Monthly Archives: April, 2021


Special Edition Great Getaways TravelAuc premieres

Published - April 29, 2021

Special Edition Great Getaways TravelAuc premieres April 30, May 1 WCNY presents its first special edition Great Getaways TravelAuc from 7 to 9 p.m. April 30 and May 1 on WCNY-TV and streaming online at wcny.org. There are more than 100 trips available, featuring everything from daycation destinations to overnight stays in New York state, family-friendly entertainment venues, wine tasting tours, spa getaways, and so much more. Bidding starts at 60% off of each trip’s value. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. To browse the inventory, visit wcny.org/greatgetaways. The Great Getaways Travel Auction airs across WCNY’s television coverage area in the

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Ticket sales extended to May 7

Published - April 26, 2021

Ticket sales extended to May 7 to attend WCNY’s VIRTUAL Taste of Fame with Chef Lidia Bastianich May 21 WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, is partnering with Chef Lidia Bastianich for its live virtual Taste of Fame culinary fundraiser on May 21. The award-winning celebrity chef, author, and host of “Lidia’s Kitchen” (APT, WGBH) will host a cooking lesson live on Zoom. Thirty-two local PBS stations are participating in the event. Tickets are on sale at www.wcny.org/tasteoffame through May 7. “We are very excited Chef Lidia Bastianich will host this year’s virtual Taste of Fame virtual event for

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S5-34: Sticks and Stones, Part 2

Published - April 24, 2021

“Percussion is the most adaptable family of instruments.  The biggest challenge is to project percussion in a lyrical way.”  – Evelyn Glennie. A singer always has their instrument with them.  A cellist, a flutist, they carry a bit more – one, or perhaps several, instruments, music, music stand, and accessories like rosin, or cleaning cloths.  But a percussionist – well, let’s just say, most of them drive a van.  Drums, sticks, shakers, woodblocks, marimbas, vibraphones, stands for their music and all of their instruments.  Not to mention the unusual instruments they are asked to play – water gongs, rainsticks, flower

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WCNY announces appointment of John McBride

Published - April 22, 2021

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster is pleased to announce the appointment of John McBride as manager of underwriting and corporate sponsorship. Prior to joining WCNY, McBride held positions in municipal and corporate banking with Berkshire Bank and J.P. Morgan Chase, and in top development roles at the State University of New York at Morrisville and St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center. McBride also helped write and produce WCNY’s “Financial Fitness,” a weekly television program on which he was an occasional guest host. “WCNY is thrilled to welcome John McBride to the station. He has a long history

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S5-33: One Life: Marin Alsop

Published - April 17, 2021

“Every piece has a narrative, and it is our job, as conductors, to convey that story with total commitment.”  – Marin Alsop She has achieved an impressive array of “firsts” in her life, simply by following her chosen path with strength and commitment.  On this episode we take a look at the life and career of conductor Marin Alsop.   “One Life: Marin Alsop”   James P. Johnson:  Lament, from American Symphonic Suite Marin Alsop, conductor Concordia “Victory Stride: The Symphonic Music of James P. Johnson” MHS 513664 Roy Harris: Symphony No. 3 Marin Alsop, conductor Colorado Symphony Orchestra “Harris: Symphonies

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Cuomo continues to sideline the comptroller’s office

Published - April 16, 2021

In an effort to speed up the state’s response to the pandemic last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended some of the normal checks and balances on his power, including some of the procurement oversight by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office. More than a year later, despite actions taken by the state legislature to curb the governor’s pandemic powers, Cuomo is still exercising broad unilateral decisions over the state. On April 6, an executive order – relying on the governor’s pre-pandemic powers – suspended the comptroller’s oversight powers for another month. 

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WCNY celebrates local businesses across Central New York with new Impact Giveback Program

Published - April 12, 2021

WCNY celebrates local businesses across Central New York with new Impact Giveback Program; promoting business resilience, recovery, revival WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, is pleased to launch its Impact Giveback Program, celebrating local businesses across Central New York that have shown resilience while surviving the COVID-19 pandemic—and are preparing to come back strong. In partnership with Ithaca College, WCNY invites businesses across the region to apply to the program, which will provide $800,000 in video production, digital marketing, WCNY TV and radio underwriting, print advertising, and more to support business efforts to revive and thrive in a

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S5-32: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXVI

Published - April 10, 2021

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”  – Lady Gaga Time for another Patchwork Quilt episode, an opportunity to simply look for what’s new, what’s appealing – to see what these talented musicians and composers are putting out for our entertainment.  We’ll put all of these disparate works together into a musical Patchwork Quilt of women’s music. So let’s settle in and share an hour of great music together.

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Harckham: Excluded workers fund is ‘very necessary’

Published - April 5, 2021

On Monday afternoon, The Capitol Pressroom reached out to a dozen upstate and suburban Senate Democrats to get their positions on a $2 billion state investment in pandemic benefits for New Yorkers – mostly undocumented immigrants – who were shut out of federal relief efforts. The dozen moderate members could control the fate of the measure in the chamber if they voted as a block. Ten didn’t respond, one Long Island Democrat’s spokesman offered a “no comment,” and Sen. Pete Harckham called me back. “I think it’s very necessary,” the Westchester County Democrat said.

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S5-31: Looking Toward Home, Part 2

Published - April 3, 2021

“There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy Gale We’ve gone around the globe, and now it’s time to come home, to hear music by women living and working in the US.   “Looking Toward Home” Loretta K. Notareschi:  Form’d of Joy and Mirth William Harned, piano “Form’d of Joy and Mirth” DisegniMusic.com Jennifer Higdon:  Harp Concerto Yolanda Kondonassis, harp Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Ward Stare, conductor “American Rapture” Azica 71327 Vivian Adelberg Rudow:  Rebecca’s Suite Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano “Sunbursts: Solo piano works by 7 American women” Leonarda 345 Edie Hill:  This Floating World Linda Chatterton, flute “Diverse Voices: American Music for Flute”

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Proposed excluded workers fund creates schism among Assembly Dems

Published - April 2, 2021

A group of  about 30 Assembly Democrats are so concerned with the $2 billion excluded workers fund being kicked around in budget negotiations that they met in secret on Friday before the full conference with their colleagues, according to multiple members at the remote meeting. 

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