Chris Bolt

News Director

Maybe I was destined for a career in radio when I built my first stereo receiver from a Heathkit box…then later spent time running wires over beer-stained floors for local bands in Colorado bars.  I remember becoming enamored with Public Radio's story-telling style covering an exiled music group that had come to Syracuse from El Salvador.  The piece involved interviewing through an interpreter and mixing in the music with a strongly-political story of death squads.  Over the next 23 years I’ve enjoyed covering the issues, people, events, challenges and accomplishments of Central New York. 

I came to Syracuse to finish a Broadcast Journalism degree at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.  I’ve worked at WAER since 1990 and truly enjoy our mission of educating and engaging the community, while training aspiring journalists and broadcasters.  I’m passionate about the area’s lifestyle and efforts to improve its vitality.   When not on a story, in a studio or editing and mentoring students, I can probably be found outside.  I love Central New York’s natural areas and waterways, as well as golfing and biking opportunities.  

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An iconic musical group with roots in Woodstock and Monterey Pop will be playing at the Ridgestock festival in Chittenango this weekend.  WAER’s Chris Bolt and Live Space Entertainment’s Tom Honan got to talk with Canned Heat drummer Fito de la Parra and Manager Skip Taylor about the band’s 50 years of history. 

(Full interview of de la Parra and Taylor below)

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After last year’s cancelation, Syracuse University Football  Fan Fest made a comeback this past weekend.  Coach Dino Babers and players interacted with fans, while numerous other activities got local residents excited for the upcoming season.

Babers is currently in the middle of pre-season practice and said Fan Fest came at a good time to get the community and his players connected.

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Syracuse joined cities in several other states holding a vigil to speak out against the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia…and against the violence it ignited.  Several hundred people gathered at the Jerry Rescue monument in Clinton Square Sunday night. 

Many said they could not let the Charlottesville gathering and the hate it represented go unchecked.  Herve Comeau was frightened by what he saw in media coverage there.

A proposal to expand New York State’s medical marijuana program would ease prescribing and cover more conditions. The changes would include easier access, shorter training courses for practitioners, and reduced regulations for dispensaries, among other changes. Legislative Counsel at the Marijuana Policy Program Kate Bell says these changes would have a positive impact on patients. 

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Syracuse University’s Athletic Department continues to reflect on the life and legacy of Dick MacPherson, who died Tuesday.  The department includes his grandsons, who offered some memories, along with the Athletic Director.  One quality they all seem to agree on is that Coach Mac was a genuine person who made everyone feel important, on and off the field.  Richard 'Macky' MacPherson says he was like a father and his interests went far beyond football.

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Dozens of kids playing in Syracuse parks this summer are learning more than just fun and games.  The YMCA Power Scholars program, an educational camp, is wrapping up its lessons with over 60 third- and fourth-graders. The children themselves find that the camp is about more than even just reading and math.

“In the morning it’s just like regular school, but in the afternoon you get to do fun stuff, said Siany .”

Cuse.com

The Syracuse University community was struck with a loss Tuesday as beloved former Football Coach Dick MacPherson died.  Coach Mac is credited with ramping up enthusiasm for the program. 

(More on Coach Mac's Career Here)

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The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University says the U-S may not be handling the North Korea crisis the right way.  As the regime faces new U-N sanctions over its continued threats of a nuclear attack, Bill Smullen says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to go forward with diplomatic solutions.

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Syracuse University football is in its first week of summer training camp and expectations are high. The Orange is trying to improve on a 4-8 season from a year ago, which was Coach Dino Babers’ first at SU.  Despite the losing record, the team’s offense was able to pile up yards.  The passing attack amassed 321 yards per game, ranking 11th nationally. 

Quarterback Eric Dungey was injured and didn’t play all the games last season.  He says he has a new outlook for this season and is excited for the season to start.

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Nearly 30 Veterans with physical and psychological disabilities are learning skills this week at Syracuse University to successfully build and launch their own businesses.  The 11th annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is offered through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.   

Coordinator Elissa Gibbs says the mission of the program is to arm the men and women with the knowledge and support they need to get their business ideas off the ground.

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