‘Two Girls, a Dog, and Death’: Interview with Creators of Local Radio Drama

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Last spring, four Ithaca area students worked together to write a script and submitted their radio drama to WSKG’s An Ear for Drama project. The judging committee unanimously selected it as the strongest entry. From here, the students visited WSKG and worked on voicing techniques and strengthening the script. In addition to writing a winning radio drama script, the students each took part in recording it at WSKG Studios alongside local professional voice actors. The students answered the following interview questions to share their perspective on the experience.

Short Film ‘Doodle’ Receives Honorable Mention in Serling Festival

Tyler Barhydt is a senior at Niskayuna High School and his film ‘Doodle’ has received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival.  Barhydt is involved in school and community theater and will be performing as the role of Chino in the upcoming performance of West Side Story at SLOC. He runs an instagram and a website where he is working to build his photography portfolio. He plans to pursue both photography and filmmaking in college. What is your film about?

It’s A Bach-analia! Celebrate The Waning Days Of Bach-tober With WSKG

Enjoy a ‘Bach’s Lunch’ Weekdays at Noon, Saturdays at 1:00 pm on WSKG Radio Friday (Bach-Busters), Bachtober 27: Johannes Brahms: Two Motets for Mixed Chorus, Op.74: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen — 12:56, O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf — 6:48, Janos Ferencsik, cond.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Hungaroton 12475 Saturday (Sam’s Music Bachs), Bachtober 28th, Selections from Mozart’s arrangements for string trio of some Preludes and Fugues of JSB interwoven with some of PDQ Bach’s preludes and fugues for keyboard (performed by From the Top’s very own Christopher O’Riley). Monday, Bachtober 30: JS Bach: Cantata 208: The Merry Hunt is all I Enjoy — 31:33, Matyas Antal, cond.; Hungarian Radio soloists and Chorus; Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Naxos 550643 Tuesday, Bactober 31: PDQ Bach: The Short Tempered Clavier: Preludes and Fugues in all the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones (S. easy as 3.14159265) — Christopher O’Riley, piano   AND, PDQ Bach: Oedipus Tex — 28:26, Pamela South, soprano; Dana Krueger, mezzo; Frank Kelley, tenor; Peter Schickele, bass; Newton Wayland, cond.; Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic; Okay Chorale, Telarc 80239  

It’s A Bach-analia! Celebrate The Waning Days Of Bach-tober With WSKG

Enjoy a ‘Bach’s Lunch’ Weekdays at Noon, Saturdays at 1:00 pm on WSKG Radio Friday (Bach-Busters), Bachtober 27: Johannes Brahms: Two Motets for Mixed Chorus, Op.74: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen — 12:56, O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf — 6:48, Janos Ferencsik, cond.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Hungaroton 12475 Saturday (Sam’s Music Bachs), Bachtober 28th, Selections from Mozart’s arrangements for string trio of some Preludes and Fugues of JSB interwoven with some of PDQ Bach’s preludes and fugues for keyboard (performed by From the Top’s very own Christopher O’Riley). Monday, Bachtober 30: JS Bach: Cantata 208: The Merry Hunt is all I Enjoy — 31:33, Matyas Antal, cond.; Hungarian Radio soloists and Chorus; Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Naxos 550643 Tuesday, Bactober 31: PDQ Bach: The Short Tempered Clavier: Preludes and Fugues in all the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones (S. easy as 3.14159265) — Christopher O’Riley, piano   AND, PDQ Bach: Oedipus Tex — 28:26, Pamela South, soprano; Dana Krueger, mezzo; Frank Kelley, tenor; Peter Schickele, bass; Newton Wayland, cond.; Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic; Okay Chorale, Telarc 80239  

Climate Conversations: A Series for Middle & High School Educators

Climate Conversations will offer educators tools and resources to teach climate change concepts. PBS LearningMedia is hosting a 3-part virtual professional development series focused around climate change. This series of virtual PD will introduce educators to high-quality, media-based climate change educational materials and allow educators to engage in conversation with scientists, film producers, and other educators. One portion of the series will focus specifically on using the tools in PBS LearningMedia to build a lesson or unit using the materials introduced during the other two events. You must register for each part of the series separately.

WSKG Toasts the Last Broadcast of Car Talk

Come raise a glass as WSKG toasts Car Talk’s last on-air broadcast, Sunday, October 1. After which time, WSKG will be airing Weekend Fresh Air and The Folk Sampler during Car Talk’s Saturday and Sunday time slot. So, we ask that you join the WSKG staff at any of these three locations and enjoy  $1 off beers between 1 and 2pm while the episode is airs. Listen, reminisce, and be merry. Cooperstown Brewing Company
110 River St
Milford, NY 13807
12:30p-2:30p

Myer Farm Distillers
7350 State Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521
12:30p-2:30p

Farmhouse Brewery
14 George St
Owego, NY 13827
12:30p-2:30p

Leave us a message and have a chance to hear your voice on the air.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center Welcomes Robercon

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Robercon, the annual science fiction convention at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1. Five years ago the first convention was such an overwhelming hit that it had to be expanded to two days, with table-top gaming moved to the Binghamton High School.  Organizer Chris Kocher talks about the discussion groups and the special guests, and some of the events that he is especially excited about. http://wskg.org/audio/robercon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Chris Kocher for Robercon

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Jobless Workers Worry PA’s Lawmakers Have Forgotten Their Funding Woes

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — While Harrisburg is mired in balancing its overdue budget, employees in the state’s Unemployment Compensation program are getting concerned that a planned fix to their funding won’t come on time.  Hundreds of UC employees were laid off last year ago after funding wasn’t renewed over fears the program was ill-managed and cost too much. It caused mass delays for people trying to claim unemployment benefits. $15 million in stopgap money was passed in April, and has helped rehire some staff. It was only designed to last until roughly the end of the year; at the time, lawmakers said they’d immediately start on a permanent fix. There have since been some studies and hearings, but there’s still no bill–or even a known framework.

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PA Dems Fail To Get Severance Tax To House Floor; Will Try Again

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — State House Democrats and a handful of Republicans are trying to figure out the best way to bring a natural gas severance tax up for a vote.  The group briefly tried to bring a bill to the floor Tuesday, but had to drop the effort because they were short on support. The version of the severance tax under consideration has been sitting in the GOP-controlled House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee since January. The panel’s leaders haven’t seemed inclined to act on it. So instead, some members have signed on to a discharge resolution–a procedure that would bypass the committee and let the full House decide whether to consider the bill. House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton said that’s where things get hairy.