Newsletter 2/12/19 Topics and Guests

Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st 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 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.

February 12, 2019 – Show #1071

Segment ONE

Valentine’s Day Special Gift!

Dave Iovinella, Chuck Farone, Scott Rigney, Don Cortugna, Peformers

The Electric City Chorus is gearing up for their annual. Singing Valentines. We will travel all around the Capital District region – from Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer or other counties – February 14th, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at offices, schools, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes – almost any place you can think of. Our singers will form a number of barbershop quartets delivering a sampler of chocolates, a personalized Valentine card, and sing at least two love songs to a person or persons of your choice. This unique Valentine gift experience costs only $50.

  • Organization: Electric City Chorus
  • Event: Singing Valentines
  • Location of event: Capital District
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb 14 from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Cost: $50
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Russia Winter Festival

Tanya Deptola, Director & Timur Yusupov, Artist

            From their Press Release: In its eleventh year, the festival is based on Russia’s traditional pre-Lenten festival of Maslenitsa. The event includes performances, food, music, arts and crafts, dance, exhibitions, and costumes, all with a Russian theme

            The festival’s headliner is an artist Timur Yusupov (St. Petersburg, Russia). Yusupov had been the partaker of sculpture and fine art exhibitions in Russia since 1978. He graduated from the Leningrad Higher Art and Industrial Mukhina School; faculty: architectural and decorative plastic – monumental – decorative sculpture. Timur is a member of the prestige’s Union of Artists of Russia since 1998. He participated in fifty all over Russia and international exhibitions. His current “Sculpture and Paintings” exhibition is a part of the Russian Winter Festival 2019. 20 paintings and 10 sculptures are on display at the New Russia Cultural Center during the Festival 2019.

  • Organization: New Russia Center
  • Event: 11th Annual Russian Winter Festival
  • Location of event: 1550 Broadway, Rensselaer
  • Date/Time: Feb 16
  • Cost: Admissions: $6 – adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Admission for children under 5 is free.
  • Website:

Segment THREE

St. Clare Pensioner’s Update

Peter Jones & Angela Stewart RN

            Visit  At bottom of the page “heal the healers” sign our petition. 

  • Organization: St Clare Pensioners
  • Mission: St. Clare’s Hospital Pensioners fighting to receive what was promised to them throughout their many years of employment. 
  • Website:

Segment Four

This Year’s Tax Prep

Tracy Randle, Program Director & Andrea Scott, Chair Sch’dy Chpt.

            Tax Preparation:  Households with income of $55,000 and below can have their taxes prepared for FREE by an IRS Certified Tax Preparer.

            We are actively seeking volunteers for the program. Training is free. You can visit or email: for more details.

  • Organization: CA$H Coalition (Creating Assets Savings and Hope)
  • Mission: To help individuals and families keep their hard earned money
  • Event: Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Throughout the Capital Region
  • Appointments: Call 2-1-1 for appt. and for a site near you
  • Date/Time: January through April 2019
  • Cost:  None
  • Contact Information:  Tracy Randle at or 518-640-2371
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Conversation with Ron Suriano

            Ron Suriano is a traveler, filmmaker and the owner of Moisture Salon.  He will discuss his new documentary.  He will also discuss travel to Cuba.

Segment SIX

Electric City Barn – Events and More

Kristen Holler, Director

Information has not been provided as of this publication

  • Organization: Electric City Barn
  • Website:

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February 19, 2019 Show #1072

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Climate Change

            Dennis Karius, Activist

Friends of the Library

            Chris Witkowski, Co-Chair – One County, One Book

            Cheryl Cufari, Co-Chair – One County, One Book

            Felicia Spivey, Committee Member – One County, One Book

Irish American Heritage Museum – Soda Bread Competition

            Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director

miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) – Global Foundries – Zoom into NANO

            Guests TBA

MLK Celebration

            Ang Morris, Executive Director – Human Rights Commission

February 26, 2019 Show #1073

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Arc of Rensselaer County Fundraiser – Play with Your Food (Event Mar, 15)

            Joe Starzyk, Playwright

            Other Guests TBA

Callaloo Theater Company’s Milk Like Sugar (Event – Dates to be announced)

            Karen Christina Jones

            Other Guests TBA

Circle Theater Players’s Becky’s New Car (Event — Mar 15 -24)

            Joan Fuess, Director  

            Other Guests TBA

Hubbard Hall’s The Velocity of Autumn (to be verified) (Event Feb 23 – Mar 11)

            David Andrew Snider, Director

            Other Guests TBA

Schenectady Job Fair – (Event March 6)

            Peter Jones, Capital Job Development Group – Treasurer

            Sarah Rose Dill, Capital Job Development Group – Vice President

Schenectady Light Opera Company‘s 1776 (Event – Mar 8 to 17)

            Heather Liz Copps, Director

            Other Guests TBA

March 5, 2019 Show #1074

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Classic Theater Guild’s Inspector General (Event Dates ???)

            William Wilday

            Phil Bruns, Director

            Other Guests TBA

Forever Young Trio — Performing

            Ashley Cross, Vocals 

            Peter ________, guitarist

            David Gerard, Percussionist

Friends of Recovery – Stand Up for Recovery Day (Event Mar 20)

            Allison Weingarten, Interim Executive Director

            Other Guests TBA from Schenectady FOR NY Branch

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – The Super Moon

            Guest from Dudley Observatory

USISTD – Dance Organization

            Susan Nelson

            Louise Giuliano, Chair

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