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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.

City of Geneva, NY

Steve Buchiere joined us again this week courtesy of the Finger Lakes Times. We talked about how recent developments around the contamination of City of Geneva residential neighborhoods have been handled by the City. We also discussed the responses from residents and local activist groups.

Recent reporting and opinion on the Foundry issue from the Finger Lakes Times.


Governor Cuomo was in Geneva Friday afternoon to announce the winning projects in the city’s $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.


“Twelve projects that are innovative, that are feasible, and are going to transform Geneva.”


Timothy Jennings Beach Facebook Page


For some Geneva residents, summer has long meant days spent on a stretch of Seneca Lake shoreline. That tradition was suddenly interrupted this year by no trespassing signs. The Finger Lakes Times’ Steve Buchiere has reported on the story. You can find a link back to his original report on Jennings Beach at the Finger Lakes Times website.


The Geneva Music Festival presents the duo New Morse Code tonight on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. New Morse Code is percussionist Michael Compitello and festival co-founder cellist Hannah Collins. They specialize in new works and often challenge and expand the sonic possibilities of their instruments. For this year’s festival, they’re bringing two new works, one of which they commissioned from composer Christopher Stark. “The Language of Landscapes”


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Downtown Geneva has established itself as a destination for dining and drinks in recent years. But, on any given night, it’s not uncommon to find live music as well in Microclimate Wine Bar or The Linden Social Club or Lake Drum Brewery. Kashong Creek Craft Cider at the corner of Linden and Castle Streets is hosting live music nearly every night of the week. Owner Dan Bissell says it didn’t start that way.


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The Geneva Music Festival is underway with performances happening at venues across the Finger Lakes. The festival opened last Thursday night with the Cavani String Quartet. The next morning, they were performing again.


The group gave two performances for the students at North Street School. It’s the school the festival’s artistic director Geoffrey Herd attended.


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Congressman Tom Reed held four town hall meetings on Saturday including one in Geneva. The White Springs Fire Association opened two of their firebays to a standing room crowd that stretched just into the parking lot. The majority of crowd were critical of Reed on a variety of issues. They held up the pre-printed green “agree” and red “disagree” signs that have become common at town halls and frequently shouted their disapproval.


Earlier this year, the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center hired a new bilingual engagement coordinator. Jessica Avila provides support to the city’s eleven neighborhood associations in a variety of areas, but especially in outreach to the City’s Spanish-speaking population. It’s a need that Avila herself has seen become apparent.


Geneva Historical Society

The Town of Waterloo, NY is well-known for its commemoration of Memorial Day. On this annual observation of the holiday, we invited John Marks of the Geneva Historical Society to share a story of past observances of the holiday in Geneva.

The New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act last week. It’s the latest version of a single-payer health plan designed to cover all New York residents, which has been introduced in the legislature for over a decade. The advocacy group Finger Lakes for New York Health is holding a series of information sessions in support of the act, which is sometimes referred to as a “Medicare-For-All” bill. Carolyn Kenyon is with Finger Lakes for New York Health.