‘Commercial free, subscription free, fee free’ programs on ALEXA and GOOGLE smart speakers

VESTAL, NY (WSKG) – Online radio offers listeners limitless choices, but it can be a difficult path to navigate.   So much of it depends on the maker of your smart phone and your smart speaker.  Another variable is your online subscriptions.  And there can be huge differences between apps meant to perform the same functions. So, WSKG Radio has created a convenient starting point for folks seeking their favorite public radio programs.  By the way, these programs are free of subscriptions, fees and commercials. All our digital content can be found at YourPublicRadio.ORG.  Go there and with a click or two, you can access podcasts created by the WSKG newsroom.  Among the podcasts are current newscasts, in-depth stories, and arts interviews. WSKG’s music programs are also podcasts.  At YourPublicRadio.ORG, you’ll find the latest episodes of Free Range Folk, The Hour of Now, By Special Invitation and Soundscape. Our newest digital features are music streams from the WSKG Music Library.  While we plan to expand the list, currently you can find Holiday A2Z, Nocturne A2Z,  Bach-analia A2Z, Pops A2Z, Concerts A2Z, Beethoven A2Z, Choral A2Z and New World A2Z.  Plus, there are our WSKG radio and WSKG Classical streams. Our latest additions are Your Classical A2Z ands New Standards from WNYC.

Anne Serling Talks About Her Father’s ‘O’Toole From Moscow’ Comedy

Rod Serling returns to radio, Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., with a repeat on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m on WSKG Radio. CINCINNATI, OH (WVXU) Anne Serling is confident that her famous father would be pleased that Cincinnati Public Radio is reviving O’ Toole From Moscow, his 1955 Cincinnati Reds comedy premiering 8 p.m. tonight on WVXU-FM and at wvxu.org. “I have a thought about my dad, imagining him listening, nodding and just beaming. I am so grateful,” said Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, creator of TV’s The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling, who started his career in Cincinnati (1950-54), wrote O’Toole for NBC’s Matinee Theater.

Vape Shop Owner Responds To Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

“I had this lady that comes in that’s probably 72, 73 years old. She’s tried everything on the market multiple times. She says that she hasn’t had a single day without a cigarette until she found vaping.”

What One New York Orchestra’s Doing To Increase Diversity

African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Fierce Wind Storm Knocks Out Power To Thousands

Sunday’s fierce wind storm knocked out power to thousands of customers across Western New York. Utility crews are assessing the damage from the severe windstorm. More 44,000 customers remain without power as of Monday afternoon.

Statewide Rallies Call For More Mental Health Housing Funds

Statewide rallies are being held weekly demanding the Governor increased state funding for mental health housing. The ‘Bring It Home Coalition’ is staging rallies each Thursday in Long Island, New York City, Syracuse and here in Buffalo, targeting state lawmakers. 

With Backlog Affecting New York Brewers, Schumer Urges Action

A backlog on the federal level is hurting local brewers. Sen. Chuck Schumer brought that message to Rochester’s Genesee Brewery on Monday. Schumer said brewers are heavily regulated and must file applications with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in order to release new flavors, update labels or change the size of a bottle.

PA Police Now Limited In Flagging Undocumented Immigrants To ICE

Last year, ProPublica and The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Pennsylvania State Police had no guidelines preventing troopers from engaging in behavior that raised questions of racial profiling and unlawful arrests. That behavior is now forbidden in Pennsylvania,

PA Budget Would Add $400-Million To Human Services

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s $34.1 billion proposal includes a $400 million increase to the Department of Human Services. That takes the total ask to $12.9 billion for the agency, which administers an array of programs such as medical assistance, food assistance and mental health and substance abuse services. 

Gillibrand Makes First Campaign Stop In Her Hometown

Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her intention to run for president Tuesday during an appearance “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Hours later, the Democrat returned to her native Capital Region for her first campaign event.

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New Way For Physicians To Manage A Patient’s Mental Health

There is a new program available to primary care physicians in assisting patients with their mental health care needs. It’s mean to help patients manage their behavioral health, substance abuse and mental illnesses.    

PA Updates Plan To Fight Opioid Addiction

Pennsylvania officials renewed their plans to respond to the opioid crisis that claimed 5,456 lives in the commonwealth in 2017. While some plans discussed at a Monday press conference are continuations of ongoing programs, officials did mention a few new or recent efforts.

Experts Caution Against Planned Federal Rule Change For Employer Health Care

The public comments period ended Friday for a proposed federal rule that would allow more employers to use health reimbursement arrangements–untaxed funds that employers could set aside for employees to use on health care expenses. Most employers are currently prohibited from using the arrangements, which are also known as HRAs. 

‘Holiday Gift’ From New York’s Health Department To Caregivers

The New York state health department unveiled what it called a “holiday gift for caregivers” Wednesday in New York City. It’s a book that the department says will make life easier for people who take care of others who can’t support themselves, although state health commissioner Howard Zucker said the gift is more than just a book.

Breast Cancer Testing Guidelines Dated, Studies Say

A growing body of evidence, including a study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, is calling into question the current guidelines on who meets the criteria for genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.

Health Fears Have Hunters Shifting To Copper Bullets

Frank Femia runs Klubfunstore Guns and Ammo in Henrietta, where the popular ammunition this season is copper bullets. “It’s been hard finding them because everyone’s been sold out of them and it’s been hard to keep in stock,” Femia said.

Burden On PA Taxpayers Is About The National Average

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office released a new report this week comparing state and local tax effort to the rest of the country. The overall burden felt by Pennsylvania residents sits at about the national average.

Report: Slight Decrease In Uninsured Children In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s population of uninsured children decreased slightly amid a nationwide increase in uninsured children.  For the first time in at least 8 years, the number of uninsured children rose in the U.S., according to a study from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. 

NYS Ride-Sharing Sessions Examine Services Provided Disabled Commuters

Public listening sessions are being held over the next few weeks to study accessible ride sharing services for customers with disabilities. The New York State Transportation Company Accessibility Task Force was created as part of the legislation that made ride-sharing legal in Upstate New York.

Challenger Concedes NY-27 Race To Indicted Incumbent Chris Collins

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Democrat Nate McMurray reluctantly conceded his race against Rep. Chris Collins in New York’s 27th Congressional District. However, the concession included an angry series of blasts at the incumbent and a vow to “fight like hell” to re-involve the public in politics.

New York Breweries Make Beer To Support CA Wildfire Victims

Today is Giving Tuesday, and breweries across the region are joining a nationwide effort to raise money for victims of the Camp Fire in northern California. Hundreds of breweries are making the exact same beer recipe and donating the proceeds.

Some Finger Lakes Households On Verge Of Erasing Medical Debt

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Over $2 million of medical debt across New York state is about to be erased. It’s due to the efforts of two friends, 70-year-old Caroline Kenyon and 80-year-old Judy Jones, both of Ithaca, who raised $12,500 that they’ve donated to an organization called RIP Medical Debt.

PA Governor Rejects Trump ACA option

TRANSFORMING HEALTH – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the state’s insurance commission have opted not to follow Trump administration guidance allowing insurers to sell individual health policies that would not be regulated through the Affordable Care Act.

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After Decade Of Debate, PA Passes New Graduation Requirements

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – After much delay and consternation, Pennsylvania will change its high school graduation requirements. But the change won’t be as drastic as initially mapped out when state leaders first committed to revisions nearly a decade ago.

Wolf, Wagner Field Education Questions From Students

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS – No, it wasn’t a debate. But the two men vying to win Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election did appear in Philadelphia Wednesday to answer the same set of five questions, one after the other. Their interrogators were elementary-aged children, and the questions revolved mostly around education.