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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.

On Friday, Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced John Grotzinger, the mission leader and project scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, the speaker for the 2018 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13th. The student newspaper The Herald was the first with the story and Alex Kerai, the paper's Editor-in-Chief joins us in studio.


A map of New York's 23rd Congressional District
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Tuesday, January 23rd, there will be a Democratic Candidates forum at The Smith Opera House in Geneva. The forum will bring together the seven announced candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in the 23rd congressional district. That’s the seat currently held by Tom Reed.

Monaco's Coffee in Geneva, NY
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There’s a new coffee shop in Geneva, just north the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The storefront, at the corner of Pulteney and Washington was most recently a hair salon, but for a long time before that it was a local, family market.

Participants in the Women's March in the streets of Seneca Falls
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Thousands of marchers descended on Seneca Falls Saturday morning for the second annual Women’s March. They gathered in and around the National Women’s Rights Historical Park despite the fact that the park was officially closed due to the government shutdown.

The Reverend Norvel Goff Sr. speaking at the Geneva Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

A large crowd of marchers braved bitterly cold temperatures for Geneva’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Service Monday. They filled the First United Methodist Church downtown where keynote speaker the Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff Sr. observed that it is a challenging time for those who carry on the legacy of Dr. King.

 

Outgoing Geneva City Manager Matt Horn speaking to the crowd honoring him at Club 86
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio




Thursday night, the City of Geneva is hosted an event to honor departing City Manager Matt Horn. In December, Horn announced he would be leaving the Finger Lakes to join a consulting firm in Washington DC. In reflecting on his decade-long tenure with the City, Horn was especially proud of the $10-Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant.

The facade of The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva
Jason Rogers


The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva is going to undertake some important renovations in the coming year. Executive Director Susie Monagan says these are important improvements in the 123-year-old space even if they won’t be immediately apparent to audiences.

A City of Geneva winter parking restrictions sign
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


The City of Geneva held a series of public meetings this year to ask residents what they think of parking in the City. City Manager Matt Horn says there’s a lot of frustration with regulations.

HWS' Mosaic NY performing for Rural Migrant Ministry's Justice of Youth members
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


In November, we reported on a group of high school students who are using theatre to confront prejudice. Justice of Youth worked with a Hobart and William Smith Colleges faculty member to develop their performance.

 

Mosaic New York is a theatre company of Hobart and William Smith students, but they don’t perform in the conventional sense.

Circular enerG representatives address a meeting of the Town of Romulus Planning Board
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


The monthly Town of Romulus Planning Board meeting drew hundreds to the Romulus Fire Department Monday night. A company called Circular enerG proposes to bring a waste to energy facility to the former Seneca Army Depot. No public comment was permitted during or after the presentation, but that didn’t stop the capacity crowd from reacting to Circular enerG attorney Alan Knauf.

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