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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.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges attorney Lou Guard was recently appointed to fill the remainder of Charlie Evangelista’s term on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. Evangelista left the board after more than twenty years to become the Democratic commissioner for the county Board of Elections. It’s not the only change coming to Ontario County with elections around the corner. The Finger Lakes Times’ Mike Hibbard has been covering county politics and he joined us in studio.

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Nationwide rallies in support of Charlottesville included a gathering Sunday in the City of Geneva. Community members largely filled the seating in Bicentennial Park and listened to speakers condemn the violent gathering of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in Virginia. City Council Member at Large Mark Gramling cautioned against complacency on a local level.

The Smith Center for the Arts


The Smith Center for the Arts in downtown Geneva has named a new executive director. Susie Monagan will join The Smith beginning in September. For twelve years, she’s been with the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Monagan is an active member of the Ithaca arts community as well including the Board of the State Theatre. She says that live performance is important in a time when there are a lot of divisions in society and people are feeling isolated from one another.


Since 2005, WEOS listeners have come to know a familiar theme and a familiar voice. For a half-hour each week, Tish Pearlman invites guests of all kinds into the studio...artists, poets, musicians, writers, scientists, doctors...the guests and topics are wide-ranging and reflect Pearlman’s own boundless curiosity. If she reads a new book or discovers a musical artist, it’s a fair bet she’ll bring them on her show, but in the beginning, it wasn’t always easy to get them to agree to that interview.

In June, the We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes held a rally in support of transgender civil rights at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. At the rally, transgender people from a variety of backgrounds shared their stories including Tabatha Elizabeth Emil. She’s a veteran and spoke of how she felt when the ban on transgender people serving in the military was lifted during the Obama administration.


The Geneva Theatre Guild presents their summer musical at The Smith Opera House August 3rd through 6th. It’s a stage adaptation of a much loved film. Mel Brooks adapted his 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein in 2007 and Steve DuPrey has wanted to direct it ever since.

Gabriella D'Angelo


Bicentennial Park on the north side of Geneva’s downtown is often the site for large, organized events. But, some city residents say that it could be better used on a day to day basis. Joe Marone is a founder of the Finger Lakes Skate Club. He would like to see skateboarding move from the small park on Lyceum Street into downtown and he’s worked with Gabriella D’Angelo from Hobart and William Smith Colleges to develop a plan to bring action sports to Bicentennial Park.

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Several months ago, renown Finger Lakes chef Samantha Buyskes announced that she would be joining Three Brothers Winery and Estates in opening a new restaurant in Canandaigua. Opening any new restaurant is a considerable undertaking, so it came as something of a surprise when Buyskes and Three Brothers announced that they would first open a new restaurant on Linden Street in downtown Geneva in the space recently vacated by Cebo.

 

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The Cornell University Summer Research Scholars program brings undergraduates from all over the country to the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Larry Smart is a professor of horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science. He says it’s a rigorous process to be accepted.

Trinity Church, Geneva, NY

For more than 170 years, Trinity Church in Geneva has been a prominent landmark overlooking Seneca Lake on South Main Street. But, its membership has been dwindling while upkeep of the majestic building is growing. Steve Buchiere of the Finger Lakes Times has reported on the challenges facing Trinity Church and a proposed solution. He joined us in studio.

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