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.
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Street Talk airing weekend of 7/8/2022
The Northeast Community Center is the host of the Workforce Development program which helps people that have been out of the workforce for extended periods or are having issues reentering the workforce, find a job path. Donna Moore is their director. Visit their website at http://SNCCSYR.org
The Onondaga County Public Libraries are holding their Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading program for all of their library branches in and around the Syracuse area. Laura Keller is the Youth Services Librarian for the Mundy Branch. See more at http://OnLib.org
The Spirit of Syracuse celebrates their 65th year this year as a women’s chorus in Syracuse and they are holding a membership drive this summer. Amy Manley and Karla Chun are both members of the chorus. Find out more at http://SpiritofSyracuse.com
Street Talk airing weekend of July 1st
Chef Brian Isbell started his Personal Chef business in 2020, but kind of by accident, it has grown to include a huge home meal delivery service. He talks about his background and how he came to run one of the fastest growing businesses in the area. See more at http://ChefBrianIsbell.com
Central New York boating season is here and even though it may cost you a bit more at the pump to be out on the water, Dave White from the New York Sea Grant says it’s still affordable and worth every penny! See more tips about boating at http://NYSeaGrant.org
Street Talk airing weekend of June 24th
June is Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY is just finishing out a month of awareness on Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses. Cathy James is the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. See more at http://ALZ.org/cny
The 14th annual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s A Cure 5K Run/Walk is once again taking place in the village of Marcellus on Monday July fourth to raise money for ovarian cancer research, education and services. Committee Member Kim Mathieson fills us in on why raising money for awareness of this silent killer is so important. See more information on Facebook under Teal There’s A Cure.
You know it’s summer when the Renaissance Festival kicks off and next weekend begins the 46th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival running weekends through August 14th. The Mayor is a huge part of the entertainment every weekend. See more at http://SterlingFestival.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/17/2022
The CNY Pride Festival and Parade is back and bigger and better than ever this Saturday, June 25th at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse! Admission and entertainment is completely free thanks to a wide array of donors and sponsors. Jimmy Monto is CNY Pride Festival’s Co-Chair. See more at http://CNYPride.org
The ground breaking for Syracuse’s first all minority led commercial development project, called Salina 1st, happened earlier this month. Salina 1st is located on South Salina Street, right along the South Salina corridor of the Syracuse Surge, an area that the City of Syracuse is targeting for investment opportunities for disenfranchised businesses. Emanuel Henderson is one of the founding partners of the project. See more at http://Salina1st.com
It’s a busy time for home contractors but frustrating on both ends as home owners try to find someone who has time to work on their projects, and contractors struggle with supply chain issues and trying to find enough employees. Lawyer Joe Stanley says once again, it’s important to get everything in writing. See more at http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Cuse Kickball is back for another summer season. It literally KICKS off Friday nights at Burnet Park on July 1st. David Evans started the league. Sign up for summer leagues now at http://CuseKickball.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/10/2022
The Salvation Army has launched their scan campaign at all area Wegmans Stores that runs through mid July. Director of Development Andrew Sabbaghzadeh and Public Relations Director Deanna Delmonico talk about that and what else is happening at the Salvation Army this summer. See more at http://SASYR.org
The Redhouse Arts Center closes their 2021 – 22 Season with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels running through June 19th. Fred Grandy of Love Boat fame, and a member of the board at the Redhouse, discusses his latest staring role and why he keeps coming back to perform in Syracuse. See more on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and buy tickets at http://TheRedHouse.org
The City of Syracuse Parks Commissioner Julie Lafave talks about the city’s best kept secret – their two golf courses – as well as the status of some of the city pools that are opening soon. See more at http://SyrGov.net
Street Talk airing weekend of 6/3/2022
Clear Path for Veterans is an organization for veterans of all ages that is located in Chittenango. They offer a ton of different programs and services for vets and are celebrating ten years as an organization. They are holding their annual Red, White and Blue BBQ fundraiser on June 18th. Alexander Behm (Bemm like stem) is their Executive Director. Buy tickets and see more on Clear Path for Veterans on their website at http://ClearPathForVets.com
Speaking of Battle Tested BBQ Sauce, Mike Otis is a veteran who created this sauce – and five percent of the profits go to veterans organizations across the country. Here locally, that organization is Clear Path for Veterans. See more of the Battle Tested BBQ story at http://BattleTestedBBQ.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 5/27/2023
This is the 30th year for the ACR Health AIDS Walk/Run. Executive Director Lisa Alford and Director of Development Mary Beth Anderson discuss all of the important programs that continue at ACR Health and how, even though people are now living with AIDS, it is still a very big concern. Sign up for the ACR Health AIDS Walk Run at Beaver Lake June 5th at http://ACRHealth.org
Wednesday was the annual Iced Coffee Day at area Dunkin’s and $1 from every Iced Coffee sold supports the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. Tom Santurri is Central New York Dunkin’ Franchisee and he talks about how much money has been raised and how Dunkin’ continues to be such a huge part of the community. See more on the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.bringjoy.org
The Museum of Science and Technology is still taking reservations for field trips for all grade levels any day of the week through the end of the school year. And there is so much to see! MOST President Lauren Kochian has more. See more at http://MOST.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 5/20/2022
The CNY Diaper Bank is encouraging community members, businesses and organizations to participate in the 7th annual Make A Mother’s Day Diaper Challenge which runs throughout the month of May. All funds raised will go directly toward diaper purchases to support local families and, this month only, the donations will be matched up to $10,000! Michela Hugo is CNY Diaper Banks founder and Executive Director. See more and donate at http://CNYDiaperBank.org
If you have any kids in your family that are cheerleaders, you know how athletic that sport can be. That’s part of the message being sent by the Cheer Live performers who will be coming to St. Joseph’s Amp in July. We had the opportunity to interview two of them – Cassadee Dunlap and James Thomas. See more on the live show at http://LiveNation.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 5/13/2022
The Syracuse Onondaga NAACP’s 43rd Annual Freedom Fund Award Dinner will be held on Thursday May 26th at the Ramada by Wyndham in Liverpool. Linda Brown-Robinson is the NAACP New York State Western Region Director and a member of the NAACP Syracuse Onondaga Executive Committee. Book tickets for the dinner now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://SyracuseNAACP.com
The Central New York Lyme and Tick-Born Disease Alliance is holding their Inaugural Legs Against Lyme Walk on Saturday, May 21st at Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park. Royale Scuderi is their Executive Director. See more and register at http://CNYLymeAlliance.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 5/6/2022
Helio Health is holding their Run for Recovery on Saturday May 14th at Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards. Their CEO Jeremy Klemanski talks about the services for Substance Abuse and Mental Health at Helio Health and why this run is so important to keep their services going. For more information or to register go to http://Helio.Health
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park has a brand new state-of-the-art Animal Health Center that is open to the public every day! Ted Fox is the Zoo’s Director. See hours of the zoo and more information at http://rosamondgiffordzoo.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 4/29/2022
The United Way of Seneca County serves residents in the Finger Lakes with a number of incredibly important programs. They are holding a fundraiser for their organization on May 19th at delLago Resort and Casino. Rhonda Jasper is the United Way of Seneca County’s Executive Director. Buy tickets online at http://UWSeneca.org
If you were around a couple of decades ago, you remember The United Booty Foundation that played out every week to keep disco and funk alive. They are reuniting for a special fundraiser on Saturday May 21st at the OnCenter. Band member John Peluso talks about what they’ve been up to, the memories that we all have and why he hopes you come out to shake your booty with them once again. Buy tickets at the OnCenter Box Office, or at http://Ticketmaster.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 4/22/2022
May is Dental Health Month and Syracuse Straight Smiles is holding a special event on Thursday May 5th to get people back to their dentist! Dr. Michael Grossman fills us in. If you’d like to register for the Cinco De Smile on May 5th, go to http://SyracuseStraightSmiles.com or call 315-245-8030.
Longtime Central New York resident Linda Lowen is the author of a newly published book called “100 Things to Do in Syracuse” and she says it was fun to write. Again shop all of the local book stores that Linda mentioned or find “100 Things to Do in Syracuse” on Amazon.
The Syracuse Stallions Basketball team held their first ever All Star Weekend last weekend which was a great success. If you haven’t experienced a Syracuse Stallions game yet, General Manager Mike Sugamosto says you don’t know what you’re missing. http://SyracuseStallions.com for more information.
Eddie’s Restaurant in Sylvan Beach is back this summer with it’s third generation of the Stewart family running it. Rick Stewart says they are ready for a great season. Visit Eddies on Main Street in Sylvan Beach. http://www.eddies1934.com/
Street Talk airing weekend of 4/15/2022
We finish out our interview with the Public Information Officer for the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, Will Wallak as we cover other topics in the midst of a busy Spring at OCRRA. The compost sites, as we learned last week, are open and that also means that not only compost but mulch is available as well. See much more at http://OCRRA.org
Speaking of recycling, New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe is in his 20th year of offering E-recycling Events for free where you can bring just about any electronic that need recycling. The next one is coming up on Earth Day, April 23rd. You can register by going to http://SunnKing.com
William “Bill” Scott Jr. passed away suddenly a year ago. He was well known in the Syracuse Community as Union President of the Syracuse Teacher’s Association. His long time friend Gary Dunner is helping to put on a 5K in his honor coming up next weekend. See more at The Bill Scott Memorial 5K Walk Run on Facebook.
Street Talk airing weekend of 4/8/2022
The Earth Day Cleanup with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency is back in person this year and you have until Friday to sign up. Will Wallak is OCRRA’s Public Information Officer and he fills us in on this year’s event as well as an extremely busy Spring when it comes to all things recycling. We’ll have more with Will and what is going on at OCRRA next week. And see much more information and sign up for the Earth Day Event by this Friday at http://OCRRA.org
This week is Spring Break for many Central New York schools. That means too, that Syracuse Hancock International Airport will once again be rocking as more and more people are finally booking flights.
Executive Director Jason Terreri fills us in on making the most of your trip to the airport. See much more at http://SyrAirport.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 4/1/2022
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is holding their first ever 5 K Zoo Run Run on Saturday, April 23rd. Director of the Zoo Ted Fox and Friends of the Zoo Director Carrie Large talk about all things Rosamond Gifford Zoo as they head into one of the busiest seasons of the year. Find out more and register for the April 23rd Zoo Run Run at http://RosamondGiffordZoo.org
Do you have a will, life insurance policy, even a 401 K that you completed before you got divorced? As Joe Stanley says, it is always good to make sure those documents are updated when it comes to the beneficiary.m For more see http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 3/25/2022
We are just finishing Developmental Disability Awareness Month and the self advocates at ARC of Onondaga have developed a campaign called “See Me See Us” which focuses on encouraging acceptance and inclusiveness. Joanna Jewett is ARC of Onondaga’s Development Director. For more information see http://ArcOn.org
The Dewitt Rotary Club is once again holding their Spring Basket Fundraiser which last year raised 30,000 dolllars for area charities. Their goal is $50,000 this year and with the support of the community, President Ken Souser thinks they can do it. See more and order baskets at http://DewittRotary.org
As the crises continues in Ukraine, parents everywhere are wondering how to talk to their kids about something like this. Lida Buniak is a retired school psychologist and President of the Syracuse branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. See this website for links to Ukrainian Relief Efforts.
Street Talk airing weekend of 3/18/2022
The Freeze Out 5K is happening this Friday, March 25th at Onondaga Community College to benefit the Rescue Mission. Gina Rapasadi is the Director of Special Events for the Rescue Mission and she fills us in on their year so far. Register for the Freeze Out 5K at http://FreezeOut5K.com or just show up Friday night at 6 to participate!
SUNY Oswego is having an exhibit featuring artist Alberto Rey which focuses on the Oswego River and Lake Ontario. It is running through April 2nd. Dave White of the New York Sea Grant talks about what a rich history the area waterways have and how this is such a great way to learn more. See more at http://NYSeaGrant.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 3/11/2022
The Home and Garden Show is back in person this year! Running March 18th through the 20th at the New York State Fairgrounds. Jeremy Doran, along with his brother, is the owner of Stone Hammer Homes, a custom home builder in the area. He is also the Second Vice President of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association which is behind the Home and Garden Show. See more details and times at http://HBRcny.com
The Ukraine and its people have been on everyone’s minds since the Russian invasion began. Dr. Borys Buniak is a local doctor and a member of the Ukrainian American population here in Central New York. See our website for links on Ukrainian relief.
Street Talk airing weekend of 3/4/2022
CNY Central and NBC3 are behind an investigative report that aired called Sextortion and Teen Suicides, looking at local cases as well as those spread across the country. Anchor and Reporter Megan Coleman joined us to talk about what they uncovered. The special aired on Thursday but you can see it streamed on their Facebook page and also on their website at http://CNYCentral.com
The Salvation Army of Syracuse continues to provide services to thousands of people in our community year round. Andrew Sabbaghzadeh is their Development Director and talks about their latest campaign called “Love Beyond”. Donate now at http://SASyr.org
One local business that opened during the pandemic and continues to thrive in Camillus is the Red Light Spa. Owner Lisa Power talks about what drew her to open this Luxury Welllness Spa. See more at http://TheRedLightSpa.com
Amy’s Slumber Party was recently held and among donations that were collected for local charities, The WildCat Sports Pub held their own fundraiser at their booth for the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Andrea from the Wildcat explains why they thought it was such an appropriate cause for the night. See more at http://WildCatPizzaPub.com
Have you ever received notice that you have been asked to be part of a class action suit? Lawyer Joe Stanley says it may be good to read it before you just toss it out. See more at http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 2/25/2022
Live theater is back in Syracuse! Two major productions have launched at local theaters this week.
Let’s first look at Syracuse Stage and their world premiere of “Somewhere Over the Border”, a musical based on the true story of a woman who journeyed from El Salvador to the US with a mashup of The Wizard of Oz. Brian Quijada is the playwright and has a very personal connection. “Somewhere Over the Border” runs at Syracuse Stage through March 13th. For ticket information, see SyracuseStage.org
The Redhouse Arts Center continues its 2022 portion of their season featuring Pulitzer Prize winning “Fences” which was supposed to debut in March of 2020 before the pandemic. But Ted Lange (Land-ge) of Love Boat fame returned to direct it this year and talks about why he didn’t want to give up this production. “Fences” runs through March 6th. See tickets at TheRedhouse.org
Downtown Dining Week begins Tuesday March 1st and runs through March 13th. Director of Communications Alice Maggiore says it’s great to be back in full force. For more information see DowntownSyracuse.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 2/18.2022
The Vera House White Ribbon Campaign calls for male-identified adults and youth to join with survivors to end gender-based violence. It’s running throughout the month of March with the kickoff breakfast on February 25th and the White Ribbon Walk (held for the first time in two years) on March 25th. George Kilpatrick is the Co-Director Prevention Education at Vera House. See more on the White Ribbon Campaign, donate and find merchandise at http://VeraHouse.org
Lawyer Joe Stanley has some scary statistics when it comes to both fatal car crashes and pedestrian fatalities since the pandemic began. Learn more at http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 2/11/2022
The Museum of Science and Technology in downtown Syracuse is gearing up for a busy winter break when the kids are out of school. But as Executive Director Lauren Kochian explains, any time is a good time to head to the MOST. See much more on the programs and exhibits that Lauren mentioned at http://MOST.org
Because of the continuing Covid regulations, the annual Central New York Boat show is not happening this year. But New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White offers some alternatives to get ready for another busy boating season. See more at http://NYSeaGrant.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 2/4/2022
Honor Flight Syracuse, which is a non profit that flies veterans to Washington DC twice a year to visit the war memorials in their honor, is desperately looking to fill the organization’s health and safety coordinator volunteer position which provides needed medical care to veterans on their flights. Kevin Bradley is Honor Flight Syracuse President. If you’re interested, contact Rob at 315-263-9770 or go to http://HonorFlightSyracuse.org for more information.
The guidelines for Covid 19 vaccines continues to shift but Kinney Drugs tries hard to supply the most current information to their customers. Daniel Hind is the Supervising Pharmacist for the Cicero Kinney Drugs. See http://KinneyDrugs.com to schedule your vaccination or booster.
Street Talk airing weekend of 1/28/2022
National Wear Red Day with the American Heart Association is Friday, February 4th in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease in women. Jackie Ferrari is this year’s Go Red chairwoman and the founder/CEO of American Fashion Network. Kristy Smorol is the Communications Director for Western and Central New York. Wear your red on February 4th and find out more at http://WearRedDay.org
Girl Scout cookies are now for sale! The Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways have had to “think outside of the box” literally, since the pandemic began, but as Jaime Alvarez, the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications tells us, cookie sales are still going strong. Find your cookies at http://gsnypenn.org/cookies22
Fred Grandy is best known for his role as Gopher on The Love Boat. But he also spent four terms as a Congressman which served him well as he put on a one man show at the Redhouse Arts Center over the weekend called Give Em Hell Harry. See more on Fred Grandy’s next performance this summer at the Redhouse at http://TheRedHouse.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 1/21/2022
January is National Human Trafficking Month and what defines human trafficking may really surprise you. Colleen Merced is the Executive Director for McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse. See more on the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center website at http://McMahonRyan.org
The Food Bank of CNY is teaming up with Cumulus Media and CNY Central to once again hold a telethon to raise money for the hungry in Central New York. Lynn Hy is Development Director for the Food Bank. See how you can help at http://FoodBankCNY.org
Street Talk airing weekend of 1/14/2022
The holidays are over and maybe you saw an elderly family member that was behaving a bit differently than the last time you saw them. Cathy James is the local Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association. See more on all of the Alzheimer’s Association programs and services at http://ALZ.org
Covid 19 guidelines seem to change constantly but Jason Klug, Entertainment Director at the Vine at Del Lago Resort and Casino, says the one constant is that people still want to come out and see live shows. See more at http://DelLagoResort.com
The Ronald McDonald House is back at it. After a bit of a required shut down during the pandemic, they are back hosting families whose children are being treated at area hospitals. Beth Trunfio is their Executive Director. http://RMHCNY.org for their wish list and more information.
Street Talk airing weekend of 1/7/2022
The need for Covid 19 tests continue to rise as the Omicron variant dominates the positive cases. Dr. Frank Middleton is a professor at Upstate and lead scientist for Quadrant Biosciences that developed the saliva covid test that is now used globally. He discusses how it came to be, how they are now sequencing the positive cases to determine the variant, and why knowing what specific variant it is, is so important. The saliva covid tests are being done at the county location on West Genesee Street in Syracuse. To make an appointment, go to http://ongov.net
As the roads, sidewalks and driveways become slipperier, the number of falls also increases. Lawyer Joe Stanley says there are lot of legal cases brought because of unsafe conditions. http://StanleyLawOffices.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 12/17/2021
As families gather for the holidays, possibly seeing older loved ones for the first time in a long time, they may seem different. When do you determine that they may need more help, or at least a visit to their doctor? Dr. David Heisig is the medical director at Loretto’s PACE-CNY and talks about what their program does and what signs to keep a look out for. See more at http://LorettoCNY.org
Tech guru Marc Saltzman always has some amazing ideas when it comes to holiday presents.See more on his website at http://MarcSaltzman.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 12/10/2021
Latisia Hall Cannon is the creator of Urban T, representing a connection for the Urban community in Syracuse and beyond. She has a podcast called WOKE Wednesday that connects the community with relevant topics of discussion. See more at http://UrbanT.biz or see Urban T Syr on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/urbant.syr.7
If you suffered an injury because of a product or service that was of no fault of yours, would you know what to do? This week we talk to Michelle Rudderow of Rudderow Law who specializes in representing those that were injured due to the negligent acts or conducts of others. See more at http://Rudderow-Law.com
Street Talk airing weekend of 12/3/2021
The holidays are in full swing and so are the fun events happening in Central New York. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is transforming the zoo into a Winter Wonderland every weekend through December 18th. Zoo Director Ted Fox and Executive Director of Friends of the Zoo Carrie Large fill us in on all of the activities. See more at http://RosamondGiffordZoo.org
Redhouse Arts Center is celebrating the holidays by opening their season with Sister Act running through December 19th. Temar Underwood is their Artistic Director. Book tickets and see more at http://TheRedHouse.org
Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter recently held their Evening of Second Chances to benefit the shelter, which has been located at Jamesville Prison for the last six years. Dave Sturgis is a member of the board. See more at http://JamesvilleSecondChance.com
The CNY Oneida Shores Polar Plunge is happening today, December 5th so if you’re listening in the morning, there is still time to participate! If not, there is always next year to jump into the freezing cold waters of Oneida Lake to benefit the Special Olympics of Central New York. Michaela Darbyshire is their Associate Director of Development. Still time to donate at http://SpecialOlympics-ny-org
Street Talk airing weekend of 11/26/2021
The Salvation Army of Syracuse kicked off Red Kettle Season a couple of weeks ago and are now featuring 32 live kettles across Onondaga County until December 24th. Public Relations Manager Gina Lazara says this is going to be a busy season. See more at http://SASYR.org
Local start up Quadrant Biosciences continues to offer free Covid Testing for symptomatic people in our community in partnership with Onondaga County. Rita Romano is their President and she says they saw a need and figured out a way to help. The location for Covid Testing is at the former Heritage Lincoln Mercery on West Genesee Street. You do need to make an appointment at http://OnGov.net