WEOS Finger Lakes Public Radio

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.

While Finger Lakes Public Radio 89.5 WEOS and our broadcast partner WXXI Public Broadcasting are keeping you up-to-date on the coronavirus situation here in the Finger Lakes and around the globe, we've compiled this list of resources for you with coronavirus/COVID-19 information.


School districts across the region are closed

All schools in New York State are closing for at least two weeks. Each school district will share more information about their needs.


Artist Edisa Weeks at a recent Roots Party
Rebecca Fitton

Edisa Weeks is a multi-disciplinary artist currently in residence with Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Dance Department. She is on campus performing and presenting workshops. And, she’s creating the components of a future performance.

  “I'm in the process of making one thousand eight hundred and sixty five roots out of paper and twine. 1865 represents the last year of legalized chattel slavery in America and it's for a performance installation that I'm doing and which I'll be performing in March of 2020 on liberty.”


Senator Chuck Schumer with wine industry representatives and local officials
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Senator Schumer joined several Finger Lakes wine makers as well as local officials and industry representatives at Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County. To produce canned wine, Finger Lakes wineries have to deal with regulations from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Senator Schumer says the regulations are outdated and burdensome to the industry.

HWS President Dr. Joyce Jacobsen
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Joyce Jacobsen’s tenure as the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges began Monday morning. She comes to HWS from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she was Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Jacobsen is an economist with degrees from Harvard, the London School of Economics, and Stanford University. And, so I asked her why an interest in administration rather than a life spent on research and in the classroom.

Boys and Girls Club Summer University students on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus
Boys and Girls Club of Geneva

  Students generally look forward to the arrival of summer and the end of the school year. Days spent outside the classroom can be fun. But, two months away from a structured learning environment can also result in what’s referred to as the “Summer Slide.” It’s a tendency to lose some of the academic progress students make over the course of the school year.


If you follow the wine industry in the Finger Lakes, you know that Riesling is a big part of the story. The community of people who grow the grapes and make the wines is tight knit, not only in our region, but around the world as well.

Woodstock 50 Loses Funding

Apr 30, 2019
Woodstock 50 concert poster

Woodstock 50 has lost its funding. The investment group backing the festival announced its cancellation in trade publications Monday. Tim O’Hearn, the administrator for Schuyler County, confirmed that he had been contacted by the Dentsu Aegis Network, which was bankrolling the event.

Senator Chuck Schumer in Seneca Falls
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Senator Chuck Schumer visited Seneca Falls Monday. He stood in front of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and call on the House of Representatives to approve a bill the Senate passed last week of make the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent. The fund helps pay for protecting lands and historic sites.

Schumer says Rochester and the Finger Lakes region have received $11-million dollars has come from the fund.

Schumer says he has not talked to Congressman Tom Reed, but believes he will support the legislation.


HWS President Dr. Joyce Jacobsen
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

It was an historic day on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Friday afternoon as Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas Bozzuto announced the new president of the Colleges.

“Dr. Joyce Jacobsen has the vision, fortitude, experience and character to lead Hobart and William Smith to a new level of excellence. When she assumes the presidency on July 1st, she will be the first woman in the history of the colleges to hold that role.”

  The Finger Lakes is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening. For more on what we can expect, we reached out to meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather.