Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali To Premiere September 19 on WSKG TV

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.  
Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964) airs Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Boxer Cassius Clay rises up the amateur ranks to win gold at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. In 1964, he upsets Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion

 
Round Two: What’s My Name?

America’s Test Kitchen Financiers (Ep 2126)

Financiers

MAKES 24 CAKES

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For financiers with complex almond flavor and contrasting textures, we started by spraying a mini-muffin tin with baking spray with flour. The flour in the spray helped the sides of the cakes rise along with the center, preventing doming. We then stirred together almond flour, sugar, all-purpose flour, and egg whites. We opted for granulated sugar, which doesn’t totally dissolve in the egg whites, to ensure a pleasantly coarse texture. Once these ingredients were whisked together, it was just a matter of stirring in nutty browned butter and baking the cakes.

Great Performances

Great Performances – The Red Shoes

Great Performances Presents Matthew Bourne’s Two-Time Olivier Award-Winning Production of The Red Shoes September 17 on PBS

Features Tony-nominated actor and dancer Adam Cooper 

 

From Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Matthew Bourne and British dance company New Adventures, Great Performances: The Red Shoes is a stage adaptation of the classic 1948 feature film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Recorded at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2020, the ballet recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale of obsession, possession, and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) lives to dance, but her ambitions create a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion: composer Julian Craster (Dominic North) and impresario Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper). The production also features Michela Meazza as Irina Boronskaya, Liam Mower as Ivan Boleslawsky, and Glenn Graham as Grischa Ljubov. Set to the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, Great Performances: The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and performed by the New Adventures Orchestra with set and costumes by Tony-winning designer Lez Brotherson and lighting by Tony winner Paule Constable.

America’s Test Kitchen Ultimate Cream of Tomato Soup (Ep 2125)

Ultimate Cream of Tomato Soup

SERVES 3 TO 4 (MAKES ABOUT 5 1/2 CUPS)

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: When developing our cream of tomato soup recipe, we found that good-quality, straight-from-the-can diced tomatoes were good, but not quite good enough. We got a more robust tomato flavor for our tomato soup recipe by using a technique known for intensifying flavor: caramelization. We roasted whole canned tomatoes, first sprinkling them with brown sugar to induce caramelization. The ultimate difference in flavor was extraordinary, and because the rest of the soup could be prepared while the tomatoes roasted, we were able to keep stovetop time down to 20 minutes. 2   (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes (not packed in puree), drained, 3 cups juice reserved, tomatoes seeded

1½ tablespoons dark brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 large shallots, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste Pinch ground allspice

2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

1¾ cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth

½ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry cayenne pepper

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees; line jelly-roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with foil.

In Their Own Words

WSKG presents three new IN THEIR OWN WORDS primetime specials that explore the lives and impact of some of the most intriguing figures in recent history. Combining exclusive interviews with archival footage and each subject’s own words to help tell the story, IN THEIR OWN WORDS sheds light on these compelling personalities and examines their continuing influence.  

“Pope Francis” – Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm

On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, the Argentinian cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He made history by being the first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit priest to be named to the office and the first to take the name Francis. Diving into Pope Francis’s personal story, this episode reveals the experiences and influences that led him from Buenos Aires to the Vatican and the highest office of the Catholic church—and made him one of the most popular and progressive popes of recent times.

MASTERPIECE All Creatures Great and Small

Members’ Choice Programming This Weekend – Saturday & Sunday August 21 & 22

The following programs will air this weekend on WSKG-HD. Saturday, August 21, 2021
06:00 am – Rick Steves’ European Travel Tips and Tricks
07:30 am – Ken Burns: Hemingway
09:00 am – All Creatures Great and Small: Between The Pages
10:30 am – This Land Is Your Land (My Music)
12:00 pm – Salute to Budapest and Vienna
01:30 pm – Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide
03:30 pm – Nature – Pandas: Born to Be Wild
05:00 pm – PBS Newshour Weekend
05:30 pm – Red, White and Rock (My Music)
08:00 pm – Diana, 7 Days
09:30 pm – Best of the 60s: Ready, Steady, Go! 11:00 pm – All Creatures Great and Small: Between The Pages

 

Sunday, August 22, 2021
10:00 am – Great Performances – Andrea Bocelli: Believe
11:30 am – Johnny Cash: A Night to Remember
01:00 pm – Great Performances – An Intimate Evening with David Foster
03:00 pm – John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)
05:00 pm – PBS Newshour Weekend
05:30 pm – It’s What’s Happening Baby
07:30 pm – Lucy Worsley’s Royal Palace Secrets
09:00 pm – All Creatures Great and Small: Between The Pages
10:30 pm – Johnny Cash: A Night to Remember

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ©Playground Television UK Ltd & all3media international

America’s Test Kitchen Cast Iron Pan Pizza (Ep 2122)

Cast Iron Pan Pizza

SERVES 4

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:  We  started with a simple stir-together dough of bread flour, salt, yeast, and warm water; the warm water jump-started yeast activity so that the crumb was open and light. Instead of kneading   the dough, we let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. During this rest, the dough’s gluten strengthened enough for the crust to support the toppings but still have a tender crumb. Baking the pie in a generously oiled cast-iron skillet “fried” the outside of the crust. We also moved the skillet to the stove for the last few minutes of cooking to crisp up the underside of the crust.

Icon: Music Through The Lens

The World’s Most Iconic Photographers, Musicians, and Industry Experts Give Viewers a Backstage Pass into the Electrifying World of Music Photography in New Six-Part Series, Icon: Music Through The Lens. Episode One – “On Camera” (Friday, July 16, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
What makes an image iconic? Episode One explores how photographic images of Snoop Dogg, Bob Dylan and Madonna influence perceptions and how they communicate, through themes of interaction, technical skill, occasional luck and cultural impact. The episode goes back to Robert Johnson to find the genesis of music photographs that demonstrate the incredible power of a frozen moment in time. Other highlights include Kevin Cummins on Joy Division, Gered Mankowitz on Jimi Hendrix and Rachael Wright on Billie Eilish trying not to be beautiful.

America’s Test Kitchen Butter Basted Fish Filets (Ep 2121)

Butter Basted Fish Filets with Garlic and Thyme

SERVES 2

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Butter basting, a technique that involves repeatedly spooning sizzling butter over food as it cooks, is great for mild, lean, flaky fish such as cod, haddock, or snapper. The butter helps cook the top of the fillet as the skillet heats the bottom, allowing you to flip the fish only once and early in the cooking process—before the flesh has become too fragile—so it stays intact. Throughout the process, the nutty, aromatic butter, which we enhanced with thyme sprigs and crushed garlic cloves, bathed the mild fish in savory flavor. We alternated basting with direct- heat cooking on the burner, taking the temperature of the fish so we knew exactly when the fillets were done.  

2 (6 ounces) skinless cod fillets, about 1 inch thick

½ teaspoon kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

2 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled

4 sprigs fresh thyme Lemon wedges

Pat all sides of fillets dry with paper towels.

America’s Test Kitchen Smashed Burgers (Ep 2116)

Smashed Burgers

SERVES 2

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Smashed burgers share the same thin, verging- on-well-done profile and all-American array of condiments as typical fast-food burgers, but their big selling point is an ultrabrown, crispy crust. We used commercial ground beef instead of grinding our own because the former is ground finer and thus exposes more myosin, a sticky meat protein that helps the patties hold together when they are smashed. Using a small saucepan to press straight down on the meat ensured that it spread and stuck uniformly to the skillet (instead of shrinking as it cooked), which helped guarantee deep browning. We made two smaller patties at a time instead of one larger one because they fit nicely inside a burger bun. Sandwiching an ultramelty slice of Kraft American cheese between the two patties helped the cheese melt thoroughly and seep into the meat almost like a rich, salty cheese sauce would.

A Capitol Fourth 2021

Vanessa Williams to host the 41st edition of America’s Independence Day Celebration, A Capitol Fourth from Washington D.C.

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Featuring performances by top stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway – Jimmy Buffett, Cynthia Erivo, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Nettles,
Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Mickey Guyton, Ali Stroker, Jimmie Allen, Train, Laura
Osnes, Auli’i Cravalho, Maestro Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, with LIVE Fireworks over our Nation’s Capital Skyline
and a Special Performance of the National Anthem by Renée Fleming.  

Airing Sunday, July 4th at 8:00 pm on WSKG-TV.  

 

 

Photo Credit: Capital Concerts (CapitalConcertsInc.)

What To Watch – May 24, 2021 to June 6, 2021

Check out what’s coming up! Here’s a glimpse at some programs broadcasting on WSKG-TV. I hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think. — Stacey Mosteller
WSKG TV Program Manager

Weeks of May 24, 2021 to June 6, 2021
Airing now…

Simply Ming Okonomiyake/Japanese Pizza

Simply Ming Seafood Okonomiyaki (Ep 1802)

This week on Simply Ming, Chef Tsai cooks up two versions of Okonomiyaki/Japanese Pizza. First a delicious Smoked Salmon, Crispy Fennel, Okonomiyake, and then a Vegan Okonomiyake made with rice flour, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and seasoned with garlic and fresh ginger. To cool things down, he mixes a refreshing Cucumber-Mint Saketini for himself, and a Cucumber-Mint Spritzer for Henry.  
Simply Ming @Home
Cucumber-Mint Saketini
Cucumber-Mint Spritzer
Seafood Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza)
Gluten-Free Vegan Okonomiyaki
By Ming Tsai
Cucumber-Mint Saketini

Ingredient List

2 ounces Sake

1 ounce vodka

3 mint leaves and 1 for garnish

2 slices and some julienne English cucumbers

 

Pre-chill a martini glass. 
In a shaker filled with ice, add the sake, vodka and cucumber slices.  Shake. Strain in chilled martini glass.  Garnish with cucumber julienne.

America’s Test Kitchen Pan Bagnat (Ep 2114)

Pan Bagnat

SERVES 4 TO 6

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Our version of pan bagnat, a classic Provençal sandwich that shares many of the same ingredients as salade niçoise, features a crusty baguette packed with high-quality jarred tuna, olives, capers, tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, fresh herbs, and a mustardy vinaigrette. We used a large baguette, which offered enough surface area to accommodate the filling, and removed the inner crumb from the bottom half of the loaf to create a trough that provided more space. Processing the olives, capers, anchovies, and herbs into a coarse “salad” helped those components hold together, and applying the salad in two layers in the sandwich distributed its assertive flavors. To control the bread’s moisture absorption, we brushed the cut surfaces with olive oil, which helped waterproof it. Stirring the vinaigrette into the olive salad thickened the dressing so that it didn’t oversaturate the crumb, and we also thoroughly drained the tuna and tomato slices to remove much of their liquid.

L. Frank Baum

American Experience – American OZ

When L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, he was 44 years old and had spent much of his life in restless pursuit of his American dream. After working and failing at a string of odd jobs that honed his instincts for showmanship — chicken breeder, actor, marketer of petroleum products, shopkeeper, newspaperman and traveling salesman — Baum and his family headed west from their home in Syracuse, New York, in 1888. During his travels from Chicago to the Great Plains during the American frontier’s final days, he witnessed a nation coming to terms with the economic uncertainty of the Gilded Age. But he never lost his childlike sense of wonder and eventually crafted his observations into an enduring, magical tale of survival, adventure and self-discovery. American Oz tells the remarkable story of the man behind one of the most beloved and quintessential American classics, reinterpreted through the generations in films, books and musicals.

Downton Abbey Season 6 LAURA CARMICHAEL as Lady Edith Crawley, ELIZABETH MCGOVERN as Cora, Countess of Grantham and MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley

Members’ Choice Programming This Weekend – Saturday & Sunday March 13 & 14

The following programs will air this weekend on WSKG-HD. Saturday, March 13, 2021
06:00 am – Aging Backwards 2: Connective Tissue Revealed with Miranda Esmonde-White
07:00 am – Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry
08:00 am – Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide
10:00 am – Magic Moments: The Best of the 50’s Pop
12:00 pm – 3 Steps to Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
02:00 pm – Straight from the Heart: Timeless Music from the 60s & 70s
03:30 pm – Alone in the Wilderness, Part 2
05:00 pm – PBS Newshour Weekend
05:30 pm – Easy Yoga for Diabetes w/Peggy Cappy
06:30 pm – Dutch Hop! 08:00 pm – This Land is Your Land (My Music)
09:30 pm – It’s What’s Happening Baby
11:30 pm – Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021
10:00 am – Dutch Hop! 11:30 am – Rick Steves’ Heart of Italy
01:30 pm – It’s What’s Happening Baby
03:30 pm – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Uncovering America
05:00 pm – PBS Newshour Weekend
05:30 pm – 70’s Soul Superstars (My Music)
08:00 pm – Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Season 1 Episode 3
01:00 pm – Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Season 1 Episode 4

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television

Lidia Bastianich Breakfast Risotto

Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders Breakfast Risotto

Breakfast Risotto

Risotto di Colazione

 

 

Risotto for breakfast (or brunch)? Why not? I also like to make a simple risotto like this during the week as these are all ingredients I have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator. Any leftovers would be a good base for Risotto Cakes.  

Serves 4 to 6

 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardons

1 small onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 ½ cups arborio or other Italian short grain rice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup dry white wine

6 to 7 cups hot chicken stock or water

2 large eggs

3 scallions, chopped

1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano

 

You will need:

large skillet

small saucepan

whisk

 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

The Black Church

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

A two-part series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church
and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change

Featuring interviews with Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Bishop Michael Curry, Cornel West, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Rev. William Barber II, BeBe Winans, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and more

Tracing the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, THE BLACK CHURCH reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.  

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song air Tuesday, February 16 at 9:00 pm and Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credit: Courtesy of McGee Media

In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl Airing on WSKG-TV

On May 13, the 2020 season of the Hollywood Bowl was officially cancelled for the first time in its 98-year history in an effort to protect artists, audiences, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. This series will allow viewers nationwide to experience iconic moments from the LA Phil archives at the Hollywood Bowl. Six episodes featuring the “best of” live performances from the past 10 years at the Bowl’s Summer Concert Series will be hosted by LA Phil’s Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL premieres on Friday, January 22, at 9:00 p.m. on WSKG and on the WSKG app.  

 

LA Phil’s Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel said, “While it was heartbreaking not to be able to share music together at the Hollywood Bowl this past Summer, having the opportunity to look back on these extraordinary concerts reminded us of everything that makes it so special and unique.

Judy Woodruff PBS Newshour

PBS Newshour Specials airing on WSKG-HD

American Reckoning: A PBS NewsHour Special Report airs Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm. Following the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, American Reckoning:  A PBS NewsHour Special Report will focus on the economic and racial history that led to a political divide between Americans, the impact of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric throughout his presidency and the next steps for the nation to heal from the recent attack on American democracy. The broadcast will also examine the government’s missed opportunities to manage the spread of misinformation and the rise of domestic terrorism. The program will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff and will include contributions from senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, and national correspondent William Brangham.  

Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr.: A PBS Newshour Special airing Wednesday, January 20, 2021 beginning at 10:30 am
PBS and PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of Inauguration Day. The special will include the swearing-in of the 46th President of the United States Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the 49th Vice President of the United States Kamala D. Harris. The broadcast will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, with contributions from White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins, senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, national correspondent William Brangham and foreign affairs and defense correspondent Nick Schifrin.

Celebration of Giving

WSKG: A Celebration of Giving

WSKG welcomes you to a Celebration of Giving! This half-hour program celebrates the community that makes public media possible! Featuring a behind the scenes look at how WSKG impacts your everyday life with interviews from your favorite station personalities and longtime contributors. Plus, we’ll have surprise guests and station trivia throughout the half-hour!  President and CEO Greg Catlin hosts! WSKG: A Celebration of Giving airs Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

Dr. Gretchen Sorin author Driving While Black

Driving While Black by Dr. Gretchen Sorin

Brian Frey interviewed Author and Professor Dr. Gretchen Sorin, who wrote the book, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, which was the inspiration for the Ric Burns documentary, Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America which will air on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD.

No Passport Required

No Passport Required – Boston

Visit Boston with Chef Marcus Samuelsson to learn about the Portuguese, Brazilian and Cape Verdean diasporas, united by one language in the bustling port city they call home. Meet the chefs who are continuing and transforming culinary traditions. No Passport Required – Boston airs Monday, February 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credits: No Passport Required

No Passport Required

No Passport Required – Las Vegas

Explore Las Vegas and its deep-rooted Chinese community, from the Strip’s neon-lit casinos to modest shopping malls. Chef Marcus Samuelsson learns about diverse food traditions and meets a new wave of chefs transforming their parents’ cuisine. No Passport Required – Las Vegas airs Monday, February 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credits: No Passport Required

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

No Passport Required – Philadelphia

Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old, and learns about the city’s Italian food scene while sampling everything from pizza to cannoli, with plenty of red sauce, burrata and handmade pasta in between. No Passport Required – Philadelphia airs Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credits: No Passport Required

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

No Passport Required – Houston

Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Houston — America’s most diverse city — to explore the food and culture of its Nigerian and West African community. Along the way, Samuelsson cooks with cutting-edge chefs as well as traditional home cooks. No Passport Required – Houston airs Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credits: No Passport Required

Roger Cook

News from THIS OLD HOUSE: Roger Cook Steps Away, Jenn Nawada Named Landscape Contractor

Notes from Dan Suratt, CEO of This Old House Ventures, and Roger Cook, Landscape Contractor:
“For over 35 years, Roger Cook has provided expert landscaping and gardening advice to millions upon millions of viewers. But perhaps more importantly, he has displayed a sense of humor and warmth while going about his craft. As he stepped back from This Old House and Ask This Old House the last few seasons, Roger has maintained that grace and good-natured attitude, and endeared himself even more to his fans. He also continued to welcome landscaper Jenn Nawada into This Old House family as they worked alongside each other and she became a regular fixture on the shows. Today we welcome Jenn as the next This Old House Landscape Contractor, and thank Roger for representing the best of This Old House.

Maddy Walsh and The Blindspots

Join WSKG for a recording of Expressions featuring Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots!

This event has passed. Join WSKG for a recording of our television music program Expressions featuring Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots! Come on out Thursday, February 6th to the WSKG Studio (601 Gates Rd, Vestal, NY). 6:00PM – Doors Open

6:15PM – Reception (Fresh Hot Pretzels & Local Craft Beer)

7:00PM – Performance by Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots begins

Space is limited. Make your reservation today.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

No Passport Required – Los Angeles

Explore the large and thriving Armenian community in Los Angeles with Chef Marcus Samuelsson as he learns about their history, shares their traditional cuisine and meets young chefs who are taking it to the next level. No Passport Required – Los Angeles airs Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:00 pm on WSKG-HD. Photo Credits: No Passport Required

Sanditon on Masterpiece

Screening of Sanditon on Masterpiece

This event has passed. Experience Jane Austen’s last, fragmented work, where entrepreneurs, love interests, legacy hunters, hypochondriacs and medical mountebanks come together at a struggling resort aimed to be the next fashionable playground in early 1800s England. Join WSKG for a screening event of Sanditon on Masterpiece on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the WSKG TV Studio. Tea and light refreshments will be served with a talk from author Deborah Courville and music will be provided by English Country Dance musician, Lee Shepherd. Space is limited.

Nightly Business Report

Nightly Business Report Series Comes to an End

Produced by CNBC, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, television’s longest-running evening business-news broadcast, featuring in-depth reporting and analysis of the day’s leading financial stories will come to an end. CNBC will cease production of NBR as of the end of this year. The final episode will be air Friday, December 27, 2019. Looking back at Nightly Business Report, the series was created in 1979 and produced through March 2013 under the direction of Linda O’Bryon, WPBT’s news director at the time, with Paul Kangas as the original anchor. The series launched on PTV stations nationwide through APT, with each station paying a portion of the program’s costs.

Which PBS Celebrity Chef Are You?

We adore celebrity chefs and TV food personalities for their outrageousness and willingness to say, do, and taste almost anything. But which of these famous chefs are you most like? Take the quiz to reveal the answer!  

 

This month PBS celebrates some of our favorite chefs on American Masters. James Beard: American Masters airs Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Julia Child: American Masters airs Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Jacques Pepin: American Masters airs Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Alice Waters: American Masters airs Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Production of WSKG's original music show 'Brew Beats' is Underway. Coming Spring 2017!

Production of WSKG’s ‘Brew Beats’ is underway. Check out the behind the scenes photos from our recent production of ‘Brew Beats’ at Butternuts Beer and Ale in Oneonta, featuring country music singer Kolby Oakley.  Kolby is one of the many artists to be featured in WSKG’s new original music show coming in spring 2017. ‘Brew Beats’ Concert Series is a music show that follows the roads that connect Upstate New York dynamic and growing breweries and cideries, turning the spotlight on the story of the people behind these industries while highlighting the region’s rich history of musical traditions.  

'Let's Polka' Maestro's Men Web Exclusive

The Maestro’s Men have been performing together since 1996. The musicians’ unique backgrounds and experience form the heart of the Maestro’s Men sound. Their unique sound and arrangements of traditional and original music offer an exciting and entertaining musical variety. WSKG’s Let’s Polka is proud to welcome Dennis Polisky and his Maestro’s Men back to the stage for another half hour of fun! This clip promotes a brand new episode of Let’s Polka and a web exclusive performance of the Thoughts of Love Waltz.

Holiday Cooking Tips from your favorite PBS Chefs

As you’re preparing for the holiday season, here are some useful cooking tips and recipes from some of your favorite PBS Cooking programs.  Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at WSKG! From Chef’s Life:

Chef Vivian Howard answers holiday questions from PBS viewers and demonstrates how to make a gourmet cheese ball. From America’s Test Kitchen:

Get Chestnuts Under Control: Want the easiest way to roast and peel chestnuts at home? John “Doc” Willoughby shows how to prep and roast this holiday-season treat for chestnut stuffing, candied chestnuts, or for eating straight from the shell. From Martha Stewart:

Martha makes a special version of chocolate chip cookies, a tradition that she loves to share with loved ones and friends over the holiday.

Make your Thanksgiving Meal a SUCCESS!

Make your Thanksgiving meal a SUCCESS with helpful tips from PBS Food. We also have tons of recipes on the WSKG Cooking Obsession Pinterest board! Here’s some turkey tips from your favorite PBS chefs.  We hope you have a successful Thanksgiving meal! In Turkey 101, Martha Stewart prepares her tried-and-true method for a traditional show-stopping bird, and also a modern technique for roasting turkey in parchment paper.

Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera

Be intrigued by the stories. Be entranced by the music. Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera, highlights some of the most beloved operatic repertoire from the Tri-Cities Opera. This preview features the entire ensemble from Tri-Cities Opera performing “Libiamo” from Verdi’s La Traviata. Soloists are Quinn Bernegger and Abigail Rethwisch.

Tips and Techniques from the Great British Baking Show

Enjoy these tips and techniques from your favorite contestants of the Great British Baking Show. Avoiding “Soggy Bottoms”:

The key challenge to pies is ensuring it is baked through in order to avoid a moist crust or “soggy bottom.” Bread Kneading Techniques:

Dough slapping, window panes, and stretching – there’s more than one way to knead dough. Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions

 

Glass Artist Frank Bocek

Frank Bocek started working making stained glass in 1975 right after his wife told him “he needed to get a hobby”. After watching a fellow stained glass artist cutting glass, he immediately went out and bought $20 worth of supplies, quit his accounting job, and proceded to learn the craft himself. In his technique, Bocek applies the copper foil approach, which is a technique co created by innovators and glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Besides being commissioned in the restoration of the windows of the St. Patricks Church in Owego, NY, other commissions include the building of a piece for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial for which he received great recognition.

Metal Sculptor Amy Tavern

Upstate NY-based artist Amy Tavern’s artistic talent relies on her memories to make exquisite hand-crafted jewelry, turning her memories into wearable objects that carry with them what she refers to as a “universal understanding”.  WSKG’s crew visited Amy’s studio in Richfield Springs, where she explains how her work is autobiographical and enables her to communicate with other people, while revealing the singularities of the objects such as their tradition and history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4XtHXpiX3U
Amy’s talent has been recognized and celebrated by Metalsmith Magazine, and rock star Amy Lee has worn her pieces at the Grammy’s.

Surrealism and Magic at Johnson Museum

n 2014, The Johnson Museum and Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collectionsexamined the work of Swiss-Amercian surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. Kurt Seligmann’s work is characterized by possesing imageries of medieval people engaged in macabre and santanical rituals.  He was also an enthusiast and practitioner of magic himself, and was known for organizing ritualistics gatherings in his home in Paris, also frecuented by other famous artists of the era. The exhibition called “Surrelism and Magic” explored his passion and the passion that other surrealists shared for the occult; with over 125 objects in display the exhibition inluded photographs, video art, letters and ephemera, as well as rare books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXLbiX74ZSY
WSKG’s summer intern Lory Martinez interviews curator Andrew Wieslogel who explains the genesis of this fantastic exhibit.

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 2

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 1

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Drummer, Rocker and Photographer Mike Ricciardi

Local artist Mike Ricciardi has been drumming since the age of nine. This rocker turned photographer knows his way around Photoshop, as well as a drum kit. Lately, while touring with musician Marc Berger, his passion for photography art took a turn of no return. He has been featured by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals for his photo ‘Toast’.  In this arts and culture segment, Christine Lantz brings us the story behind the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AebzK2aW_g0

Emmanuel Sikora & Friends

Emmanuel Sikora is a native and current resident of Cortland, New York. He attended Queens College (CUNY) between 2009/12, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music. In the summer of 2012 he went to Berlin for six weeks to study composition with Samuel Adler. That fall he began his graduate work at Binghamton University, earning a Masters in Music Composition with a Certificate in College Teaching in the summer of 2014. http://youtu.be/s_3Spqk88tk

He is currently the organist at Saint Mary of the Assumption in Binghamton.

Sim Redmond Band

Since their inception The Sim Redmond Band has been steadily forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. With 6 tours of Japan under their belt, they are a unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music. http://youtu.be/-Fb4emIOrN4

The Blind Spots

This all original, female-fronted, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca, NY is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region. The Blind Spots performed live on WSKG’s Expressions on November 6th, 2014.  

July is Grassroots!

The Grassroots Festival is Upsate NY premier music festival which every year draws thousands of people from all over, who come to the small historical town of Trummansburg, a few miles north of Ithaca, to enjoy some of the best musical acts in the country. Grassroots is held in July and over a four-day-period, national and local acts line up to bring back-to-back music in a carefree, love-for-all unique atmosphere and surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. Some of the genres represented among the musicians include: folk and Americana, bluegrasss, singer song writer, among other earthy tones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrpVN6Vipk

WSKG’s crew went behind the scenes in 2014 and showed us a glimpse of USA today’s top 10 outdoor music festival in the country.

Twilight Zone @ 50

The WSKG program OFF THE PAGE is designed specifically as “a forum for writers from our region”.  Since its inception in January, 2000 it has presented hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, essayists… (the list goes on and even includes farmers and a playground designer who wrote books).  With very few exceptions (mostly authors of books with special regional interest) they are people living and writing within the WSKG coverage area. For the first time OFF THE PAGE presents a program devoted to an author who is no longer with us. If, as Walt Whitman said, the proof of a poet is that his people absorb him as affectionately as he has them, we can apply that idea to playwright Rod Serling.  He belongs to Binghamton as much as the city was a part of him.  Even at his most fanciful or bizarre, in works destined to a mass audience, there are signs that Rod Serling never left home. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-863354.mp3
“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine.

Norwich 'Idol' Kaitlyn Jackson

WSKG goes into the home of local singer songwriter Kaitlyn Jackson in Norwich, NY, from where she shares her experience in the cultural phenomenon and TV show “American Idol”, season 13.  Kaitlyn was only 15-years-old when she won a “dream ticket” to Hollywood, Disney World’s American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios.  She describes the moment as an experience she would not trade for the world. Kaitlyn has opened for major country artists such as Kristian Bush, Cole Swindell, Daryle Singletary, Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Ty Herndon, Josh Gracin, Bryan White, Andy Griggs, Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, & Trent Willmon. Kaitlyn has also opened for Pop artists such as Melinda Doolittle and The Veronicas.

Six Mile Creek

Six Mile Creek  is one of the Ithaca’s closest vineyards, which makes it an excellent first stop on your way to the Finger Lakes region.  Its friendly staff and summer concert series are the perfect excuse to enjoy their vistas filled with pictures ponds and vines.  Bill Snyder spoke with owner Roger Battistella who insists that his venture was formed by chance, but not the wine.  

Pleasant Valley Wine Co.

The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, also known as the Great Western Winery, is located near the village of Hammondsport, New York.  Established in 1860, It is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region. The winery proudly displays the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TloWOmVyEik

Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards is one of the Finger Lakes Region’s estate wineries, which means that they grow all of their grapes used to produce their wine. They are also the home of Wagner Brewery where they produce several craft beers on site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6pGV9_15e8

Broome County's Pipe Organ

The Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY houses a musical treasures which over the years has become a symbol of pride for its community: a 1926 Robert-Morton pipe organ.  The pipe organ is commonly used in churches, but some of the instrument’s most memorable sounds and beautiful music accompanied fims during the silent movie era.  The segment celebrates the history of this 80-year-old local treasure, from silent films back in the 20’s to complete abandonment and almost its destruction in a chicken coop, to the restoration and renewed vibrancy and life in Broome County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vqz5BJ_gk8

 

Bellwether Hard Cider

Bellwether Hard Cider is owned and operated by Cheryl and Bill Barton. Inspired by travels through the cider regions of France and after years of research as home cider makers, they started their business with the simple goal of making fine artisanal ciders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKNrb6DxHY4

Hunt Country Vineyards

Along with producing award-winning wines,  Hunt Country Vineyards owners, Arthur and Joyce Hunt and plan and manage their farming practices with the goal of sustaining and improving the land for the future, a great place to visit while in Keuka Lake.  One of the wines is named after their late dog Gus, a friendly Bernese Mountain Dog, who is also the inspiration behind the vineyard’s annual Dog Walk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3NkKwrNo-k

Bully Hill Vineyards

Bully Hill Vineyards is a winery located in Hammondsport, NY which offer access to stunning views of Keuka Lake. The winery’s controversial history never stopped them from making what they dub as wine for the common men, for over 100 years. In addition the winery is considered as a champion in sustainability and sound environmental practices in the region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0P8n0GcsdE

From a Turkey Farm to Glimmerglass

Just north of the busy streets of Cooperstown stands the world-class opera house Glimmerglass Festival.  Behind Glimmerglass curtains unfolds the extraordinary story of a committed community of musicians, artists, educators and performers, whose efforts helped transform a turkey farm into one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world.  The opera presents an annual season along the banks of the magnificent Otsego Lake, which contributes to an unforgettable experience, not only brought by the music emanating from its concert hall, but also by the breathtaking beauty of its surroundings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCNNKlbRlA
In this segment of Arts and Culture Shorts, WSKG’s Tina Reinhard interviews Glimmerglass Artistic Director Francesca Zambello who explains the reasons behind its diversity in programming.

Damiani Wine Cellars

Great wines are a reflection of the landscape in which the grapes are grown.  Damiani Cellar on Seneca Lake, not only committed to making wines that reflect the richness of their terroir, but they also pride themselves for providing a space where local artists showcase their work, and visitors enjoy the views while sipping on a light ruby color. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-UV86gS1TE

Sayre Theater 100th Birthday!

In 1988, The Bradford County Regional Arts Council began the task of renovating of Bradford County historic Kingstone, The Rialto and The Sayre Theater. In 2014, The Sayre Theater celebrated its 100th birthday by holding an old-fashioned picnic which was filled with colorful charaters from the area, such as artists and performers and people who joint in to have a good time with family and friends.  Initially set as a movie theater, the Sayre was owed and operated by Bob Noon.  In the three-minute segment, WSKG’s producer Christine Lantz brings the story of Bob’s son, Mike Noon, who reflects on the golden years of the area, as well as shares some of his memories of growing up right next to the theater. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUD-IyHy4Kw

 

Montezuma Winery

Montezuma is a family run winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Seneca, upstate NY.  It’s offerings combine over 30 different types of wine, including their exotic bee vodka. The also offer other tasty treats such as a homemade fudge, made by the matriarch of the Martin family, Ginny Martin herself.  Co-Owner Bill Martin reveals some of his behind-the-scene bee vodka-making techniques to obtain the highest-quality premium vodka available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut3F7zLcE_U

No bees were harmed in the creation of this program.

Victoria Young

At a young age, Victoria Frances Young has already performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall in New York City. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top. Victoria made her orchestral debut at age six with the Nevada Chamber Symphony and made her international solo debut at ten in Dominican Republic. In January 2013 she won the grand prize in the 40th Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artists Competition. In March, Victoria won the Special Jury Prize in the 8th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany—competing with pianists up to 36 years old.

Painter Brian Keeler

Brian Keeler was born in 1953 and he began his art study early in life as his father was a painter as well. More through osmosis than direct teaching he was inspired to paint and encouraged by his father’s example. He continued to have an interest in drawing and painting throughout his youth, which led him to study first at Keystone College near Scranton,PA and then at the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. While in York he studied realistic painting under the auspices of Tom Wise, Ted Fitzkee, Virgil Sova, William Faulkler and others. He has since studied with several other accomplished realist painters including Dan Greene, Everett Kinstler, Jack Beal and Nelson Shanks.

Hazlitt 1852

Over 160 years ago in 1852, David Hazlitt bought 153 acres of fruit trees and vineyards in Hector, NY. Watch as our host Bill Snyder meets with Winemaker Michael Reidy and 7th generation family member Sarah Hazlitt to talk about Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAXGvRdppUg

Syndicated Cartoonist Mason Mastroianni

Endicott, NY native Syndicated Cartoonist, Mason Mastroianni acquired a passion for drawing at an early age. He passed the time drawing when he was young. His grandfather, Johnny Hart was an award winning cartoonist noted for creating the comic strip, B. C. and co-creating The Wizard of Id comic strip. More importantly he was Mason’s role model. He and Mason had an ability to understand each other.

Sculptor Momoko Takeshita Keane

Momoko Takeshita Keane was raised in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Japan, and grew up surrounded by the many traditional crafts of that city. One day, when she was young, she found a piece of old roof tile lying on the ground. For what reason she doesn’t know, but it was fascinating to her. Since then she has been interested in clay as a material — its ability to be shaped and fired.

Grammy Award-Winning Audio Engineer Robert Hunter

Former drummer in the rock band Raven, Robert Hunter now travels the world mixing audio for world renouned musician Branford Marsalas. Rob “Wacko” Hunter has toured with some of the worlds biggest rock bands, and has seen the world audio engineering in some of the world largest venues.