Support WSKG on One Day Wednesday–and help keep our community warm

You've come to rely on WSKG for news, information and music programing that touches your heart and mind. WSKG is your Public Media Station. On October 19th, 2016, WSKG celebrates One Day Wednesday. We've significantly reduced the amount of time we spend on air asking for your support. Because of this, your contribution is more important than ever.

Claymation Abounds in Film Created By Northeast Bradford Students

‘Park Problems’ was recently awarded the ‘Best 6-8’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. John Pilvelis, Art/Gifted Program Teacher at Northeast Bradford School District, served as mentor to the students that created this film. He took some time to gather feedback from his students regarding their experience on this project:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film involves a boy who tries to practice his clarinet in the park. Various animals get involved and complicate matters.

Forces of Nature | Elements

Forces of Nature | Elements airs on WSKG TV September 21, 2016 at 8pm. The forces of nature make Earth a restless planet, but they also turned our ball of rock into a home for life. How did our planet’s ingredients, the chemical elements, come together and take that first crucial step from barren rock to a living world? 

Can Education in New York State Be Re-imagined?

This episode of Connect: NY introduces the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues surrounding how children are equitably educated, how the education system is funded and why collective bargaining plays an important role.  Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are:

Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium

Tim Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association

Dr. Gerry Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Peter Galie, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Canisius College

Richard Casagrande, General Counsel, New York State United Teacher

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues. This episode of Connect: NY will air on WSKG TV Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

'American Graduate Day' Returns for 2016

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2016 supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multiplatform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. The event explores the importance of mentorship through the critical themes of early education, more and better learning, special needs, STEAM, dropout prevention and re-engagement, career readiness, and college completion. WSKG will also highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions.


Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

Eastern European Chamber Music Comes to Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford presents the Lysander Trio in a concert of music from Eastern Europe. The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” They bring a program of music for piano trio by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak, and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.


Photo credit: Lysander Trio

Hangar Theatre Hosts the Best of All Possible Worlds

Ithaca's Hangar Theatre hosts the Savoyards Musical Theatre, LTD for their production of Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide'. 'Candide' premiered on Broadway in 1956. It was revised for a production in 1974, and the revisions since then have been too many to enumerate.  It's a demanding score, written for nearly operatic voices, and it is full of memorable tunes such as 'Make Our Garden Grow', 'I Am Easily Assimilated', 'Eldorado', and, of course, the coloratura tour-de-force 'Glitter and Be Gay'.  Those familiar with the original satire by Voltaire know that the settings jump around the world and the Savoyards solve this dilemma by placing the action within a nightclub, with the many characters portrayed by employees of the club.


Photo credit: Savoyards Musical Theatre, LTD

Alfred U Artist and Professor Featured in Season Premiere of 'Craft in America'

Spotlight Education week continues with the season premiere of Craft in America. TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and ceramic artist Linda Sikora at Alfred University School of Art and Design. WSKG's Crystal Sarakas interviewed Linda Sikora for our Artist Cafe program. Ms. Sikora also adds:
Individuals should contact Alfred University to learn about professional studies in Visual Art and for more information about Ceramic art. To see some of the best functional ceramics in the country locally, attend the national ceramics Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY on October 14, 15, and 16, 2016. This is held at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.

Arts Roundup: Porchfest, Harvest Music Festival, Brother Sun, John Brown's Body And More

Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Central NY newspapers, joins Crystal Sarakas to highlight some of the arts events coming up this weekend. Highlights include Porchfest in Ithaca, the Harvest Music Festival in Corning, the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier's house tour, Brother Sun playing at 6 on the Square in Oxford, and regional favorites John Brown's Body playing on the Commons in Ithaca.  

Elmira, NY Students Highlight Mental Illness in Winning Serling Fest Film

Leena Trinh and Kenly Kuhn are student filmmakers from Greater Southern Tier BOCES in Elmira, NY.  Their film ‘Anaya, Part 1', was recently awarded the ‘Best Abstract/Experimental’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  They responded to a few interview questions:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film was about bringing depression into a real life person, or demon that follows Anaya around and starts to give her problems. At first it is just simply a dark figure and voices she hears, but it becomes much more than that.