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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.

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The fall grape harvest has been underway for a couple of weeks in the Finger Lakes. I stopped by Red Newt Cellars on Saturday to talk to winemaker Kelby Russell about how harvest is going.

Fox Run Vineyards


While it may not seem so from the past week’s weather, it’s fall and that means grape harvest in the Finger Lakes. I stopped in to talk to Peter Bell at Fox Run Vineyards to ask how harvest is going.

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Ian Golden has a passion for running. He ran in junior high and high school and at Ithaca College and founded the Finger Lakes Running Company in Ithaca more than a decade ago. This year, he’s decided to take on a different kind of race, the Congressional seat in District 23. Golden was at Kashong Creek Craft Cider in Geneva Monday night to begin an effort to get to know the district in unique way. He’s going to spend the next 30 days running through the district, a total of 450 miles on foot.

Tonight at 7:30, the Cracker Factory on Geneva’s north side hosts an Under the Covers concert. It’s the seventh in the series.

Tuesday night, the activist group Tools for Social Change hosted a community meeting at the Geneva Public Library. The standing room only event provided community members with an opportunity to speak out on accusations that a City of Geneva police officer shared racist images on Facebook. Late in the session they were joined by representatives of the Geneva Community Compact.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls celebrated their 2017 Induction Weekend this past weekend. 10 women were inducted at a ceremony on the campus of New York State Chiropractic College on Saturday including athlete and actor Aimee Mullins.

  Poet John Ashbery died on September 3rd. He was born in Rochester and raised in Sodus. His impact on American letters was wide-ranging and the acclaim for his work included the Pulitzer and many, many other awards. We asked Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor and poet James McCorkle to offer some perspective on John Ashbery.


Steve Buchiere of the Finger Lakes Times stopped in to look back on news in the month of August including the discharge of sewage into Seneca Lake and the City of Geneva's continuing transparency issues. We also look ahead to a story Steve is working on regarding Geneva's Food Justic Committee.

Higher Education leaders from around the state are expressing their support for those with DACA status and their concerns over President Trump's decision to end the program. The presidents of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent, issued a statement as well as Cornell University’s President Martha Pollack. The complete texts of those statements are below.

Letter from the Presidents of the New York Six

Since 2014, Geneva has officially celebrated the life and legacy of jazz bassist Scott LaFaro around his birthday in April. The group behind Geneva Night Out successfully lobbied to have a stretch of downtown street named in his honor. Another committee organizes an annual concert at The Smith Opera House. Tonight, at City Council the Public Art Committee will present a plan to erect a statue honoring LaFaro. It’s an idea that’s starting to gain traction, but it’s actually been on the mind of Kevin Dunn, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than a decade.

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