T'burg on air: K. McLaurin finds funny in the Finger Lakes
An episode of T'burg on air
By Keith Hannon
We are farmers and academics, artists and educators, laborers and musicians, activists and authors, small business owners and telecommuters. This podcast celebrates the unique people and communities of the greater 14886 area code.
It's not completely unusual to find families that go five, six generations deep in the Trumansburg area. It is, however, more unusual to find a family that has spent much of that history on a single street. Such is the case with the Potter family, who have a long storied history in the Village and they have lived most of it from various vantage points on Halsey Street. We sit down with Carl, Sylvia, and Marcia to discuss their take on the past, present, and future of Trumansburg.
Kenneth McLaurin went from North Carolina, to Atlanta, to Africa, and finally...Ithaca, NY? As funny as that may sound, it's not nearly as funny as Kenneth, whose long journey to the Finger Lakes has brought him face to face with a longtime passion: stand up comedy. He'll bring his comedy anywhere: bars, barber shops, backyards, elk lodges, and bowling alley's. If you'll turn the lights and mic on, he'll put a show together. Before fame goes to his head, we got him to play our show.
Last month, we said goodbye to our local voice on the airwaves. Lee Rayburn strived to elevate the local community, plugging every organization, event, and local business he could in 3-4 hours per day. In this editorial episode, I discuss Lee's incredible impact and the evolution of media ownership that continues to threaten the livlihood of our local journalists.
The national call to "run for something" has inspired a new generation of political candidates. Walaa Maharem-Horan was one of those candidates and as a Muslim woman running for the Lansing Town Board, she encountered some pleasant surprises, but also many disheartening obstacles.
Louise Adie is a 68 year old, 60-year resident of Trumansburg...so naturally she makes her living leading kayaking tours in Antarctica. In this episode we learn about how the daughter of Norwegian immigrants arrived in T'burg and the path that took her to defying her age in the South Pole.
Greg Van Ness is a 5th generation Trumansburg resident, but he took 13 years "off" to learn the hospitality/real estate/development ropes in Las Vegas. He came home to raise his family, but now he applies his unique knowledge to advance his hometown. In this episode, we crack a bottle of Bellwether Cherry Street cider and talk about his family's history, his years under Emeril Lagasse, and his foray into local business development.