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Kelly Walker

Morning Edition Host

Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.

Hunt Country Vineyards


This weekend Hunt Country Vineyards is hosting a workshop on making and using biochar. Kathleen Draper is with the Ithaka Institute and Finger Lakes Biochar.


Protests over Confederate monuments are less in the news, but the controversy continues across the US, especially in the South. A lecture at the Seward House Museum in Auburn tonight seeks to provide context for the cause the Confederacy fought for and the meaning of the monuments to that cause. Robert May is an professor emeritus of history at Purdue University. He says portrayals of the Civil War as a fight for causes other than preserving slavery began immediately following the war. That narrative led to the creation of monuments in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that celebrated the Confederacy.


On Saturday, April 7th, Geneva hosts its annual celebration of the life of Scott LaFaro. The celebrated jazz bass player grew up in Geneva and over the years a downtown street has been named in his honor and a group is working to bring a statue of LaFaro to a downtown street corner. The model of that statue will be on display at the Smith Opera House Saturday night, which is the site of the annual celebration concert. The headliners are bassist Marc Johnson and grammy award winning pianist Eliane Elias. Concert organizer Kelby Russell is delighted to bring music with a direct connection to LaFaro’s legacy for the celebration.


A new event on April 24th in Geneva will highlight the culinary offerings of the Finger Lakes and draw attention to food insecurity in the community. Chef Samantha Buyskes is with Three Brothers Winery, which operates the restaurant HJ Stead Company on Linden Street in downtown Geneva. She’s organizing FEAST in the Heart of the Finger Lakes.


A commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. happens this evening in Geneva. The event is organized by the Upsilon Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Geneva African American Men’s Association. It’s hosted by the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverend Donald Golden is pastor at Mt. Olive.


On Saturday, March 30th, FLX Live in downtown Geneva hosted a fundraiser for Adelante Student Voices. Adelante was founded in 2015 by Gabriela Quintanilla to provide a space and an opportunity for undocumented students, especially those in rural areas, to gather and to share resources on their legal status and options for the future. Quintanilla based the program on her own experience as an undocumented high school student figuring out her own route to college.

Geneva High School and Middle School students stage a walkout in protest of gun violence and Congressional inaction
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

 

High school students across the Finger Lakes joined students across the nation for a school walkout Wednesday morning to protest gun violence and Congressional inaction. Hundreds of students filed silently into the school auditorium, which was the designated destination on a snowy and windy morning. Morgan Wright is one of the students who organized the walkout.

The developers of a proposal they say will bring a waste-to-energy project to the former Samson Army Depot are seeking approval for the project through through the State Public Service Commission. We invited David Shaw of the Finger Lakes Times into the studio to explain the process.

More of David's reporting on the topic:

Organizers of the FLX Women's Strike fly a banner on 5&20 in Geneva on Wednesday morning.
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


A Finger Lakes Women’s Strike is planned for downtown Geneva today. This is the second time the Geneva Women’s Assembly has organized a strike for International Women’s Day. Hannah Dickinson is an organizer with the Geneva Women’s Assembly. She says that this year, they hope to make all of the work that women do visible. In particular, they hope to draw attention to the inequities faced by workers in the hospitality and farm industries which are often hidden from view. But, in a larger sense they help to highlight all of the invisible work that women do each day.

HWS Opens Food Pantry

Feb 28, 2018
The Pass the Plate Open House
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

In late January, Hobart and William Smith Colleges opened a food pantry. Pass the Plate came about when Chaplain of the Colleges Maurice Charles passed a report on food insecurity on college campuses to Jennifer Tufano in the Office of Spiritual Engagment.

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