Off the Page host Bill Jaker is co-author of The Airwaves of New York, the first comprehensive history of radio in the New York City area.
We polled NPR member stations, looking for shows and personalities with a passion for the writers in — and the writing about — their home territories. When we found them, we asked what they were reading.
From first-time, self-published authors to Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, Off the Page celebrates the writers in the upstate New York area served by WSKG-FM — a region that stretches from the Catskills to the Finger Lakes and into northeastern Pennsylvania.
Launched in January 2000, the live call-in program is produced and hosted by Bill Jaker. The broadcast historian and 22-year WSKG veteran reports that so far, his audience has responded most enthusiastically to a show on The Wrong Word Dictionary, a compendium of confusable terms from Owego, N.Y., author Dave Dowling. It was "a solid hour of literate listeners concerned about matters exceptional and exceptionable," Jaker says.
As summer's shadows lengthen, Jaker looks to these books, all of them by authors who've been featured on Off the Page: