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 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

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

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

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

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

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/19/2021

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York is looking for adoptive and guardianship families. Renee Hettich is part of the coalition and is the director for their AGAPE program which stands for Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone. She is also a single adoptive mother to four children and well as an author of the book “My Kids Know More Than Me” about being an adoptive family. Find out more at

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has just been reelected for a second term and joined us to talk about that, as well as the coming week’s Clinton Square Tree Lighting Program and much more. See more on all the Syracuse city happening at

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/12/2021

After having to take last year off, Vera House is extremely grateful that they can bring their 30th annual “New Beginnings” Gala back in person this year with a virtual choice as well. Co-Executive Directors Randi Bregman and Angela Douglas say it’s been a busy year. Buy tickets by November 19th for the December 4th gala at

Beginning November 1st, New York State law requires anyone on the water in any kind of vessel, has to be wearing a life jacket. Dave White is with the New York Sea Grant and he talks about Central New York waterways this time of year as well as thinking ahead to next year’s boating season. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 11/5/2021

The annual Holiday Shoppes sponsored by the Jr. League of Syracuse is happening November 12th, 13th and 14th in the Horticulture Building of the New York State Fairgrounds. President Amanda Perrine talks about the mission of the Jr. League and how they’ve been doing it a long time. See more and buy tickets at

Griffin’s Guardians is holding their first ever Comedy Night on Saturday, November 13th to raise money for their mission of making a difference in the lives of families battling pediatric cancer in Central New York. Christine Dallman is their Event Coordinator. Buy tickets at

The 2021 Hope for Heels event to benefit Hope for Heather is being held on Sunday, November 14th at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Frieda Weeks is the Founder and President of Hope for Heather. Buy tickets at

The 18th season of the Syracuse International Film Festival was held last month but, as President John Ginty says, it’s the best kept secret in town. See photos of this year’s competition as well as how to enter for next year at

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/29/2021

The CNY Veterans Parade and Expo is happening on Saturday, November 6th at the New York State Fairgrounds. Assemblyman William Magnarelli created the parade many years ago, and is excited that it’s still going strong. Robert McClean is the Public Affairs Officer for the Syracuse VA Medical Center and he is thrilled that the VA is being recognized this year.The expo runs 9 am to 2 pm at the NYS Fairgrounds and the parade steps off at noon. For more information visit

The Big and Tall Comedy show just performed in town. Mike Bova is part of the show, that makes appearances at American Legions and VFWs around the country to raise money for veterans. Check out the Big and Tall Comedy show on Facebook.

The 40 Under 40 Awards held by BizEventz and the CNY Business Journal is happening virtually on November 4th. Jill Allen is director of BizEventz. See more at

There has been a ton of roadwork in downtown Syracuse these last few months. Lawyer Joe Stanley says if you’re feeling like it’s creating dangerous situations, you should speak up. See more at

Football season means pizza season and Twin Trees has been around and providing great pizza for many years in Central New York. Dan Ross is the owner of the Twin Trees in Fayetteville and Camillus. See more at or

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/22/2021

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY provides free legal services to members of the community that can’t afford it, and they have just restarted their Talk-To-A-Lawyer program in locations throughout the Syracuse area. Sally Curran is their Executive Director. See more at

Marc Saltzman is the tech guru with lots of ideas on gadgets as we head into another holiday season. See more on Marc Saltzman online at

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer was held in person this past weekend with the American Cancer Society. There were 12 hundred walkers who raised 160,000 dollars! Robert Elinskas is with the American Cancer Society and he explains where the money goes. See more at

The Roofing Guys, a local roofing company, decided to spend the month of September raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Vice President Angela Flynn talks about the money that was raised. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/15/2021

The Go Red for Women Luncheon, focusing on Women’s Heart Health, is back in person this year. It’s being held this Thursday, October 21st at the OnCenter in Syracuse. Go Red Chairwoman Kristin Rubino is also a heart disease survivor and she is joined by Kristy Smorol, Communications Director for the Western and Central New York American Heart Association. See more at

Hoops for Hope is an annual event held to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse. Jeffrey Eysaman is the Executive Director. See more at

Live Entertainment venues have been opening more and more and Jason Klug, Entertainment Director at delLago Resort and Casino says he hopes it just keeps getting better. For more see

Huntington Family Centers has been around for over 100 years, serving low income families on the West Side of Syracuse. Jason Ryan is the Marketing Chair for the Board of Directors and he talks about their event being held this week called You and ‘Que at Dinosaur BBQ. Get tickets at

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/8/2021

There have been two major national news stories in the last couple of weeks surrounding domestic physical and sexual violence. Angela Douglas is the Co-Executive Director of Vera House. She discusses both the R Kelly case and that of Gabby Petito.Find more information on the services offered at Vera House at

Bespoke Arts and Craftsmanship is a collective of art based businesses that will host its first virtual artisan summit from Friday, October 15th through Sunday, October 24th. Joanie Kump is a local artisan that runs Rhinestone Lifestyle and she talks about why this is such a unique and important event. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 10/1/2021

Chadwick Residence is holding their annual Red, Whites and The Blues Fundraiser on Friday, October 22nd to help raise money for their organization which provides one on one guidance, training opportunities and permanent housing assistance to homeless women and their children. Jenni Gratien is their Executive Director. Buy your tickets at

Grazzi Zazzara is back with Fright Nights in East Syracuse throughout the month of October and he details why he decided to branch out his local business to include a Halloween attraction. Fright Nights are located on LePage Place in East Syracuse off Teall Ave. and are open weekends through October 31st.

Slips and Falls can result in big lawsuits and big injuries according to lawyer Joe Stanley.
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Street Talk airing weekend of 9/24/2021

ARISE is holding their Fall Farm Showcase at ARISE at the Farm in Chittenango coming up Saturday October 2nd. CEO Tania Anderson talks about how ARISE privoted to still provide all of their essential programs during the pandemic and how they are looking forward to showing off their farm improvements. For more information and for tickets for Fall Farm Showcase at ARISE at the Farm, please visit

Hey Alec Productions is a new production company in Syracuse that has just produced a pilot TV show to highlight the amazing arts and culture scene in Central New York. Business partners Laura Thorne and Aldea Girard talk about what inspired them and why there is so much to be proud of in this area. See more at

More and more live concerts and festivals are being scheduled. So what is the latest when it comes to how venues are faring? Jason Klug is the Entertainment Director for the Vine Showroom at delLago Resort and Casino. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/17/2021

September is Hunger Action Month and the Food Bank of CNY continues to distribute nutritious food through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and neighborhood community centers in an eleven county service area. Lynn Hy is their Development Director and she says that the monthly Bites and Brews fundraisers have been a big hit. See more at

This summer, 12 inspirational Syracuse seniors were selected to appear as “Pin Ups” in a 2022 Syracuse 60 Strong calendar sponsored by FamilyCare Medical Group. To talk about the reasons behind it, is Dr. Mitchell Brodey, President and CEO of FamilyCare Medical Group and one of the 60 Strong “Pin Ups”- Elliott Bruton. See more and purchase your calendar at

Around 40 of the best food trucks from Syracuse and Rochester will be teaming up for a little friendly competition this Saturday at the New York State Fairgrounds with the Food Truck Battle! Nick Sanford is the owner of Toss N Fire Wood Fired Pizza and represents the Food Truck Association. Buy your tickets now for the Food Truck Battle on September 25th at

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/10/2021

Hope For Bereaved is holding a presentation tomorrow night, Monday, September 13th, called “Grief in a Time of COVID” to address the uniqueness of losing someone in this time of isolation. Educator and Counselors Walter Stein (Stine) and Bonnie Tucci explain what their organization offers and why this is such a challenging time to handle grief. The public is invited tomorrow night to All Saints Church on Lancaster Ave. in Syracuse. Grief in the Time of COVID begins at 7 pm. You can also see it virtually. For more information, go to

They say that laughter is the best form of medicine so a new game show hosted by legendary late night talk show host Jay Leno debuts this Monday in the area on CBS5 at 4 and 4:30 every weekday. Jay talks about why this project drew him. You Bet Your Life debuts tomorrow on CBS 5 at 4 pm.

There are many with differing views when it comes to getting the vaccine for COVID. But when does it turn into a potential legal issue? Lawyer Joe Stanley explains. See for more legal information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/27/2021

The 27th annual Dunkin’ ARC Race to benefit the ARC of Onondaga Foundation will be held on Saturday September 11th at Longbranch Park in Liverpool. Joanna Jewitt is ARC of Onondaga’s Development Director and she fills us in on the challenging year that ARC of Onondaga has had. To sign up for this year’s ARC Race, go to

An all female skydiving team was part of the Great New York State Fair’s Women’s Day celebration last week. The Highlight Pro Skydiving Team travels all over the world doing sky high demonstrations. Amy Chmelecki is the Co-Captain and Co-Founder. See more on the Highlight Pro Skydiving Team at

Street Talk airing weekend of 9/3/2021

The United Way of Central New York is once again teaming up with area restaurants to kick off their 2021-22 United Way Campaign. President Nancy Kern Eaton fills us in on how the year is going, including the award presented to us for our commitment to the Central New York community. Stay up to date on the United Way’s campaign at

The Boys Scouts of America’s Longhouse Council held their ScoutPower dinner earlier this Summer. Astronaut Michael Fossum was the keynote speaker. He is a veteran of three space flights and has logged over 194 days in space. He also is a lifelong Scouter. See more at

Camp Good Days and Special Times recently held their golf tournament fundraiser. Longtime volunteer John Callahan helped to organize the very first Camp Good Days Classic and he explains his passion behind the organization. See more at http:/

After having to take last year off, Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park was able to hold and extremely successful, sold out Brew at the Zoo in early August. Zoo Director Ted Fox says the fundraiser wasn’t the only thing that was affected by the pandemic. See more at

Street Talk 8/20/2021

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is a leading children’s hospital treating the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases, all at no cost to the patient and their families. The Roofing Guys of Syracuse are trying to raise money all during the month of September for St. Jude’s. Co-owner Angela Flynn tells us how the community can help. For more, see and click on the unique link.

September 11th of this year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is doing a Tower Climb in Syracuse on Saturday October 23rd. Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation supports our nation’s fallen and catastrophically injured first responders, military heroes and their families. Jamie Pienkowski is a Dewitt Firefighter and is organizing the climb locally. See more about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation at the Cumulus Media booth at the Fair on Monday, August 23rd, which is Fire and Rescue Day and Monday August 30th which is Law Enforcement Day. They will be selling patriotic lights to shine on your porch or window on the night of 9/11 this year to honor those who lost their lives 20 years ago.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has been busy with a new City of Syracuse website, an app designed to report non- emergencies and a whole lot more. He joined us this past week to fill us in. See more on the City of Syracuse at

As more and more entertainment venues open up, they may have to also deal with more Covid restrictions coming back. Jason Klug is the Entertainment Director for the Vine Showroom at delLago Resort and Casino. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/13/2021

The first of three Bites and Brews to benefit the Food Bank of CNY happened already for the month of August. But there are still two more to look forward to. Development Director Lynn Hy fills us in on this cool fundraiser plus the busy year at the Food Bank. See for more information.

There is a new voluntary glass recycling program happening with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency. Public Information Officer Kristen Lawton explains. See for more information.

Street Talk airing weekend of 8/6/2021

Catholic Charities is holding their 36th annual House of Providence Dinner on Wednesday September 29th in a hybrid platform where you can be there either in person or virtually. Executive Director Mike Melara talks about how the year has been for them. Find out more at about Catholic Charities at

Natasha Payne has been waiting for an apology from her stepfather who sexually abused her as a child. She has written a book about her experience with a portion of the proceeds going to the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Here she talks about her book “I Was Broken Before You Broke Me”. You can find her book on Amazon and other online bookstores.

Aarohi Rastogi is an 8th grader and a Girl Scout Cadette who is trying to earn her Silver Award this year by creating a campaign about how adopting and fostering shelter animals is so important. Again visit for more information on Aarohi’s pet adoption event.

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/30/2021

Assemblyman Al Stirpe recently held his 15th annual Blood Drive for the American Red Cross because there is a dire need for blood donations, more this year than in previous years. He joined us on the air recently to talk about it. See more at to make an appointment.

The Museum of Science and Technology has been keeping the kids busy this summer! President Lauren Kochian says there is plenty to see and do. See for more information.

The Renaissance Festival runs in Sterling, NY through August 15th. Arthur Holmes calls himself an inappropriate poet. for more information and to buy tickets.

As more and more gets back to normal, the live entertainment venues are opening up more and more. Jason Klug is the Entertainment Director for delLago Resort and Casino. for more.

Believe in Syracuse is still looking for mentors in their Greater Syracuse Career Mentoring Program that they began this year. Ahmeed Turner is the Sergeant of Arms at Believe in Syracuse. For more information, visit

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/23/2021

After having to take a year off in person, the Rescue Mission’s Ride and Run for the Rescue is back! It’s happening Saturday July 31st at Long Branch Park in Liverpool! Hit the road to end hunger and support the services that the Rescue Mission provides 365 days a year. Gina Rapasadi is the Director of Special Events for the Rescue Mission and she fills us in on everything going on there. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/16/2021

The waterways of Central New York have been rocking this summer. But make sure you are prepared when you head out. Our boating expert Dave White is representing two different agencies and two different topics today on Street Talk. He is the New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist, but also serves as Associate Director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/9/2021

There has been a lot of news recently about the new medication that has become available to treat the symptoms of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Clarity Clinical Research in East Syracuse is also part of a new national research study looking at helping to reduce symptoms of agitation in people with Alzheimer’s. See more on the research study at

June was Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month so it was also an opportunity to hear from Cathy James, the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Assocation here in Central New York. For more on the information and services that is available through the Alzheimer’s Association, visit

Forever Friends Animal Rescue is located in Pennellville and has been taking in stray, sick and abandoned pets in this area for over 20 years. But this past year has been a tough one and they need the public’s help if they continue to provide their services. Casey Newton talks about why it’s been such a bad year to stay afloat. Visit Friends Forever Animal Rescue on Facebook or

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York is celebrating their annual Christmas In July collection and are encouraging community members to collect and donate items from their wish list. Beth Trunfio is their Executive Director. Again, items can be collected all month and dropped off at Ronald McDonald House on East Genesee Street On Thursday July 29th. Or you can call to schedule another time if that date does not work. See

Street Talk airing weekend of 7/2/2021

Francis House provides a home and extended family to persons with terminal illnesses so that they can die with dignity. Kate Flannery is their Director of Mission Outreach and Education. See more on Francis House by visiting

After a very trying year for everyone in the live theater industry, the Redhouse Arts Center is very excited to be back and planning their 2021 2022 season as well as offering Summer Camps for area youth. Executive Director Samara Hannah fills us in. See more on the upcoming season and their summer camps at

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/25/2021

Vera House’s annual Elder Abuse Conference is continuing throughout June 30th and is completely virtual. It began on June 15th which is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. And with a couple of local horrific crimes having to do with the murders of elderly women, this topic is more important than ever. Loren Ulrich is Vera House’s Abuse in Later Life Prevention and Outreach Coordinator and Betsy Ferner is Vera House’s Abuse in Later Life Coordinator and they both discuss this important topic. See much more at

Hiscock Legal Aid Society has been offering free legal services to low income residents in Central New York since 1949. Gregory Dewan is their Deputy Executive Director. Visit their website for more information at and their Facebook page at Hiscock Legal Aid Society for more on their Taste of Justice for All event on July 28th.

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/18/2021

It’s been a crazy year and a half for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the country’s longest mentoring program that has a strong organization here in Central New York. But they are proud that they continued serving their mission and even expanded some of the services during the shutdown. John Bruzdzinski is their Director. See more on their website at

As more and more venues are opening up, the Entertainment Director for the Vine Showroom at delLago Resort and Casino is looking ahead to a busy fall. Jason Klug fills us in. See more at

PPC Global is one of the largest suppliers of broadband connectivity in the world and their home headquarters is right here in East Syracuse. Heather Wasacz is their HR Director. See more on the job opportunities at

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/11/2021

Businesses have had to adapt more than ever to the “new normal” since the pandemic began. Ralph Simone is Founder and Partner for Emergent, a local leadership and development company that helps leaders, teams and organizations maximize their full potential. But can you find inspiration in a fortune cookie message? Ralph talks about Fortune Cookie Leadership in one of his latest podcasts and explains more here. For more information, see

As more and more people get out on the area waterways, boat safety is more important than ever. Dave White is the Recreation and Tourism Specialist with the NY Sea Grant. Find out more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 6/4/2021

The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is holding their annual 100 holes for Kids event on June 14th and there is still time to sponsor a golfer. Thom McMahon is the organizer and one of the golfers in this event that has raised over one million dollars for the center since its inception. For more information go to

The 29th Annual AIDS Walk and Pride Celebration was held this weekend sponsored by ACR Health. But the fundraising and celebration continues all month. Maureen Harrington O’Neil with ACR Health says they kicked off the event by painting the town red. Find out more at

The local Dunkin’s had a goal of raising $30,000 dollars for the Food Bank of Central New York last week by holding their annual Iced Coffee Day. Lynn Hy is Development Director for the Food Bank and she says their mission continues.

Downtown Syracuse Dining Week began this past week and runs through Sunday, June 13th. Alice Maggiore is with the Downtown Committee. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/28/2021

A focus on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation continues this week. Tom Bell is the DEC Region 7 Wildlife Biologist. For more visit http://DEC.NY.GOV

Liverpool native Mike Otis has gotten into the BBQ sauce business, with an interesting story behind his journey. A veteran himself, Mike developed Battle Tested BBQ Sauce and a portion of the profits of every bottle goes to Veterans organizations around the country. He explains how this venture got started. See more on Mike’s story at

Byrne Ultra Dairy is obviously tied to the local Byrne Dairy roots but they are marketing a product that is extremely unique and could create a stir in the dairy industry worldwide. Michael McLoughlin of Byrne Dairy explains. See more at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/21/2021

Memorial Day is right around the corner which means that this is the best time for exploring the outdoors in Central New York. But there are some steps to take to make sure you protect not only yourself, but the land you’re exploring in the first place. Michael Chappell is a New York State Forest Ranger for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We’ll hear more from the State DEC next week. For more information, go to http://DEC.NY.GOV

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined Ted and Amy on the air recently to cover a lot of different topics when it comes to the City of Syracuse. The City of Syracuse keeps up to date a very thorough website at

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/14/2021

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and The CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance had launched a campaign to raise awareness in this area about the prevalence of Lyme Disease, and its prevention. Royale Scuderi is the Executive Director of the Alliance and Jonah Cummings is a senior at Lemoyne College. Both have a personal story when it comes to Lyme Disease. See more at

Entertainment venues are slowing opening up across New York State. Jason Klug is the Entertainment Director for del Lago Resort and Casino and runs the Vine Showroom. See more at

The CNY Diaper Bank is holding their annual “Make a Mother’s Day” diaper drive throughout the month of May. Michaela Hugo explains how you can help.

Street Talk airing weekend of 5/7/2021

Loretto’s CEO Dr. Kim Townsend is already an author. She published her first book about leadership a couple of years ago. She decided to pen another one because there was so much reaction from her first! She talks about her second book “Lessons in Lifecircle Leadership” about her experiences in general as a leader, but especially during the year since the pandemic. Find Dr. Townsend’s book “Lessons in Lifecircle Leadership” as an ebook and audio book.

Arc of Onondaga has learned to pivot this last year with their fundraisers and more. Joanna Jewett is the Marketing and Development Director for ARC and she talks about their need for employees as well as a fun pasta fundraiser coming soon.

It is a dangerous time of year to be on the roads, as the weather is warming up, motorists are going faster and there are vehicles that you haven’t seen since last year on the roads. Jon Seeber is Public Information Officer for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and he talks about motorcycles, unsafe loads in vehicles, the move over law and construction zones. Check out their page at

The Syracuse Cooperative Market is now open at their new location at the Salt City Market in downtown Syracuse. Jeremy DeChario has the scoop. For more go to http://Syracuse.CoOp


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