A Choir of Cellos Performs New Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Music Department presents cello professor Zachary Sweet in a recital of music by Ligeti, Messiaen, and Brahms this Thursday evening in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Also on the program is the premier of a new work by Binghamton University composer Daniel Romberger. http://wskg.org/audio/zacharysweet.mp3


Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Simeon Benjamin

Simeon Benjamin was born on Long Island in 1792. The son of a farmer, Benjamin opened his first business in 1812 and within a few years acquired a substantial amount of wealth. In 1835, Benjamin moved to Elmira, New York and began investing his fortune in the growing community. One of Benjamin’s most substantial investments was in Elmira College. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rumo8BSr98E

‘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.

Ithaca Jacobean Players

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the newly formed Ithaca Jacobean Players. While many drama groups will perform the works of Shakespeare, these students wanted to showcase what was popular in England after Shakespeare. Their story is told thru interviews with troupe members and exclusive footage of their first ever performance, John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXGxB8Ms6s

Produced by Tasheva Lee

Which WSKG Radio Host Are You? Take the Quiz!

Do you ever listen to WSKG or WSQX and think, "WOW, Bill Snyder and I could be twins!" Or maybe you say, "Geez, Crystal Sarakas could be my soulmate..." Here's your chance to find out if that's true! We proudly present the Which WSKG Radio Host Are You? Quiz.

Join WSKG for a Special Sneak Peek at Ken Burns's 'Jackie Robinson'

Join WSKG April 7 at 6:30PM, at our studio in Vestal, for a special sneak peek at the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns - JACKIE ROBINSON. We will be showing 40 minutes from the two-part, four-hour film. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP is required. Write to rsvp@wskg.org or call 607-729-0100. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqizYxTxnjI

JACKIE ROBINSON, is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, and will air April 11 and 12, at 9:00 p.m. on WSKG TV.

George F. Johnson

George F. Johnson moved to Binghamton New York in 1878 at the age of 23. The son of a career shoemaker, Johnson had learned well every facet of the shoemaking business. In 1899 he entered into a partnership with a wealthy investor from Boston, named Henry B Endicott. Together they formed the Endicott-Johnson shoe company and soon dominated the shoemaking industry in America. At its peak EJ shoes employed over twenty thousand workers and produce hundreds of thousands of shoes a day.

Budding Authors and Artists Encouraged to Participate in the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Register now for 'Tech Savvy: A Pathway to a STEM Career' Event

Join the Cortland and Tompkins Counties AAUW chapters for an exciting day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for girls in grades 6-9th & their parents. Girls will participate in a  live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi.  Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the Tech Savvy one-day program for adults.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier's 'Backpack Program' Honored for Helping Students

Champions are the people or organizations that care for and believe in our community's youth.  The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion by WSKG for its work on the BackPack Program.  The Backpack Program began in 2005 with the mission of filling the gap left on weekends when children are not able to access meals through the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the BackPack Program™ served 41 school districts in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Over 2,500 children received packs each week. A total of 89,783 packs were distributed. Here are a few highlights from the BackPack Program's 2014-2015 Executive Summary:

"I liked getting this because we don't have much food at home."

'Doc Martin' Season Seven Finale

As we reach the final episode in Series 7, Martin finds himself in a very unusual situation: trapped by Annie Winton, who desperately wants him to try and save her husband, Jim Winton, despite Jim having been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Annie insists that there must be something that Martin can do to help. Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert have a proposition to put to Al, regarding the whisky and the B&B. Louisa is very worried about Martin, and wonders if the breakdown of their therapy could have led him to decide to leave Portwenn for good. She calls on Morwenna, Janice and Ruth for help, but none of them have seen Martin.