Street Talk


Street Talk is a half hour public affairs program that airs weekends on our four Cumulus Media radio stations in Syracuse.

Hosted by Ted & Amy, the show features interviews with individuals and organizations that impact us all here in Central New York. On this page we will feature interviews and segments from the show.

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Street Talk airing weekend of 8/31/18

Wellcare Champions are Central New York residents who are examples of how one person can make a difference in the lives of older adults. For the last month, residents have been able to go online and vote for their favorite of five finalists in the WellCare Health Plan Grand Champion who was announced this week at the Great New York State Fair. Though the voting is over, the 10 thousand dollar prize for the winner is important but so is highlighting all of the special people and their organization who made the finalist list.

First off we’ll once again hear from John Burke, Wellcare’s New York State President.

We heard from some of the finalists last week and we continue featuring those who make a difference in senior’s lives with David Pasinski who is not only a senior chaplain of Hospice of Central New York but also volunteers for Sarah’s Guest House which is the organization that he is representing as a finalist.

Next up is Kim Townsend who is the CEO of Loretto, a non-profit dedicated to helping those with Long Term care needs.

And we end our conversation about the WellCare Champions with Richard Synek who runs the organization Feed Our Vets.

The other finalists were featured on last week’s show but you can log on right now to and hear them all under the Street Talk link! And see more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/24/18

Wellcare Champions are Central New York residents who are examples of how one person can make a difference in the lives of older adults. For the last month, residents have been able to go online and vote for their favorite of five finalists in the WellCare Health Plan Grand Champion who will be announced this week at the Great New York State Fair. Though the voting is over, the 10 thousand dollar prize for the winner is important but so is highlighting all of the special people and their organization who made the finalist list. First off, to explain more about the competition is John Burke, Wellcare’s New York State President.

The first finalist we are highlighting is JoAnne Spoto-Decker who has devoted many years to helping older adults through her job at the Onondaga County Office for Aging. She also volunteers for Aurora of Central New York which is what she is representing as a WellCare Champion.

Our next finalist is Doug Wagner who is a long time volunteer for Meals On Wheels in Oswego County.

We will hear from the next three finalists coming up next weekend or you can log on right now to and hear them all under the Street Talk link!

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/17/18

We continue our monthly look at the WISE Women’s Business Center which continues to offer mainly free services to women who are starting their own business or expanding their current one. They recently moved to the AXA tower in downtown Syracuse. Joining us is Joanne Lenweaver from WISE as well as Christin Chandler of Christin Chandler Designs. For more on the WISE Center, visit And to see our entire WE (Women Entrepreneur) Series sponsored by One Group, go to

The Salvation Army’s annual Civic Luncheon is happening on Tuesday, October 9th and it is selling fast. Andrew Sabbaghzadeh from the Salvation Army has more details. To book tickets go to

Summer is a dangerous time for pedestrians and bike riders. So what can EVERYONE on the roadways do to protect themselves physically and legally? We asked Lawyer Joe Stanley.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/10/18

The United Way Campaign is about to kick off their 2018-2019 season in Central New York, plus they have a couple of fun fundraisers this month! Here to talk all that is United Way is their President Nancy Kern Eaton.

Natur-Tyme is holding their annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 18th and among the special guests speaking is Ann Louise Gittleman, the author of a number of books including The Fat Flush Plan series and Before The Change. She is out with a new book called Radical Metabolism and she will be making an appearance at Natur-Tyme from noon to two that day. Amy talked to Ann Louise about her research.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/3/18

David’s Refuge is the charity of choice this month for East Syracuse Chevrolet’s month of giving. To tell us more about David’s Refuge is volunteer Judie Murphy who is also a parent who benefitted from their services. She is joined by Executive Director Kate Houck and the owner of East Syracuse Chevrolet Gino Barbuto. A donation will be made to David’s Refuge for every vehicle sold from August 6th to August 20th.

We are in the midst of World Breastfeeding Week, a week designated to show how important breastfeeding is to the health of your baby. St. Joseph’s Health is the only hospital in Central New York that is World Health Organization certified baby friendly. Here to talk more on the subject is St. Joe’s Child Birth Educator Marla Elliott, St. Joe’s Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Heather Shimer and Program Co-ordinator from the Onondaga County Health Department Kathy Mogle.

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/27/18

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is looking for participants who want to face their fears and rappel over the edge of a ten story building in order to raise money for their amazing organization. It’s called Over the Edge and it’s happening on August 18th in downtown Syracuse. McMahon Ryan’s Executive Director, Colleen Merced fills us in on what is happening with them and how you can help. There are only 90 spots available to rappel on August 18th so sign up at

Corning Museum of Glass is featuring their Glass Barge coming up the Erie Canal this summer to promote the 200 anniversary of the Erie Canal and the 150th anniversary of glass blowing in Corning. The Glass Barge already appeared at Papermill Island in Baldwinsville a couple of weeks ago, but there are still plenty more opportunities to see a free demonstration of glass blowing across New York State. Rob Cassetti of the Corning Museum of Glass has more. See their schedule at

The Renaissance Festival is in full swing up in Sterling, New York and runs through the middle of August. Jennifer and Mirina are some of the many performers that you can see and they give us more information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/20/18

Author Kelly Bargabos has written a book about growing up with a brother who has many special needs, and the journey that she took while helping him live as fully as possible. She will be appearing at a book signing at Barnes and Noble this Thursday in Dewitt at 7 pm and she talks more about her experience here.

Depending on when you are listening to this interview, Hope for Bereaved is holding or has just held their annual Remembrance 5K Run and 3K Walk for Hope today. Walter Stein is on the board and he talks about the grief organization and where the money raised today goes.

The Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse is holding their annual Christmas in July fundraiser this month, in hopes to collect household items that will help get them through the summer. Beth Trunfio is their Executive Director.

Summer vacations are in full swing, and they don’t always go as expected. But do you have anything legal to pursue if they don’t? Lawyer Joe Stanley tackles that subject.

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/13/18

For the fifth straight year, ABC Creative Group, an ad agency in the Syracuse area, has held their 24 Hour Brand Bash where their entire team donates 24 straight hours to develop a rebranding for a non profit organization in the area, chosen from many nominations that they receive. This year they chose David’s Refuge. Jamie Leszczynski is the Senior VP of Client Relations for ABC Creative Group and Christine Corbett is the Director of Philanthropy for David’s Refuge.

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/6/18

We continue our monthly look at female owned businesses in the Central New York area. And this time we head to Madison County. Elise Allen is the sole owner of Oneida Commons. But first we hear from Joanne Lenweaver, who runs the WISE Women’s Business Center in downtown Syracuse, providing mainly free services to women who are looking to start a business or expand their current one.

The St. Elias Middle Eastern Festival is being held at St. Elias Church on Onondaga Road in Syracuse from Thursday July 12th through Sunday July 15th. Ramzi Khairallah talks about the FREE event.

The Liverpool Elks are holding an inaural Running With The Elks on Friday evening July 20th and would love to have you sign up to help raise money for Honor Flight. Organizers and Elks members Eric Neubauer and Janice McNamara talk about how you can be a part of the fun event. or check out Liverpool Elks on Facebook.

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/29/18

The 10th annual Maureen T. O’Hara “Teal There’s A Cure” run/ walk will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at Marcellus Park. This fundraiser is to honor Maureen O’Hara who passed away from ovarian cancer one week after the 2012 race. Organizer Mary MacBlane has more.

TV personality and Author Adam Richman just made a visit to Clear Path for Veterans to help them raise money for their organization. He talks here about his passion for Veteran’s Causes and also why Clear Path is so near and dear to his heart.

The July issue of Family Times Magazine, all locally written by local writers, is on hundreds of shelves throughout Central New York as of this past Friday. Laura Livingston Snyder is one of those local writers and she has a column about how to make the best of a visit to the ER with kids. Family Times is available at local grocery stores, doctor’s offices, gyms and many other locations!

Tech guru Marc Saltzman recently joined us from the E3 Expo to talk about this year’s newest gadgets and gaming gear. You can catch Marc’s columns in many publications throughout the country, including USA Today.

Our legal expert Joe Stanley focuses on a couple of different topics this week, including his take on the Fraternity controversy up on the SU Hill this Spring, as well as how paranoid you have to be when it comes to your kid’s friends playing in your backyard.

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/22/18

Last year, Learning Disabilities  Association of Central New York changed their name to Launch CNY to reflect more of what their organization is all about. And their children and adult programs are stronger than ever. Marketing Director Amie Zwecker and Director of Summer Programs Nicole Backes fill us in.

There is still time to pick up a copy of this month’s Family Times on shelves throughout Central New York free of charge. It’s all written by local writers, including College Professor and Dog enthusiast Chris Xaver, who talks about how she was very excited this month’s issue is all about pets. Family Times is available at hundreds of locations, including doctor’s offices, gyms, libraries and grocery stores.

The Rescue Mission held yet another very successful Ride and Run for the Rescue this weekend. All of the money goes toward keeping the Mission running throughout the year, especially this time of year, when the need, especially for their food service center, is at its greatest. CEO of the Rescue Mission Dan Seiberg talks about how much this money raised means for them.


Street Talk airing weekend of 6/15/18

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a lot of events planned to raise awareness to their cause. CEO Cathy James sat down to talk to Amy recently about their organization.

Sunshine Horses has a new home! The non profit horse agency is the largest Standardbred adoption group and rescue in New York State and they just moved to a new facility on Verplank Road in Clay. Founder Kate Starr and Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Ellis talk about what this means to their organization.

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/8/18

We continue our monthly look at women owned businesses in the area with Joanne Lenweaver, who is the helm of the WISE Women’s Business Center, a non profit organization that offers mostly free services to women who are starting their own business or expanding their current one. With her this month is Tina Summerwood, founder of Sun Moon Journeys.

The annual 40 Under 40 Celebration event is happening this fall. But nominations are only being accepted through early July. Jill Allen of BizEvents talks about the nomination process as well as Marny Nesher, the president of the CNY Business Journal. Jill says 40 Under 40 has been around for a long time.


Street Talk airing weekend of 6/1/18

National Safe Boating week kicked off boating season in Central New York last week. But the New York Sea Grant works all boating season long to make sure that everyone has a safe and happy summer on the water. Dave White explains what his organization does and how important it is to be educated before you head out onto the waterways.

The annual Lustgarten Foundation Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research is happening Saturday June 9th at the Willow Bay Section at Onondaga Lake Park. Local organizers Ann Marie Warner and Mary Lou Wason explain why they are so passionate for the cause and how you can take part in raising much needed funds.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/25/18

Happy first unofficial holiday weekend of the Summer! We hope you’re enjoying all that the Central New York OUTDOORS has to offer! Did you know that Onondaga County has a full time Forest Ranger? Michael Chappell is trained through the New York State Police and his job falls under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He explains what it means to be the county’s lone Forest Ranger.

We are finishing out Stroke Awareness Month and St. Joseph’s Health has recently been designated as a primary stroke center by the NYS Department of Health. Dr. Fahed Saada is a neurohospitalist with St. Joseph’s Health.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/18/18

We have just finished Salvation Army Week, a week to learn more about the programs that the Salvation Army provides and the way that they serve those in need in Central New York without discrimination, from pre-school aged children to seniors. During this next half hour, we are going to focus on just some of the services that are available at the Salvation Army. Sidney Germinio is the Director of Child Welfare Services. Then, we move on to Salvation Army Early Head Start and the Enrollment Co-Ordinator Marybeth Cianfrocci. Michelle Cunningham is the Salvation Army Early Head Start Manager. Next up as we focus on Salvation Army week, is a look at their Emergency Family Shelter and their Program Director Hilary Weyant, and finally, we finish up our Salvation Army week focus with a look at their Transitional Apartments Parenting Center and Program Director Sheila Cooper. If you’d like more information on any of the Salvation Army services that you heard about today, please visit You can also there find information on next month’s Three on Three Basketball Tournament, Turn Around Jumpers which will be happening for the first time at the Carrier Dome! It is their ninth annual one and it’s taking place on Saturday, June 9th. Again, that website is

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/11/18

Happy Mother’s Day! We are all about colleges on this Sunday in May. In fact, our female entrepreneur this month is Clara Lawrence, Managing Partner of which specializes in helping college students find safer housing and rentals. She is joined by Joanne Lenweaver who is at the helm of the WISE Women’s Business Center, offering mainly free services in downtown Syracuse to women who want to start their own business or expand their current one. Joanne says the last month was a busy one!

Onondaga Community College celebrated its 55th commencement during a ceremony held this weekend. Each year, OCC selects one graduating student to deliver the commencement address. This year it is Andrea Capodagli who joins us to talk about this honor, as well as OCC Communications Coordinator Roger Mirabito.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/4/18

Triple A has just conducted its most in-depth study on fatigued driving and found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate. The reason being is that it is tough to detect drowsiness following a crash, and unfortunately many of those involved in fatigued driving crashes don’t survive, and if they are the only ones in the car, the cause is not confirmed. Jordan Hirsch was a 19 year old Pre Med student attending Binghamton University when he went off the road while driving home after finals from his Spring semester back in 2010. He was a short distance from his home when his father believes he fell asleep at the wheel, struck a group of trees and was killed. His dad, Kersten Hirsch along with Jordan’s stepmother Jasmine, share their story in hopes of preventing others from driving while tired. For information on applying for the Jordan Peter Hirsch Memorial Scholarship or donating, visit

Front Row Players are holding their Spring performance “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, May 12th at 2 pm at Eastern Hills Bible Church in Manlius. Front Row Players is a nonprofit organization formed to teach and inspire dramatic performance in adults of all abilities. Deborah Cavanagh is the founder and explains more about how it got started. Front Row Players rehearse on Saturday mornings from 9 – 12 at the Eastern Hills Bible Church and are always looking for more members. See more at

Faith Lutheran Church on route 31 in Cicero is holding a series of Faith Pet Wellness Programs in May and June to answer common questions that pet owners have about their pets. They are free and open to the public. This is the brainchild of Vet Technician Kim Apgar, who has more. Email

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/27/18

Heroin and other Opioid addiction is a huge problem here in Central New York and around the country. There is a new non for profit called HEAL Onondaga County which stands for Heroin Epidemic Addiction League, that is holding a heroin awareness walk on May 12th at 10 am beginning at Syracuse City Hall. Vice President of HEAL Dennis Gregg, tells us more.

Dealing with addictions of all types as well as mental health issues is Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare. They are also holding an event to raise money for SBH on Saturday, May 5th. President and CEO Jeremy Klemanski explains more about their services. To register or for more information, visit For information on their 5 K and 10 K certified race Run for Recovery, go to

The Haven at Skanda, which is a horse and other animal rescue in Cazenovia is holding their 6th annual Little Moe 5 K Walk run at Green Lakes State Park on Saturday, May 12th. Executive Director Ellen Beckerman says it’s been a long winter at the Haven at Skanda.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/20/18

The Master of Science in Sport Venue and Event Management program at Syracuse University is holding their 3rd Annual SVEM Charity Golf Class on Monday May 7th to benefit Vera House. Students Kelsey Meisenzahl and Brett Burke fill us in on the event and the importance of raising money for Vera House.

We continue on the sporty theme with the Salvation Army’s 9th annual Turn-Around Jumpers, a three on three basketball tournament happening for the first time at the Carrier dome on June 9th! Kathryn Guglielmo of the Salvation Army says you can save money if you book before May 1st!

Rolling Hills Asylum has been called one of the most haunted areas of the country and it’s located 45 minutes west of Rochester. Owner and Proprietress Sharon Coyle explains some of the history of the location and how she is trying to keep both the public and the ghosts active.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/13/18

The WISE Women’s Business Center has a big month in April! It is their annual WISE Women’s Symposium happening this Wed. April 18th at Sky Armory. If you’ve been enjoying the WISE interviews each month, this is how the Wise Center got started! This month we feature Joanne Lenweaver from WISE and female entrepreneur and one of the presenters at this year’s Symposium, Clara Cedeño.

The Friends of Central Library are finishing out their Gifford Lecture Series with two more speakers this Spring and then the new season begins in September. Peggy Fabic is with Friends of Central Library and she explains what their mission is, and what authors we can looking forward to in the months ahead.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/6/18

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is holding a number of events and fundraisers throughout the month to bring the subject of child abuse (and what we can do) to the forefront. Colleen Merced is McMahon/Ryan’s Interim Executive Director. Melissa Wenham is organizing the Step Up 4 Kids 5 K and Fun Run at the end of the month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Syracuse continues to have a waiting list of kids who would like to have an older mentor to spend time with. They are also holding their largest fundraiser of the year, Bowl for Kid’s Sake, on Sunday April 15th. John Bruzdzinski is the Executive Director and Stephanie Bingham is their Program Assistant.

Onondaga Community College is holding their annual open house for potential students and their parents on Saturday, April 14th, 9 – 1 at the SRC Arena. Dana Acee is the Director of Student Recruitment and Mikayla Banack is in her second year at OCC.

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/30/18

The 7th Annual Bird Houses for Fair Housing Auction and Reception is coming up Wednesday, April 11th from 5:30 – 8 pm to benefit CNY Fair Housing. Executive Director Sally Santangelo along with Katie Frawley-Clark from CNY Fair Housing, join us to talk about their fundraiser and also their mission in general.

Gigi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome achievement center located inside Driver’s Village in Cicero that is one of many located around the nation. Heather Rodriguez talks about what they do in the community as well as an upcoming fundraiser that they are holding.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York is hosting its tenth annual Bella Casa Fashion Show coming up on Thursday, April 5th to raise much needed funds to support guest families who stay at the house. Beth Trunfio is the Executive Director.


Street Talk airing weekend of 3/23/18

Natur-Tyme is holding their 18th annual “Spring Into Health” Health Fair on Sunday, April 8th at the New York State Fairgrounds from 9 am to 5 pm inside the Horticulture Building. Natur-Tyme owner Wendy Meyerson discusses the growth of her business and how she comes from a long line of those who thought outside the box. Among those speaking at “Spring Into Health” is Dr. Josh Ax is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. We spoke to him earlier about his appearance in Syracuse. Tickets including VIP tickets to meet and greet all of the speakers, can be purchased online at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/16/18

What do you mean, you haven’t gone back to the gym since joining in January? Well, it’s never too late to start that New Year resolution, according to Jason Jacquays-Tarbox of Elevate Fitness.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but if you are thinking you no longer want to be with your sweetie, you should plan a bit first before you break it to them, according to Lawyer Joe Stanley. Joe also spoke to us about the current climate where everything is on social media and whether that is good or bad when it comes to legal issues.

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/9/18

The Home and Garden Show is one of the largest events of its kind in the Northeast and is running at the New York State Fairgrounds March 15th through the 18th. One of the exhibits there is all about solar energy. Kevin Nickels is with Nickels Energy Solutions.

The stock market has been a little volatile lately. Nothing that Financial Principal Gary Lucas wasn’t expecting. Gary, who represents United Financial Services in Liverpool, says to stay calm when it comes to investing, it’s all in the planning.

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/2/18

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to provide mainly free services to women who are either starting their own business or expanding their current one. Joanne Lenweaver joins us once again to talk about next month’s WISE Symposium and our female entrepreneur this month is Agi Letkiewicz of Active Joy Apparel. For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, and the WISE Symposium, visit For more on Active Joy Apparel, visit

The older you get, the easier it is to have foot problems. But did you know that a lot of foot problems develop when you’re younger, some even when you’re a child? Dr. Stephanie Hook is a podiatrist for Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/23/18

The Centers at St. Camillus has been around for almost 50 years and are known for their long term senior care, as well as short term rehabilitation. But they offer many other programs that you may not be aware of. Michael Connor is their Community Relations Director.

Literacy CNY recently held their very successful annual Scrabblemania to help raise funds for promoting literacy in Central New York. They teach adults how to read, write and speak English in Syracuse and the surrounding communities, according to their Executive Director Marsha Tait.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/16/18

Life Force Sanctuary is relatively news in Syracuse. They specialize in NIA classes, which stands for neuromuscular integrative action. Owner Elaine Wolf explains more.

This is a tough time of year for Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, as they lose a lot of their volunteers during the winter months. Chris Sackett from Meals on Wheels explains how you can help the organization that delivers meals to the elderly and homebound throughout the city.

Tomorrow, Monday, February 19th is the deadline to submit applications to receive a Community Health Award from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jim Reed is their Regional President.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/9/18

For a Day Foundation is a non profit organization committed to providing emotionally therapeutic experiences for children with serious illnesses. They are holding their next event locally at Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Cancer Center on February 12th. FADF Chapter Director Katie Flaherty, who is also Mrs. Onondaga County and Syracuse University Football Player Kielan Whitner talk about what an event like this means for sick kids. For more information, call their Northern NY Chapter at 315-944-8080.

The Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse is celebrating their 125th anniversary this year and are planning a huge event this May! They are currently looking for those who have benefitted from the Boys and Girls Club throughout the years. Executive Director Pat Driscoll has more.

Social media and the work place is becoming more and more complicated, according to Lawyer Joe Stanley.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County just moved to a new facility to work with children who are abused and or neglected. Executive Director Karrie Damm says the new facility is a blessing.


Street Talk airing weekend of 2/2/18

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who are starting their own business or expanding their current one at the downtown Syracuse location. We hear an update once again from Joanne Lenweaver, who is at the helm at WISE. And this month’s female entrepreneur who is part of the WE, Women’s Entrepreneur Series, is Barbara McQueeney, the president of Allied Electric. For more on the WE series, you can visit or

The Guardian Angel Society was formed in 1997 by Rev. Msgr. Joseph Champlin when he realized too many students were not graduating from high school. He wanted to help students at Cathedral School with tuition and other support to make sure they continued, and ultimately completed, their education. Father Champlin passed away ten years ago but his legacy continues with the Guardian Angel Society. Kathy Fedrizzi is the Executive Director. She is joined by Maria DeSantis, longtime support of the Guardian Angel Society and organizer of the annual Sweet Cabaret.

The February edition of Family Times is out on shelves across Central New York. It’s all locally written and absolutely free! This month’s cover story features the Syracuse Speedskating Club. Community and Events Reporter Kira Maddox fills us in. Pick up a copy of the Family Times at grocery stores, doctor’s offices, gyms, schools and many other locations across Central New York.


Street Talk airing weekend of 1/26/18

The Inaugural Josh Martineau Memorial Scholarship and Suicide Awareness Acoustic Mega Jam is happening Saturday, February 10th from noon to seven pm at 916 Riverside in Brewerton. Josh Martineau, who was a graduate of CNS High School and SUNY Cobbleskill and owned his own landscaping business, took his own life just over a year ago. His friends and family are working with Two Brothers’ Light, a local non-profit which provides support and resources for those affected by suicide. Organizer Rob Earle explains how this fundraiser came to be.

Tis the season for getting your tax stuff together and maybe to make some changes when it comes to investments and saving for retirement. Financial Principal Gary Lucas with United Financial Services joins us every month! This month, he is joined by CPA Ron Pratt to discuss how they offer tax preparation assistance as well.

Misfits Animal and Rescue is a newly formed nonprofit organization that provides rescue, foster care and adoption of special needs dogs and cats. Maureen Davidson is the founder and she explains how it came to be.


Street Talk airing weekend of 1/19/18

Leadership Greater Syracuse graduated 54 people this past Fall in their 27th annual community leadership training program. Since 1991, there have been over 13 hundred alumni of the program, which every year has a waiting list to get in. Executive Director Pam Brunet explains why this is great, not only for those who participate but for the community as a whole.

Cazenovia College will be hosting their inaugural You, Me We: Empower and Succeed event on Saturday, February 3rd in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Here to explain more about the event Alena Anthony, Senior Woman Administrator and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cazenovia College as well as Director of Athletics Pete Way. Visit or


Street Talk airing weekend of 1/12/18

The Rescue Mission’s Freeze Out 5 K fundraiser is right around the corner. Our own Jack Ryan talks to the new CEO of the Rescue Mission Dan Seiberg and Director of Special Events Gina Rapasadi about being homeless during the cold winter months, and how important the Freeze Out 5 K is, both symbolically and also to raise much needed funds.

“Miss Tammy” Humiston is a long time school bus driver for the North Syracuse School District. She is also battling lung cancer. Her daughter Trista Rosen fills us in on a special fundraiser happening for Tammy on Saturday January 20th. Find out more about the fundraiser under Benefit to Support Tammy Humiston in fight to beat lung cancer on Facebook.

The United Way of Central New York is continuing their fundraising efforts to “Bridge The Gap” to attain their annual goal. Shari Constantine   is the Division Manager of Wegmans and this year’s campaign chair. She explains how you can help.


Street Talk airing weekend of 1/5/18

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women in Central New York in their downtown Syracuse location who are either starting their own business or expanding their current one! Joanne Lenweaver who is at the helm at WISE joins again, along with this month’s featured female entrepreneur, Debbie Titus, owner of Half Moon Bakery and Bistro in Jamesville. For more information on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit For more information on The Half Moon Bakery, see


Street Talk airing weekend of 12/15/17

The Haven at Skanda is a nonprofit organization that cares for rescued horses, rescued farm animals, and endangered species, and provides programs to children and adults encouraging respectful, profound partnerships with animals, located in Cazenovia. They are holding their annual Horses for the Holidays to help keep horses with the families that own them. Ellen Beckerman is their Executive Director.

We have one more check in with Financial Principal Gary Lucas from United Financial Services who fills us in on why we SHOULD look at our finances BEFORE the end of 2017.

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/8/17

This is NOT the time of year when you want to think about financial investments, but if you plan ahead, next year may go much more smoothly, according to Financial Principal Gary Lucas with United Financial Services.

Local families in Onondaga County now have access to more resources to help their children prepare better for kindergarten when it comes to talking, reading and spelling. Laurie Black is the Director of the Early Childhood Alliance and Bethany Creaser is the Director of Educational Services at Catholic Charities as well as chair of the home visiting strategy of “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing”.


Street Talk airing weekend of 12/1/17

Loretto has recently won an international award for its efforts celebrating Older Americans Month – a campaign called “Aging Out Loud”. To talk about it is Loretto Director of Marketing Julie Sheedy, Loretto resident John Bradbury and two students from Onondaga Hill Middle School Garrett Martini and Austin Townley. Loretto serves nearly 7,000 individuals each year here in Central New York.

Front Row Players is a theater program for adults of abilities located right here in Syracuse and their fall production is coming up next weekend! Founder and President Deborah Cavanagh explains more about the group and the production.

If you’ve seen downtown Syracuse at night within the last week, you’ve seen the Crouse Hospital Tower lit up with some 3,000 lights. It’s the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary celebrating its third decade of this fundraiser. Board member Janet Izzo explains.

Family Times is out in locations all across Central New York, free of charge. Among the local writers for the December Issue is Dietician Molly Morgan who writes about how to keep off those extra pounds during the holiday season. Molly’s article in Family Times can be found at grocery stores, doctor’s offices, schools, gyms and so many more locations throughout the month of December.






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