Monthly Archives: February, 2024


Feb. 21, 2024: Michelle Di Russo & Sarah Chandler, CCO Ithaca

Published - February 21, 2024

  The search continues for the new Music Director for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra!  We spoke to another finalist, Michelle Russo, about her background, the sense of home and community she has found in Central New York, and gave us insight into the music on this weekend’s concert.  We were also joined by CCO Managing Director Sarah Chandler, who told us how the search is going – and what a difficult decision this will be!  Take a listen to get to know more about Michelle.   More information is available on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra website.

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Talk CNY – Partnering in the Skies

Published - February 21, 2024

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. Air traffic is up 20 to 25 percent compared to 2019, the airport’s busiest year on record…and the number of available airline seats in 2024 already exceeds 2023. There are no signs of it slowing down. But Hancock International is not only expanding commercial air service, it’s also innovating in the space of advanced air mobility and un-crewed aerial systems through a partnership with NUAIR, one of CenterState CEO’s organizational partners. Opened late last year, the NUAIR Center of Excellence is a hub for the organization’s

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Built: Landmark Theatre

Published - February 19, 2024

Built is a podcast all about special spaces where we gather, and this season they visited a stadium in Atlanta, a music venue in Chicago, and our very own Landmark Theatre. It’s produced by Fidelity National Financial and PRX.

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Blue Dot: Preparing for the Eclipse

Published - February 19, 2024

Upstate New York will be in the path of totality for the much-anticipated April 8th solar eclipse. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about how to successfully prepare, but we’ve got you covered with this special from Blue Dot. It features Rick Fienberg, the project manager for the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force. Blue Dot is produced at North State Public Radio and hosted by Dave Schlom with audio production by Matt Fidler.

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Check It Out: All the Winter Break Fun

Published - February 17, 2024

Your neighborhood Onondaga County Public Library has tons of surprises in store for the week off of school. And, venture beyond your neighborhood for something new every day. Tom and Maggie bring a list of their favorite happenings to this episode, and you can always get a full list at onlib.org.

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Funky Foodies Episode 206: The Funkies Deliver a Lesson in Urban Ecology

Published - February 17, 2024

The Funky Foodies visit Mayor Muskrat to convince him of their idea to turn the vacant lot into a nature center and community garden instead of a commercial mini mall. The Funkies trade Mayor Muskrat’s donut for a healthier soft oat and nut bar. Kid-friendly recipe: Soft Oat and Nut Bar. Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie, Fern, and Zara 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,

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S08 Ep25: Women of Color: Hispanic & Latinx Musicians, Part 4

Published - February 17, 2024

“Until the voice breathes life into the music, you are never quite sure what it will be.” – Samuel Barber to Martina Arroyo   Performances from Hispanic and Latinx musicians fill the hour! “Women of Color: Hispanic & Latinx Musicians, Part 4” Carlos Simon:  Between Worlds Amaryn Olmeda, violin “Songs for Our Times” Deutsche Grammophon Michael Brown:  Echoes of Byzantium Elena Urioste, violin Michael Brown, piano “Echoes – Works for violin and piano” BIS 2284 Camille Saint-Saëns:  Havanaise María Dueñas, violin Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Manfred Honeck, conductor “Beethoven and Beyond” Deutsche Grammophon Samuel Barber:  Andromache’s Farewell Martina Arroyo, soprano New York Philharmonic;

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Dispatches from Planet Albany – New York’s Marijuana Marketplace ‘Disaster’

Published - February 16, 2024

Gov. Kathy Hochul voiced the frustration of nearly all the stakeholders in New York’s burgeoning marijuana marketplace, when she recently conceded to the Buffalo News editorial board that the rollout (under her watch) had been a “disaster.” And it’s through this lens that we’re examining the marijuana landscape in New York, including why state lawmakers and the governor have been inclined to delegate so much authority to state cannabis regulators and whether they’re going to take control of the issue in the future. We’re joined by Hal McCabe, executive director of the Cannabis Association of New York, and Joe Rossi, the head

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Shadow // Yaddo – Somewhere

Published - February 15, 2024

Leonard Bernstein—the conductor and composer known globally for his charisma and style—comes roaring back into the public discourse. We celebrate Lenny’s relationship with Yaddo via a conversation with one of his mentees, acclaimed composer Daron Hagen. PLUS: Edgar Oliver, “the poet laureate of New York’s dispossessed” (The New York Times), performs an excerpt of his latest one-man show, Rip Tide, an ode to The Pyramid Club, which offered an early haven for artists and outcasts in New York City’s downtown, late ’70s scene. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Laura Downes, Javier Morales-Martinez, Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem.

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CNY Latino Podcast, Episode 40 – Celebrating 20 Years of CNY Latino

Published - February 14, 2024

(#40, 2/1/24) In this episode of CNY Latino Podcast, we refresh a couple of past interviews to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the CNY Latino project, and also to recognize the three individuals interviewed as they also celebrate significant milestones. Ana Maria and Allen are musicians that use their music for therapeutic purposes. They have influenced many doctors and healthcare professionals as another method to help patients and anyone with selected psychological issues. Also in this episode, Bea Gonzalez…probably the most recognized and popular Latina in Central New York State, with an array of titles and awards, not to

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North Words: A Life on the Tug Hill Plateau

Published - February 11, 2024

On February’s edition of North Words, we’ll learn about John “Old Lard” Clemens, an early 20th century logger from the Tug Hill plateau. Two descendants are the keepers of his archives, including a trove of letters he exchanged with a Syracuse radio host in the 1950s. Plus, we’ll talk with writer Mark Wish, who lives in Tully. His new novel is a murder mystery set in the highly competitive New York City literary scene – a scene Wish is intimately familiar with. And NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert producer, Bobby Carter, joins us to talk about this year’s Tiny Desk Contest

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THIS Is Ithaca, Episodes 10 and 11

Published - February 11, 2024

It this edition of THIS Is Ithaca, we meet Tony Diehl, the Ithaca Police Department’s parking meter collector. Also, Samantha Mason of Gimme Coffee, who describes herself as a “barista/unionista.” Each episode of THIS Is Ithaca is an “audio portrait” of an individual, produced and co-hosted by Marietta Synodis and Florenz Gilly.

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Funky Foodies Episode 205: Dr. B Inspires a Mission

Published - February 10, 2024

The Funkies come to the rescue after Dr. Beaker shares his dismay over plans to convert his childhood playground into a Wango Tango Taco drive-thru and commercial mini mall. Kid-friendly recipe: Crispy Baked Beef Tacos. Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie, Fern, and Zara 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.

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Zestful Aging – The Guru of Healthy Aging

Published - February 10, 2024

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as a foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, economic and workforce implications of the age wave. Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 19 books on aging-related issues. During his career, Ken has addressed more than two-million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups. His innovative ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide and have garnered nearly fifteen billion media impressions. Dr. Dychtwald is Nicole Christina’s guest on this edition of Zestful Aging.

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S08 Ep24: Women of Color: Composers, Part 7

Published - February 10, 2024

“we don’t break down barriers in music…we don’t see any.” – Errollyn Wallen, founder of Ensemble X   Outstanding compositions from women of color fill the airwaves this week “Women of Color: Composers, Part 7”   Shirley J. Thompson:  Random Sequences Electric Voice Theatre “Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect” First Hand Records 51 Undine Smith Moore:  Soweto Dr. Samantha Edge, piano; Castles of Our Skins “Homage” Lorelt 147 Florence Price:  Five [Negro] Folksongs in Counterpoint Apollo Chamber Players “Blurred Boundaries” Navona 6038 Errollyn Wallen:  At the Ending of a Year Thomas Bacon, horn; James Graber, horn; Caio Pagano, piano

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