Dede Hatch, Ithaca Rocks

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment looks at Ithaca photographer and artisan Dede Hatch. The photography of Dede Hatch has been part of the local visual landscape for over thirty years. She had her first exhibition, as well as her first commercial advertising shoot, at the age of 16. Throughout her education, art and photography were central and she has exhibited widely.

James Hope

On September 17, 1862 the Battle of Antietam exploded across the streams and fields of a sleepy Maryland town. It would be America’s bloodiest day of the war. Years later, a former soldier from the battle would immortalize the sweeping events of that day in five paintings that were almost lost to history.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Schuyler County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Schuyler County Historical Society
Library of Congress
National Parks Service

Oneonta Girl Recognized for Her Efforts as a Teaching Chef

Julia Rissberger has been active in the kitchen since she was a toddler. Her parents, recognizing this interest in cooking, have been encouraging Julia throughout her twelve years of life! Julia’s hard work paid off when she was selected as the New York State winner in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner.  



Julia’s recipe for Spinach and Apple Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Whole-Wheat Cheese Pennies was selected from more than 1,000 entries.  In July 2015, Julia and mom Rachel went to Washington, D.C. where they met other Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winners, toured the White House, and enjoyed a Kids’ State Dinner with the President and First Lady.

'Hometime' Series Comes To An End

After a nearly three-decade run, HOMETIME is hanging up the tools one last time.  The final episode of HOMETIME’s 29th season will air Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30 am  and Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm.  
WSKG would like to thank the HOMETIME team for 29 years of great how-to programming.  Below is a message from HOMETIME’s Dean Johnson to public television stations:
We are just wrapping up our 29th season of producing Hometime shows for public television, and we’d like to thank the folks at PBS and all the member stations around the country for keeping the show on the air since 1986. It’s been an honor and a pleasure presenting the best and most interesting how-to information and do-it-yourself projects that we could find, and we’ve heard from many viewers over the years who appreciated the tips and techniques we’ve been able to pass their way. But now the time has come to pack up the camera, put away the tools and bring the Hometime show to a close with our last three shows from the CreeksideHome project. After that, we’ll be ending the show’s broadcast on PBS but we are ever so grateful and thankful for all the support we’ve received from the staff at PBS, from member stations and from viewers around the country.

'Peg + Cat' Face Their Biggest Problem Yet

In PEG AND CAT SAVE THE WORLD, a one-hour movie event, the President of the United States calls on Peg and Cat to save the day when a planet-sized Pig is heading towards earth. New episodes of PEG + CAT debut throughout the week.  As your kids enjoy the PEG + CAT movie event and new episodes this month, they can have fun at home with their own PEG + CAT puppet show! Learn how. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:30am and Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:00am.

Printable program guides for April 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




Meet The Paleobiologist Who Inspired the Science in ‘Jurassic Park’

An elephant mosquito from Poinar’s collection. Photo by George Poinar, Jr.
Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays from 2-4pm.  

If you’ve watched the original Jurassic Park movie, you’ll remember this scene of a cartoon character—“Mr. DNA”—explaining how the film’s scientists were able to extract dinosaur blood from an ancient mosquito, isolate dinosaur DNA, and in turn, create new, living dinos.

Michael Crichton, author of the book that inspired the movie, got the idea from the work of paleobiologist George Poinar, Jr. In 1982, when he was a professor of invertebrate pathology (within the Department of Entomology) at UC Berkeley, Poinar and his electron-microscopist wife published a study describing their discovery that amber could preserve intracellular structures, such as nuclei and mitochondria, in an organism trapped inside (in this case, a type of fly). That work led to a lifelong obsession with amber, in which Poinar would find, among other specimens, the oldest known bee, the first known bat fly fossil, and the most complete flower from the Cretaceous Period.

Follow First Generation College Students in 'Why Not Us?'

Follow the journeys of four young people—all first in their families to go to college—as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education. After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders—including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask “why shouldn’t I succeed?”
Watch on WSKG TV March 26, 2016 at 5:30am.  Check out a preview of the program:

Arts Roundup: Bug Tussle, Psychedelic Folk Pop, And The Moscow Festival Ballet – All In One Weekend!


Crystal Sarakas and Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher talk about several arts events coming up. Highlights include Robyn Hitchcock’s performance in Ithaca, Bug Tussle in Apalachin, and the Moscow Festival Ballet in Elmira.

A Retrospective Of Viggo Holm Madsen Will Be Shown At The Phelps Mansion In Binghamton


Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work shown together in one show, bringing together some 75 works, the majority made between the 1941 to 1991. The exhibition explores the critical if under-recognized place of Viggo Holm Madsen in the history of 20th-century art, and his extraordinary output across mediums that placed him at the center of international activity during the transformative decades of the 1940s through 1990s.Crystal Sarakas spoke with Kirk Madsen about his father’s work. Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective will be shown at The Phelps Museum, April 1 – 14, 2016 with an opening reception, Friday April 1st, 6 – 9pm. It is curated by Mr. Madsen’s widow, Lois Madsen and his son, Kirk Holm Madsen, both living in Binghamton.