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Alternative Radio
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:00pm
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:00pm
Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:00pm
Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:00pm
Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 01/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Ken Howard/Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts live each Saturday on WSKG Radio.

Click HERE for a full listing of the 2015 season's broadcasts!

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:00pm
Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00pm

Produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and PRX, Reveal is public radio’s first investigative reporting series.  This one-of-a-kind radio show brings listeners deep into current investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. “Reveal” will break investigations from CIR and other investigative news organizations around the country and the world.

In addition to audio elements, “Reveal” will expand on the stories heard on the air, offering original video, multimedia and interactive components on and for public radio stations to use on their websites. 

Reveal will air on the last Tuesday of each month, at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, on WSKG Radio.  This summer, it will become a weekly series.  Learn more at Follow the show on Twitter at @Reveal and on Facebook at
Massachusetts Dept of Environmental Protection

WSKG News' Environmental Desk launches this month, led by WSKG veteran journalist Matt Richmond. Richmond’s sole responsibility will be covering issues like hydrofracking, water contamination and abandoned industrial waste sites.

“As we have done with our coverage of state government and education, WSKG also wants to do with our environmental coverage,” said Charles Compton, who directs news and public affairs programming at WSKG Public Media.  “We want to be the `go to’ place for stories in those subject areas, said Compton.

Richmond has been with WSKG since 2011, when he left his stint as a freelance print and radio reporter in Juba, South Sudan. Matt spent two years as the Southern Tier reporter for The Innovation Trail, before shifting to the WSKG newsroom in 2013. Matt’s work has appeared on Bloomberg News, Voice of America, Radio France International, NPR, and PRI. He was awarded the New York State AP Broadcasters Association award for stories on immigrant labor.

This coverage will span multiple media, with environmental reporting increasingly common on WSKG Radio, Television, and at  WSKG and the Center for Investigative Journalism have also agreed to a collaboration, which should result in an important examination of hydrofracking, as well as its real and potential impacts.

“The hope here,” said Compton, “is to produce high impact, investigative reports on the region’s environmental issues.”  Such reporting is time consuming and expensive, but he adds, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

Annual Holiday Tradition
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:00am

Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne!  The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2015

Kwanzaa Special
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:00pm

"A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:00am
Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:00pm

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music . More information here.

The Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI to sing daily services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir's role and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College.

In 1918, the then-new dean of King's Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. So, he wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up this truly magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration.

Paul Winter
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 9:00pm
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Courtesy of Rhonda R. Dorsett

For the 34th year in a row, saxophonist Paul Winter presents his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the year's longest night and the return of the sun. Hear portions of the concert Here.

Binghamton University Forum
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm
Bindaas Madhavi/Flickr

The elections are over, but the debate over Common Core educational standards continues. Leading educators gather December 12 at Binghamton University for a review of New York’s version of Common Core.

Participating in the Binghamton university Forum are: Jason Andrews, Superintendent, Windsor Central School District S.G. Grant, Professor, Social Studies Education, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University; and James Tallon, President of the United Hospital Fund of New York and Member, NYS Board of Regents.  The discussion will be moderated by WSKG’s Charles Compton. 

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:00pm
Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:00pm
Dominic Alves/Flickr

 "Chanukah in Story and Song" (at 1pm)  is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. It presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle." The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals. 

At 7pm: Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah features Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Jewish music scholar and performer Hankus Netsky. They join host James David Jacobs for an hour of songs and stories celebrating the holiday known as "The Festival of Lights." We'll  hear about the history of the Jewish hymn "Maoz Tsur," which later became the Christian hymn "Rock of Ages"; selections from George Frideric Handel's dramatization of the Hanukkah story, his oratorio Judas Maccabaeus; recordings of both classical and cantorial selections by the legendary tenor Jan Peerce; two musical depictions of a spinning dreidel; Hankus Netsky telling the story of how, thanks to the idiosyncracies of Klezmer music, he became a professional accordion player within a day of his playing the instrument for the first time; Itzhak Perlman talking about the cantorial music he listened to as a child in Israel; and an attempt to convey the experience of making and eating potato latkes through the medium of radio.

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