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.

If you have an event to promote or issues to discuss, EMAIL US and please allow two weeks advance notice.

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/14/2024

The Longest Day, June 21st, is the day with the most light. And the Alzheimer’s Association is hoping that you spend that day helping to fight Alzheimer’s and other dementias by taking part in a fundraising activity of your choice. Kate Flannery is the Executive Director of the Upstate New York Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. Find out more at

There is a new approach to memory care at Loretto facilities called the Montessori Method Approach to Senior Care. Dr. Joelle Margrey is Loretto’s Chief Nursing Officer. See more at

The CNY Pride Festival and Parade is happening in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor on Saturday June 22nd. Organizer Jimmy Monto is with CNY Pride. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/7/2024

Devin’s Rec Room is Central New York’s first ever Sober Active community and they are holding an inaugural “Never Walk Alone” Walk for Recovery today, Sunday June 9th. Henry Brigham is the Founder and CEO and he explains what is behind Devin’s Rec Room. See more at

It is not too late to enjoy this year’s St. Sophia Greek Cultural Festival which is running one more day today, from noon to four pm at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church. Organizer Sophie Meskos fills us in. For more information, see

ARISE at the Farm in Chittenango is the home of an all inclusive playground which is enjoyed by the public free of charge. But Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE says they’ve been dealing with some irritating and downright scary issues. See more and support at

Once again, European Motor Club of Central New York is holding their very popular Eurocar 2024 on Sunday, June 16th at the Lafayette Apple Festival fairgrounds on route 20 in Lafayette. Member Jim Kenyon says the event is getting more and more popular. See more on the European Motor Club of Central New York Facebook page.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/31/2024

Manlius Pebble Hill is offering their Summer Day Camp Program once again for Pre K through 12th grade to any kids in Central New York, not just students at MPH. Jason Brown is the Director and he fills us in on all of the opportunities. Again, the MPH Summer Camp Program is open to any kids throughout Central New York, the camp runs weekdays 9 – 4 but there are extended hours for pick up and drop off, and there is financial aid available. For more information, visit

Joe Convertino Jr. is the President of CH Insurance and this time around he discusses rental insurance, both special events coverage and cancellation insurance when it comes to wedding planning and Small Business Week! For more information, go to

The CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance held their third annual Legs Against Lyme Walk yesterday to raise awareness on the dangers of Lyme Disease and ways to prevent it. Educator Jonah Cummings has his own personal story to tell and talks about why knowledge of Lyme Disease is so important. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/24/2024

Clear Path for Veterans is a non-profit organization which empowers veterans, service members and their families through various programs and services. They are holding their annual Red, White and Blue BBQ on Saturday, June 15th at their location on Salt Springs Road in Chittenango. Chris Flaherty is the President and Chief Executive Officer and he talks about the mission of Clear Path, the reason why he is so passionate about the cause, and how to join them at their annual fundraiser. You can get tickets at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/17/2024

​The Rotary Club of Dewitt is holding their second annual Community Celebration on Saturday June 1st at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church on Jamesville Road in Dewitt and the whole community is welcome. Davis Yohe is with the Rotary Club of Dewitt. See more on our radio station main page.

National Salvation Army Week is observed the second full week of May and was first national proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 in the US. We will be focusing on a number of different programs that the Salvation Army of Syracuse provides as part of this celebration. This week we look at the Senior Services Program and speak to Patrick Banks, the Neighborhood Advisor, Information and Assistance Case Manager and Social Day Case Manager for the Salvation Army.

The Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program providing by the Salvation Army focuses on decreasing and eliminating substance use in youth ages eleven to 18 as well as their families. Sonia Grovner is the FFT Supervisor for the Salvation Army.

We’ll hear more about the programs offered and the community served through the Salvation Army in the next couple of weeks. To hear more and to donate to a specific program, go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/10/2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this week we’re focusing on two organizations who focus on providing support to those who may be suffering from mental health issues. Helio Health last year served more than 19 thousand people recovering from mental health issues, substance use and housing challenges. Kathleen Gaffney-Babb is Helio Health’s President and CEO. To register for the Helio Health Run for Recovery on Saturday, May 18th go to http://Helio.Health

We continue our focus on Mental Health Awareness this week with ARC of Onondaga’s Horizon’s Clinic. ARC of Onondaga provides services for those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Central New York Area. Ali August is the Clinical Director and Sheila O’Donnel is the Assistant Clinical Manager. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/3/2024

Parents are looking ahead to summer and to what choices there are for summer camps. The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways are offering both overnight summer camps and day camps. And guess what? The camps are open to everyone – not just registered Girl Scouts, and the day camps are open to any gender! Jaime Alvarez is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. You can register for the camps at

There is a service that is offered at some area pharmacies called Scriptalk for those who are visually impaired, blind, illiterate, or maybe just those who can’t see small print. Scriptalk will read all the information on prescription labels so that you can be sure you are taking the right medication at the right dose, at the right time. Monica Johnson is a Peer Support Group Coordinator for Aurora of CNY for Onondaga and Oswego counties and helped to get Scriptalk into area pharmacies. There will be more information at the National Federation of the Blind’s Resource Fair held May 8th at Saltspace in Syracuse or go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/26/2024

Tis the season for construction and people driving fast in nice weather. And many times those lead to road rage. But Lawyer Joe Stanley says be the better person. See more legal advice at

Rosamond Gifford Zoo is enjoying a spring full of new and expecting animals and looking forward to a busy summer. Ted Fox is the Zoo’s Director and Carrie Large is the Director of Friends of the Zoo. He says enjoying the Solar Eclipse at the zoo was a once in a lifetime opportunity. See more of everything happening at the zoo at

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/19/2024

Getting your house “Springtime” ready, making sure your handyman has insurance and special events coverage are all part of our conversation with Joe Convertino. Jr, the President of CH Insurance. See more insurance advice at

Using float therapy and salt therapy to find peace, improve health and reduce stress has been around for decades. But it’s had a resurgence in recent years and you can experience it yourself at Stasis Float Center on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse. Owner Glenn Runyan talks about the background and benefits of float therapy. See more at

The Allen Floral Group is getting ready for a busy Administrative Professionals Day and Mother’s Day right around the corner! Hannah Cecile is their District Manager. See all of your favorite florist websites to lead you in the right direction!

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/12/2024

If you wake up this morning and you’re feeling to urge to lace up your sneakers and take part in a 5K Run/Walk, there is still time to get to the Bill Scott Memorial 5K Run/Walk which is taking place this morning at Burnet Park. Gary Dunner organized this event three years ago after one of his good friends passed away. You can find out more by visiting the Bill Scott Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Facebook.

I hope that you were part of OCRRA’s Earth Day Clean Up this weekend. We’ve heard about different topics from the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency for the last couple of weeks, and this week, OCRRA’s Public Information Officer tackles household toxins, electronic waste and hours of operation for their locations. Visit for more information.

April is annual Wish Month with Make-A-Wish nationwide, and there are events all month long to celebrate! Diane Kupperman is President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York. See more at

Rick Stewart and his son are the fourth generation running Eddie’s Restaurant in Sylvan Beach and they just opened for the season to celebrate their ninetieth year! He fills us in on the secret to their longevity. Eddie’s Restaurant is located on Main Street in Sylvan Beach!

Street Talk airing weekend of 4/5/2024

March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY wants to remind listeners to get screened for colorectal cancer if you’re at higher risk or over the age of 45. Dr. Santosh Kumar of HOA fills us in on why this is such an important topic when it comes to your health. For more information, go to

We continue this week hearing more about the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, or OCRRA. Tammy Palmer is OCRRA’s Public Information Officer and this week she tackles glass recycling, textile recycling, and the county’s compost and mulch sites. We’ll have more with Tammy Palmer on next week’s Street Talk with more recycling information!

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/29/2024

What do you do if you’re in a traffic accident? And with Spring sometimes comes water problems at your home. Joe Convertino Jr. is President of CH Insurance and he has some tips for both issues. For more on insurance protection, coverage and advice, see

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, or OCRRA is holding their annual Earth Day Clean Up a little early this year coming up on Friday April 12th and Saturday April 13th. BUT you have to register in order for them to officially count you by Wednesday April 3rd. Tammy Palmer is OCRRA’s Public Information Officer. Again register for the Earth Day Cleanup by April 3rd by going to
We’ll have more with Tammy Palmer on next week’s Street Talk when it comes recycling, compost, e-waste recycling and more!

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/22/2024

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and there are events beginning this week and running all month to benefit the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Colleen Merced is their Executive Director and she says, unfortunately, there is always a big need for their center. See much more on all of the events and fundraising opportunities that we talked about – including buying pinwheels! – at

The ever popular Monster Jam is coming to Syracuse’s JMA Wireless Dome on April 6th. Linsey Reed is from El Paso, Texas and one of Monster Jam’s female drivers. Get your tickets to the April 6th Monster Jam at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/15/2024

The Salvation Army of Syracuse continues to provide services to some 35 thousand Onondaga County residents each year, 365 days a year, from babies to seniors. Deanna Delmonico is their Public Relations Manager and she fills us in on the Salvation Army’s busy year so far, and an extremely popular fundraiser that is coming back after a few years hiatus. Again for more information on the Turn-Around Jumpers Basketball Tournament on June 15th, to volunteer, or to hear more about their services, please go to

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/8/2024

The Syracuse City School District educates more than 19,000 students each day from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Amanda Hull is the new Director of Media and Brad Vivacqua is the new Director of Communications for the district and they fill us in on their positions, as well as some amazing things that the students and staff are accomplishing. See more on at

It’s a busy time of year at Syracuse’s Hancock Airport! Customer Experience Manager Matthew Szwejbka fills us in. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 3/1/2024

Meals on Wheels is a non profit organization that delivers meals to seniors and the homebound in Central New York. They are taking part in the national campaign March for Meals in an effort to get more volunteers to help deliver some meals 900 meals daily throughout the year. Mason Kaufman is their Executive Director and Linda Llewellyn is a long time volunteer for Meals On Wheels. See more and sign up to deliver meals at

The Manlius Swan pond has been a symbol of the village of Manlius for over 200 years. It’s been a heartbreaking and now controversial time for the swans ever since Faye, the female swan was stolen and killed last year. And now the DEC is telling Manlius that no more baby swans are allowed. Michael Bean is a waterfowl biologist and has been working with Manlius on the swans and their care for many years. You can follow the latest on the Manlius Swan Pond by following the Village of Manlius Swan Pond on Facebook.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/23/2024

The Alzheimer’s Association is at the helm of Advocacy Day being held tomorrow in New York State, in an effort to convince lawmakers to raise funding for the Alzheimer’s Community Assistance Program from five million to seven million dollars. And they are using the stories of those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias from all over the state to do that. Bill Gustafson is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association in New York State. See more at

February is a busy month when it comes to making sure your home and business insurance is up to date. Joe Convertino Jr, President of CH Insurance talks leaving your home when you’re on vacation, car rental insurance and being insured when it comes to romance. See more on the Conversations with Convertino Page at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/16/2024

There are many different treatment options when it comes to fighting cancer and unfortunately most of them have side effects. But fortunately we have come a long way! Dr. Ajeet Gajra of Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY talks about the different cancer treatment options and also the best ways to handle their side effects. See more at

Is it easier to ignore essential paperwork and mandatory payments when it comes in the form of email? Lawyer Joe Stanley says he is finding that is more and more the case. See more legal advice at

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/9/2024

February is National Heart Health Month and Wegmans has taken on the task of making sure that many young people in the area are trained in CPR and have the equipment to make that happen. Kim Natali is Wegman’s Community Relations Coordinator for the Syracuse Division. If you’d like more information on community giving at Wegmans, see

The Central New York Boat Show is happening Thursday February 15th though Sunday, February 18th at the New York State Fairgrounds and during that time, there are both adult and youth New York Boater Safety Certification Courses being offered. Drew Wickham is the Manager of the CNY Boat Show. See more at

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick joins us once a month on the morning show to discuss what crimes are most affecting Central New Yorkers and his take on what can be done to combat it. Hear the entire segment on the Crime In the Cuse page on our website.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/2/2024

Would you like to learn some basic cooking skills, or even more advanced knowledge by some of the best chefs and artisans in the area? There’s an opportunity with the Kitchen Literacy Project, a collaboration that is offering free cooking classes for teens weekly but funding that by offering affordable cooking classes to the general public at the Salt City Market. Jess Miller is with the Kitchen Literacy Project. Find out more and sign up for classes at

Wear Red Day with the American Heart Association happened this past Friday, February 2nd. But Kristy Smorol, Communications Director for the American Heart Association New York State, says that February is Heart Month and should be the focus all month long. See more at AHA New York on Facebook.

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick joins us once a month on the morning show to discuss what crimes are most affecting Central New Yorkers and his take on what can be done to combat it. Hear the entire segment on the Crime In the Cuse page on our website.

The busiest year ever in Syracuse Hancock Airport history? That’s what Customer Experience Manager Matthew Szwejbka says about 2023. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/26/2024

The Haven at Skanda is a non profit farm animal sanctuary in Cazenovia that cares for rescued animals and some endangered breeds. Executive Director Ellen Beckerman talks about all of the many programs at Skanda and what you can do to help. Visit for more information.

The Food Bank of Central New York just held a very successful 11th annual telethon this past week to raise money to feed the food insecure throughout Central and Northern New York. Development Director Lynn Hy says this is a very busy but exciting time at the Food Bank. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/19/2024

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time with the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. Jaime Alvarez is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. See more at

A Taylor Swift Theme dance party is the fun idea behind a fundraiser for the CNY Diaper Bank. It’s coming up on Sunday February 3rd. Founder of the CNY Diaper Bank Michela Hugo explains what their mission is all about and how you can dance the afternoon away with the entire family to help raise much needed funds. For ticket information go to

Music for the Mission is holding their application process for mini grants up to $2,000 through January 31st. It is the charity branch of Stanley Law Offices and Joe Stanley tells us more. See more at

The Clay Volunteer Fire Department held a blood drive for the American Red Cross and fundraiser for Believe 31, an organization that helps firefighters battling cancer and their families. Steve Yaciuk is President of Believe 31 and he explains more about what they’re all about. See more on Believe 31 on their Facebook page.

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/12/2024

When it comes to a new year, we are all about “resolutions”, but how about setting some insurance resolutions in order to be in the best shape possible when it comes to addressing all of your insurance needs this year? Joe Convertino Jr. is President of CH Insurance and he has some tips to get 2024 off to a great start. See more at

Disabled American Vets or DAV is in desperate need of volunteer drivers for all of their vans, who take veterans, disabled or not, to the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, and various other medical facilities all around Central New York. Bill Gleason is the DAV driver coordinator and he explains more about their needs. Give Bill a call at 315-425-4643.

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/5/2024

New Concept Medical Care in Brewerton has a really unique approach to treating everything from facial treatments to tightening up your pelvic floor for incontinence issues by using devices that work your muscles involuntarily. Dr. Laura Hamilton has spent her career as a General Family Practitioner but was introduced to these new procedures just over a year ago, and has never looked back. See more and make an appointment at

Disney on Ice is just wrapping up their performances today at the Onondaga County War Memorial, bringing with them memories for families that will last a lifetime. Leocadia Lellig portrays the character of Belle and she talks about what an honor it is to be part of something that she grew up attending herself. Disney on Ice wraps up their show in Syracuse this afternoon with two shows – one at noon and the other at 4 pm.