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Soft Spoken Member and Other Musicians Share Memories of Black Music Scene in Syracuse


  As Black History Month comes to a close, Syracuse Speaks is sharing some parts of Central New York’s Black History.

WAER’s Chris Bolt explores the connections and history between Syracuse’s Black community and the city's music scene. 


Musicians Marcia Hagan, Reggie Seigler and Isaac Wynn share some of their memories of a vibrant scene with numerous clubs and venues that nurtured and supported Black artists.  But each also has memories of barriers that were tough to cross in Syracuse's racial situation through the years.  

To hear the entire Syracuse Speaks episode on Black History Month, click here.



Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.