August Program Highlights

New programs, commemorations highlight August schedule

Locally produced shows are archived; talk shows indefinitely, music for two weeks at:

Radio Chatskill (Saturdays at 10 am) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 22.  Dr. Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator of History and Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Sr. Historian and Curator for Social History at The New York State Museum will join host Tim Bruno for a discussion of the struggle for equal rights in the 19th century, the campaign for New York State suffrage, ratification of the 19th Amendment, and the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through to the 21st century. Dr. Jennifer Lemak Bio: Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Sr. Bio: Exhibit Link:

Sound Beat, a new 90-second feature airs at 7:49 am, weekdays presenting “music performances, film scores, of distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country and bluegrass plus speeches and spoken word performances from some of the great thinkers, political figures and luminaries from the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries… like Thomas Edison, George Bernard  Shaw, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and Theodore Roosevelt.” From the Belfer Archives, part of the Syracuse University Libraries and one of the largest sound archives in the United States.  LINK:

August 1, the student journalists of Manor Ink return for another edition of “Radio Chatskill (Saturdays at 10 am): Teen Edition” It’s followed at 10:30am by a 30- minute special about “Parenting in The Pandemic” from Transmission Times, from independent producer Katie Semro.  Hear from 20 parents on the highs, the lows, the unexpected, and the unforgettable of this pandemic. If you missed it on air, follow this LINK.

Home produced Ballads and Banjos (Saturdays at 7 am) presents a different kind of show August 8 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Host Sonja Hedlund has a special place in her heart for Hiroshima “having lived there in the 1960s teaching English at a girls school, living with a Japanese family, learning to speak Japanese.” She includes some of her memories in the show as well as the voice of President Truman.  The show is archived until August 22

Doug Sandberg, host of Let’s Talk Vets (every other Wednesday) continues a discussion about discrimination, prejudice, and abuse in the US military establishment. The August 12 show focuses on MST (Military Sexual Trauma) with founder & CEO of the Military Sexual Trauma Movement, Janelle Mendez and updates from Ben Pomerance, Deputy Director of Program Development, NYS Veteran’s Affairs. On the August 26 show Doug talks with Marty Klein of Woodstock NY., a blind USAF Vet who contracted a rare eye disease while serving as a weatherman. Ultimately he became totally blind. After years of wrestling with his blindness, loss of identity, self-esteem, pride, and his family, he embarked on a crusade to allow vets with some disabilities to continue to serve in some capacity. “Why Can’t We Serve” has become a movement. He has also produced a one hour film by the same name which has been shown around the country. Also on the show, Pula Miratello, who is the founder and CEO ofMy Brother Vinnie. When vets are placed in new housing quarters, they often do not have the furniture, bedding, utensils, etc. required to establish a suitable home. My Brother Vinnie supplies vets with everything they need.

In the August 8 edition of Farm and Country (Saturdays at 11:05) Keith Hubbard‘s “Star Talk” report says that in the next few days, the Perseid meteor shower will streak across the sky after midnight. In “Along the “Poet’s Row”, Christine San Jose recites poetry on the theme of gardeners and farmers. And in her segment, “Now You Know”, Stephanie Phillips interviews Dirt Diva Adrianne Picciano on the subject of seed saving and flowers. On August 15 Keith Hubbard’s “Star Talk” helps us locate cassiopeia and the andromeda galaxy. In her segment, “Now You Know”, Stephanie Phillips interviews Dirt Diva Adrianne Picciano on the subject of seed saving for the purpose of propagating trees and bushes. The August 22 show features  Pat and Jim Sanders, “For the Birds,” reporting on migrating chimney swifts nicknamed “flying cigars.” In her segment, “Now You Know,” Stephanie Phillips visits Ed Leonardi at Wild Craft Farms in Bethel, NY and talks with him about his high quality heirloom corn crop.

Beginning August 31 WJFF airs La Voz en Breve con Mariel Fiori (Mondays at 7 pm)  a weekly Spanish language information and entertainment program with interviews, music and humor hosted by journalist Mariel Fiori, managing editor and co-founder of La Voz, cultura y noticias hispanas del Valle de Hudsonan award-winning free Spanish language magazine serving the 140,000 Latinos living in the Mid–Hudson Valley and The Catskills. La Voz en Breve is produced in partnership with Mariel Fiori and Radio Kingston.


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