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Off the Page
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:00pm
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:00pm

One day, back before the turn of the century, I received a phone call from a noted academic who had just written another book, one he thought would be of general interest.  Might he be able to arrange an interview on WSKG?  The book was certainly well-written and important, but a short interview would likely be too skimpy.  Certainly it would not give ample opportunity to discuss the subject matter and also learn a bit about the writer who, after all, was a neighbor to many of our listeners.  That phone call launched a new program we called OFF THE PAGE.  It premiered in January of 2000 with a panel discussion of science-fiction now that a new millennium was dawning.
     Since then the fortnightly series has spent an hour with more than 300 writers (including the gentleman who made that initial phone call), discussing novels and history and society and science and music and zombies and baseball… About the only thing the programs had in common was that the author lived and wrote in the WSKG service area in New York and Pennsylvania.
     We also opened the phone lines and the e-mailbox and invited listeners to join in the discussions, and when we started live streaming on we began to hear from listeners across the nation and overseas.  The literary map of the Southern Tier/ Finger Lakes/ Western Catskills is certainly detailed with talent.
     For the final program in the series I’ve excerpted a few programs that can serve as a sample of the range of topics and quality of guests over the past fourteen years.
                                                                        -- Bill Jaker

“The Horse, the Wheel and Language” by David Anthony, professor of archeology at Hartwick College in Oneonta.  Dr. Anthony describes the research into the origins of Indo-European languages spoken from Iceland to Iran and even speaks a bit of Proto-Indo-European.  (15 April 2008)

“The Mighty Queens of Freeville”  Amy Dickinson pays tribute to her mother and all the women of her Tompkins County community whose wisdom and life experiences are reflected in Amy’s nationally-syndicated advice column.  (12 May 2009)

A special program for the 100th anniversary of the death of Mark Twain originated from the porch at Quarry Farm in Elmira, his in-laws’ home where Twain spent many summers and did some of his best known writing.  Before a live audience, Twain experts Michael Kiskis of Elmira College (now deceased) and Ann Ryan of Lemoyne College debate Twain’s religiosity. (8 June 2010)

Poets Liz Rosenberg of Binghamton and Jay Leeming from Ithaca had never met prior to their visit to OFF THE PAGE, and they struck it off wonderfully.  Liz reads one of her Binghamton poems, “Charity” and Jay reads “The Barber”.  (20 April 2004)

In “Earth: A Tenant’s Manual”, Dr. Frank H.T. Rhodes, the president emeritus of Cornell University returns to his calling as a geologist with cautionary chapters on the strain to our natural environment and the depletion of resources.  (18 September 2012)

Tim Wiles, director of research at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, was co-author of “Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’”, published on the 100th anniversary of the national pastime’s anthem.  Tim tells about the history of the song by Jack Norworth and Albert Van Tilzer, plays recordings from as early as 1908 and sings a 1927 verse about a female baseball fan accompanied by a chorus of women from the WSKG staff.  (13 May 2008)

Dianea Kohl is a psychotherapist in Ithaca and author of six books including a trilogy based on the therapeutic value of crying.  She speaks about the reasons for frustration in love and the value of primal therapy.  In a new follow-up to her 2008 visit to OFF THE PAGE Dianea sums up the personal value of sharing her story.

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:00pm

Tri-Cities Opera’s Music & Associate Artistic Director/Conductor, Scott Bergeson, is your host and guide for this musical travelogue around the world of opera’s greatest hits! Filmed before a SOLD OUT live studio audience at the WSKG studio on Oct 3rd and starring Resident Artist Training Program singers, including MM in Opera (TCO’s joint degree program with Binghamton University), performing highlights from TCO’s “65 and SO Alive” season…and MORE! Michael Lewis, TCO Assistant Music Director is the accompanist with TCO stars Meroë Khalia Adeeb, Michael Celentano, Tom Curry, Jenny Gac, Emily Geller, Rebecca Heath, Melanie Leinbach, Robert Heepyoung Oh, Matthew Samluk, Jake Stamatis, and Kevin Truax.

See the performance here.

Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:00pm
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The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of the company’s holiday presentation, an abridged, English-language production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. British conductor Jane Glover has made her Met debut this season leading this 100-minute presentation of Julie Taymor’s popular staging of the opera. The performance stars tenor Alek Shrader as Tamino; soprano Heidi Stober as Pamina; baritone Nathan Gunn as the bird-catcher Papageno, and bass-baritone Eric Owens as the mysterious Sarastro. American soprano Kathryn Lewek makes her network broadcast debut as the Queen of the Night. The Magic Flute will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4.

Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 12/28/2013 - 1:00pm
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The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Tenor Marcello Giordani is Tosca’s lover, the artist and revolutionary Cavaradossi, and baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt police chief, Scarpia. Marco Armiliato leads this performance of Puccini’s celebrated tragedy. 

A Celebration of Kwanzaa
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 7:00pm

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 19 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual  special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

This year’s program features stories of families and fatherhood.  Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette in this, the 2013 edition of A Season's Griot.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 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 2014. The orchestra has invited Daniel Barenboim to welcome 2014 by conducting the annual New Year's year's concert, honoring his 25 years of musical collaboration with the orchestra, and his efforts to bring peace to the world through music. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna. Hosted by Laura Carlo of WCRB Classical New England, a service of WGBH.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 7:00pm
Kate Murray

Binghamton-area performers bring to life the traditional holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” in the style of a radio-play, with sound affects and all!

Binghamton pastor Stanley Kiehl Gamble was famous for local children’s TV programs, and for reciting Dickens’ holiday classic from memory. When Rev. Gamble passed away suddenly, locals donated in his memory to the new Binghamton public TV station, which adopted his initials for the call letters WSKG. Hear Rev. Gamble recite 12/24 at 8:00pm.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:00am
Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:00pm

An annual Christmas Eve tradition!

The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. Hear it live at 10am, or in the evening at 11pm.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:00pm

No holiday season is complete without Handel’s stunning oratorio, and one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions: Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists* in Handel's dramatic masterwork, in the acoustic splendor of Boston’s Symphony Hall.

*Canadian  soprano Karina Gauvin and countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor  James Gilchrist, and Boston's own  baritone Sumner Thompson.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 8:00pm
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Madrigalia, a Rochester, New York based chamber ensemble, performs choral music of all genres at the highest level of artistic excellence, and promotes the appreciation of choral singing to diverse audiences through performances, recordings, broadcasts, outreach, and the commissioning of new music.

Rediscover Madrigalia with this concert of beautiful music for the season by Conte, Gjielo, Praetorious, Ratcliff, Rutter, Stopford, Tavener and more.

Cary Ratcliff, Guest Conductor

with June Kim, oboe, Kathleen MacAuliffe, harp, and Kieran Hanlon, bass

Recorded December 6, 2013

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