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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Cycling Erie Canal
5:59 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Canal Ride Day 7 Parallels Mohawk River, Native American History

Jesuit Shrine to the Martyrs is ntional Shrine to Kateri Tekakwitha, recently sainted.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The next-to-last day of Cycling the Erie Canal might have been called Native American day.  The ride started in Canajoharie, a Mohawk word describing a feature of the Canajoharie Gorge.  Much of the day's cycling was back on the Erie Canalway trail system, which for part of this stretch stayed near the Mohawk River.  The recreation path went in and out of pleasant forested areas, giving glimpses of the Mohawk all along the way.A short detour off the path led to a Jesuit Shrine to Mohawk martyrs.

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Cycling Erie Canal
10:35 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Canal Ride Day 6 Affected by Recent Flooding in Herkimer, Mohawk Areas

Road damage and hill erosion can be seen off of Route 5 near Mohawk.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Day 6 of Cycling the Erie Canal didn't include too much "canal".  Due to the flooding in Herkimer and Mohawk, the route of the cyclists had to be detoured, leaving out just about all the waterfront sections because they are damaged, unsafe or being restored. 

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Cycling Erie Canal
6:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Day 5 of Canal Ride Takes Tour To Birthplace of the Erie, Other Familiar Place to CNYers

Gil Roy tells the story of the canal boats, on which cargo and the pilot's entire family would ride. This replica at the Chittenango Landing Canal Park.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Rome wasn't built -- or bicycled to -- in a day.  So after five days of riding, the 500+ cyclists that came to Syracuse  Wednesday made camp at Fort Stanwyx Thursday. 

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Cycling Erie Canal
9:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Day 4 of Canal Ride: CNY History and Successes, Beautiful Local Scenery

Seneca Falls' busy downtown shows how tourism has boosted the economy, where manufacturing, which utilized the Seneca-Cayuga and Erie Canal, once flourished
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Riders in Cycling the Erie Canal traveled from tourism location Seneca Falls through CNY natural beauty to the historic Camillus Erie Canal Park Wednesday. 

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Cycling Erie Canal
9:56 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Day 3 of Canal Ride: Different Types of Communities, While Riders Face Stiffest Test

Developed waterfront at Fairport attracts pleasure boats and other tourists.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The third day on the Cycling the Erie Canal ride had the trail veer away from the canal waterway.  As reported earlier, Parks and Trails New York and the other entities promoting the Canalway Trail would like to close gaps in the trail, so riders, hikers and other people seeking recreation could have a contiguous trail.  The ride started in Pittsford, just a few miles off the canal, then headed along the waterway past several working locks.  Some communities such as Fairport and Seneca Falls (see pictures) in Tuesday's itinerary have built up waterfront, taking advantage of canal tourism. 

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