From the Vault

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Passport_Compas_Rose-01WCNY is opening its vault doors to feature favorite WCNY-produced program classics from the past. Each month, we’ll release a new classic on Passport, your on-demand library of quality public television programming online. Prefer to watch on TV? Check out our TV broadcast schedule.


February Feature

Arctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th



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cherry valleyA Trip Down the Cherry Valley Turnpike

Available on Passport September 1

TV Broadcast

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 8 p.m.

WCNY’s local special takes viewers through the villages and hamlets along U.S.Route 20 in Central New York full of rich history and Americana.

the barnThe Barn

Available on Passport September 1

TV Broadcast

Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:45 p.m.

Learn about some of the unique barns that can be found in Central New York, designed for specific purposes to meet the needs of different farmers.

picture palacesCentral New York Picture Palaces

Available on Passport September 1

TV Broadcast

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:45 p.m.

In this 2003 edition of WCNY’s Central New York History series, Bill Baker narrates a journey through the memories architecture and lore of the great theaters across Central New York where action, comedy, mystery, romance and adventure lived.

1940sCentral New York in the 40s

Available on Passport September 1

TV Broadcast

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:45 p.m.

Take a nostalgic look at what was going on here on the home front and defines a turning point in America’s history. Participants include Charle Marvin, Frank Tomaino, Rosemary Nesbitt, Jackie Coley, and John Marcham.

lincolns right handWilliam Henry Seward: Lincoln’s Right Hand

Available on Passport October 1

TV Broadcast

October 9, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Best known for his involvement in the 1867 purchase of Alaska (“Seward’s folly”) and as Abraham Lincoln’s most trusted advisor, William Henry Seward left a legacy that encompasses more than expansionist dreams. With historic photography, archival footage and on-location segments, this documentary provides historical insight into a founding father of the Republican Party and also one of America’s most enigmatic though often overlooked politicians.

railroadsRiding the Rails: A History of Railroads in CNY

Available on Passport November 1

TV Broadcast

November 6, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Climb on board with Bill Baker as he takes you for a ride along the historical railways of Central New York. This show makes several stops in places such as: Syracuse, Central Square, and even The Adirondacks.

christmas in CNYCentral New York Christmas

Available on Passport December 1

TV Broadcast

December 4, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Nothing says “The Holidays” more than numerous choirs across the Central New York region singing classic, modern, and cultural Christmas, and holiday favorites!

BGRBluegrass Ramble Special

Available on Passport January 1

TV Broadcast

January 22, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Central New York Bluegrass legend Bill Knowlton, host of WCNY’s Bill Knowlton Bluegrass Ramble radio program heard Sunday nights on WCNY for nearly 50 years, opens the stage to some of the region’s leading Bluegrass and Folk music groups of the day.

arctic airArctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th

Available on Passport February 1

TV Broadcast

February 12, 2018 at 9 p.m.

“Arctic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th,” captures the commitment of scientists and military flight crews in a frozen land of incredible beauty but where danger always lurks. Meet the men and women who transport supplies, cargo and staff to and from Greenland in temperatures that threaten to freeze their planes’ fuel and hydraulic fluid. See the camps where American and international teams of scientists seek to unlock mysteries of the past buried deep within the polar ice cap to help provide answers to some of today’s most important questions about climate change and global warning. The environment is harsh and the specialized training is intense, they are dedicated to this unique and critical mission on behalf of our planet. This is an adventure not to be missed!

broadcast legendsCentral New York’s Own: Broadcast Legends

Available on Passport March 1

TV Broadcast

March 12, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Join The Play Lady, Baron Daemon, the Sandman, and many other Syracuse television and radio legends as they gather together to discuss their stories and share their favorite memories of being on television.

chiefsStars, Diamonds and the Chiefs

Available on Passport April 1

TV Broadcast

April 23, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Drop your peanuts and Cracker Jack’s, because this show will “catch” you off guard as Ron Gersbacher takes you through the history of Syracuse’s own baseball team: The Chiefs.”

Contemporary CanalsDream Destinations: New York’s Contemporary Canals

Available on Passport May 1

TV Broadcast

May 2018 at TBD

Opened to the public with great ceremony in 1825, “Clinton’s Ditch” was considered an engineering marvel for its time. With little technical knowledge or precedents to guide them, workers surveyed, blasted and dug a 524-mile system across the state, opening up America for further exploration and development. Today, the state’s canal system has become a tourist destination for boaters and kayakers, as well as bikers and walkers who use the old foot path along the canal. The program is hosted and narrated by Roy Underhill, of PBS’s The Woodwright’s Shop.

great ammusment parksGreat Amusement Parks of Central New York

Available on Passport June 1

TV Broadcast

June 2018 at TBD

The ratcheting sounds of roller coasters and the calliopes of the historic carousels are captured in this award-winning tour of the region’s most cherished fun parks. Historic photos and 21st century footage capture the parks in all of their grandeur.

center stage agThe Performers: Taking Center State in New York Agriculture

Available on Passport July 1

TV Broadcast

July 2018 at TBD

Exploring modern agriculture across New York, this 2007 documentary hosted by Liz Ayers crisscrosses the state’s most fertile fields and cutting edge farms to learn how New York growers stay competitive in a global economy. The program visits with 12 farm families who build tradition with innovation from Long Island to Lake Erie to the Adirondacks.

mariannecopeAn American Saint: Marianne Cope

Available on Passport August 1

TV Broadcast

August 2018 at TBD

This one-hour documentary is about Sister Marianne Cope, a German immigrant raised in Utica whose life journey led her from Central New York to Hawaii and ultimately to sainthood.




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