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 3/5/2021

The Vera House White Ribbon campaign began March first and runs all month in an effort to get the community, especially men, engaged in talking about preventing domestic and sexual violence and what they can do to help. Marissa Saunders is a victim and survivor of both domestic and sexual violence and the founder and facilitator at Nurturing Individuals Abilities or NIA Ministries Worldwide. She is also the first ever woman honorary co-chair of the White Ribbon campaign. Find out more at

Tassone’s Wine Garden in Baldwinsville has been a successfully running local business for the last 30 years and they are actually celebrating their 30th anniversary all this month. Owner Mary Tassone talks about how they came to be and what their success as been for keeping a thriving restaurant running. Check Tassone’s Wine Garden’s Facebook page for more information on this month’s celebration!



Street Talk airing weekend of 2/26/2021

Local wildlife photographers will display colorful images of birds and other wildlife taken in the recently restored and enhanced areas along the Onondaga Lake shoreline in a virtual photography exhibit on Saturday March 6th. You do have to register to be a part of it. Chris Lajewski is Program Director of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps. You can find out more and register by going to the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps on Facebook.

It may look a bit different than the massive crowds that gather every year, but the Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run is a go! Janice McKenna is President of the Tipperary Hill Neighborhood Association and Eileen McAndrew Murray is Race Director. Find out more and register at

Snow plows, funding for local government and businesses and a look ahead to what the future holds is all part of the conversation that Ted and Amy had with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh this last week.


Street Talk airing weekend of 2/19/2021

Central New York Waterways are still busy in the Winter months with boating on open water and ice fishing on the frozen over lakes and rivers. But whether you’re looking ahead to Spring, or enjoying the cold temperatures on the waterways, Dave White of the New York Sea Grant says safety and planning ahead should always be your number one priority. See more at

Whether you’re looking to serve your country, pursue a career opportunity or pay off college debt, the US Air Force or possibly the US Space Force may be for you. Recruiter Sgt. Veronica Black has served over 15 years with the US Air Force and she explains how she got where she is now. Find the United States Airforce on Facebook or visit


Street Talk airing weekend of 2/12/2021

The New York State Division of Veterans’ Services is a resource for all Veterans in the area to use when they have questions about their benefits. Because they have not been able to conduct their outreach programs in the community since the pandemic, they are holding some virtual briefings for Veterans and their families to ask questions throughout the month of February. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Rowe Wheeler is a Veteran Benefits Advisor. Find out more at http://Veterans.NY.Gov

National Battery Day is coming up this Thursday February 18th and Battery Bob, owner of Battery World on East Molloy Road, is an educator when it comes to all things batteries.

CNY Diaper Bank has been busier than ever since the pandemic began, supplying diapers to low income families in Central New York. They’ve held a couple of very unique virtual fundraisers recently to keep their funds flowing in. Michela Hugo is the founder of CNY Diaper Bank.

Street Talk airing weekend of 2/5/2021

The Hospice Foundation of Central New York is holding a virtual fundraiser on Friday, February 12th just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend! It’s called Celebrating Life through Cooking and Music and you can take part in it right in the comfort of your own home. Laurie Simpson is the Director of Development and Devorah Weinstein is their Development Coordinator. Find out more at

Girl Scout cookie season also looks a bit different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to get your cookie fix. Wendy Cobrda is the Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer for the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. The best website to go to for Girl Scout Cookies is

Toss N Fire Wood Fired Pizza is one local business that has been doing quite well during the pandemic. They were even able to expand to a second location. Nick Sanford is the owner and he talks about how they adopted to the changes of the last year. Find them on route 11 in North Syracuse and their new location in Township Five in Camillus.

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/29/2021

National Wear Red Day with the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women Campaign is coming up on Friday, February 5th. And even though it may look a bit different if you’re working from home, the American Heart Association is hoping that you wear red no matter where you are to show your support of preventing heart disease in women. Kristy Smorol is the Communications Director for the American Heart Association and Kristin Rubino is the Go Red for Women Chairwoman and a survivor of heart disease. Hashtag your Go Red photos on social media with GoRedSyracuse and tag them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on February 5th at AHA New York.

Our lives have changed a lot in the last year and probably so has your work out routine. Dominick Iaconis and Will Flaherty recently opened NXT Effect Fitness in the new Inner Harbor development in Syracuse, and they explain how different their take is when it comes to getting people in shape. Find out more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/22/2021

Too many children in Central New York don’t know where their next meal is coming from. On Thursday January 28th, NBC3, CBS5, and CW6 are hosting the “Help Fight Hunger” telethon to raise money and awareness for Food Bank of Central New York. Lynn Hy is the Development Director for the Food Bank of CNY and she talks about how the pandemic has made their mission even more important. The telethon is happening this Thursday on CNY Central TV stations. Cumulus Media personalities will also be a part of the cause. See more at

Kinney Drugs has jumped on board to help get residents, 65 and older, vaccinated against Covid-19. Daniel Hind is the Supervising Pharmacist for the Cicero Kinney Drugs. Find out more at

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park had a tragic loss over the holidays – two of their young elephants died of a fatal virus. Ted Fox is the Zoo’s Director. See more at


Street Talk airing weekend of 1/15/2021

Running a business, managing a department, even working as an employee has changed dramatically since last March. Ralph Simone is Founder and Partner for Emergent, a local leadership and development company that helps leaders, teams and organizations maximize their full potential. He talks about how businesses and people have adapted to these unprecedented times. For more information, see

Soles4Souls is an organization that helps those in need by distributing clothing and shoes all over the world. A local couple has organized a shoe drive to help collect for this amazing cause. Kelly Tucker explains how she and her husband Mark got involved. For shoe pick up or drop off, email Kelly at

Street Talk airing weekend of 1/8/2021

Many of us have taken part in “meal trains” when a church congregation or a place of businesses organizes meals to be delivered to one of their own when they’re going through a tough time. That is the idea behind the CNY Happy Healthcare Workers Meal Train is to have restaurant prepared foods delivered to a floor or unit at a hospital just to let Frontline Healthcare workers know that their community is behind them. Sue Sobon is the organizer behind this amazing endeavor and she explains what motivated her. To participate in the Healthcare Worker’s Meal Train, go to

The Haven at Skanda Farm Sanctuary has launched a fundraising appeal to animal lovers across Central New York to assist the sanctuary in making up a $50,000 fundraising shortfall due to the pandemic. Ellen Beckerman is their Executive Director. Visit for more information.

There are a couple of news laws on the books in New York State. Lawyer Joe Stanley fills us in. For more legal information, visit

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/18/2020

Gigi’s Playhouse Downs Syndrome Achievement Center continues to thrive in Central New York, despite the fact that they are providing 100 percent of their services virtually these days. Heather Rodriguez is the National Marketing Manager for Gigi’s Playhouse and on the Board of Directors for their Syracuse location. For more on Gigi’s Playhouse, visit their website at

The weather is getting colder and furnaces across Central New York are hopefully going on when they’re fired up. Herb Smith of Breathe Easy of CNY Heating and Cooling has some quick tips to keep your furnaces running as efficiently as possible this winter season. For more information, visit

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/11/2020

This is usually a very busy time for holiday travel and although Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport is not seeing as much of an uptick as they do in normal years, airport traffic is increasing for both the holidays and winter travel. Jason Terreri is the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority Executive Director and he fills us in on what’s happening. See more at

William Mattar Law Offices just wrapped up their Rescue A Shelter Animal campaign and kicked off the Mattar 4 Code Blue Campaign this month. William Mattar himself talks more about why they make an effort to be so involved in the communities that they serve. See for information on both Rescue A Shelter and their Code Blue campaign.

Street Talk airing weekend of 12/4/2020

Winter may be here soon but there are still plenty of people who like to enjoy the outdoors and waterways even in chillier weather. Dave White is with the New York Sea Grant, and he has some tips as we head into the cooler season. Find out more at

Lawyer Joe Stanley has a lot of different topics to focus on during their strange time in our lives. He first talks about cancelled vacations, people who work under the table, and avoiding any injuries with both family and visitors this winter, by making sure your house and property is in good shape. See more legal advice at

There is a brand new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technology. Lauren Kochian is the President of the MOST and she says if you haven’t yet checked out Nature’s Ninjas, this is a perfect time to do so. The MOST is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. See more at





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