“We Don’t Hire Girls”–Becoming the First Female Construction Worker in New York State

By C. Harris-Lockwood     Photos by the late Anne LaBastille The year was 1971.  I was 19 years old and between my freshman and sophomore years of Kirkland College. I was looking for a job. At...

The Curious Case of Rose Grimaldi and Carolann Cardone

By Ron Klopfanstein Two days after the failed coup attempt in Washington, Patrick Lohmann, a reporter for Syracuse.com broke staggering political news closer to home. “700 votes were tossed in Oneida County. Officials ignored state law...

CNY Residents Launch Campaign to Elect Bernie Sanders

Utica, New York:  At a news conference in Utica this morning, an independent grassroots organization- CNY for Bernie - launched the local Bernie Sanders for President Campaign.  Its major focus will be to help...

The Fire is Upon US: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate...

By Roger Chambers The Fire is Upon US: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate of Race in America.  Nicholas Buccola. Princeton University Press, 2019 A brief history of the civil rights movement from...

Rising Like The Water, Utica Activists Seek To Change A Broken System

By Jack Riffle and Martha Redmond photos by Catherine Collett and Jenna Bunce A movement is building in Utica that will be inclusive of all life, both human and non-human, on Earth. On December 6th, people...

Tributes to Legendary Utica DJ Bryson Collins, Known Professionally as “Big B,” Continue Following...

By the staff of Phoenix Radio/Utica Phoenix September 24 will always be a sad day for the staff, collaborators, and fans of Phoenix Radio.  On this day in 2019, the station lost Bryson Collins, known professionally...

Voices of Polonia: Polish Female Pilots Serving During World War II

  By Ted Rajchel     Background   Polish female pilots played a major role in the resistant movement in occupied Poland.  They often put themselves in the front lines of war.  Here are short biographies of four determined women...

DJ Salsa of Phoenix Radio and Sabado Ardiente

By Jessica Szabo While Rap and Hip Hop music are immensely popular, some are reluctant to listen to it because of its reputation for being anti-law and anti-police. But leave it to Phoenix Radio to...

Utica Phoenix Radio Owner Debuts WNPR Game Show

By Jess Szabo CHL Newest Panelist on NPR’s Says You! “A public radio game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy”   On January 2, 2021, National Public Radio’s famous talk show, “Says You” offered a special...

Police Use Excessive Force During Rochester Protest: An Eyewitness Account

by Eamon Handzel, The Utica Phoenix, Photos by Eamon Handzel Having heard about the Rochester protest over the death of Daniel Prude, several Utica civil rights activists set out to join the BLM march on...
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