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.

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 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

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.

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.

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

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!

treet 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

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

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

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.

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

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 or

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

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:.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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!

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. 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
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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

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.

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

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 See more on Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s Ten Decades of Giving event at


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

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 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.



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