WSQX in Ithaca; new programs for weekend mornings

Beginning Saturday, June 11, WSQX will feature a new line-up of weekend morning programming. Years of research has shown that WSQX has had almost no listenership to jazz on Sunday mornings, which means it’s providing nearly no service to our community during that time of day. As a result, we’ve decided to invest in Sunday morning programming and enhance the quality of our service with the addition of news and information programs, such as the radio versions of “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Travels with Rick Steves.” Plus, a new, weekly program, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” which is already winning popularity among public radio stations nationwide. Saturdays on WSQX, starting June 11
5:00am – World Update (BBC)
Sundays on WSQX, starting June 12
5:00am – World Update (BBC)
6:00am – Interfaith Voices
7:00am- America’s Test Kitchen
8:00am – Travel with Rick Steves
9:00am – New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC)
10:00am – NEW TIME: Weekend Edition
12:00pm – NEW TIME: Capitol Pressroom Weekend

Check out the complete printable WSKG and WSQX radio schedule.

The Grand Army of the Republic | #tbt

In today’s throwback Thursday photograph, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) members in Delaware County, New York, pose for the camera. The GAR was a fraternal organization that offered support to northern veterans of the Civil War. Benjamin F. Stephenson founded the GAR on April 6, 1866, in Decatur, Illinois. Members were required to be Union veterans who had served between April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865, and had received an honorable discharge. By 1890, the organization had over 400,000 members in community Posts across the country.

Chris Merkley Talks About Getting Back To The Basics On His New Album


Chris Merkley has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues through out Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include song writing duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones. His new album is called Momentos. He spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the record, and about his ongoing bus project.  


Photo: Provided

Arts Roundup: Carousels, Big Splash Festival, and GlassFest in Corning


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. The carousels in Broome County re-open for the season, and the annual Big Splash music and sustainability festival takes place in Owego, with Donna the Buffalo headlining the event.  

Chenango River Theatre Opens its Season with a Warm-Hearted Comedy


Chenango River Theatre is presenting Bruce Graham’s comedy ‘Stella and Lou’.  Three people meet in a bar in South Philadelphia and contemplate the changes in their lives and how to deal with those changes. Brigitt Markusfeld and Dan Mian talk about this heart-warming comedy, and their acting profession.


Photo credit: Chenango River Theatre

Sunlit Landscapes are on Display at Roberson


The Roberson Museum in Binghamton has turned over its Sears-Harkness Hall to an exhibit of paintings by Brian Keeler, called Heliodelic Topography. We hear about the meaning of that title and about the landscapes Brian Keeler frequents for his paintings.


Photo credit: Brian Keeler

StoryCorps in the Classroom

Our education helps to develop who we are and what we will become. StoryCorps knows that this path is made brighter when we stop and listen to each other. As we end another school year, StoryCorps encourages you to learn more about the students in your life. In classrooms across America, students work with StoryCorps and to become the best version of themselves through listening and engaging with their family, loved ones, and peers. Cross-disciplinary (language arts, media, history) for Grades 9 and 10
Over the past five years, StoryCorps has been working in classrooms throughout America with a high school youth development curriculum called StoryCorpsU (SCU).

Jay Gould

During the late 19th century, industrial robber barons dominated the political and economic landscape of America. These wealthy businessmen used shrewd and sometimes exploitive practices to put their competition out of business, create monopolies, and influence politicians all while amassing huge fortunes. Jay Gould, an upstate New York native, would become one of the greatest robber barons of his day.

‘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
Delaware County Historical Association

Photos Courtesy of:
Delaware County Historical Association
Library of Congress
Wikimedia Commons

'The National Memorial Day Concert' Honors Our Veterans

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.  


The all-star lineup will include distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renée Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee; country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson; actor/producer/director Esai Morales; Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Alfie Boe; the final winner of American Idol Trent Harmon and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also participating are the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.


The National Memorial Day Concert airs Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm on WSKG TV.  

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts

2015 Honest Brook Festival Concerts Begin on WSKG Radio


The 2015 Honest Brook Music Festival Concerts will air on WSKG Radio this summer. 6/13 Emil Altschuler, violin; Thomas Pandolfi, piano

6/20 Michael Cannon, piano

6/27 Claremont Trio

7/4 Sebastian Baverstam, cello; Constantine Finehouse, piano

Click below for a performance by violinist Emil Altschuler and pianist Thomas Pandolfi of the “Jota” from Manuel de Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas



Photo Credit: Honest Brook Music Festival


Honest Brook Music Festival Concert, recorded Saturday, July 9, 2015

Emil Altschuler, violin; Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Manuel de Falla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs

Robert Russell Bennett: Hexapoda, Five Studies in Jitteroptera

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1002 — Sarabande, Bouree

Frederic Chopin: Polonaise in A, Op.40 No.1, ‘Military’; Nocturne in E Flat, Op.9 No.2; Etude in c minor, Op.10 No.12, ‘Revolutionary’

Francis Poulenc: Violin Sonata, Op.119

Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Jules Massenet: Meditation from ‘Thais’



Honest Brook Music Festival Concert, recorded Saturday, July 16, 2015

Michael Cannon, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasy in g minor, Op.77

Franz Peter Schubert: Sonata in A, D.959

Cesar Franck: Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, Op.21

Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No.4 in E Flat, Op.36

Frederic Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.12, ‘Ocean’



Honest Brook Music Festival Concert, recorded Sunday, August 2, 2015

Claremont Trio

Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in C, Hob. XV:27

Bedřich Smetana: Trio in g minor, Op.15

Johannes Brahms: Trio in C, Op.87

Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid


Honest Brook Music Festival, recorded Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sebastian Baverstam, cello; Constantine Finehouse, piano

Frederic Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat, Op.61

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No.1 in G for solo cello, BWV 1007

Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro in A-Flat for cello and piano, Op.70

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No.1 in e minor for cello and piano, Op.38