5 Things to do in Broome County

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and  http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

BROOME COUNTY IS FILLED WITH ALL SORTs OF CULTURAL EVENTS, BANDS, SHOWS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, AND MORE. I’ve HEARD IT SAID, “THERE’S NOTHING TO DO IN THIS AREA”. MAYBE WE’VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF SAYING THIS, BUT IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG.

Here is a list of 5 great things you or your family can partake in this quite incredibly artsy and family-themed area. The only thing missing is an amusement park. But, if you want to find a park, we have plenty to have a blast at.

1. PICK A PARK!

Broome County is filled with parks. There is Otsiningo Park along the Chenango River, which offers a baseball field, two soccer fields, a huge playground for the kiddies, bathrooms, water fountains, a beautiful walkway surrounding and meandering through the park, around a pond, and among the geese. Look out for dogs walking, bikes, and skaters, but they aren’t hard to avoid, as they hardly ever out-number the walkers.

There are Greenwood and Nathaniel Cole Parks. Both offer lakes with swimming fronts and sandy beaches. Both offer boating and fishing. Want to catch some rays and socialize with new friends, old friends, neighbors or associates? These two parks have all the sun-bathing room you need, plenty of picnic tables, large group outdoor venues, grills, softball fields, and playgrounds.

Don’t stop just at those parks though, or you’ll be missing out. There’s still Dorchester Park in Whitney Point. They have a huge, long lake, with a boat launch, and sail boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals available. Plenty of beachfront sand and swimming. A playground, and some grilling and picnic areas. It can make for a beautiful day if the weather is just right.

Our last, but not least, favorite place to go is Highland Park in Endwell. This park has it all. A carousel, playground, swimming pool, grills, picnic tables and is the center of many functions, including the famous July 4th celebration every summer with the most incredible fireworks display in the area. Of course, there are other parks, but these are our favorites here at WBDY-LP 99.5 FM Binghamton’s Community Radio and offer the most for you or your family’s visit.

2. LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS...OH MY!

Let’s not forget the world-famous April and her giraffe family. Yes, Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY has everything you and the kids will love: many animals to pet and feed, exotic pets, and of course the only giraffes in the surrounding area, or even upstate NY, we believe. April became famous in 2017, when even in Germany, the news was getting around that she was having her first baby, and there was a contest to name it.

The Ross Park Zoo is hilly, but it is a beautiful walk through the woods as you happen upon some of your favorite animals, including the popular penguins, who are a fan favorite. The zoo has a few picnic areas, and a carousel, as well.

We’d be remiss not to mention an out of county zoo, but only about an hour outside of Binghamton in Syracuse, Onondaga County. That is the world-knowned Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Wow, this place has 700 different animals, they purport on Google Search. From snakes to spiders, monkeys to tigers, Amur leopards and yes, even bears. A new large penguin display, American bison, elephants with a new bundle of joy in an Asian elephant making its public debut around Memorial Day, and so many more exotic creatures such as the red panda cubs, snow leopard cubs, and lemurs. Even check out a cute bird sanctuary inside. This zoo has tables inside and out to eat at, petting barns, all surrounding you after you grab a bite to eat at their restaurant.

3. TAKE IN A SHOW!

Now, this is one entertainment area that Binghamton and the surrounding communities are never, ever shy of. Whether it’s Broadway Tours at the Forum Theater, The Tri-Cities Opera, Summer Savoyards, the Fab Arts Company, SRO Productions, EPAC, or any of the other small community theater groups, combined with Broadway caliber high school performances, you can find a show on almost any given weekend to take in.

The area’s talent, combined with SUNY-Broome’s music program, Binghamton University’s music and theater programs, as well as hundreds of professional and amateur performers, this county is busting out at the seams with talent.

The Floyd L. Maines Arena, once known for decades as the War Veterans Memorial Arena, outside of which you will find a nice memorial to lost area soldiers, puts on concerts often, many different community programs for kids, the Shriner’s circus, and of course our very own hockey team, the Binghamton Devils (for more about sports, keep reading).

That’s just a limited look at what comes through the arena on any given day, night or weekend. Don’t forget all those kids shows that pull through, and some area graduations.

There is a whole heck of a lot of live entertainment. From bands such as O.C.D., The KiiL, Milkweed, The Gents, Wreckless Marci and many, many more amazingly talented groups to magician acts, singing competitions, amazing karaoke at places like the Lost Dog or Nips Park Avenue Saloon Thursday nights, or try Birtchy's Joint on Saturday nights with Amy Howe, a powerful singer in her own right. You’ll hear some great singing coming from mouths you’d never guess could produce the quality they do.

The Lost Dog has a singing competition coming up beginning the 18th that will blow your socks off for sure. The talent that Powerhouse Entertainment and Frankie Cepero pulls in on a Thursday night is out of this world, and you might feel guilty you haven’t forked over a concert fee for what you find yourself a part of after 3 hours of wall-to-wall top voices the area has to offer.

4. SPORTS ANYONE?

I think most of us are aware that our area thrives on sports. There is the NY Mets Double-A team at NYSEG Stadium, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. We have a UHL Hockey team in the Binghamton Devils, formerly the Senators, formerly the Rangers, formerly the Whalers, formerly the Dusters. If we’ve left a team name out, we apologize, but we think we fit them all in here.

There are lots of High School sporting events and currently and in the past, we have had County, State, and World Champs come out of Broome County. It was just in 2017, that Maine-Endwell Little League won the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania, just a few hours away. We’ve had High School teams rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in National High School rankings, and an uncountable number of State Champs in just about every sport.

At one point, Vestal Soccer and Binghamton Basketball and Football were all ranked in the top 3 in the nation in their respective sports at the same time, but we are going back just a few decades for that mention.

5. KIDS AND FAMILY FUN!

Here we’d simply like to list some places you can take yourself, your kids, or the whole family to have hours of fun and enjoyment.

Tully’s - Sure, it’s a restaurant, but with dozens of televisions sets playing all different types of sports, and a game room, combined with large plates of delicious, lip-smacking, finger-licking, kick-butt food, kids love this place.

Bowling Alleys - Midway Lanes, Sunset Lanes, and Laurel Bowl seem to be the most popular hangouts for the bowling crowd, although there are others in the area. Families will flock to these establishments when there are no leagues happening, and they offer midnight bowling, kids bumper bowling, video games, food, and fun.

There are numerous swimming pools, a few right by some of the area’s famous carousels. Just check out those parks I mentioned above, and in your neighborhoods, as many have their own pools.

Robot City Games is a throwback to the past for some of us older folk who grew up with the first arcades ever. Here you’ll find a large back room filled with lines and lines of old standing video games and in the country's largest video game arcade is a long row of pinball machines for all you wizards out there. The store also offers lots of used games, and gaming systems, and more.

There are activities all around this area, especially when winter ends, and the warm months charge through the area. You’d be remiss to not find anything to do. We hope you find this article educational, and handy the next time you or the kids say, “There’s nothing to do!”

*All Venues have links.

Photo is courtesy of Patti Schwartz and http://www.pattilovesbing.com/

Written by Colin Wood

Underwriting for WBDY Bundy Radio Program

Underwriting for WBDY Bundy Radio Program

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia.com/Old Radio Photo

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia.com/Old Radio Photo

Why Funding Community radio is important!

Community radio is a common good in a time when media is largely non-local, consolidated, and corporatized. It is a space for our diverse community to listen to each other and improve together. The WBDY format is unique and showcases our Broome County community, while offering people without access to traditional media a platform for self-expression.

We invite all community members to create programming and content that is in line with our mission. Our goal is to help community members make their vision a reality, whether it be hosting a weekly music program, having their song played on air, or sharing their own story.

In order to accomplish this goal, we offer students, community news gatherers, organizations, and community members opportunities and skill development relating to the production of their own radio programming. At our heart, WBDY-LP 99.5 FM Radio is an open platform and an ongoing, never-finished, community project.

WBDY 99.5 FM has three major funding streams: memberships, underwriting, and grants. In 2018, we began a membership system through Patreon.com, connected with various potential and current underwriters, and began pursuing grants.

Benefits of underwriting community radio

  1. Underwriting makes you a vibrant member of the WBDY-LP and community radio in Binghamton! You can feel good knowing that your contribution supports local arts, music, and history programming on and off the air.

  2. An underwriting statement expressing your organization’s support of Bundy Radio WBDY, which includes a description of your services, contact information, and your catch-phrase/tag line. It will be approximately 20 seconds long and run at least twice a day from 7am-10pm.

  3. Inclusion of your organization in a twice-daily listing of underwriters and a linked listing on our website and social media. See our website for a complete list of supporters here.

  4. Underwriters are members of the WBDY community. We work with underwriters to develop event-specific radio spots, as well.

  5. All underwriting is tax deductible. Bundy Radio maintains non-profit status. All low-power stations in the country must be run on a non-commercial basis and only non-profits are eligible to receive LP licenses.

Cost levels for underwriting WBDY-LP Bundy Radio 99.5 FM

1 month = $125

4 months = $400 ($100/month)

6 months = $550 ($92/month)

1 year = $1,000 ($83/month)

*If you sign up for a year of underwriting at once, you lock in that rate for the next year, as well!

Please direct all inquiries into underwriting Bundy Radio to:

The Bundy Museum of History and Art/Bundy Radio

(607) 772-9179

or WBDY@BundyMuseum.org

*For more information on underwriting please request our underwriting guideline and information packet.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.

Bundy Radio

Written by Colin Wood

Welcome To the Bundy Radio Blog

Welcome to the Bundy Radio Blog!


The Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY

The Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY

Welcome

We are so thrilled here at the Bundy Museum to welcome you to another new aspect of WBDY-LP. WBDY is a non-commercial, independent, community radio station located in Binghamton, NY and a project of the Bundy Museum of History and Art.

Our Mission

The radio has a mission. That is, to promote the Broome County area’s vibrant arts and music community; explore our area’s unique history and culture; assist our communities bringing good into the world; and act as a platform and creative outlet for the Binghamton community.

Our Goal

Our primary goal is to cultivate a “community radio ethos.” To be able to foster a community where people are empowered to think, act, speak, and explore with others out-loud for the betterment of themselves and their neighbors.

With you as listeners, supporters and underwriters we are able to use the positive power of radio to create community, foster creativity, encourage civic engagement, explore the vast depths of human knowledge, and create a more socially and economically just world.

Our Programming

We offer an incredibly diverse and varietal mix of programming, including local music and interviews with artists and community leaders, as well as locally recorded programming. We also assist live venues with live recording and production, and help promote overlooked events throughout our area with WBDY-LP partners.

We also love our Bundy Radio Hour — replete with local voices and their stories and talents. We are an affiliate of the Pacifica Network and broadcast a variety of enriching programs from fellow affiliates. Keep your ear out for new BRH specials coming up, such as band interviews and unplugged and plugged music, and more. New shows, new interviews too!

Thanks for listening and reading!

If you’re a business owner, keep your eye out for our next posting on how to become a Bundy Radio Underwriter. To all others, again welcome to our blog, and we hope to see you back here again, and remember to keep listening to 99.5 WBDY-LP Radio all day, every day.

Written by Colin Wood