Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

I was born and raised in Lowville, NY, on a dairy farm.  My first exposure to radio was in the barn.  My dad would have the radio on while he was milking and doing chores.  We didn’t have a radio in the house so I would listen in the barn.  I loved the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s and still am an “oldies” fan.   Later I inherited an old record player/radio console and played old 78 records and tuned in fuzzy radio stations from far away.  I also made my own music, playing piano and singing along.

Renee Montagne is co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the U.S. She has hosted the newsmagazine since 2004, broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-host Steve Inskeep in NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR, having reported and hosted since the mid-1980s. She hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel for two years in the late 1980s, and previously worked for NPR's Science, National and Foreign desks.

New Music
12:19 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Metheny Mixes Music and Computers on Latest Release

Based on a childhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, 20-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny took his musical exploration to a new territory and built The Orchestrion, a mechanically controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. This innovative project brought about a completely unique approach to solo performance. The collaboration between this master guitarist and his wildest imagination has resulted in a fascinating and absolutely one of a kind musical experience.

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Local Business Announcement
1:40 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Gannon's Isle opens new Downtown ice cream store.

A new Ice Cream store in Downtown Syracuse opens.
Credit John Smith / WAER

There’s some more flavor being added to the redevelopment of Downtown Syracuse.  This time it’s a store that one business hopes will get “lots of licks”. 

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Sports
8:05 am
Mon May 13, 2013

SU Lacrosse Advances to the Quarter Finals

SU VS Bryant
Credit Ben Fontana

SU Lacrosse got past Bryant, 12-7, in the NCAA Opening Round Sunday night inside the Carrier Dome. Dylan Donahue led the Orange with 3 goals, while Kevin Rice added 2 goals to go along with 2 assists. Tewaaraton finalist JoJo Marasco paced the midfield with a pair of goals as well.

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

130-year Anniversary
1:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Salvation Army Reflects on Helping Syracusans in need for well over a Century

Salvation Army marks 130 years in Syracuse
Credit sasyr.org

Monday starts Salvation Army week nationwide...and here in Syracuse it means recognizing an agency that’s been here for 130 years.  Here's some of the history and the modern makeup of the organization.

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Live Music
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Local Band Explores the Pop Side of Jazz Music

Dave Solazzo & Bill Horrace

Jazz is one of those music genres that divides listeners into 3 basic categories: enthusiasts, acceptors, and avoiders.  Enthusiasts are those that are passionate about the music and it's history.  Acceptors might not necessarily know what they are listening to but often enjoy and accept what they are hearing.  Avoiders...well they need no definition.  The latest incarnation of the Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo Experience attempts to bridge some gaps between enthusiast and acceptor and perhaps snag an avoider or two.

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Mother's Day Health Reminder
1:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mother's Day Cancer screening reminder

Dinosaur Barbeque Syracuse
Credit dinosaurbarbque.com

Mothers Day placemats with a health message.

A Mother’s Day meal at some local restaurants might also serve as a reminder for Moms to take care of their health. 

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