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 5/29/2020

As the nonprofits in the area continue to serve even more people than usual during this pandemic, they are also trying to think outside the box as their in person fundraisers have been cancelled. We look at two that are happening next weekend.

On Saturday, June 6th, Gigi’s Playhouse Syracuse is joining efforts with Gigi’s Playhouses around the country for their Step to Accept event. Heather Rodriguez is on the Board of Managers locally and the Marketing Manager Nationwide. For more on this Saturday’s Step to Accept, visit

The 28th annual ACR Health AIDS Walk/Run coming up this Sunday, June 7th is also going virtual. Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says the need for services at ACR Health have been even busier since the Covid 19 shutdown. Allison Mitura is Development Associate for ACR Health in Syracuse and she has more details in joining the virtual AIDS Walk/Run coming up this Sunday, June 7th. Visit for more information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/22/2020

Vera House has launched a new web chat service for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and/or elder abuse. And unfortunately their services have been needed more than ever the last couple of months. Julie Lovenberg is a Senior Advocate at Vera House.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means that boating season is getting underway. Dave White is the NY Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist and he says despite the new rules, it should be a great Summer for boating!

Well the bad news is that the annual Family Times Kids Expo has been cancelled. But the good news is that it’s been replaced by a really comprehensive virtual community guide on businesses, events, non profits and more that is updated all the time. Publisher and CEO of the Family Times Bill Brod has more. for the link to the community guide and to sign up for their emails!

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/15/2020

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to provide mainly free services to women who are starting their own business or expanding their current one. Representing both WISE as an instructor, and her own business, Jen Liddy Coaching, is May’s female entrepreneur, Business Development Coach Jen Liddy. For more on Jen Liddy, visit
For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, go to

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County is a non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal information, assistance, and representation in civil legal matters to low-income people. Their Executive Director is Sally Curran. Find out more about the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County at

Did you know that you’re more likely to get injured at home than any other place? Lawyer Joe Stanley says, now that we’re AT home more than ever, it’s a good time to make sure that you stay safe.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/8/2020

It’s been just under two months since gyms in the state had to close their doors. Gym owners are trying to keep their members motivated while they’re working out at home, and prepare their locations for opening again safely once some restrictions are lifted. Local female entrepreneur Nikki Polos is the owner of the four Aspen Fitness locations around the Syracuse area and she talks about what she is doing to keep her members happy while planning for the future. Find out more at

Hospice of Central New York and Hospice of the Finger Lakes continues to provide important services for end of life care. They are the May recipients as well for the Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s Ten Decades of Giving Event, where a portion of the proceeds all months benefit them. There is also a special candy for sale where 100% of the profits benefit Hospice. Preslie Barney of Hospice fills us in. For more on Hospice of CNY and the Finger Lakes, go to See more on Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s Ten Decades of Giving event at


Street Talk airing weekend of 5/1/2020

Hiscock Legal Aid Society provides free legal services to low income individuals in Central New York and during these unprecedented times, their services are needed even more. Gregory Dewan is Deputy Executive Director. For more information, call their main line at 315-422-8191.

Clarity Clinical Research is in the midst of conducting a study on a brand new therapy that aims to slow or stop memory changes related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Despite the fact that most research studies have been halted nationwide since the shutdown, they are really hoping to have people in the Central New York community participate virtually in order to keep this very important research alive. Lisa Sonneborn from Clarity Clinical Research has more. See more on the Alzheimer’s Study and how you can be involved at

Crouse Health is urging anyone who has an emergency situation to not be nervous to visit the ER during the Covid-19 pandemic especially if there can be long lasting damage if treatment is delayed. Dr. Seth Kronenberg is Crouse Health’s COO and Chief Medical Officer. Visit for more information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/24/2020

Homer Men and Boys Store in Homer along with Rolands in Skaneateles is remaining open during this pandemic shut down, because they provide clothing and footwear to essential workers. We had an opportunity to talk with Leslee Garrison, the sole New York State certified female owner of both stores recently as part of our Women Entrepreuner Series sponsored by OneGroup. She fills us in on the 70 year old family business along with Meghan Florkowski , the Executive Director of the WISE Women’s Business Center in downtown Syracuse. WISE continues this month to provide online services to women who are starting their own business or expanding their current one.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/17/2020

It has been a tough time for caregivers all around during this Covid-19 crisis including those who are caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Even though they are working remotely, the Alzheimer’s Association continues to serve families impacted by Alzheimers and other dementias by doing many of their services online and on the phone. Cathy James is their Central New York Executive Director. or call their 24 hour hotline at 800-272-3900.

Clear Path for Veterans also remains dedicated to serving Veterans and their families during these tough times. They have formed a Covid-19 Task Force that delivers pantry boxes to veterans as well as continue to provide online services despite the fact that their Chittenango facility is closed for the time being. Alex Behm  is the Executive Director.

Front Row Players which is a theater group for adults of all abilities is this month’s non profit beneficiary for Speach Candy’s Ten Decades of Giving. Deborah Cavenough is the founder of Front Row Players and she tells us what they’re all about. For more on Front Row Players, visit and for more on the Ten Decades of Giving with Speach Candy, go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/10/2020

Onondaga Community College, like many institutions, has made the decision to cancel the rest of their Spring semester on campus and hold classes only online. OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill talks about that decision and how both students and staff are trying to make the most of the situation. See their schedule at

Mental health has been a big concern for many during these uncertain times. Arise Child and Family Health Services are offering online and on the phone counseling sessions for anyone who need them. Kristen Miguel is their Director of Clinical Services. For more information or virtual walk-in services, call 315-671-2964 or visit

Dunkin continues to support the Central New York community in many ways, including making sure that those who are running on Dunkin can continue to do so. Eric Stensland from Dunkin fills us in

‎David’s Refuge which is an organization that offers respite weekends to caregivers of children with special needs, held a special Be the Light luminary event to show full time caregivers how much we’re thinking of them during these stressful times. There is still time to be a part of it, according to Executive Director Kate Houck.

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/3/2020

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and even though the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is doing most of their fundraising online this month because they’ve had to postpone all of their annual events, Executive Director Colleen Merced says child abuse is something that we really have to be aware of even more than ever during these trying times. For more on the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center and to donate, go to

Many of us have gambled at one point or another in our lives, whether it be buying a scratch off ticket, taking a trip to a casino, betting on a horse or sports team, online gambling, playing poker, bingo or purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket. For most, these activities are harmless, but for some these activities can potentially lead to something more serious. Elizabeth Toomey is with the New York Council on Problem Gambling and she talks about the warning signs. For more information, please call the Central Problem Gambling Resource Center at 315-413-4676 or visit us at

The majority of people are working from home now but Lawyer Joe Stanley says you may not have thought about a way that many of us could get hacked when it comes to private business information that is discussed. Visit for more information

Tompkins Financial is doing all they can to help their customers, both residential and commercial, by offering loan assistance to those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Greg Hartz is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Find out more on their website at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/27/2020

Our life as we know it has changed in the last couple of weeks as much of Central New York works from home and stays at home as much as they can due to the coronavirus. But nonprofit organizations can’t shut down as vital services are offered 365 days a year.

Due to that, the United Way of Central New York teamed up with the Allyn Foundation and the Central New York Community Foundation along with Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse to form the CNY Covid-19 Community Support Fund in an effort to provided much needed immediate funds to non profits in the area. United Way President Nancy Eaton explains.

The Salvation Army also continues to provide their programs to everyone from infants to seniors, especially in this time of need. Andrew Sabbaghzadeh of the Salvation Army says the community can help.

The Rescue Mission this week had to make a hard decision and lay off more than 2/3rds of their employees after all of their area Thrifty Shoppers closed under the new non essential businesses guidelines. Rescue Mission’s CEO Dan Seiburg says he hopes it will be a temporary decision.

There are many people who are out of work because of the CoronaVirus. How protected are we legally when it comes to unemployment or worker’s compensation? Lawyer Joe Stanley checks in.

The month of March is always dedicated to the White Ribbons Campaign with Vera House, an organization which works continuously to stop domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse. Their annual White Ribbon Walk had to go virtual this year but there is still a chance to donate, according to Men’s Outreach Coordinator George Kilpatrick. Find out more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/20/20

The Natur-tyme Spring Into Health Health Fair has been postponed from Sunday, March 29th to October 4th at the Horticulture Building of the New York State Fairgrounds. Among many vendors, there is an impressive lineup of keynote speakers that will return in the fall to celebrate their twentieth year. We are featuring three of those speakers today during Street Talk.

Dr. Earl Mindell is Registered Pharmacist, Master Herbalist and hold a Ph.D. in nutrition:
Joy Beckerman has been involved in the hemp industry for over a quarter-century and will be speaking about what consumers need to know about hemp CBD:
Yvonne Conte is a motivational speaker and humorist and will be talking about the positive power of humor:

Find out more and stay up to date on the new date of the Natur-Tyme Health Fair by visiting

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/13/20

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who are just starting a business or expanding their current one. We get up to date with what is happening at WISE with Director Meghan Florkowski as well as this month’s female entrepreneur, Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, owner and operator of Event Prep Inc and the force behind next month’s Financial Empowerment Summit.For more information on the WISE Center, go to See more on the Financial Empowerment Summit at

Meals on Wheels in Syracuse is in the midst of their March for Meals in an effort to get more volunteers to deliver meals to seniors and the homebound. Logistics Coordinator Christopher Sackett joined us on the air recently to talk about their annual campaign. See for more information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/6/20

The Ten Decades of Giving event continues this month at Speach Family Candy Shop with the benefitting non-profit all month being The Rescue Mission. Michael Speach of Speach Family Candy Shop fills us in on their Ten Decades of Giving and Carolyn Hendrickson, Sr. Philanthropy Officer for the Rescue Mission talks about their organization and what it means to be one of the recipients of Speach Candy. For more information on the Rescue Mission, go to For information on the Ten Decades of Giving, go to

The CNY Diaper Bank today held their Battle of the Brunch to benefit their cause – a non-profit that collect diapers for families, in need in our community. Michela Hugo is the founder of the CNY Diaper Bank and she discusses why this is so important. For more on the CNY Diaper Bank go to 

The National Traffic Safety Board just released a study on self driving vehicles. What did they say? Lawyer Joe Stanley has the rundown. for more information

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/28/20

Nick’s Ride 4 Friends is holding their third annual Nick’s Night Out on Friday, March 20th. To explain what their organization is all about, as well as the fundraiser is founder Joel Campagnola, who created Nick’s Ride 4 Friends in memory of his son Nick who died of an opioid overdose, and volunteer Julie Piascik.

The annual Pet-A-Palooza to raise money for animal organizations is happening on Saturday March 7th at Home Team Pub in Liverpool. Pet-A-Palooza Committee member Tracey McLean and Stefanie Heath of the Cuse Pit Crew explain more about the fundraiser and where the money goes. Find out more by finding Pet-A-Palooza CNY on Facebook.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/21/20

The annual Bowl For Kids Sake to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters is coming up March 29th. But before that is the opportunity to volunteer to be a big brother or big sister and join one of the longest running mentoring programs in the country. Executive Director John Bruzdzinski says their program continues to grow.

The law offices of William Mattar and the Syracuse Rescue Mission are teaming up to support the 4 Code Blue Campaign in an effort to get all of the homeless off the streets, especially at night and in the cold winter months. Megan Lederhouse of William Mattar and Tori Shires of the Rescue Mission explains how they are hoping to make that happen.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/14/20

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. WISE Director Meghan Florkowski joins this month’s featured local female business owner, Amy Wyant, owner of Total Geekery. For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit You can find out more about Amy and Total Geekery at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/7/20

The Ten Decades of Giving event continues this month at Speach Family Candy Shop with the benefiting non-profit all month being Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center located in Driver’s Village. Heather Rodriguez from Gigi’s Playhouse talks about their mission and what it means to be one of the recipients of Speach Candy. For more information on Gigi’s Playhouse, go to For information on the Ten Decades of Giving, go to

The Freeze Out 5 K to end Homelessness is happening Friday, February 21st at Onondaga Community College. The money will benefit The Rescue Mission. Gina Rapasadi of The Rescue Mission Alliance talks about their year so far and how important this fundraiser is for them to keep the programs going. For more information go to

National Go Red Day was celebrated with the American Heart Association on Friday, February 7th to show awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of women. To talk about the importance of getting the word out, Kristy Smorol of the American Heart Association, along with Laura Serway, the chairperson of the Circle of Red joined us earlier in the week. For more information, go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/31/20

After more than a year of construction, Helping Hounds Dog Rescue officially opened their new facility in North Syracuse this past week. More than 130 thousand dollars was raised for their new state of the art structure through the Live Like Kelly Foundation, an organization founded in honor of Kelly Marie Wilson who lost her life at the age of 26 in July of 2017 in a tragic fall. The third annual Kelly’s K9 Wine and Dine is happening Saturday, February 8th at SKY Armory. To tell us more about the foundation and their latest event, Kelly’s parents, Doug and Janice Ross join us, along with one of her best friends and a member of the event committee, Emily Squairs. Buy tickets for Kelly’s K9 Wine and Dine event on Eventbrite or see more on the Live Like Kelly Foundation Facebook page.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Sales time! You can preorder your favorite girl scout cookies through the end of February. Wendy Cobrda of the Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways has the scoop. Don’t know a girl scout? You can email to find one near you.

More than 3600 adoptees in New York State, all outside of New York City, aged 18 or older, have filed applications since January 15th to receive a certified copy of their original or pre adoption birth certificate. That was the first day they were able to request these documents following a new law signed by Governor Cuomo. Lawyer Joe Stanley has his take on this change. For more information on filing for an adoption application, visit

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/17/20

This month, The Speach Family Candy Shoppe will celebrate 100 years in business! And to acknowledge that milestone, they will be conducting their Ten Decades of Giving Event all this year. Michael E. Speach Jr. is now at the helm of Speach Candy. He is the fourth generation of Speaches that holds the position of President and Head Chocolatier. Find out more about the Ten Decades of Giving Event including all of the special chocolates that are featured all year at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/10/20

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. Taking the helm as WISE Director this year is Meghan Florkowski and we learn a bit about her background this month, along with our featured local female business owner, Juliet Fattel who is the owner of Smoothie King in Dewitt. For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit You can see more on Smoothie King on their Smoothie King Dewitt Facebook page.

Literacy CNY is holding their 10th annual ScrabbleMania on Friday January 31st to benefit their literacy programs here in the Syracuse and Central New York Area. Executive Director Marsha Tait fills us in on the fun and popular fundraiser and what the profits help to fund. Get ticket information on their website at