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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.

Kelly Walker

Since the late 1990s, Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards has hosted a winetasting for his fellow Finger Lakes winemakers.

“I’ve always been interested and motivated to taste with other winemakers, my colleagues.” 

On this particular morning, the group is tasting tank samples of 2015 semi-dry Riesling, what Bell describes as works in progress.

“The best time to make some changes, of course, is before the wine goes into bottles. And that’s what’s going on right now.”

One of the most talked about moments from the year’s Academy Awards show was Lady Gaga’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You.” It’s a song that appears in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which deals with sexual violence on college campus. A Hobart and William Smith vocal ensemble has created a viral sensation of their own with the song as part of the It’s on Us campaign against sexual assault.

Joe Marone

On the edge of downtown Geneva, next door to Beef & Brew, a winter tradition is taking shape. A team of volunteers is putting the finishing touches on the 5th Annual North Seneca Rail Jam. It’s a snowboarding competition organized each year by Joe Marone, the owner of the restaurant Joe’s Hots. A year after he opened his business, one of his customers suggested the event.

The art exhibition opening this week at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Davis Gallery in Houghton House comes from works owned by an alumnus. Ed Pollack graduated from Hobart in 1955 with an English and philosophy split major. He pursued a career in the law. One day, he expressed an interest in the pictures hanging on the office wall of one of his colleagues. 

You may have noticed purple ribbons around downtown Geneva. Staff members from Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes and Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes spent part of Tuesday morning handing out flyers and tying purple ribbons around downtown Geneva.

Gas Free Seneca

Groups opposed to the proposed Crestwood liquefied petroleum gas facility on Seneca Lake took their case to Albany Thursday. The group, including Finger Lakes winemakers, elected officials and activists traveled by bus to Albany to voice their opposition at the state capital. Todd Hobler is the vice-president of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. His opposition to the proposed facility extends beyond health concerns.

Kelly Walker

Despite temperatures in the teens and a wind chill dipping into the single digits, a large crowd gathered at the Public Safety Building at 9:30 Monday morning. Their route took the marchers through downtown Geneva and to Trinity Episcopal Church on South Main Street.

A capital projects referendum vote for Geneva City Schools will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from Noon to 9 p.m.


  Thursday night, the National Women’s Hall of Fame kicks off their 2015 Induction Weekend with a special event at The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva. Finger Lakes Public Radio's Kelly Walker previews the film Suffragette.

Greg Cotterill / WXXI News

A top U.S. Treasury official led a town hall meeting Monday at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.

  It was all about the discussion of putting a woman on the $10 bill. The Treasury Department is working on a redesign of the $10  bill, with plans to put a woman on that currency in time for the 100th anniversary of the amendment that gave women the right to vote.