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 Cumulus Media Syracuse’s 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 3/31/2023

Earth Day Clean up with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency is happening on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd throughout Central New York. But you have to sign up by April 12th in order to officially participate. We talk Earth Day Clean Up and a whole lot more for the next couple of weeks with OCRRA Public Information Officer Tammy Palmer. We’ll hear more from Tammy and everything OCCRA coming up on next week’s Street Talk. For more information and to sign up for Earth Day Clean Up, visit

The ever popular Monster Jam is coming to the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday April 8th. Tickets are still available at Kayla Blood is a Monster Jam driver and talks about why she considers her job the best she could ever have. Again, see for ticket information on Monster Jam coming April 8th to the JMA Wireless Dome.

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/24/2023

Our monthly visit with Dr. Ajeet Gajra from Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York focus on what is new in cancer care. The topic this month focuses on colon cancer. See more on our website under features or

We are heading into National Child Abuse Awareness month and the first event highlighting this is coming up on March 31st. Colleen Merced is the Executive Director of the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse. See more on all of the April events focusing on Child Abuse Awareness Month at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/17/2023

New wedding gowns, prom dresses and Military ball dresses are being given away, yes, given away, next weekend in honor 23 year old Lucy Ruff who passed away suddenly in January of 2019. Her family and friends are holding a We Love Lucy Dress Giveaway with donations being taken to benefit the Donor Family Network. Organizer Michelle Lester tells us more about Lucy’s story and how this dress giveaway came to be. Again the dress giveaway is being held at the Top of the Square on Court Street in Watertown on Saturday and Sunday, March 25th and 26th. Donations are expected for the Donor Family Network. For more information, see Donor Family Network USA on Facebook.

Say Yes Syracuse helps Syracuse City School District and Syracuse Charter School students and their families prepare for college and afford its expense, setting the next generation up for a successful future with financial independence. Ahmeed Turner is their Executive Director. For more go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/10/2023

March is National Nutrition Month and the Central New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics works hard throughout the year to bring awareness about nutrition to the Syracuse community. Registered Dietitian Emily Januseski is National Nutrition Month’s Co Chair for the organization. To find out more about National Nutrition Month, their events, or you have questions or needs in the local community, see their website at

Speaking of good nutrition, Purple Banana Acai Shop is now open on Crouse Ave. in Syracuse, offering fresh and healthy choices at the area’s first acai focused business. Owner Luke Nicolette says he picked the name of the shop because he thought it would create some good buzz. Visit the Purple Banana on the SU Hill next to Varsity Pizza!

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/3/2023 is a non profit run through Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired which sells basic office essentials. Their warehouses employ the blind and visually impaired and proceeds from their site go back to support the rehab and therapy programs for their clients. Amy Kypers is their Operations Manager. See more at

We’ve heard the last couple of months about IV Immunity Wellness which is gaining in popularity across the country but is really just getting going here in Central New York. Caitlin Sloane is a registered nurse and one of the founders of Captivate Wellness. She was actually the person who decided to bring IV Wellness to the area after using it while traveling. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/24/2023

The Good News continues with the Syracuse City School District. This month we focus on a program called The Building Men Program and talk to Coordinator Joe Horan who has a long history with the district. For more Good News with the Syracuse City School District, see their page on our website under Features.

Speaking of the Syracuse City School District, Book Buddies is a partnership with them and the United Way of Central New York that pairs up students within the district to get more one on one reading practice. Laurie Black is the Community Education Director. See more at

If you are in need of child care in Onondaga County, you may be eligible for their child care assistance program which covers most and sometimes all of their cost of care. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon fills us in. To find out more and to see if you qualify, call 315-435-5683.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/17/2023

While cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States – progress is being made every day in the form of new research, new treatments, new technologies, and new approaches to care, patient support, and survivorship. We have partnered with Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY to talk about different cancer news every month, joined by HOA’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Ajeet Gajra. See more at

Sarah’s Guest House provides lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families of patients receiving medical care in Central New York. Development Specialist Renee McCaffrey says it’s been a busy year so far! Find out more about the Gala of Giving, volunteering or donations at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/10/2023

The Alzheimer’s Association has some very exciting news when it comes to a breakthrough drug for treatment. Cathy James is the Chapter Executive for the Alzheimer’s Association for Central New York. For more information see

Elmcrest Children’s Center is at the helm of a new Children’s Mental Health Respite Program which is opening soon to address the major mental health crisis facing the youth of today. Patrick Casey is Executive Vice President of Programs for Elmcrest. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/3/2023

Captivate Wellness and Beauty Bar is a relatively new business in Dewitt the focuses on a number of services they say will reestablish physical and mental vitality and wellness. We recently talked about their IV Wellness Infusions and Ketamine Therapy. And this week we focus on injectables and aesthetics. Kristyna Giancola is a physician assistant and one of Captivate Wellness’s three founders. See more at

We continue on the business front by looking at an innovative business in Clay called Sola Salon Studios. They are a concept called a Studio Salon that incorporates a number of different salon services as stand alone businesses but they are all under one roof. Owner Joel Proegler and his wife brought two locations to the Syracuse area and he says they have been around other parts of the country for some time. See more at

There is still one more day to enjoy a day at the Great New York State Fair in the middle of winter! Winter Fair returned this weekend and organizer Steve Becker says the whole weekend is action packed! Winter Fair is running at the New York State Fair Expo Center from 10 am to 6 pm today with a special focus on Black History Month. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/27/2023

Sharing good news about the Syracuse City School District continues this month. This time we focus on the district’s Fine Arts Programming with the Director of Fine Arts Rory Edwards. For more on the Syracuse City School District and all the Good News happening scroll under features on this station’s website.

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/20/2023

January is National Human Trafficking month. Colleen Merced is the Executive Director of McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center and she explains what their mission is all about, plus more about human trafficking and how we can help. See more at

For the first time in over 100 years, the City of Syracuse is designing an new city flag! And they need your ideas! Bridget Dunn and Andrew Frasier are part of the Syracuse Flag Initiative. See more at

The upcoming season with the Syracuse Mets begins in 8 weeks! And they are doing something additionally for non profits in the area this season with something they are calling We Care Wednesdays. General Manager Jason Smorol fills us in. See more and apply to be one of the non profits at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/13/2023

IV Wellness Hydration, Ketamine Therapy – it may be something that sounds a little bizarre to you but these types of treatments have been around for a long time. They are just pretty new to the Syracuse area and Captivate Wellness and Beauty Bar is one of the first to offer them, plus other holistic approaches to self care. Dr. Rebecca Reeves is Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer and she explains why they decided to bring this type of business to Syracuse. See more at

A new year brings new laws to the books in New York State. Lawyer Joe Stanley explains some of the new legislation to look for. For more see

Getting a puppy or dog means a lifetime commitment but the area shelters are telling another story. Natalie Martin is with Cuse Pit Crew and she explains the mission behind her organization. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/7/2023

The Manlius Library begins the new year by continuing to offer a lot of different services at their facility along with many specialized programs from pre-school to teens to adults. Windy Shores Cardarelli is the Youth Services Librarian and Phoenix Merritt is the Teen Librarian. See more at

Everyone is paying more to heat their homes these days. Herb Smith is the owner of Breathe Easy of CNY Heating and Cooling. He says they also take a lot of calls for service when a fix can really be quite simple. See more at

The days are starting to get a bit longer but there is still a lot of darkness this time of year. Add snow and it makes it very dangerous for pedestrians and anyone else not in a car according to lawyer Joe Stanley. See more at