Printable Program Guides for June 2017

In early 2016, we 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. Please click the title of the guide you wish to see. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX
WSKG HDTV condensed guide
WSKG DT-2, “PBS Kids” condensed guide
WSKG DT-3, “Create” condensed guide
WSKG DT-4, “World” condensed guide
WSKG HDTV DAYTIME condensed guide

The Geneva Music Festival Opens this Week


The Geneva Music Festival opens this week.  Geoffrey Herd, the director and also one of the performers, talks about the wide-ranging music being performed in the festival, and about the rather wide-ranging venues for them.


Photo credit: Cavani String Quartet for the Geneva Music Festival

PA Psychiatrist Sees Health Trends Among Blue Collar Workers


HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A Pennsylvania psychiatrist and his colleagues are noticing some troubling mental health trends related to joblessness among their working-class patients. And those trends seem inextricably tied with the current political climate.  Dr. Kenneth Thompson is the president of the American Association for Social Psychiatry. He’s based in Pittsburgh, and said many of the people he sees fall into a specific category–they’re white, male, high school-educated former Democratic voters who supported Donald Trump for president. And he said increasing numbers of those people are struggling with addiction or mental health issues that seem tied to the trouble they’re having in the current economy. “The overall sense is there’s a population that is more highly stressed than it has been in the past,” he said.

PA Lawmakers File Pricey Gift Disclosures; Reform Feels Like A Long Shot


HARRISBURG (WSKG) — State lawmakers accepted over $145 thousand in hospitality, gifts, and other travel in 2016, according to recently-filed financial interest disclosure forms.   The commonwealth has one of the loosest laws for reporting those gifts in the country. The filings are coming as advocates across the state make a renewed push to get lawmakers to impose regulations on the amount of money they can take. Republican Representative Rick Saccone, of Allegheny County, said regulations governing what needs to be reported–like dinners–are also loose. “We all get things from lobbyists and so forth,” he said. “That’s the culture up there.”

Share the Magic of Beatrix Potter with Your Family

This program recounts the fascinating life story of internationally beloved author Beatrix Potter. More than just a children’s writer, Potter was a compelling storyteller and artist who brought classic characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to life with her beautifully detailed illustrations. Seventy-five years after her death, British actress and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge takes viewers on a journey to Potter’s home in the English countryside, where she examines an original sketchbook and even reads passages from the personal journal Beatrix began during her teenage years. A passionate fan and Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, Routledge presents viewers with a close-up look at Potter’s illustrations, the Cumbrian farmland she called home, and even a personal journal begun during her teenage years. Released in 2016 to commemorate her 150th birthday, the program also ties into the release of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, a story that was written just before World War I but never published during the lifetime of its remarkable author.

'Ascend' is a New Musical with a Biblical Story


The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical.  ‘Ascend’ starts out where ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ ends.  Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how “the play found her”, and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process.  Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story.


Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center



Debate Over NY Primary Date May Be More About Logistics Than Politics


New York lawmakers want fewer elections. They say they can save millions of dollars by consolidating primaries for state and federal offices into one day, but they can’t agree on when that day should be. Both legislative chambers have passed bills to consolidate the primaries. Democrats in the Assembly want to hold the elections in June. Senate Republicans want August.  These primaries would be for all state and federal offices, except the presidency.

Art, Mystery and Muppets with 'The Cookie Thief'

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the cookie art starts to make Cookie Monster hungry for cookies. Chris explains that he needs to control himself and use only his eyes to look at the paintings. Prairie Dawn welcomes them to the museum and gives them a tour.

Classical Expressions: Alexei Aceto


Ithaca pianist Alexei Aceto plays music by Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn. He tells a little about each piece and about his experiences studying and performing.


Photo credit: Alexei Aceto

SUNY Chancellor: Trump Budget Would Be ‘Devastating’


ALBANY (WSKG) – The outgoing chancellor of New York’s state university system said President Donald Trump’s budget, if enacted, would seriously hamper the chances for many of New York’s young people to attend college.  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said cuts to programs that help disadvantaged high school students gain the opportunity to attend college, as well as reductions to federal college aid and cuts to medical research, including cancer research, would have a huge negative impact on New York’s colleges. “It would have a devastating effect on access,” Zimpher said. Zimpher spoke to public radio and television as she ends an eight-year term as the head of one the nation’s largest university systems next month.