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 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now In Our 20th Year!

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am at Proctors Underground on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself1

January 23, 2018 #1017

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE ~~~

CD Release – Full Circle Vol. 2

  • Cliff Brucker, Performer
  • Mike Novakowski, Guitarist

Cliff and Mike join us to day to tell us about their new CD release.  They will perform as well on the show. They will tell us about their Performance and celebration of new CD release.

  • Organization: Full Circle Jazz Band
  • Event: CD Release – Full Circle Vol. 2 – Release Party
  • Location of event: Van Slicks at the Rivers Casino
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Feb 25 from 2-5 pm.
  • Cost: Free Event
  • Contact Information: See website
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

The Costumer – 100th Anniversary

A Major Force in Costumes!

  • Bonnie Johnsen, Co-Owner

            The Costumer has been a major force in the costume industry since 1917.  We proudly serve scholastic, professional and amateur theatres nationwide through our theatrical division and collection of over 150,000 rental costumes.   The Costumer takes pride in our involvement in scholastic theatre, helping to build lifetime memories for students across the country.

We’ll have an opportunity on today’s show to see some of their popular costumes.

  • Organization: The Costumer
  • Event: 100th Anniversary just celebrated
  • Two Locations: 1995 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205 and 1020-1030 Barrett Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Contact Information: Website
  • Facebook: Yes: @TheCostumer
  • Twitter: @the_costumer
  • Instagram: @the.costumer
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

An Inspector Calls  by Preistly at Sch’dy Civic Players

  • Patrick White, Director
  • Marquis Heath “Eric Birling”
  • Angelique Powell “Inspector Goole”
  • Josie Smith “Sheila Birling”

          An Inspector Calls, written by English dramatist J.B. Priestley, was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union.  In 1946 it played in the UK with Ralph Richardson as Inspector Goole.  One of Priestley’s best known works for the stage it is considered one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre.  Awards include the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award, a 1994 Drama Desk Award, and a 1994 Tony Award for best revival of a play.   It was called a “psychologically adept mystery” by the London Evening Standard. ”

In the Civic Players production a diverse company of the most accomplished actors of color in the Capital Region present the work as if coming upon it at its publication in 1945. They celebrate one of their own coming home from war by performing the play, a British moral thriller set in the dining room of the Birling’s house in Brumley, an industrial city in the North Midlands. It is an evening in the Spring in 1912.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Mission: We believe in the power of expression and work day and night to make sure our performances are flawless and meaningful. Our captivating shows are designed to captivate and enlighten audiences. If you are looking to enjoy an entertaining outing suited for the entire family, you’ve come to the right place.e
  • Event: An Inspector Calls
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse 12 S Church St
  • Date/Time: Jan 26 – Feb 4 (1/26-2/4 FREE Preview 1/25 at 7:30) — W, Th 7:30, F, S 8:00, Su 2:30
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: Website for tickets or at the door
  • Facebook: Yes “SchenectadyCivicPlayers”
  • Twitter: @SCPlayhouse
  • Instagram: @SchenectadyCivicPlayers
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Hedda Gabler at Albany Civic Theater

  • Juliet King, Director
  • Kathleen Engelhardt “Miss Julia”
  • Evan Jones “Eibert Lovborg”

Hedda Gabler, aristocratic daughter of a general and newly-married to an academic, yearns to shed the physical and psychological controls over her life. She unflinchingly meets this challenge, entangling her husband, former schoolmate, and her old flame who is also her husband’s chief rival, in twisting plots of subterfuge and intrigue. When a powerful judge threatens to uncover her darkest secrets, Hedda boldly determines her own fate.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: It is the intent of Albany Civic Theater to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging, producing, reviewing, and other aspects of the dramatic arts. We aim to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through the non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities.
  • Event: ACT presents Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theater, 235 Second Avenue, Albany, NY
  • Date/Time: February 2 – 18 — Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30pm, Sundays, 3pm
  • Cost: Regular tickets: $18. Student tickets: $10
  • Contact Information: 518-462-1297
  • Facebook: Yes “AlbanyCivicTheater NY”
  • Twitter: @AlbanyCivic
  • Instagram: @AlbanyCivic
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Get Ready! Tax Season Has Started!

  • Melinda Burns, Co-Chair of CA$H Coalition (Wildwood Adult Education)
  • Tracey Randle, CA$H Program Dir.(United Way of the Greater Capital Region)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Presenters: Melinda Burns Director of Adult Education from Wildwood Programs and Co-Chair of the CA$H Coalition and Tracy Randle, CASH Program Director, United Way of the Greater Capital Region They will review for the viewers what is VITA, how to find the nearest VITA or FSA site, what numbers to call for appointments, program income limits, what information to bring to tax appointments, types of tax credits that are available; and review Friday-1/26 IRS National Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day.

Dial 2-1-1 for information to make an appointment for more information

Bring with you for appointment:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for everyone in household
  • All income (W-2, 1099, Social Security, Unemployment, Pension/Retirement statement)
  • Daycare statements
  • Last year’s return
  • Bank Account info (routing number and checking account number)
  • Mortgage interest, student loan interest, tuition statements
  • Receipts showing expenses for itemizing
  • 1095A for health insurance through the Marketplace
  • Organization: CA$H Coalition and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region
  • Mission: Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CA$H) Coalition of the Greater Capital Region is:
  • Dedicated to assisting individuals and families to increase their financial self-reliance
  • CA$H partners and stakeholders provide support and access to:
  • Community resources
  • Free tax preparation
  • Financial education and
  • Asset building activities and strategies
  • Topic: Tax Season Kick-Off
  • Event: VITA Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Throughout the Capital Region
  • Date/Time: Various Times
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Contact Information: 518-456-2200 or
  • Facebook: Yes “CASH Greater Cap Reg”
  • Website: and



Upcoming Shows 

January 30, 2018 – #1018

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Burnt Hills Melody Makers Band Performing

  •             Lew Pettys, Musical Director
  •             Band Members: Sel Harlow, Debbie Miller, Rich Harrison, Ray Black, Jack Speraw, Jeff Trowbridge, Tom  Zarrilo, Pat Adams,    George Galeeza, Dave Tower, Randy Jennings, Daryl Kozlinski, Jay Mosier and Tom Madison
  •             Vocalists: Ric DiDonato and Tracy Treshka

Confetti Stage “Private Fears in Public Places” (Event Feb 9-18)

  •             John Nickles, Director
  •             Joe Plock, Actor

Paranormal Research

  •             John Griffin, Author/Researcher
  •             Reggie Glidden, Author/Researcher

She’s Awaken – Female Empowerment Network

  •             Julia J. Banks

February 6. 2018 -1019

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Business & Diversity – Tangible Development

  •             Sujata Chaudhry, Founder & CEO

Derek Horton & the Jay Street Band – Performing

  •             Derek Horton
  •             Others?

Electric City Chorus – Valentine’s Day Special – Performing

  •             Dave Iovanella
  •             Others?

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (50th Anniversary)

  •             Laurie Bacheldor, Development Director

February 13. 2018 – #1020

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Colonie Senior Service Centers

  •             Diane Conroy LaCivita, Executive Director

Proctors Historical – Topic TBA

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

  •             Mark Weintraub, Executive Director

Something Ordinary Band – Performing

  •             Roberto Vega, Jr.
  •             Other members of the band TBA

Your Taxes – CA$H Coaliton & “” Program

  •             Tracy Randle, CASH Program Director – United Way
  •             Richard Zazycki, CA$H Co-Chair & Director, Circles of Mercy

February 20. 2018 – #1021

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

ARC of Rensselaer – Dinner Theater Fundraiser (Event Mar 14)

  •                Joe Starzyk, Playwright

Broadway Bash at Proctors – What’s Coming ‘18-‘19 Season

  •                Michael Eck, Publicist

Empire State Aerosciences Museum – Upcoming Events

  •                Kevin Millington

New Russia Center –Winter Festival

  •                Tatiana Deptola

To Life – Organization

  •                Eileen Howe Bird

Underground Railroad History Conference — “LibertyCon 2018” (Event Mar 9-11)

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Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.