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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.

This year’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance was to have been a celebration of the event’s 30th Anniversary. Now, the party will have to wait until 2021.

The City of Geneva is making changes to a grant program to provide support to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) has approved a plan for the city to utilize a portion of its 2020 Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) to assist the businesses in the city who have been negatively impacted by stay-at-home orders. The new Small Business Disaster Grant Program will provide funding to pay operating expenses. Up to $10,000 be available over a 3 month period.

In mid-March, all kinds of products started disappearing from store shelves in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. One of the items that was in immediate short supply was hand sanitizer. That’s when upstate distillers realized they could put their expertise to use in creating the product, which is a vital need for healthcare professionals. When they had questions about reconfiguring their businesses to meet the need, they turned to Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

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.