Diversity & Inclusion

GOAL
WSKG’s diversity goal, including its hiring goal, is to cultivate and preserve a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization, from its employees, Boards, and volunteers to its programming and community outreach initiatives. To achieve that goal, WSKG will annually comply with the initiatives outlined in the following statement.  
STATEMENT
WSKG Public Telecommunications Council (WSKG) values diversity and recognizes it as essential to any collaboration achieving its full potential.  WSKG is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization, from its employees, Boards, and volunteers to its programming and community outreach initiatives.  WSKG defines diversity as varied individual and collective perspectives, often resulting from differences in, but not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical abilities, gender identity and expression, and socioeconomic status.

America’s Test Kitchen: Turkey Thigh Confit with Citrus Mustard Sauce (Ep 2201)

Turkey Thigh Confit with Citrus Mustard Sauce

SERVES 6 TO 8

TIME 5½ HOURS, PLUS 4 DAYS SALTING

WHY THIS WORKS: For silky, supple, evenly seasoned, full-flavored turkey confit, we started by processing onion, salt, pepper, sugar, and thyme in a food processor. Next, we coated the turkey thighs in this paste and let them cure for at least four days. As the thighs sat, the salt, sugar, and some water-soluble com- pounds in the aromatics gave the turkey a deeply savory flavor. We rinsed away the cure and oven-poached the thighs in duck fat until they were tender. The thighs could then be refrigerated for up to six days or immediately browned and served with our bright and tangy citrus-mustard sauce.

WSKG Audience Survey

WSKG wants to hear from you! It’s important that WSKG continually works to improve it’s service to the community. As a valued viewer and listener of WSKG, we’re asking for your input to help us better serve you. We’d like you to take part in a survey we’re conducting on ways you engage with WSKG and the types of programming you are most interested in. All responses are strictly confidential.

Schools are loosening their COVID-19 restrictions. What does that mean for your school?

Schools have been the setting for some of the most important news stories during the pandemic. We can’t tell those stories without help from the students, teachers and families who are directly affected. If you’d like to be a part of our reporting effort, fill out our short survey below. You can also access the survey here.  You can respond anonymously or include your contact information and one of our reporters may reach out to you. You can also leave us a voicemail message (or record and send a voice memo) at 607-444-2180.

WSKG Classical: March Mania

Join WSKG Midday Classics with host Bill Snyder all month long for March Mania. Explore the variety of ways marches have contributed to music throughout the world. March Mania: March 1-4

3/1: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toccata Marziale

St. David is the patron saint of Wales and this is St. David’s Day AND the first day of March Mania.

Printable program guides for Radio & TV May 2022

Click the titles below to open and print the PDF guides of radio & TV program schedules, formatted for better printing than our clickable online schedules. May 2022 WSKG HD Expanded Guide

May 2022 PBS Kids Expanded Guide

May 2022 WSKG Create Expanded Guide

May 2022 WSKG World Expanded Guide

May 2022 WSKG Daytime Guide

May 2022 WSKG Weekend Guide

May 2022 PBS Kids Daytime Guide

May 2022 WSKG HD Condensed Guide

May 2022 PBS Kids Condensed Guide

May 2022 WSKG Create Condensed Guide

May 2022 WSKG World Condensed Guide

May 2022 WSKG/WSQX Radio Guide

Black History Month 2022

 

 

WSKG celebrates the achievements of African Americans all year, but since official recognition by the U.S. Government in 1976, there’s been a special focus each February. In 1976, President Gerald Ford encouraged all Americans to  “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Here are some of WSKG’s special programs for Black History Month:
WSKG TV
Muhammad Ali
MUHAMMAD ALI – Round Two: What’s My Name? (1964-1970)

Friday, Feb 4 – 9:00 p.m. 

Cassius Clay publicly joins the Nation of Islam and takes the name Muhammad Ali. When he refuses induction into the Army, he is stripped of his title and forced into exile. After three years, he returns to the ring, but he’s lost a step.

FCC Applications

FCC APPLICATIONS
Updated 1/27/2022

For W221CW:
On January 24, 2022, WSKG Public Telecommunications Council, licensee of W221CW, 92.1, Ithaca, New York, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a renewal of license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit:

https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html?displayType=html&appKey=25076f917d974636017da4c24b611285&id=25076f917d974636017da4c24b611285&goBack=N

For W213BW:
On January 24, 2022, WSKG Public Telecommunications Council, licensee of W213BW, 90.5, Watkins Glen, New York, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a renewal of license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit:

https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html?displayType=html&appKey=25076f917d974636017da4c24b611285&id=25076f917d974636017da4c24b611285&goBack=N

For W214AA and W290CI:
On January 24, 2022, WSKG Public Telecommunications Council, licensee of W214AA, 90.7, Corning, New York and W290CI, 105.9, Cooperstown, New York, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a renewal of license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit:

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Diving into myth with poet Jennifer Crow

Off The Page from WSKG · Off the Page – Jennifer Crow

Jennifer Crow has been writing poetry since she was a little girl. Her poems explore the edges of time and space, and of myth and lore. Her poetry has appeared in many print and electronic places over the past quarter of a century, including Analog Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, Kaleidotrope and more. Her 2020 poem “Still” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She talks with host Crystal Sarakas about writing and pushing the edges of comfort in her poetry.

A story of addiction, recovery and songwriting in Mary Gauthier’s “Saved By A Song”

Off The Page from WSKG · Off the Page – Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to.

Jurassic Park meets Dungeons and Dragons in Carrie Vaughn’s Questland

When an eccentric billionaire loses control of his island resort-slash-theme park, literature professor Addie Cox is an unlikely choice to help fix the situation. But it’s no ordinary theme park: this is pure wizardry come to life, with unicorns, talking rabbits – and murder. The book is called Questland, a mad mashup of Jurassic Park and Dungeons and Dragons. Bestselling author Carrie Vaughn nerds out with host Crystal Sarakas about all things geek on the latest episode of Off the Page.

Off The Page

A fan-favorite returns to WSKG Public Media! Hosted by award-winning producer Crystal Sarakas, “Off the Page” features conversations with writers from across the region and around the globe. Available as a podcast on iTunes, Alexa, Google, and on the WSKG and NPR One apps. On Alexa, request to play “WSKG’s Off The Page” and on Google say, “Hey Google, ask WSKG Radio to play Off The Page.”  

The Devil’s Fire

The Latest From WSKG TV Productions

Tuesday, July 22, 1913 was shaping up to be another in a long string of uncomfortably hot daysin Binghamton, New York. By eleven o’clock that morning, the thermometer mounted on thelawn of the city’s courthouse already read 91 degrees. Even the steady breeze that blew acrossthe Chenango River couldn’t help cool the shop floors of the Binghamton Clothing Companywhich overlooked the river on Wall Street. Nearly every window of the building’s four stories was opened wide to help relieve the factory’s 122 workers from the sweltering summer heat. Many of the young sewers and seamstresses working on the fourth floor, some as young as 16, had opted to shed their heavy dresses, working in knee high bloomers and aprons.

WSKG Archive: 2011 On-Air Flood Relief Telethon

In the wake of the September floods in our region, WSKG organized a Flood Relief Telethon with commercial radio and television stations resulting in a monumental effort. Together, our community helped raise over $250,000 in a single day. We are grateful to everyone who helped during this tragedy.

Chasing the Dream Series Finale, Season 3, Ep. 8

We revisit some of the organizations that were featured in the series. We also speak to Amanda McIntyre, Executive Director of the Klee Foundation, about the inspiration for Chasing the Dream, and how by telling the stories of people in our community, Chasing the Dream can help foster understanding and compassion towards our neighbors here in the Southern Tier.

Chasing the Dream, Season 3, Ep. 7

This episode of Chasing the Dream takes a look at suicide, and the effect it has on family members and loved ones. Karen Heisig, with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Deborah Duffek, a suicide prevention advocate, share their experience with losing someone to suicide, and how it moved them to work with others facing similar tragedies. Resources for this episode:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Grief Support for Suicide Loss Survivors

National Institute of Mental Health

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

 

Despite Border Closure, Thousand Islands’ Tourism Persists

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – When Corey Fram looks out of his window at work he sees both the American and Canadian flags flying high. “It’s on my property in the United States, but we carry two flags here, a lot of places and that means something to us,” said Fram, the director of the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council. The US-Canadian border remains closed until June 21, when it will be readdressed. Fram said the lack of communication between the two countries throughout the pandemic has really hurt border towns within the Thousand Islands. “There just seems to be no international discussion between the United States on what easing these border restrictions are going to look like,” he said.

Chasing the Dream, Season 3, Ep 6

 

Chasing the Dream: Veterans. We visit the Stand With Me Service Dog Team Training Program to see how some veterans are coping with life after being in the service by training their own service dogs. We Speak with Cara Tilton, Vice President of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, about the needs of local veterans, and the services available to them. We also visit a veteran living in Bath, NY. Resources from this episode:

Binghamton Veterans Center

Stand With Me

Clear Path for Veterans

US Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Chasing the Dream: Season 3: Ep 5

 

Chasing the Dream: Food Pantries and Food Banks.  This week on Chasing the Dream, we take a look at the work that the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is doing in our region, how food pantries are an integral part of a complex system to make sure that no family goes without food, and how COVID-19 has impacted those in need as well as the organizations working hard to help them. We also speak with Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State, about the challenges of food distribution on a state-wide scale. Resources from this episode:

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Feeding New York State

Nourish New York

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New York State Urged To Lower Lead Levels In Schools

“We know that in particular young children are at risk of neurological and behavioral health consequences associated with developing bodies and that is something that lasts forever.”

Women in STEM

Each day, women are making strides across fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Historically, these Women in STEM have gone unrecognized, preventing young women from having access to role models who look like them. To change that, we have to start creating that representation. https://youtu.be/DqHO97LkVHU

Young women should be able to see someone who looks like them succeeding in the professional world. This creates STEM identity, which is the power of representation and sense of belonging creating purpose and sense of worth in associated fields.  This can benefit future generations as more people feel comfortable to explore their interests.  The Women in STEM project aims to demonstrate that there is no one “face of STEM”, it is ambiguous.

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 4

Farming now and Beyond: This episode of Chasing the Dream takes a look at the modern farmer, the struggles that they face every day, and the organizations that are offering them support. Host Natasha Thompson interviews Kate Downes, Outreach Director of the New York FarmNet organization, and a look at a regenerative farm in upstate New York. Resources from this episode include:

NY Farm Net

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

NYS Department of Agricultural Markets

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

Cornell Cooperative Extention

For a complete list of resources CLICK HERE

‘Portraits and Dreams’ Photography Challenge

Building on themes from the POV documentary Portraits and Dreams, community members told their story – or that of our region ~ through photography. Original photography was submitted to WSKG in the following themed categories of ‘Portraits’, ‘Dreams’, or ‘Community’. Here’s a look at submissions depicting life in rural/suburban New York and Pennsylvania. Thank you to all participants. Community Member Photography
BEST OVERALL
Home 1 | Genevieve Pedulla

COMMUNITY
Top Honor | Jonathan’s Tricks | Darlene Gold
Honorable Mention | Millie 4CLS | Jaclyn Praskavich 

DREAMS
Top Honor | Working Toward the Dream | C. Bangel
Honorable Mention | March Sadness | C. Bangel

PORTRAIT
Top Honor | Snow Portrait | Gregory Milunich
Honorable Mention | Hercules | Jane Walker 

Student Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 
Gabrielle Backman, Chenango Forks High School

“I chose this image because just the overall aura drew me to it.

Join or Renew

Contribute to WSKG: Join or Renew Your Membership! WSKG relies on membership support to produce and broadcast extraordinary programs of excellence and distinction. Your support also helps us provide a variety of services which helps to improve the school readiness of young children. Nearly 55 percent of our operating budget comes from listeners and viewers like you and we are very grateful for your support! Join or renew your membership online now!

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 3

We visit the Health Meets Food program in Elmira, NY which pairs medical students with community members to learn how to cook healthy meals. We also have an in-studio conversation with Cynthia Cave-Gaetani about the social determinants of health in our community. Rachel Mischler, a registered dietitian for Lourdes, talks about her work with patients and the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. In our Dream Interview segment, Robin from the Speakers Bureau in Bath, NY shares her experience with ongoing health problems, and how nutrition made a difference in the quality of her life. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Health Meets Food Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Healthy People 2020

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

South Central NY Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

For a complete list of resources CLICK HERE

Chasing the Dream Lunch & Learn

Chasing the Dream: Social Determinants of Health
Lunch & Learn
Thursday, November 12 at 12:00pm
Grab your lunch and join WSKG for a discussion on social determinants of health. We will screen a brand new episode of Chasing the Dream followed by a panel discussion with local experts. This will all take place virtually online! CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: The Arts in Our Community
We take a look into Community Arts of Elmira and their public art initiative, Elmira Infinite Canvas. Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes comes to the studio for a conversation about how the arts impact our local economy and we hear from a local artist chasing her dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Community Arts of Elmira
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Americans for the Arts
Broome County Arts Council
Community Arts Partnership

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE. Local artists highlighted:

Filomena Jack
Kristen Nicole Mann

Unemployment Dips Below 10% For Most Metro Areas In NY

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor. New York City still topped the list among the state’s metro areas, with an unemployment rate of 16.3% last month, but that’s a drop of nearly four points compared to the city’s numbers in July. When the state Department of Labor released the state’s unemployment rates for July last month, only one metro area had reported an unemployment rate less than 10%. That was Ithaca, where it was 9.9% at the time. But, in August, things changed.

Chasing the Dream, Season 3: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: Education in the Age of COVID-19
In the premiere episode of Season 3 of Chasing the Dream, we look into local school districts’ response to the COVID-19 crisis and the unique challenges faced by rural schools. Host Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Dr. Patricia Follette, Superintendent of the Whitney Point Central School District. Interviews with students responding to the crisis are also featured as well technology and engineering teachers from Union-Endicott Central School District that stepped up to help their community. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS)
Food Bank of the Southern Tier Community Food Distributions

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Camp at Home!

Who says you can’t create a fun camp-like atmosphere in your home? PBS KIDS has great examples of camp-models that have a TON of activities that will last you at least a week! From reading to math to science to engineering, these camps will be a great addition to your at-home-learning model. (P.S. You don’t have to use them as a full schedule, you CAN pick and choose activities that work for you and your family!)

1. Super WHY! Reading Camp

Each day at Reading Camp, children transform into one of the SUPER WHY characters and take part in reading-based, branded SUPER WHY crafts, games, and songs that practice the targeted early literacy skill of the day: Monday = letter identification, Tuesday = rhyming with word families, Wednesday = letter sounds and spelling, and Thursday = vocabulary and comprehension, Friday = celebrating the accomplishments of the week.

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Jamie’s Ultimate Veg – Roast New Potato & Pickle Salad

Roast New Potato & Pickle Salad

Zingy lemon, mustard, loadsa herbs &crumbled feta
By Jamie Oliver
Serves: 6
Total time: 1 hour

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1.2kg new potatoes
olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 cucumber
100g radishes, ideally with leaves
1/2 a red onion
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 a bunch of fresh dill (15g)
1/2 a bunch of fresh mint (15g)
40g feta cheese

TO PREPARE

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 20 minutes, then drain and steam dry. Tip into a large roasting tray and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil, then add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Bash and add the unpeeled garlic cloves to the tray, then roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, finely grate the lemon zest and pick and finely chop the rosemary.

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Ayana Del Valle, Jessica Pullis, & Naima Kradjian Combo

Ayana Del Valle, Jessica Pullis, & Naima Kradjian Combo
During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents participated in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! WSKG will be sharing this crowd-sourced content via social media, web, and television. Together, let’s share a positive message with our neighbors and place a spotlight on the arts in Broome County! This project is supported by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc. 

Tony Villecco & Kathy Starks Compilation


Tony Villecco & Kathy Starks Compilation
During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents participated in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! WSKG will be sharing this crowd-sourced content via social media, web, and television. Together, let’s share a positive message with our neighbors and place a spotlight on the arts in Broome County! This project is supported by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc. 

Broome County: Join the WSKG Artists’ Neighborhood

**The deadline for this project has passed. Thank you to everyone that participated!**

During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents are invited to participate in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! 

We’re looking for musicians (vocalists, instrumentalists, music groups, etc.) to share their best rendition of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’. Make a video of yourself and share with WSKG. Please use this video for inspiration (and for tempo/key). We should not be able to see or hear the “inspiration” video in your submission, nor any other copyrighted work.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to education-ready, digital resources. PBS LearningMedia has hundreds of thousands of resources to support PreK-12th grade classrooms and students. Resources include videos, audio, photos, images, lesson plans, handouts, primary & secondary documents, self-paced lesson modules, and more. PreK-12th grade focus
Search and filter by: grade level, content type, topic… Save and share with ease.

PBS KIDS

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

Since schools have closed in our area due to the coronavirus, here are some things you can do with your kids while they are learning at home:

1. Download a new PBS KIDS app! Did you know that there are bunches of learning apps for young kids available from PBS KIDS? Find the whole list here: pbskids.org/apps. No need to download them ALL, choose one or two and save the rest for when you need some new ones.

Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade

Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history. Finding Your Roots – Slave Trade airs Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm on WSKG-HD.

Local Teacher Shares ‘Journey Home’ Game

As part of a Spring 2018 Binghamton University Elementary Education Curriculum Development course, Dr. Jenny Gordon assigned graduate students to craft a board game for use in a classroom. Then-student Alisha Jermayne Merrill created ‘Journey Home’, an immersive Social Studies game for grades 3-5 that focuses on Native American cultures. Ms. Merrill drew from her own experiences and culture to develop this game. She is now teaching with the Johnson City School District in Johnson City, NY. Check out our interview with Ms. Merrill here.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Equitable Food Systems
On this final episode of the second season of Chasing the Dream, we look into equitable food systems and the work of Soul Fire Farm near Albany, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Elizabeth Gabriel and Alexas Esposito from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Soul Fire Farm
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments)

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Incarceration & Reentry
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into issues surrounding incarceration and the work of reentry programs such as the Walk With Me Program through the Family Enrichment Network. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Bobby Black, Co-Founder of JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier). The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Walk With Me Program
JUST (Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier)
Broome-Tioga NAACP
Broome County Urban League

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

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Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Speakers Bureau. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Alicia Swords, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College, about her work with the Speakers Bureau and the Poor People’s Campaign. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau
Catholic Charities of Steuben – Turning Point
Poor People’s Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Addiction & Recovery
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the work of Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation with Angela Sullivan, Executive Director of the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc.
Alternatives to Violence Project – USA
Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Fairview Recovery Services

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

President Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 5.

Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry after months of expressing caution. Here are all the members who have come out on the record in support of the move.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: A Grocery Store for Binghamton’s North Side
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the history and development of a grocery store on Binghamton’s North Side and its impact on local residents. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Diane Brown, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, concerning her organization’s role in this project and the greater community. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Community Foundation for South Central New York
Broome County Council of Churches – CHOW®
United Way of Broome County, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, Lee Barta Community Center

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Community Collaboration & Wellness
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we look into the Groton HARVEST community wellness project spearheaded by the Groton Area School District and Groton Public Library. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, has a conversation surrounding the work being done by public libraries with Pauline Emery, Director of the Southeast Steuben County Library. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Groton Public Library
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Southeast Steuben County Library

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
On this episode of Chasing the Dream, we explore the effects of childhood trauma and highlight the Be the One campaign in Tompkins County. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses trauma informed care and resilience work being done in our communities with Laura Rossman, CEO of ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties, Inc. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
KPJR Films
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Be the One Campaign

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Donate now & be entered to win a trip to Chicago to see “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me”

It’s Fall Fundraiser time for WSKG Radio. And when you support WSKG Radio with a contribution you’ll be automatically entered to win the Grand Prize: A Trip for two to Chicago to see a live taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Trip includes:

round-trip airfare for two from Corning, NY to Chicago, IL
three nights’ hotel stay
two tickets to see Peter Sagal and the gang laugh their way through the news at a taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me

Donate now

Approximate retail value $1,500.00. Travel must be completed by 12/31/2020.

Chasing the Dream, Season 2: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: War on Poverty Legacy
On this first episode of season two of Chasing the Dream, we explore the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, talks with Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Head Start Center Locator
New York State Annual Poverty Report – New York State Community Action Association
2020 United States Census
Southern Tier Second Chance Housing

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Ortt Bill Would Waive Fee Imposed Under Cuomo New License Plate Plan

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – State Senator Robert Ortt believes if New York State wants to roll out a newly-designed license plate, motorists shouldn’t be forced to pay to replace their current plates. On Friday, he introduced legislation that would waive that fee, while also questioning the inclusion of one particular proposed design. Under Ortt’s proposal, the $25 fee would be waived, though fees to replace damaged or lost plates would still apply. As the North Tonawanda Republican sees it, the Cuomo plan to replace older plates, with new ones featuring a new design, is not justified. “This is nothing more than a cash grab by New York State and motorists feel the same way,” said Ortt.

Main Street Rising

“Main Street Rising” premieres Monday, June 3, 8pm on WSKG TV

Brian Frey’s newest documentary, Main Street Rising, chronicles the history, successes, and struggles of several Southern Tier communities, including Corning, Elmira, Watkins Glen, and Owego, and how they are now approaching the revitalization of their downtowns. The program will debut on WSKG TV Monday, June 3, 8:00pm.  

Listen to Bill Snyder’s interview of filmmaker Brian Frey.  

Supporters Sue To Open Safe Injection Site In Philadelphia, Citing Religious Freedom

A nonprofit group in Philadelphia is fighting in court to be allowed to open the first facility in the country for people to use illegal opioids under medical supervision. The group, called Safehouse, has the backing of local government, yet faces a legal challenge from federal prosecutors. The idea of supervised injection sites is to offer people a space where they can use drugs under the supervision of trained medical staff, who are prepared with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Such sites supply clean needles and other supplies, but users bring their own drugs. After people are finished taking drugs, staff can talk to them about accessing treatment, legal counseling, housing and other social services.

‘How to Win at Business’ Student Radio Drama

What would happen if we combined the creative writing of students and teachers with the audio technology of today? Something awesome, we think! And it did. A group of local students entered WSKG’s An Ear for Drama Contest. Their winning script ‘How to Win at Business’ follows the rivalry between two store owners as they try to best each other in business. Oz Tay, Torin Knapp, and Riley Knapp are the students who wrote the script.

Receiving WSKG TV by antenna

As many viewers are “cutting the cord” and returning to receiving TV stations by antenna, we’re hearing from more viewers who want to receive WSKG’s over-the-air signal. WSKG broadcasts on digital channel 46.1 in Binghamton and 30.1 in Corning, both of which carry three sub-channels (see below). There are several benefits to watching this way:

Picture quality is often better than cable or satellite, as those signals are digitally compressed more than the over-the-air signal… i.e. there’s more digital information in the broadcast signal
WSKG and other stations supply built-in program guides within broadcast signals that many digital TVs can receive and display
WSKG broadcasts a total of four TV channels locally: WSKG HD (our main channel), PBS Kids (making learning fun 24/7), Create (cooking, painting, travel, etc) and World (documentaries, news, etc)

ANTENNA PLACEMENT
Antenna position is critical as it affects signal strength. The location of your antenna may affect one channel more than other channels as TV towers are not necessarily located next to each other.

Hear Here! | Compassion Harp

Sometimes music helps people communicate when they can’t use words. Jayne Demakos of Compassion Harp is a therapeutic harpist. Every weekend, she visits a nursing home to play for the people facing both physical or emotional challenges. 

In this segment, we tag along on one of her visits.

Audio Collage Of WSKG’s Long Form Pieces For Our Congressional Coverage

As part of our election coverage, WSKG put together three hour-long shows; one for each of the Congressional districts in our listening area (here is the original post). This audio collage includes segments from two of those shows. It also includes a segment from a debate we did for the 22nd Congressional district between incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney and Democratic challenger, Anthony Brindisi. The debate was done in partnership with community and educational organizations, produced for live broadcast on radio, TV and online (CSPAN website); broadcast live on neighboring public media, nationally on CSPAN, and during watch parties at local college and university (here is a link to that debate). Here is a log of the collage:

0:00 Segment of hour-long radio show made up of long-form interviews with Rep. Claudia Tenney and her challenger Anthony Brindisi.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 8

Chasing the Dream: Youth Programming
On this final episode of season one of Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of the Southside Community Center and CUMEP (Community Unity Music Education Program) in Ithaca, NY. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the importance of youth programming in our region with Emily Bowler of the Addison Youth Center. The episode concludes with a story from a community member imagining their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Southside Community Center
Addison Youth Center
Chemung County Youth Bureau
New York State Network for Youth Success
Broome County Urban League
Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 7

Chasing the Dream: Struggles on College Campuses
This week on Chasing the Dream, we explore the mission of Anabel’s Grocery at Cornell University. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues currently facing college students with Deborah Mohlenhoff of Tompkins Cortland Community College. The episode concludes with a story from a college student chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Anabel’s Grocery
Tompkins Cortland Community College Food Pantry

170 North St, Dryden, NY – Main Building – Room 114

Food for Thought SUNY Broome
National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness
Wisconsin Hope Lab

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 6

Chasing the Dream: Jobs & Opportunity
This week on Chasing the Dream, we take a look at the Perfectly Suited program at the YWCA Binghamton. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding job training and employment opportunities in our region with Carole Coppens of the YWCA Binghamton. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

YWCA Binghamton
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York
Broome County Urban League
Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York
Delaware, Chenango, Madison, Otsego (DMCO) BOCES
Bradford County Action, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 5

Chasing the Dream: Transportation
This week on Chasing the Dream, we hear from the founder of S&P Mobility and his inspiration for starting this business. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding transportation with Jack Salo of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with stories from local community members chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

GetThere Call Center
511NY – Traffic, Travel, and Transit Information
Deposit Foundation, Inc.
Schuyler County Transit
The Institute for Human Services
Tompkins County FISH: Friends in Service Helping

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 4

Chasing the Dream: Food Insecurity
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments) and their collaboration with CHOW® (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse of Broome County Council of Churches) is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses hunger and food systems in our region with Erin Summerlee of the Food and Health Network of South Central New York. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

VINES
CHOW®
Food and Health Network of South Central New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

New York’s Opioid Crisis

WSKG Public Media joins with the public broadcasters of New York State in focusing attention on the opioid epidemic, with special programming the week of October 15 – 19 and beyond. Resources
Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website. The special programing aired during Opioid Week on WSQX radio and WSKG TV is made possible by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. WSQX Radio
Monday, October 15 @ 11:00am on WSQX – The Pulse: Crisis Mode, PRX, WHYY As drug overdose deaths continue to soar, cities hit hard by the opioid crisis are considering a controversial new proposal: safe injection sites. Tuesday, October 16 @ 11:00am on WSQX – Take Care #3, PRX, WRVO
The theme of this episode is the national opioid epidemic and what doctors and organizations are doing to combat it.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 3

Chasing the Dream: Childcare & Support for Parents
This week on Chasing the Dream, the work and stories of Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses issues surrounding childcare in our region with Jennifer Perney of Family Enrichment Network. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Mothers Helping Mothers of Elmira
Family Enrichment Network
Economic Opportunity Program, Inc.
Mothers & Babies
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Thank you! Drive went over goal

The Fall Membership Campaign is history! Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Together, we raised over $155,000, and will send more than 10,000 meals to neighbors in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The lucky winners of the Hamilton tickets were Sondra and David Pruden of Endwell. Congratulations!

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 2

Chasing the Dream: Housing & Dignity
On this second episode of Chasing the Dream, the work of Second Wind Cottages in Newfield, NY is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of faith in philanthropy with Sister Mary of Tioga County Rural Ministry. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

Second Wind Cottages
Tioga County Rural Ministry
Binghamton Rescue Mission
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Arbor Housing and Development
The Impact Project

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Chasing the Dream, Season 1: Ep 1

Chasing the Dream: An Introduction
On this first episode of Chasing the Dream, an overview and history of poverty in our area is explored. Natasha Thompson, host of the series and President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, discusses the role of philanthropy with Judith Peckham, Executive Director of the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation. The episode concludes with a story from a local community member chasing their own version of the American Dream. Resources highlighted in this episode include:

The United Way of Broome County
The Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
Proaction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.

For a list of additional resources, please CLICK HERE.

Bradford County Residents Cope With The Flood

Folks in Bradford County, Pennsylvania are trying to clean up and rebuild after the recent flooding. WSKG headed there to see how the community is coping and moving forward. Festival, despite the damage

At the River Fest Carnival in Towanda, Pennsylvania, toddlers ride in small firetrucks on one of those carnival rides on a trailer hitch. Nearby is the man who drives the real truck, Fire Chief Bill Roof. A 50-year veteran of the department, he’s wearing a camouflage bucket hat and has three gold hoops in one ear.

Floodwaters Trap 50 People In Their Homes In Seneca County

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – About a quarter of a mile of roads blocked by fallen trees, stumps and other heavy debris trapped about 50 people in their homes in the town of Lodi in Seneca County. Trucks from the local fire department vehicles got stuck by stumps, trees and debris in the road. Check out the water on Lower Lake Road in Lodi sent by @volkveronica. pic.twitter.com/isht7lkZaj
— WXXI News (@WXXINews) 14 août 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lodi Tuesday morning to check out the damage and rescue efforts. He says heavy equipment will be used to clear the road and free the fire department vehicles. Then, a high axle vehicle capable of moving through the several feet of water will go in.

Agencies Across Central New York Split Over $13 Million To Fight Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor. Wayne O’Connor, of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Syracuse, said the extra cash will help expand his organization that focuses on workforce development, starting in the middle school years. “It will enable us to hire five youth advocates, and some support for those advocates,” said O’Connor. “Every time we add more students, we grow the culture, we grow the program, so it’s significant.”

Hilliside is one of almost two dozen organizations in five counties, awarded a piece of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion decided to split over $13 million between agencies that had successful programs dealing with poverty, as well as some newer ones.

Report: Rural Poverty in America is ‘An Emergency’

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school. Out of 175 nations, the U.S. ranks 36th – far behind Singapore, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which round out the top five — and just behind Bahrain and Belarus in the reportproduced by the advocacy group Save the Children. “We are just above Russia, Kuwait and Bosnia,” says president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “So I wouldn’t say that the United States is doing terribly well as far as childhoods.”

The report looks at so-called childhood enders or “events that rob children of their childhood and prevent them from reaching their full potential,” including things like displacement due to war, gender bias, child labor and child mortality. There are three childhood disruptors that account for why the U.S. ranking is relatively low, says Miles, “One was our infant mortality rate, which is by global standards, pretty high.

Cynthia Nixon: New York Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Supervised Injection Sites To Stop Heroin Overdoses

Democratic candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon says she supports having supervised injection sites in New York state as part of a plan to reduce heroin overdose deaths. 

Supervised injection sites are places where heroin users can inject drugs under medical supervision and get other healthcare. Ithaca is considering opening one. Nixon spoke in Geneva yesterday. “I think it’s very important. She said, “I think it’s a great idea and I think it’s an idea we shouldn’t be afraid of here in New York state. Saving lives is obviously our priority.”