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The Story of Kitchen Table Conversations

The SUNY College at Oneonta founded a FM, NPR affiliated radio station in 2007 -- WUOW .  SUNY Oneonta began planning WUOW after the regional floods of 2006 with the primary goal of developing a community radio station with emergency broadcast capabilities. Carol Blazina, then Vice President of Community Relations at the college, ably aided by Gary Wickham and Brian Levis, was responsible for seeing to it that WUOW even existed.  Senator James Seward lent his usual generous support to such endeavors by way of a $50,000 legislative grant. Gary and Brian were joined by Rebecca Hoey, and then, on a part time basis, by city historian Mark Simonson. Other local radio pros such as Mark Drnek, Doug Decker and the late Terry Doyle also lent their time and expertise.

The station aimed at offering a variety of programming, including interviews with local individuals of note and interest. One such program is “Kitchen Table Conversations” (KTC), hosted by Alan Donovan, former college president, and produced by Mark Simonson. (Brian Levis was the producer from June – December, 2011.)  KTC was a live segment of the Sunday Review, hosted by Gary Wickham. The actual title of KTC was the suggestion of Brian Levis. During the duration of the program, the host of KTC  volunteered his services.

Along with a live broadcast, the purpose of the program has been to create an oral archive of those interviewed, which to date have numbered over 100, with over 100 hours recorded. Not strictly speaking oral histories, the notion was to capture individuals telling their own stories, recording their personal, professional and community accomplishments -- with the personalization of their own voices. Interviewees have included business and political leaders, medical professionals, artists, educators, and other individuals of interest both from Otsego and Delaware Counties. Several of the programs, including Memories of the Railroad and Broad Street were recorded at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS), thanks to the sponsorship of Bob Brzozowski, GOHS Executive Director. All these interviews should be of interest to those living in this area for years to come: they capture the sense of an individual’s life in a way which vitally preserves his/her experiences and contributions.

WUOW was officially closed in early May, 2013. But thanks again to the sponsorship of the Milne Library, Nancy Cannon, Andy Perry, Lyndsie Robinson, and GOHS, all the KTC recordings will continue to be available. What follows is an index to the interviews. The interviewees/programs are listed alphabetically with the initial date of each broadcast. The length of each segment varies: in most cases the interviews last two-three segments.

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2008

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2009

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2010

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2011

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2012

Kitchen Table Conversations: 2013, Final on WUOW

  • February 3, 2013: Ken Baldwin Part 1
    Rev. Ken Baldwin (retired) recalls his life and times starting with his early days in Fayetteville, NY.
  • February 10, 2013: Ken Baldwin, Part 2
    Rev. Baldwin continues the conversation and relates his decision to attend Union Theological Seminary after a year in Scotland. He attended the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and the Black Panther trial in 1971.
  • February 17, 2013: Ken Baldwin, Part 3
    Rev. Baldwin remembers his participation in the 1968 Democratic National Convention, his career as a minister and work with refugees, involvement with the Black Panthers, and future plans.
  • May 9, 2013: Kitchen Table Conversations: Farewell Program
    Alan Donovan and Gary Wickham recount the history of WUOW radio and the broad range of Kitchen Table Conversation interviewees. WUOW, initially funded by a grant, began with Bob Kafarski of SUNY-Oneonta obtaining a low-power FM license in 2006. Alan and Gary tell of WUOW employees Brian Levis, Rebecca Hoey, and Mark Simonson. The conversation also relates the history of local radio in Oneonta, including memories of Joe Campbell. WUOW 91.3 FM was founded after the disasterous regional 2006 flooding as a means of providing emergency broadcasting service to the local community; the importance of support for local public radio was stressed. This was the last KTC program broadcast. The station was closed down soon after this show aired.

Kitchen Table Conversations: New Series

Index to Kitchen Table Conversations

Interviewee(s)                                                           Beginning Date of  Interview

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Albrecht, Cheri                                                           June 28, 2009 (2 Segments)

Avanzato, Antonio                                                      April 25, 2010 (2 Segments)

Babcock, Betsy and Brian                                         September 2, 2012 (3 Segments)

Baldwin, Ken                                                               February 3, 2013 (3 Segments)

Barnes, Bob                                                                 May 10, 2009 (2 Segments)

Beal, Jack                                                                     March 6, 2011 (2 Segments)

Beekman Boys                                                            January 8, 2012 (3 Segments)

Brenner, David                                                            September 14, 2008 (2 segments)

Broad Street Memories                                             November 28, 2010 (2 Segments)

Brockway, Rick                                                            October 18, 2009 (2 Segments)

Brooks Family                                                              August 31, 2008 (2 Segments)

Brown, George                                                             March 14, 2010 (3 Segments)

Campbell, Joe                                                               May 24, 2009 (2 Segments)

Casale, Tony                                                                  February 20, 2011 (2 Segments)

Civilian Conservation Corps Memories                   May 23, 2010 (2 Segments)

Clay, Carleton                                                               April 24, 2011 (4 Segments)

Colone, Albert                                                              April 5, 2009  ( 2 Segments)

Dailey, Denise                                                               July 15, 2012 (4 Segments)

Davis, Bill                                                                        May 9, 2010 (2 Segments)

Diehl, Leslie                                                                   August 15, 2010 ( 2 Segments)

Doyle, Elena                                                                   October 4, 2009 (2 Segments)

Drogen, Arnie                                                                 July 11, 2010 (3 Segments)

Drago, Tony                                                                    January 15, 2009 (3 Segments)                                                                                                                                

Electric Lake Memories                                                July 3, 2011 (1 Segment)

Foti, Tom                                                                          January 24, 2010 (2 Segments)

Freckleton, Sondra                                                       March 20, 2011 (1 Segment)

Grummons, Lester                                                        February 19, 2012 (4 Segments)

Harlem, Robert Sr.                                                         August 23, 2009 (2 Segments)

Harman, Bill                                                                     September 19, 2010 (3 Segments)

Iverson, Jack                                                                  January 23, 2011 (1 Segment)

Iverson, Joan                                                                  January 9, 2011 (2 Segments)

Johnson, Robert                                                              November 14, 2010 (2 Segments)

Johnson, Tim                                                                   April 2, 2011 (1 Segment)

Joseph, Stephen                                                              October 9, 2011 (4 Segments)

Kevlin, Jim                                                                         August 21, 2011 (3 Segments)

Kjarval, Ulla                                                                       July, 10, 2011 (2 Segments)

Kotz, Jack                                                                          November 27, 2011 (3 Segments)

Kuzminski, Adrian                                                            April 29, 2012 (4 Segments)

Lambros, Nick                                                                   March 8, 2009 (2 Segments)

Levine, Sid                                                                         June 26, 2010 (2 Segments)

Lunn, Will                                                                            June 19, 2011 (2 Segments)

Macdougall,  Hugh                                                             February 21, 2010 (3 Segments)

Macris, Peter                                                                      September 28, 2008 (2 Segments)

Maier, Dillon                                                                        August 27, 2012 (3 Segments)

Malhotra, Ashok                                                                 June 7, 2009 (3 Segments)

Marner, Gene and Carole Satrina                                    July 12, 2009 (2 Segments)

Matthews, Harry Bradshaw                                                April 10, 2011 (2 Segments)

McCoy, John                                                                         September 23, 2012 (4 Segments)

McGough, Mark                                                                    May 27, 2012 (3 Segments)

Mongillo, Tony                                                                       November 1, 2009 (4 Segments)

Morgan, Tom                                                                         March 22, 2009 (2 Segments)

Moyer, Bob                                                                            November 29, 2009 (2 Segments)

Mullen, Jim                                                                            September 20, 2009 (2 Segments)

Muller, Kim                                                                             April 4, 2010 (3 Segments)

Mullett, Marian                                                                      October 19, 2008 (2 Segments)

Mukai, Greg                                                                            December 28th, 2008( 2  Segments – Jan 4th -2009)

Muther, Susan, Reed, Hazen –Breedworks                      January 29, 2012 (3 Segments)

Nader, Sam                                                                             August 3, 2008 (4 Segments)

Ostapeck, Lady                                                                      November 2, 2008 (1 Segment)

Parish, Milly                                                                            February 4, 2015 (1 Segment)

Pie in the Sky – Jamie Potter/Janet Powers                       July 24, 2011 (2 Segments)

Pirone, Bud                                                                             June 6, 2010 (3 Segments)

Railroad Memories                                                                April 19, 2009 (3 Segments

Ranieri, Michael                                                                     September 6, 2009 (2 Segments)

Rees, Helen                                                                             November 9, 2008 (2 Segments)

Roberts, Gordy                                                                       December 7, 2008 (1 Segment)

Robinson, Rob                                                                         January 30, 2011 (3 Segments)

Rogers, Bertha                                                                        June 17, 2012 (4 Segments)

Ross, Mary-Anne                                                                    January 3, 2010 ((3 Segments)

Rotary Memories                                                                    August 7, 2011 (2 Segments)

Ryan, Mary                                                                               December 14, 2008 (2 Segments)

Scarzafava, John                                                                    October 10, 2010 (3 Segments)

Schneider, Chuck                                                                    December 13, 2009 (2 Segments)

Simonson, Mark                                                                       December 9, 2012 (4 Segments)

Siegfried, Alice                                                                         February 7, 2010 (2 Segments)

Smith, Geoff                                                                               February 22, 2009 (2 Segments)                                                                          

Slatin, Harvey                                                                            August 29, 2010 (3 Segments)

Sorin, Gretchen                                                                        March 25, 2012 (5 Segments)

Stalter, Kenneth                                                                        February 8, 2009 (2 Segments)

Stevens, John                                                                            October 12, 2008 (1 Segment)

Streck, Bill                                                                                  October 31, 2010 (2 Segments)

Sweet Adelines                                                                         December 12, 2010 (2 Segments)

Trelease, Tom                                                                            August 1, 2010 ( 2 Segments)

Vasquez, Arturo                                                                         May 22, 2011 (2 Segments)

Wharton, Clifford                                                                      July 26, 2009 (3 Segments)

Wharton, Dolores                                                                     August 16, 2009 (1 Segment)

Woodstock Reunion – Robert Johnson

       John Kinchloe, Brian & Pat Levis                                  November 6, 2011 (3 Segments)

Yancey, Virginia                                                                       September 18, 2011 (3 Segments)

Zeh, Bobby                                                                               June 5, 2011 (2 Segments)

 

Farewell – Alan Donovan, Gary Wickham                           May 9, 2013

      
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