Newsletter 10/1/19 Topics and Guests

  Schenectady / Capital Region Today

Now in our 22nd Year!

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 in THE ADDY THEATRE 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 yourself.

October 1, 2019 – Show #1104

Segment ONE

Church & State at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Patrick White, Director; Valerie Kavanaugh, Producer; Melody Kroger, Stage Manager and Sam Mikit, Actor

            Church & State is a fast-paced drama about faith, politics and “The Twitter”.  It is three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election and he’s decided to tell the public exactly what’s on his mind: no filter. What could possibly go wrong?

Organization: Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the arts

Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts, and the visual arts.

Event: Church & State

Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY

Date/Time: October 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm: October 6, 13 at 2:30 pm

Cost: $18 Adults, $10 under the age of 18

Contact Information:

Facebook: Yes


Segment TWO

Bites & Brews for SEAT

Jennifer Lawrence, Executive Director SEAT Center & Rob Christopher, Marketing Director, Rivers Casino & Resort

            Join us on Friday, October 4th at Rivers Casino and Resort for a fun evening of beer, food tastings, and music to support the education and workforce programs of SEAT Center.  Mingle with old friends and make news ones, while visiting over 15 live culinary stations; desserts; 4 brew stations; and our hosted wine and cocktail section.   Listen to Ill Funk’s mash up of hip/hop, neo- soul, R&B, and rock or bring your brew outside to enjoy the patio, fire-pit, and one of our area’s hottest rising talents, DJ Ketchup.  

            Each attendee will receive a take home 4 oz. glass to use for unlimited beer tastings.  All stations and food items are included in ticket price.   For more information, please visit or contact Nicolle Otty at

Organization: Social Enterprise & Training Center

Mission: Our mission is to provide transformative educational and workforce experiences that create a sense of purpose and hope in our communities and connect business to real time solutions.

Event: Bites & Brews

Location of event: Rivers Casino and Resort

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm

Cost: $50 before Sept 30 and $60 after then

Contact Information:


Segment THREE

Harry Potter Day at the Sch’dy Library

Shawn Schultz & Charlene Roman, Event Coordinators

            A day of magical fun for all ages. Classes for kids and adults, Diagon Alley vendors, photo booth, fortune teller, the Sorting Hat, Costumed characters and the escape room. There will be a shaved ice truck and a food truck outside.

            An additional event will be held on October 19th from 1-4 at Via/Port Rotterdam, this is for ages 7 through adult. Pre-registration may be done at our mall store A Second Look. For more information go to our Facebook page, A Second Look Bookstore. Harry Potter yoga will be held at the central branch of the library on October 1th.

Organization: Friends of the Library

Event: Harry Potter Day

Location of event: Schenectady County Library Main Branch on Liberty St.

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: Free event

Facebook: Yes. Friends of the Library


Segment FOUR

Observe the Moon Night

Valerie Rapson PhD

Information has not been provided by organization at this publication

Organization: Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci)

Contact Information: 518-382-7890

Facebook: yes


Segment FIVE

Holocaust Essay Contest

Robert A. Michaels PhD, CEP

            Winning students, sponsoring teachers, and families are honored.  Students read their essays and receive cash awards and certificates of achievement.  The event is videotaped, and DVDs delivered to public television stations such as OSM Channel 16, broadcasting from Proctors Theater.  OSM generally broadcasts the event twice weekly over a period of one to two months, and it also may be available on demand via the internet.

            Examples of Holocaust Essay Contest Question Themes: Holocaust causes, resistance, denial, rescuers, lessons, prevention

Organization: B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest

Mission: In a 12-county area around Albany and Schenectady Counties:  to promote Holocaust education and awareness among Middle School and High School students, our future voters and community leaders, to protect against possible repetition of this tragic era in history.

Event: 2020 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest

Location of event: Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Golub Campus Community Room, 184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany

Date/Time: June 3, 2020 at 7 pm

Cost: no charge

Contact Information:


Segment SIX

Scrabble-Rama Fundraiser

Al Magid PhD with Book Worm

            The Reading Is Fun Program is hosting a Scrabble-Rama competition/fundraiser at Schenectady High School cafeteria on Sat., Nov. 2nd, between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Teams of 2-4 players (with their own Scrabble sets) will compete in three games for cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100. Cost is $20 per person. Free Continental Breakfast, raffle prizes and lively fun! Register your team by Oct. 15. Information and Registration Form on or call 518/388-8410 or email Businesses are encouraged to sponsor their team or teams for bragging rights!

Organization: Reading is Fun

Event: Scrabble-Rama

Location of event: Schenectady High School Cafeteria

Date/Time: Sat. Nov 2 between 8:30 and 11:30 am.

Cost: $20 pp

Contact Information:


Upcoming TV Shows                       

October 8, 2019 Show #1105

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Dinner in the Dark 2019 – ACBNY (Event Oct. 19)

(American Council of the Blind NY Capital District – ACBNY)

            Cheryl Lawyer

            Additional Guests?

Dozynki – Annual Polish Harvest Festival (Event Oct. 12)

(Sponsored by the Church of St. Adalbert)

            George Sykala, Co-Chair and The Rogues Band

            Carolyn Kozubal, Co-Chair

Elvis Tribute Artists

            Thomas J. Greene, ETA

            Additional Guest?

Schenectady Civic Players – Doll’s House Part 2 (Event Oct 11-20)

            Joe Fava, Director

            Christine Loffredo “Nora’

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra (Event Oct 13)

            Glen Cortese, Artistic Director

          Robert Bour, President

CDSWOY Women’s Athletics (Event Oct 14)

(Capital District Sports Women of the Year)

            Eric McDowell, President

October 15, 2019 Show #1106

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Homebrew Emporium

            Roger Savoy, Founder

DSIC Fall Festival (Event Oct 19)

(Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation)

            Amy Sonder, Promotions Coordinator

            Jason Lecuyer, Sch’dy County Special Events

Leadership Summit America (Event Nov 7-8)

            Sharon Burstein

            Additional Guests?

New Media Zone TV Show

            Ed Rodriguez – Co-Host

            Dave Ragone – Co-Host

Niskayuna Craft Fair (Event date ?)

            Guests to be announced

            [Pauline Doudoukjian — contact person only]

Schenectady Trading at 609 Union Street

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