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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 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.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges held their commencements on Sunday. This year’s speaker was former President Bill Clinton. But, much of the morning’s ceremony celebrated outgoing President of the Colleges Mark Gearan. Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Bozzuto praised the success and growth of the Colleges under Gearan’s leadership before announcing an honor unprecedented in the history of the institutions.

The City and the Town of Geneva are seeking comments from the public on a draft Active Transportation Plan. The draft is the result of several years work by a committee made up of  stakeholders from the City and the Town. State grant money was available to study ways to promote walking and bicycling in Geneva including infrastructure improvements.


Jamie Dineen

More than one group gathered in athletic gear on the Geneva lakefront this past weekend. Saturday morning, a local grassroots group held a walk-a-thon to support area families. Mothers & Others is in its fifth year of gathering essential items for area women and children in need. The group’s founder, Antje Leo, was inspired by a story she read online.

The group seeking to renovate the Dove Block in downtown Geneva recently hosted a visit from a renown scholar of painter Arthur Dove. Rachael DeLue is a Princeton professor and the author of Arthur Dove: Always Connect, which was published in 2016. In the course of researching and writing the book, DeLue found she had to challenge the traditional narrative about Arthur Dove.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

A standing room crowd gathered on the Hobart and William Smith campus Thursday afternoon for the announcement of the new president of the Colleges.


Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas Bozutto joined outgoing President Mark Gearan on stage to introduce Vincent as the new president of the Colleges.