Monday, April 23, 2012

Janis Joplin: The Pearl Sessions

Released in January 1971, three months after her October 1970 death, Pearl quickly became Janis Joplin’s definitive studio album, rising to #1 on the Billboard charts and staying there for nine weeks. Joplin ditched the horn section that somewhat muddied her Kozmic Blues project and, along with her new Full Tilt Boogie Band, cranked out a batch of bluesy rock nuggets that would ultimately define her distinctive vocal talents as more substantial and dynamic than just the caricature of a hard charging, heavy drinking, blues belting mama she had become. It has rightly assumed iconic status in her slim catalog of studio recordings.

Join us on WHWS for a one-hour radio special Tuesday April 24th at 2pm for Janis Joplin: The Pearl Sessions, Hosted by David Gans.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Celebrate 4-20 at High Noon!!

Bob Marley and the Wailers-The original soundtrack-a one hour radio special!

Join Jon Langford of WXRT radio and celebrate the life of Bob Marley.  You'll hear highlights from the soundtrack and new film "Marley".   April 20th @ noon on WHWS-LP, FM 105.7

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Former HWS President on "The Colbert Report"

Richard Hersh, L.H.D.'99, former HWS President and co-author of "We're Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education," recently appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" to talk about his new book.

Emphasizing the role of higher education in helping people think creatively, he notes that there is a crisis in higher education that needs to be addressed.

"Too often we ask students to go through college rather than put in the time and effort that allows them to be challenged and develop their highest capabilities, both intellectually as well as emotionally," says Hersh. "We have lowered the standards we had 30 or 40 years ago."

Hersh says that some colleges are sufficiently challenging and have students who take a variety of electives and dedicate themselves to the process of learning, but other institutions have students who work towards meeting the required number of credit hours and simply earn their diplomas.

An advocate of a classical liberal arts education, Hersh named Hobart and William Smith among colleges who are sufficiently challenging their students to reach their fullest potential.

"Colleges that are doing it right have cultures that are very challenging and ask students to engage in far more work, including reading, writing and integration of knowledge," explains Hersh, noting that M.I.T. and University of Virginia are schools that are "doing it right." "Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where I formerly served as president, is doing some exciting work."

Hersh, a senior consultant with Keegan & Associates since 2006, served as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 1991 to 1999. He oversaw what was at the time the most successful fundraising program in the history of the Colleges. Under his leadership, the Colleges constructed Napier and Rosenberg Halls, the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium, and the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Kickstarter event began today to fundraise for final editing touches of “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt.” Go to to donate. A screening of the film is planned for the Smith Opera House at 5 p.m. Saturday. A reception from 2 to 4 p.m. will offer wing fans a chance to meet the team and taste wings from winning chefs. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the film. Film-only tickets are $5. For more information about the film, go to

Photo By Spencer Tulis/Finger Lakes Times

Fnger Lakes Times

Embarking on a journey to find the tastiest Buffalo chicken wing may sound delicious to wing fans.
However, even the most devoted wing connoisseurs might struggle with the journey Matt Reynolds took.

Reynolds, a Lyons graduate, shot “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” to document a journey he and a small team of other “hunters” took in search of just such a culinary delight, hitting 70 New York restaurants in 16 days. Much of the film was shot in the Finger Lakes area, with some local restaurants vying for the title.

A Kickstarter event begins today to fundraise for final editing touches, with a screening planned for the Smith Opera House Saturday at 5 p.m. A reception from 2 to 4 p.m. will offer wing fans a chance to meet the team and taste wings from winning chefs.

The inspiration for his film came to Reynolds in Poland, where he was writing for Reuters.
“I was making chicken wings a lot for my friends from Poland and Slovakia. One night we had an idea that we should go back to the U.S. and have a wing tour,” said Reynolds. “It just kind of evolved into a mission to find the world’s best buffalo chicken wings.”

Reynolds quit his journalism job in 2007 to travel home and shoot the documentary.
While the film includes laughter and stomach aches, there also are more philosophical undercurrents, he said.

The hunt for a perfect wing led to a bigger metaphysical question: Does perfection really exist?
“It plays with the idea of treating that as a serious question, even though it’s really absurd. There’s irony there,” he confessed.

To him, though, tackling that question in a more serious context, such as the search for the perfect bottle of wine, would seem a bit boring.
The general silliness of a chicken wing hunt, he explained, allowed him “permission to act silly to try to answer the question.”

Other elements to the film include Reynolds rediscovering his Upstate roots, with themes and footage that many here likely will relate to.
“There aren’t enough stories about people from not just Upstate New York, but really anywhere away from the coasts,” said Reynolds. “I think that those stores are worth telling.”
Those that do deal with rural, conservative areas often do so in a one-dimensional way, he said.

The filmmaking process itself had its ups and downs.
“It really became this kind of traveling circus,” Reynolds said. “We met all these really, really strange and interesting characters along the way.”
Eating so many wings was, in fact, “kind of grueling,” he confessed. His “hunters” especially suffered — slaves to his tight schedule, Reynolds said.
With about six to 10 wings a stop, several stops a day, no exercise, cramped quarters and a lot of driving, even the more wing-loving team members faltered along the way.

In addition to culinary exploits and metaphysical questions, the film also has a romantic subplot.
That, Reynolds explained, follows the story between him and his Czech girlfriend, Lucie Mayerova.
But while “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” may deal with an array of engaging themes, finding funding for such a documentary is tricky, according to Reynolds.
Most documentaries are supported by foundations and wealthy donors who believe in the subject matter, he said.
“It’s very hard for a documentary like ours that’s based on entertainment value to get funding,” he said — thus their efforts to raise money. They hope to raise $13,000 in donations from the Kickstarter.

Kickstarter donors can earn prizes such as special edition DVD of the film, gift certificates, phone cooking support from wing experts seen in the film and memorabilia from the film.

GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT trailer from Matt Reynolds on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Former WEOS-WHWS Newsman In Zucotti Park

In Zucotti Park,  former WEOS-WHWS news man Tim Hollinger ’11 and Meggie Schmidt ’10 speak with students about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Hollinger and Schmidt, who are both early and continuing participants in the movement, discussed their firsthand experiences. Photo by Kevin Colton, HWS Photographer.

One of Tim's biggest beats while working on the radio was helping the Finger Lakes Radio Group (Geneva's commercial radio stations) cover former Alaska Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin visit to Auburn, NY in June 2009. Photo by Greg Cotterill.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Tuesday night was a busy night for Gym Class Heroes! For the Travie McCoy-led band performed on two popular American TV shows with just a few hours of difference! First up was Gym's live perfomance on NBC's 'The Voice' to do their Top 20 hit with Neon Hitch, 'Ass Back Home'. Later, Travie McCoy and Co. took 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' stage to perform with Ryan Tedder their confirmed next US single, "The Fighter", for the first time on television.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Geneva's Gym Class Heroes on "The Voice"

TONIGHT......Geneva's Gym Class Heroes are on NBC's "The Voice". Contestants on The Voice have the opportunity to perform with some of their idols, including celebrity judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera, not to mention their personal celebrity mentors. Now, Team Adam contestants have the opportunity to perform with the band Gym Class Heroes in this Tuesday’s first live “Elimination Episode” starting at 9 p.m. ET. Team Adam contestants will have the opportunity to actually enjoy the performance since they won’t be up for elimination until next week. They will be singing the GCH song “Ass Back Home” (featuring Neon Hitch) from the band’s latest album, The Papercut Chronicles II

Monday, April 2, 2012

OVER 5 MILLION YOUTUBE HITS CAN'T BE WRONG!!!!!! The Smith Club Series continues with the Julia Nunes!!!
The Cellar Pub, Coxe Hall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pulteney Street, Geneva April 20th 8pm Limited number of tickets available
Hobart and William Smith Colleges -present- PASSION PIT 5/1/12 The Smith Opera House