Monthly Archives: January, 2024


CNY Heroes, Episode 16 – Vietnam Veteran Blaine Fleming, Part 1

Published - January 31, 2024

Retired Army Colonel Blaine Fleming served as a helicopter pilot and operations officer in Vietnam. In this edition of CNY Heroes, Fleming tells host Dan Cummings how the helicopter support unit was essential to U.S. forces fighting the intense battle of Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, the first large-unit battle of the war. The battle became the subject of the 1992 book, “We Were Soldiers Once and Young,” adapted 10 years later into a major motion picture starring Mel Gibson.  

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Science Today with Dr. Rich Kopecky – Episode 20

Published - January 30, 2024

A new study shows that even modest amounts of physical activity can benefit us greatly…it doesn’t always take hours in the gym! Also, this month, Dr. Rich Kopecky brings us articles from worldwide science journals about a new therapy for sickle cell disease, the latest on the scientific debate between gravity and quantum physics, a new approach to treating traumatic brain injury, and where on Earth scientists are finding remnants of what they believe was the celestial collision that formed the Moon.    

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Syracuse (On)Stage, Episode 15 – “Clyde’s”

Published - January 30, 2024

Syracuse Stage presents Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage, a co-production with Portland Center Stage. Syracuse (On)Stage host Melissa Crespo talks with the show’s director, Chip Miller (Associate Artistic Director of PCS), and actor Andrea Vernae, who plays the title role. Clyde’s runs January 31-February 18.  

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Funky Foodies Episode 203: The 3 to 5 Jive Takes a Dive

Published - January 27, 2024

Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie and Fern share a passion for food and its impacts on the environment. Adventures follow after they form an alliance called Funky Foodies, Inc., pledging to, “Save the Planet, One Veggie Burger at a Time.” Kid-friendly recipes reflecting the theme of each episode are included. Funky Foodies 203: Izzy saves the day after Frankie comes down with laryngitis and can’t perform their funky jive in the Moretown Middle School talent show. The Funkies are looking for a hearty meal that uses

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S08 Ep22: Snow on Snow

Published - January 27, 2024

  “There are many different images of snow, it’s forms and it’s movements.” – Joan Tower In the heart of the north, in the heart of the winter, music inspired by the snow.   “Snow on Snow” Linda Catlin Smith: Snowdrop Thin Edge New Music Collective “dark flower” Red Shift Records Lori Laitman, text by Mary Oliver:  Early Snow Jennifer Check, soprano; Warren Jones, piano “Becoming a Redwood: Songs of Lori Laitman” Albany/Troy 865 Rosey Mei-Kuei Lee: Twenty-Four Solar Terms (excerpts) Lauren Schack Clark, piano “Piano Music by Rosey Mei-Kuei Lee” Centaur 2908 Bernadette Speach: Angels in the Snow Bernadette

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Jan. 26, 2024: Kenari Saxophone Quartet at CMSU

Published - January 26, 2024

  The Kenari Saxophone Quartet is coming to perform with the Chamber Music Society of Utica!  Steven Banks and Kyle Baldwin from the Kenari Quartet spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the music that’s available for their instrumentation, their outreach efforts, and the joys of collaboration and commissioning new works.   Learn about the Chamber Music Society of Utica here. And the Kenari Saxophone Quartet here.

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Jan. 25, 2024: Rachel Barton Pine & Sylvia Pine – Symphoria

Published - January 25, 2024

  Symphoria welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine back to the Crouse Hinds Theater this weekend, and Rachel’s daughter Sylvia will be joining her onstage!  Rachel & Sylvia stopped into the studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, their community outreach, and what makes the Vivaldi double concerto so special.   Find out more on the Symphoria website.

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CNY Latino Podcast, Episode 39 – Happy New Year!, Part 2

Published - January 25, 2024

(#39, 1/11/24) In this episode, the founders and producers of CNY Latino Podcast MARISOL HERNANDEZ and HUGO ACOSTA, continue their month-long New Year’s discussion, talking about festivities in the Latino culture. They also welcome a Dominican environmental and sustainability professional, Olga Abinader. Plus, several commentaries from Hispanic students who produced journalistic work related to minorities with disabilities in New York State, as part of a project at the New York News Connection center (part of the Public News Service). En este episodio, los fundadores y productores de este Podcast MARISOL HERNÁNDEZ y HUGO ACOSTA, continuarán hablando sobre las Festividades en

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2024 Syracuse State of the City

Published - January 24, 2024

WCNY Community FM is pleased to present the 2024 Syracuse State of the City Address, delivered by Mayor Ben Walsh on Thursday, January 18. Walsh is in his second term as mayor, he was first elected in 2017.  

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WCNY’s “Feminine Fusion” Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Published - January 24, 2024

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it awarded WCNY’s “Feminine Fusion” a grant to support the locally produced, nationally distributed weekly radio show hosted by Central New York composer and musician Diane Jones. Created and broadcast from WCNY’s Syracuse studios and currently enjoying its eighth season, “Feminine Fusion” highlights the role of remarkable women in classical music. An inspirational and educational program, “Feminine Fusion” aims to broaden the influence of the arts by highlighting generally underrecognized conductors, composers, and musicians. “We are truly honored to receive the NEA’s Challenge Grant,” said Mitch Gelman, President and CEO of

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WCNY’s “Feminine Fusion” Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Published - January 24, 2024

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it awarded WCNY’s “Feminine Fusion” a grant to support the locally produced, nationally distributed weekly radio show hosted by Central New York composer and musician Diane Jones. Created and broadcast from WCNY’s Syracuse studios and currently enjoying its eighth season, “Feminine Fusion” highlights the role of remarkable women in classical music. An inspirational and educational program, “Feminine Fusion” aims to broaden the influence of the arts by highlighting generally underrecognized conductors, composers, and musicians. “We are truly honored to receive the NEA’s Challenge Grant,” said Mitch Gelman, President and CEO of

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Check It Out: Library + Hockey Recap

Published - January 20, 2024

Tom and Maggie share all the cool stuff that happened during Onondaga County Public Libraries‘ Literacy Day at the Syracuse Crunch game on Jan. 15. Plus, a look ahead at upcoming fun events.

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Funky Foodies Episode 202: The Funkies Hit the Talent Show Jackpot

Published - January 20, 2024

Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie and Fern share a passion for food and its impacts on the environment. Adventures follow after they form an alliance called Funky Foodies, Inc., pledging to, “Save the Planet, One Veggie Burger at a Time.” Kid-friendly recipes reflecting the theme of each episode are included. Episode 202: The Funky Foodies are determined to use their platform at the Moretown Middle School talent show to teach their fellow students about the downside of ultra-processed foods. Zara, Fern and Frankie are looking for

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S08 Ep21: Patchwork Quilt, Part XL

Published - January 20, 2024

“I’m imagining we’re standing there (in Zambia), gazing at the sky, overwhelmed by the magnitude of what we can see.  I’m imagining that as we stare upwards, our minds can almost take us there, travelling through the night sky and exploring individual stars with their unique personalities and characteristics.” – Anna Lapwood   Let’s add another patch to our quilt, with these recent releases from talented women.  From the sun to the stars, adventures await in the music we’ll hear.   “Patchwork Quilt, Part XL” Giovanni Bottesini:  Elegy No. 1 Mikyung Sung, double bass; Jaemin Shin, piano “The Colburn Sessions”

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