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 10/23/2020
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as we head into cold and flu season, people are more worried than ever that if they are not feeling well, they won’t know what illness they are experiencing and how serious it is. Dr. Nicholas Massa is Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Medical Director and he has some advice. See more information at http://ExcellusBCBS.com
Hope for Bereaved is hoping that you will be Twice As Nice when it comes to supporting them this year. Margie Nye from Hope for Bereaved explains what their organization does and how they hope you’ll support local businesses while supporting them at the same time. See more at http://HopeForBereaved.com
The holidays will be here before you know it. Marc Saltzman is our resident tech guru and he has some amazing products and gadgets that may make the perfect holiday gift. You can see articles and blogs from Marc Saltzman and read more about him by visiting Marc Saltzman on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/marcsaltzman-105367450853172
Street Talk airing weekend of 10/16/2020
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and even though we’ve had a lot to worry about in 2020, women can’t put their breast health on the back burner. Kate Flannery is with the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. http://See more at http://KomenCNY.org
Whether you’re still getting in some Fall boating, or you’re ready to winterize your boat for the cold months ahead, you have to admit it’s been an amazing boating season. Dave White is the Recreation and Tourism Specialist for the New York Sea Grant. For more visit http://NYSeaGrant.org/marina
An amazing opportunity has been offered by a business in downtown Syracuse – to experience being a downtown retail location for free this November and December without the long term commitment of a lease. Ryan Benz is the owner of Oh My Darling Restaurant and The Fitz speakeasy on South Salina Street and he explains more. You have until October 23rd to complete the quick application. Find it at http://AcropolisCenterSyr.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 10/9/2020
There is still time to sign up for the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge which is being sponsored by the United Way of Central New York. It culminates on October 21st with a virtual community conversation with Dr. Ibram Kendi at 7 pm. Nancy Kern Eaton is President of the United Way of Central New York. Register for free for the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge at http://CNYequity.org/signup
Speach Candy’s Ten Decades of Giving Event to celebrate 100 years in business continues this month with a partnership with Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society. Sarah Ioele is their Executive Director and she talks about the 22 year old organization and what it means to partner with Speach Family Candy this month. For more on Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society, go to http://GuardianAngelSoc.org. For more on Speach Candy’s Ten Decades of Giving, go to http://SpeachFamilyCandy.com.
The Cicero Police Benevolent Association behind a campaign launched this month called Back the Blue. They are offering residents the chance to show their support of law enforcement by displaying lawn signs and blue lights. Officer Mike Aregano and Chief Steve Rotunno of the Cicero Police Department explain. Check out The Cicero Police Department’s Facebook page for more information. http://www.facebook.com/CiceroPD
Street Talk airing weekend of 10/2/2020
The University of Buffalo is looking for participants for an online only study into female spouses and partners whose husband or live in boyfriend has a drinking problem. The Stop Spinning My Wheels Project is looking for female participants over the age of 18. Senior Research Scientist Dr. Robert Rychtarik explains more about the study. Find out more and sign up online at http://StopSpinningMyWheels.org
Today is National World Animal Day and if you’ve been thinking about alternatives to a leash or lead when your pets go outside, Kurt Grage of Invisible Fence of the Finger Lakes, Midstate and Syracuse explains why installing an invisible fence might be the best option. Find out more at http://InvisibleFence.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 9/25/2020
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with the American Cancer Society is an annual part of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And even though it’s taking on a different look this year, Making Strides – the celebration of breast cancer survivors and the importance of early detection for breast cancer is continuing on October 18th. Josiah Benedict is Central New York’s Community Development Manager. http://MakingStridesWalk.org/Syracuse
We go from the Coronavirus pandemic to Flu Season and now is the time to get yourself vaccinated against the flu. Daniel Hind is a Supervising Pharmacist at Kinney Drugs and he has more information. http://kinneydrugs.com
Hospice of CNY and the Finger Lakes had to cancel multiple fundraisers this year during the shut down, but they just held a very successful Drive In event this past Friday night. This as the services for end of life care patients and their families is more important than ever. Laurie Simpson is their Development Director. http://hospicecny.org
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined us this week to talk about how the City of Syracuse is faring as we continue to recuperate from the Covid 19 shutdown. http://www.syrgov.net
Street Talk airing weekend of 9/18/2020
The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to provide mainly free services to women who are starting their own business or expanding and improving their current one. This month’s female entrepreneur is Andrea Kooritzky of Kooritzky Accounting Services LLC. For more on her business, see http://MyCNYAccounting.com. She is joined first by the Executive Director of the WISE Women’s Business Center located in downtown Syracuse, Meghan Florkowski. See more at WiseCenter.org. For more on Kooritzky Accounting, go to http://MyCNYAccounting.com. For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, see http://WiseCenter.org.
It’s been a long time since we had to worry about school safety so lawyer Joe Stanley says as everyone is getting back, let’s not forget the basic rules. http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 9/11/2020
Like most non profit organizations, CNY Diaper Bank has had to cancel a couple of their annual fundraisers during the pandemic shut down. They are still working to provide thousands of diapers to local babies and toddlers each month in our community. In fact, during the shut down, the need has been greater than ever, according to Executive Director and Founder Michela Hugo. You can participate in the Virtual Diaper Run any time during National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 21st through the 27th and you can sign up any time at http://cnydiaperbank.org
The Downtown Committee, Mower, Visit Syracuse and Onondaga County are working together to create and launch the new “Put the ‘U’ Back in Syracuse” promotion and marketing campaign to promote local businesses that have reopened. Merike Treier is the Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and she fills us in. Find out more at http://UBackInSyracuse.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 9/4/2020
On September 15th, 2020, it has been exactly two years since two chefs from the Chili’s Restaurant in Dewitt were fatally shot during a robbery. Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht were brutally gunned down in the kitchen by a former coworker. Since then, Steve’s mom Nancy Chappell has tried to make something good out of such a tragic event by creating the organization “Two Chefs From Above” to honor Steve and Kris. She explains what they are doing in memory of the two chefs this month. For more information and to join in the virtual toast on September 15th, visit http://TwoChefsFromAbove.org.
Two Brothers’ Light is a local non profit that focuses on suicide prevention and mental health awareness. It was named after two friends that committed suicide on the same day together and the organization was formed by both of their sisters in their memory. Natalie Davis is the President of Two Brothers’ Light and she says their annual golf tournament has been replaced this year by a virtual run. See more on their website at http://TwoBrothersLight.org
Tech guru Marc Saltzman always has some fun tech gadgets even in this crazy year.Find Marc Saltzman on Facebook – Marc with a C, Saltzman with a Z.
As we head into the month of September, the school year looks different for everyone, teachers, students and staff alike. Lawyer Joe Stanley says legally, he thinks there will be some interesting cases coming up. For more legal information and their free webinars, go to http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 8/28/2020
The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to offer mainly free services to women who want to start a business or expand their current one. This month we focus on our August Women Entrepreneur – Iva Vasilev, who is the owner of Niki’s Party Place and VIAN Salt, which recently opened inside Niki’s Party Place at Great Northern Mall. But first we get an update from the WISE Executive Director Meghan Florkowski. For more information on Niki’s Party Place, go to http://NikisPartyPlace.com. For more on VIAN Salt, go to http://viansalt.com. And for more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, see http://WiseCenter.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 8/21/2020
The annual Dunkin ARC Race to benefit ARC of Central New York is going virtual next month. Joanna Jewitt is the Director of Development and Marketing. For more on the ARC Race, go to http://ArcRace.org or for information on anything else, go to http://ArcOn.org
Oswego Health just completed a very successful virtual race themselves, to race money for their not for profit business. To fill us in on what Oswego Health does in the Oswego Community and beyond is Michele Hourigan, Director of Business and Community Development. Find out more at http://OswegoHealth.org
At last check, due to a federal ruling this month, wedding receptions are now allowed to have 50% capacity in indoor wedding venues, which at this point overrules the New York State law allowing only 50 people per public gathering. Lawyer Joe Stanley says he sees both sides. http://StanleyLawOffices.Com for more legal information.
Street Talk airing weekend of 8/14/2020
Vera House continues to offer many services her in CNY to help stop domestic violence and sexual abuse. They are holding a virtual WALK THE TALK with Vera House all this week. Hannah Fuller is their Special Events Coordinator.To find out more about the Vera House Walk to Talk, go to http://VeraHouse.org. For more on Speach Candy’s Ten Decades of Giving Event, go to http://SpeachFamilyCandy.com
Did you know that hot weather is WORSE for batteries than cold weather? The man who knows his batteries, Battery Bob, gives us the scoop. Battery World is located on East Molly Road in Syracuse. http://bwsyr.com
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul has been a great guest on the Ted and Amy program pretty much since the shutdown in NYS began. She joined them again last week to talk about the businesses that are still closed, the newest development in Central New York, and what we can expect in the upcoming weeks with schools beginning. https://www.governor.ny.gov/aboutlieutenantgovernor
Street Talk airing weekend of 8/7/2020
Onondaga Community College has submitted its plan to SUNY for the fall of 2020 semester which includes a combination of in person and online classes. Provost and Senior Vice President Anastasia Urtz joined us to fill in some details. Tuition for fulltime OCC classes during the upcoming academic school year is $2,545 dollars per semester. http:sunyocc.edu
Montezuma Audubon Center which is located on route 89 in Savannah is back open, both the center and their 200 acres and two miles of trails for some awesome birdwatching. Chris Lajewski is the Center Director. For more visit http://montezuma.audubon.org
A lot has changed this year but what has not changed is the area Dunkin’s commitment to Central New York. Eric Stensland of Dunkin had a big announcement last week. Get your free Dunkin app today at http://ddperks.com.
After months of being closed, many of the businesses at Great Northern Mall are now open including the brand new V.I.A.N. Salt located inside Niki’s Party Place at the mall. Owner Iva Vasilev explains what salt therapy is all about.Visit http://VianSalt.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 7/31/2020
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. They just received a federal grant that allowed them to hire three Business Consultants to help with their growing need to counsel female entrepreneurs. This month we hear from all three who are also all business owners – Barb Stone, owner of Build Your Path LLC, Lacey Roy-Ciciriello owner of Full Bodied Health LLC and Caeresa Richardson, owner of Gypsy Freedom LLC.
Find out more at WiseCEnter.org or visit the WISE Women’s Business Center on Facebook.
Street Talk airing weekend of 7/24/2020
Leadership Greater Syracuse is at the helm of a Salute to Local leaders which is running all this month in an effort to salute the leaders here in Central New York that have helped to guide us through what has been a very difficult time with their direction, compassion and dedication. Rob Simpson is the President and CEO of Centerstate CEO who has worked with local leaders throughout this crisis. You can see more on the campaign at http://93Q.com
The annual BoyPower dinner with the Boy Scouts of America could not take place in May, so instead they are holding a huge virtual event to celebrate scouting in Central New York on July 29th. Grey Rolland is the Scout Executive CEO. You can log on and watch the virtual event for free on July 29th at http://cnyscouts.org/boypower
The Museum of Science and Technology is opening their doors to the public on weekends beginning August 1st. But they continue to hold Science Summer Day camps every day through the Summer for kids ages 4 to 15! Lauren Kochian is their Executive Director. See http://most.org for information
Spay and Neuter Syracuse is a low-cost spay and neuter clinic that provides services for families of low income, veterans, rescue organizations and feral cats. Ellen Rood is their Clinic Manager. See more on their website at http://SpayAndNeuterSyracuse.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 7/17/2020
Leadership Greater Syracuse is at the helm of a Salute to Local leaders which is running all this month in an effort to salute the leaders here in Central New York that have helped to guide us through what has been a very difficult time with their direction, compassion and dedication. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is among those helping with the local salute this month. You can see more on the campaign at http://93Q.com
Joseph’s House is the July non profit that is benefitting from Speach Candy’s Ten Decades of Giving Celebration happening throughout this year. Bronson Kopp is their Executive Director and he explains more what Joseph’s House is all about. Find out more about Joseph’s House at jhfw.org and Speach’s Ten Decades of Giving at http://SpeachFamilyCandy.com
Assemblyman Al Stirpe is holding his 14th annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross this Tuesday, July 21st and even though this is a strange year all around, blood donations are needed more than ever. Find out more by visiting Assemblyman Al Stirpe on Facebook.
Street Talk airing weekend of 7/10/2020
Leadership Greater Syracuse is at the helm of a Salute to Local leaders which is running all this month in an effort to salute the leaders here in Central New York that have helped to guide us through what has been a very difficult time with their direction, compassion and dedication. Pam Brunet is the Executive Director for Leadership Greater Syracuse and she explains more about her organization and the campaign. You can see more on the campaign at http://93Q.com
As more and more restaurants open their doors to customers in downtown Syracuse, the vibe continues to return. Ryan Benz and his wife are the owners of Oh My Darling Restaurant and The Fitz Speakeasy in the heart of downtown and he says he is so happy that his customers have returned. http://DarlingSYR.com
Governor Cuomo made the announcement this week – like most all other state fairs in the country, the Great New York State Fair will not be happening. State Fair Director Troy Waffner weighed in the decision and their plans for a major run next year. http://NYSFair.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 7/3/2020
Christina Centro is a Central New York resident that has just become a published author with a trilogy that she actually started many years ago, but she just recently got back to it and is working on her second and third book. She joins us to talk about the process and what inspired her. See Him on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Since having to cancel and postpone the rest of their shows this year, Broadway in Syracuse has just announced their 2021 Season. President of Famous Artists and NAC Entertainment Albert Noccolino talked more about what they think will be the best year yet. See more at http://BroadwayInSyracuse.com
Our authors this week are coming in all shapes and sizes. Skyleigh is an eleven year old student at Willowfield Elementary School in Liverpool who took her time home during the pandemic to write a book called “The Unexpected – Quaratined”. She and her mom joined us to talk more about her experience. Look for Skyleigh’s book soon on Amazon!
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/26/2020
Clarity Clinical Research is launching a study here in Syracuse with a new treatment for people who were exposed or potentially exposed to Covid-19 to test the medication’s ability to reduce the risk of becoming infected for those living in long term care facilities. They are working in partnership with Loretto. Lisa Sonneborn of Clarity Clinical Research says their work with Alzheimer Patients appears to have paid off. Julie Sheedy is the Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer for Loretto and she explains their partnership with this study. For more on this Covid-19 study visit http://ClarityClinicalResearch.com
The Redhouse Arts Center is launching both in house and virtual Summer Camps for kids up to seventeen years old including their extremely popular Rock Camp. Marguerite Mitchell is their Education Director. See more at http://TheRedHouse.org
Boating and outdoor activities are keeping people active this summer, but that still means you have to obey the rules to keep everyone safe, according to lawyer Joe Stanley. See more legal advice at http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/19/2020
A local business in town has teamed up with Mayo Clinic Labs in order to provide Covid-19 antibody testing. Dr. Norma Cooney of MedSpa Solutions explains why it’s good to know and why it also will help the community in general. http://MedSpaSolutions.com
Central New York is officially into Phase Three! Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul joined Ted and Amy earlier in the week to talk about what that means and what we still have to look forward to.
With all of the scary and depressing news, there is also always some good news to be had. Ted and Amy found just that this month up in the village of Pulaski in Oswego County. If you would like to submit a good news story, email amy@93Q.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/12/2020
Good news! The Rescue Mission area Thrifty Shoppers are back up and running, providing 60 percent of the funding they need throughout the year to run all of their services, which have been busier than ever since the pandemic shut down. Dan Seiburg is their CEO and he says it’s so good to be heading back in the right direction. For more information, go to http://RescueMissionAlliance.org or http://IShopThrifty.org
The WISE Women’s Business Center continues to provide mainly free services to women who are running a current businesses, starting their own business, or are an intrepreneur for other’s people’s businesses. Meghan Florkowski is their Executive Director. See more at http://WiseCenter.org
Lawyer Joe Stanley has been providing free legal advice in the form of webinars on his website for different issues being faced especially during the pandemic. He said many of those who got refunds from the colleges their kids were going to are not happy with the amount. He also says that the new batch going back to work for Phase Three has to put some responsibility in the hands of their company:. http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/5/2020
Nominations for the annual Central New York’s Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Awards are underway and will be accepted until the end of June. Jill Allen is the Director of BizEventz who organizes the 40 Under 40 Awards and dinner every year and she has more as to how you can nominate someone you think is deserving. The Awards Dinner will be held on November 4th at the OnCenter. Again, nominees must be 39 years old or younger as of October 31st of this year and can work or reside in all of Central New York. For more information, visit http://BizEventz.com
Paiges Butterfly Run is a local organization that since its founding, has raised over 3 and a half million dollars for Upstate Golisano’s Pediatric Cancer program, both for research and treatment. Founder Chris Arnold explains how this nonprofit was formed and how they’re adapting their annual fundraisers this year. For more information or to register for their virtual run or bike ride, visit http://pbrun.org.
The Workers Center of Central New York organizes low-wage workers to combat economic and workplace injustice and they have had a more far reaching role since the pandemic. Jessica Maxwell is their Executive Director. See more on their Facebook page under Worker’s Center of CNY and at http://workerscentercny.org
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 http://GigisPlayhouse.org/Syracuse.
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 http://ACRHealth.org 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. http://VeraHouse.org
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! http://NYSeaGrant.org
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. http://FamilyTimesCNY.com 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 http://JenLiddy.com
For more on the WISE Women’s Business Center, go to http://wisecenter.org
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 http://OnVLP.org
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. http://stanleylawoffices.com
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 http://aspenfit.com
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 http://hospicecny.org. See more on Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s Ten Decades of Giving event at http://speachfamilycandy.com
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 http://clarityclinicalresearch.com.
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 http://CrouseHealth.org 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. http://wisecenter.org http://homermenandboys.com