim to promote a greater understanding of science and technology in the general public. We need your help! 

Educators like you are our allies in communicating the value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the general public. We think that by working together, we can combine powerful media and innovative education practices to inspire students to pursue careers in discovery and innovation. The Science Friday Initiative is conducting a nationwide search for creative, highly motivated, and dedicated STEM educators to participate in the collaborative development of new multimedia-driven education resources.

The Ithaca Ballet Ventures into Jazz and Modern Dance


The Ithaca Ballet is presenting ‘WinterDance’ in the Hangar Theatre this weekend.  The dancers prove their versatility with various styles of dance to a wide variety of music.  Choreographer Cindy Reid talks about the program, which includes new works and seasoned favorites, as well as some comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/winterdancemix.mp3


Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

The Roberson Museum Presents Art Made with Air


‘Blow Up’ is a traveling exhibit of contemporary inflatable art.  It is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center from March 1 until May 1. The exhibition explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is both figurative and abstract.  Roberson is offering related activities during the run of the exhibit. http://wskg.org/audio/blowupmix.mp3


Photo credit: Jason Fiume for the Roberson Museum and Science Center