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Keith James

I'm a nomadic Ohio native who has called CNY home since 1991. Although a musician and teacher by trade, it's by complete chance that I'm even behind a radio microphone! I live in New Hartford with an amazing woman and 5 wonderful kids. Nothing engages me like a good conversation or new idea and I love winging life in the moment. When the curve balls fly though, there's no cure like retail therapy, a haircut, driving with the windows down or walking around barefoot! When I'm not on the air, some of my hobbies are: Flying Airplanes, Piano / Singing, Texas Hold-em, Competitive Pool, Skating and Movie Nights
Album Art - Jim Raymer
Album Art - Jim Raymer
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Kelly Yacco Talks ‘Kelly’s Christmas’ CD Benefitting The House Of The Good Shepherd

It's becoming a regular thing: local musicians from all genres and walks of life coming together at Big Blue North Recording Studio to make another record full of Holiday classics that you can stuff your stockings with and put Central New York in the Christmas mood.

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photo: Keith James / TSM
photo: Keith James / TSM
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Real Christmas Trees Vs. Fake – The Pros & Cons, What Would You Do?

All of these years and I've never gone out and got a real tree for Christmas. It was always so much easier to drop the $100-150 for a lighted tree at Wal-Mart, plug it in and BOOM, done. Still felt like Christmas right? Well yeah, BUT...

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Claus Andersen/Getty Images
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Scott From New York Sash Explains The Utica Hockey ‘Teddy Bear Toss’

The first UC Pioneer goal of each hockey game is an electric feeling already but once a year the goal becomes much more than just a point on the scoreboard. Imagine the buzzer going off and then suddenly thousands of plush toy teddy bears and stuffed animals start raining down seemingly from the heavens to the ice literally piling up the entire surface

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Scott From New York Sash Explains The Utica Hockey ‘Teddy Bear Toss’

The first UC Pioneer goal of each hockey game is an electric feeling already but once a year the goal becomes much more than just a point on the scoreboard. Imagine the buzzer going off and then suddenly thousands of plush toy teddy bears and stuffed animals start raining down seemingly from the heavens to the ice literally piling up the entire surface

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Air’ – Drone Package Delivery As Early As 2015

Long gone are the days of ordering something (by mail or phone) and having it delivered days or weeks later by a human being in a truck. Gone are the days of endless anticipation waiting for your goodies to arrive, now gratification is coming more and more instantly.

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John Moore/Getty Images
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The Rome Rescue Mission Needs Your Help This Thanksgiving

Director Matt Miller stopped by our studios and expressed an urgent need that the Rome Rescue Mission is facing this Holiday Season. In preparations for their annual Thanksgiving meal that they provide for the community, the sponsor who was supposed to provide the 400-plus turkeys was unable to

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Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company
Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company
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Utica Mom, Vanda Wright Keeps Her Daughter Home From School Due To Bullying

One local mom decided to take matters into her own hands after her daughter came home one day complaining of bullying. Now, this wasn't your typical case where some kid was calling names or demanding lunch money, this one crossed an even bigger line

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David Silverman/Getty Images
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David Foster Wallace’s ‘This Is Water’ Inspires Us To Find Peace Amidst Chaos

In a commencement address to college seniors back in 2005, the now late David Foster Wallace, an award-winning writer from not-far-away Ithaca outlined how to look at a situation differently in order to find peace of mind body and spirit even in the face of being completely out of control

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Adam Berry/Getty Images
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Common Core Skip Day – Hear A Tennesee Senior Speak Out Against The New Testing Standards

Today is the nationwide protest in opposition to the Common Core testing standards. As a father to three school-aged children, like many other parents in my boat I became painfully aware of this new effort when my kids couldn't do their homework and I as an intelligent adult suddenly didn't know how to help them.

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