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 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

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/20/19

Listen up parents of high school juniors and seniors – Bryant and Stratton is offering a FREE two credit course, which is an introduction to Occupational Therapy. It’s happening Wednesday evenings beginning January 15th. Program Director Dr. Frances Adamo-Cass is behind this free course and she along with Bryant and Stratton High School Coordinator Karen Rodriquez explain why this might be a great choice for some kids trying to figure out their future. For more information, email Shannon Bednarek in Admissions at

Tech guru Marc Saltzman is ready for a tech laden holiday and he’s here to talk about the latest and greatest tech gadgets, games and appliances. You can find Marc Saltzman on Facebook.

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/13/19

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who are starting their own business or expand their current one. A new Executive Director has just been hired, who we will meet next month. But for now, Advisory Board Chair Kathy Adams represents WISE this month, along with December’s female entrepreneur, Amanda McCarty, owner of 315 Beauty Bar. For information on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit For more on Amanda’s salon, go to

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an organization that is just over a year old in Syracuse that builds and delivers beds for children who have none. They have a special goal to deliver 78 beds this month. For more on their mission, we talked to Co-presidents Jon Wright and Chris Hussak. For more information on how to help Sleep in Heavenly Peace, go to their website

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/6/19

The Haven at Skanda in Cazenovia has been rescuing animals since their major wild horse rescue back in 2013. And now, they are about to accept ten 500 pound pigs to their animal sanctuary! Executive Director Ellen Beckerman fills us in on all things Haven at Skanda this month. For more information, visit or see them on Facebook.

The December Issue of Family Times is out, free of charge, across Central New York featuring all local writers. Christy Perry Tuohey is one of those local writers and this month, she focuses on local family owned businesses. Again, pick up a copy of Family Times in grocery stores, doctor’s offices, schools, gyms and many other locations across Central New York.

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/29/19

Special Olympics is holding their annual Polar Plunge on Sunday December 8th at Oneida Shores. This is the time to sign up to join up to 12 hundred people who will be jumping into the cold waters of Oneida Lake for a tremendous cause. Director of Development Cassandra Rucker has the details. For more and to sign up, visit

The 18th Thrifty Shopper store just opened in Central New York, all to benefit the Rescue Mission. Here to talk about the importance of buying and selling at the Rescue Mission and what is new at their facility in downtown Syracuse is Tori Shires, Christin Mixon, and Brent Peach of the Rescue Mission Alliance. See more at and

Dasher’s Magical Gift is an annual production presented by CNY Arts and this year, the public performance is Saturday, December 7th at 11 am at the Civic Center. Larry Crabtree is the choreographer and director. Get ticket information at

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/22/19

Ken and Nicole Mitchell of Marcellus are the parents of four kids and have combined efforts to write, illustrate and self-publish a children’s book called Action ABCs. Their goal is to make reading a more interactive experience for young kids. They fill us in on what inspired them.Order your book today at the locations they mentioned and online at And they’ll also be selling at a couple of area holiday craft shows throughout the month.

Speaking of the holidays, the musicians behind Music for the Mission have re released their song “We Are One”. It has been retooled as a Christmas song in hopes that many people will download it as part of their holiday celebration and raise a lot of money for the hungry and homeless right here in Central New York. Bob Halligan Jr. has written the song and lyrics and he joins us, along with Music for the Mission Executive Director Christina Cole. Hear an excerpt from We Are One (Christmas Is Here) on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. Or find more information on their website at

Still time to pick up a copy of the November issue of Family Times, available free of charge at numerous locations across Central New York. Editor in Chief Courtney Kless is one of the local writers with an article this month. She focuses on the new welding lab at Corcoran High School. Again, pick up your issue of Family Times this week. The December issue comes out just after Thanksgiving!

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/15/19

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who are looking to start a business or expand their current one. Board Member Rina Hart takes over the reins this month to talk about all that is happening at the Wise Center. And this month’s featured local female entrepreneur is Helena Zera, foundress of Vyana Yoga and Polari Tea in Manlius.
To find out more about The Wise Women’s Business Center, visit
To see more on Helena and Vyana Yoga, go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/8/19

Amy and Rick Roberts were able to accompany some 80 veterans and their caregivers on Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 14 back on September 28th. Honor Flight Syracuse serves ten counties in the greater Central New York area by flying our local veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials honoring those who served our nation. We are featuring five veterans who were on the latest Honor Flight who spoke about their experience in the military, as well as how much Honor Flight meant to them.
We start with WW II veteran Joseph Makowiec and his son Jim.
Cold War veteran Anne Stene was one of only four female veterans on the Honor Flight.
Veteran Mervyn Roberts made a career out of the military and served from WW II through the Vietnam War.
Vietnam War veteran Richard Madden was joined by his wife Donna and his son Sean was the flight attendant on the outgoing Honor Flight.
And finally, Vietnam War vet Michael (Mick) Henson was there with his three brothers who were in the Korean War.For more on Honor Flight Syracuse and to nominate the veteran in your life for an upcoming flight, visit

A win-win if you donate to the Salvation Army for a 48 hour period on November 12th and 13th. Gina Lazara talks about the busy organization as we’re heading into the holiday season. Again, donate to the Salvation Army on November 12th and 13th during a 48 hour period and Laci’s Tapas Bar will send you a gift card worth 48 dollars! For more information, visit

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/1/19

Vera House is holding their annual “New Beginnings” Gala on Saturday, December 7th. Hannah Fuller is Vera House’s Special Events Coordinator and she fills us in on what is happening with the Gala and the services offered at Vera House. Get tickets today for the Vera House New Beginnings Gala at

One on one coaching sessions in a speed-networking session is how Mentoring Monday is explained. It is happening on Monday, November 4th from 5 – 7:30 pm at Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. Organizer Annette Peters explains what it’s all about. See more at

Central New Yorker Stephanie Maksymiw has recently published a children’s book on Amazon called “A Dragon’s Purpose”. Proceeds will be donated to the Tyler Robinson Foundation. She joins us to talk about what inspired her to write a book and why she is donating to this organization. Again find Stephanie’s book on Amazon under “A Dragon’s Purpose”.

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/25/19

Loretto has implemented new advanced technology for cardiac patients at their facilities here in Central New York, the first and only provider in the area to offer this cutting-edge technology. Dr. Kim Townsend is the President and CEO of Loretto Management Corporation and joins us to talk about this latest cardiac advancement as well as other exciting things happening at Loretto. For more information see

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/18/19

David’s Refuge is at the helm of the inaugural Luncheon for Those Who Care to launch National Family Caregivers Month. It’s happening at the Destiny USA Sky Deck on Friday, November 1st beginning at 11:30 am. Tickets are only $15. The Executive Director of David’s Refuge, Kate Houck explains why focusing on caregivers in our community is so important. For more information visit

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Jessica Young runs the high risk breast program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She talks about the latest in treatment at Roswell. For more information visit

Local writer Lisa Dolbear has an article in this month’s Family Times about book clubs. She explains why it’s become such an important part of her routine. Family Times is all locally written and you can find it on shelves across Central New York, free of charge, at grocery stores, doctor’s offices, schools and gyms.

Marc Saltzman is our go to guy when it comes to what’s new and exciting in the tech world. He already has some great ideas for holiday gift giving. Find Marc Saltzman here on Facebook.

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/11/19

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to provide mainly free services to women who are starting their own business, expanding their current one, or are an “intrepreneur” which means they are running someone else’s business. A little bitter sweet as we check in with the woman in charge at WISE, Joanne Lenweaver, as she is retiring as of this month. But she joins us one more time, along with this month’s entrepreneur, Shamin Thakur, the founder of Wellness Of Being. For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit For more on Shamin go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/4/19

Calling all residents, lovers of Central New York and lovers of board games: the Food Bank of Central New York has a unique way to raise funds this Fall! It’s in the form of a City Of Syracuse Monopoly game! Lynn Hy is Chief Development Officer of the Food Bank and Karie Ballway is Executive Vice President of Cooley Group, those responsible for this great idea! To pre-purchase this classic board game, please visit

Since 2009, Feed Our Vets has provided free food assistance to more than 25,000 Veterans and their family members, distributing 1.1 Million pounds of food, and over $100,000 in gift cards. Rich Synek along with his wife Michele, is the founder of Feed Our Vets. for more information and to donate.

Ted had a chance recently to sit down with his dentist Dr. Michael Grossman from Syracuse Straight Smiles to talk about the latest in cosmetic dentistry. Find out more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/27/19

Bryony Grealish from The Fingerless Kitchen has been challenging local chefs to the “No Thumbs Challenge” in an effort to inspire cooks of all abilities to have the confidence to do their own cooking in the kitchen. She fills us in on what is new in her world. For more information on Bryony, see

Honor Flight Syracuse serves ten counties in the greater Central New York area by flying our local veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials honoring those who served our nation. Amy Delia is their Director of Marketing Communications and she talks about the latest mission that just returned yesterday. For more on Honor Flight Syracuse and to nominate the veteran in your life for an upcoming flight, visit

The 48th annual Civic Celebration Luncheon to benefit the Salvation Army is happening Tuesday, October 8th at the OnCenter. Andrew Sabbaghzadeh and Gina Lazara of the Salvation Army talk about where the money goes and how you can still be there. For more information and to get tickets go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/20/19

The Ride for Missing Children is happening Friday, September 27th across CNY and will be stopping at many area schools to spread the message of child safety. Ed Suke (as in Luke) is the Executive Director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Jim Sleeper is the Chairman for the Syracuse ride. Still time to join in the ride, or at least see the route so that you can stand outside and cheer as they ride by. See details at

The 2nd Annual Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Meet and Mingle is happening Wednesday, August 25th on the roof of Rockbridge Investment Management on South Warren St. in Syracuse. It’s a great time to learn more about what Meals on Wheels does and have a great time doing it, according to Community Relations Director Mike Nortman. For more information, go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/13/19

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 and they are located in downtown Syracuse. Joanne Lenweaver of WISE fills us in once again on what is happening this Fall, and this month’s featured female entrepreneur is Coach, Trainer and Speaker Barb Stone, founder of Build Your Path LLC. For more information on the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit For more on Barb Stone, visit Build Your Path LLC on Facebook.

The annual Reds, Whites and the Blues fundraiser to benefit Chadwick Residence is happening Friday, September 27th at Drumlins. Jenni Gratien is their Executive Director and she explains how Chadwick Residence has been helping women and children in Central New York for the last 33 years. Learn more and get your tickets today at

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/6/19

The highly anticipated Parade of Homes with the Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York is back this month! It’s running September 14th through the 29th at Wildflower in Clay. Mark Antony Jr. is one of the builders and he talks all things Parade of Homes and home building in general.

Did you know that on average, one person dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes? World Suicide Prevention Day is coming up on Tuesday, September 10th. Contact Community Services and several local businesses are participating by wearing purple and teal and giving out purple and teal ribbons to symbolize suicide prevention awareness. Cheryl Giarrusso is Director of Intervention Services and Jennifer Jock is the Marketing Coordinator for Contact Community Services.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/30/19

David’s Refuge is an organization that offers respite, resources and support to parents of children with special needs or those who have chronic or terminal illnesses. Their popular “Taste of David’s Refuge” is being held at the RedBarn 20 in Cazenovia on September 13th. Christine Corbett is Director of Philanthropy at David’s Refuge. Josh Haun of Haun Specialty Gases, is the main sponsor of “Taste of David’s Refuge”.

The Salvation Army is asking the Central New York community to become part of the Hero Society by donating a small amount of money each month to help them run their many programs 365 days a year. Gina Lazara of the Salvation Army fills us in on how you can be a part of their Hero Society.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/23/19

ARC of Onondaga is holding their annual Dunkin Run ARC Race on Saturday September 7th at Longbranch Park in Liverpool. Director of Development Joanna Jewett explains what their long running organization is all about and how you can help.

Joe Stanley wants everyone to take vacation but make sure your place of employment has you covered while you’re gone.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus is open to the public and offers miles of trails to enjoy all year round. Whitney Lash-Marshall is their Executive Director.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/16/19

The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who are starting a business or expanding their current one. Joanne Lenweaver fills us in on what has been going on this Summer at WISE and we introduce this month’s featured female entrepreneur, Robin Cortese, Vice President of AT&T Premier Technologies.Find out more about the WISE Women’s Business Center at and see more on AT&T Premier Technologies, see

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/9/19

The Friends Of Central Library have already started selling season tickets to their upcoming Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series which begins in September and benefits the Onondaga County Library System. Peggy Fabic is on the board.

The extremely popular Customer Appreciation Day is happening Saturday, August 18th at Natur-Tyme on Erie Blvd. from 9 am to 6 pm featuring special speaker Roslyn Rogers who is a Certified Nutritional Consultant among other things. She’ll be speaking about her book and how she got her title of THE RED HOT LADY OF MENOPAUSE!
Wendy Meyerson and her husband have been running their local health food store since 2001 and in 2012 moved to a huge space on Erie Blvd. But they still hold true to their mission of creating a healthier community through their store as she talks about here. Find out more about Natur-Tyme during their annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday August 17th from 9 am to 6 pm at their store on Erie Blvd. near Bridge Street.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/2/19

CNY Snap is a Spay and Neuter Assistance program to help end the over population of cats and dogs in Central New York. It is based in Cortland but helps animals throughout the area and they’re holding a special fundraiser next weekend at Destiny USA. Vice President and CoOrdinator Janice Venditte and Volunteer Tonya Kassler have more on their organization and how you can help. Again you can see them at Destiny USA August 10th and 11th on the first floor near the Disney Store. Or see more on their organization at

Janice Todeschini’s brother died of pancreatic cancer four and a half years ago. She is raising money to help cancer patients by holding a very unique annual fundraiser in Old Forge called The Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer. She explains more about her mission and how you can paddle for a great cause.

Sound the Alarm is a FREE smoke alarm service offered by the American Red Cross to make sure that houses and apartments have working smoke detectors that many times are the difference between life and death. Emily Tripepi is an American Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist.