Newsletter 2/13/18 Guests/Topics Sch’dy Today Show

 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

February 13, 2018 #1020

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 ~~~

Performing: Completely Different Band

  • Roberto Vega, Jr. (drums)
  • Zeke Zeh (Keyboard)
  • Ron Paludi (Guitar)

This trio is comprised of Zeke Zeh on Keyboard and Vocals; Ron Paludi on Bass and Vocals and Roberto Vega on Percussion and Vocals. Completely Different is a trio of the area’s most unique sounding acts. Specializing in all genres of music from blues to bee bop, rock to reggae and much more. All of course, with a very unique twist, both musically and visually. Hence the name, Completely Different. B
Band members: Zeke Zeh-Keyboards, Vocals. Zeke is a veteran player and vocalist, co-founding several successful local bands, including The Chrystal Ship, Dwyer, Reed, Trent and Zeller, Babul, and most notably, The Refrigerators. He has shared the stage with national recording artists and legendary bands including Suzy Bogguss, Pat Boone, Joe Walsh, The Village People, Average White Band, 98 Degrees, and KC and the Sunshine Band. Ron Paludi – Bass, Vocals. Born and raised in Schenectady NY. Studied under the late Charles Orsini. Roberto Vega-Percussion, Vocals. Born in Manhattan, the melting pot of music and theater, He enjoys collaborating with musicians of all styles from bluegrass to fusion. Percussionist, drummer and vocalist. Most recently played with Captain Squeeze at several Capital Region and downstate venues. Enjoy a segment of great music. They’ll appear again at the end of the show

Organization: Completely Different Band

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Don’t Panic! Tax help is on the way!

  • Richard Zazycki, Chair, CA$H Coalition
  • Tracey Randle, Program Director, CA$H Coalition

Serving qualified taxpayers who earn less than $54,000 for someone to prepare taxes for you or less than $66,000 to prepare your own taxes. Richard Zazycki is with the Circles of Mercy.  Tracey Randle is with the United Way.

  • Organization: CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region
  • Mission: Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CA$H) Coalition of the Greater Capital Region is:Dedicated to assisting individuals and families to increase their financial self-relianceCA$H partners and stakeholders provide support and access to Community resources, Free tax preparation, Financial education and Asset building activities and strategies
  • Event: Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Multiple Sites in 7 counties
  • Date/Time: Various Days through April 18 (Days and evenings)
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact Information: see website
  • Facebook: Yes “Cash Coalition of the Greater Capital Region”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Fitness at the Sch’dy JCC

Terry Santoro, SJCC Fitness Director

            SJCC has some of the best in the area including the state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, full-size gymnasium, a relaxation center complete with whirlpool, sauna and steam room, and the outdoor pool & tennis club. In addition to world-class facilities, SJCC offers personal training (individual and groups), swimming lessons and aquatic certifications, and more than 60 group and water fitness classes for all ages and abilities each week.

            Coming soon to SJCC Fitness Center: Kettle X — Unlike many resistance tools such as dumbbells, body bars and medicine balls, the Kettlebell’s weight is beyond the center of the hand, challenging the user to control its movements while simultaneously counter-balancing its resistance. These unique weights allow for natural rotational movements, which are not always possible with other resistance tools. The advantage of using Kettlebells is experienced through enhanced metabolic effect, stability, balance, muscular symmetry and improved joint health.

            MYZONE Physical Activity Belts —  A NEW system that allows SJCC members to wear a heart-rate monitoring belt (a one-time purchase) that sends readings to screens throughout the Fitness Center in real-time. Through a series of personalized, color-coded tiles, users know exactly what heart-rate zone they are in at any given moment during their workout, allowing them to either ramp up or cool down their efforts to obtain maximum results. This data is recorded within the user’s online personal activity report and allows them to see how close they are to reaching their goals.

The more time spent exercising, and the higher the intensity of that exercise, the more MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) members earn. Users can participate in challenges and monthly leaderboards all while improving their overall fitness level.

            Side note: Now through the end of February, there is a membership sale at Schenectady JCC.  If people sign up now, they’ll save $100, avoid the enrollment fee, AND receive a free MYZONE heart rate monitor ($75 value) with an annual membership with month EFT draft.

  • Organization: Schenectady Jewish Community Center
  • Mission: Since 1921, the Robert and Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady JCC on the Golub Family Campus has served a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community that embraces Jewish values, culture, identity and connections to Israel, engages the local community, and enhances the body, mind and spirit of members.
  • Location of event: Balltown Road, Niskayuna
  • Contact Information: 518-377-8803
  • Facebook: Yes — JCC of Schenectady
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Colonie Senior Services

Diane Conroy LaCivita, Executive Director

          Warmth of Winter is a wine and craft beer tasting benefit to help seniors in our community with their home heating bills. Join us for a delightful evening of wine and craft beer, hors d’oeuvres and delicious cuisine, a unique art activity, and enticing silent auctions and must-have live auctions.

  • Organization: Colonie Senior Service Centers
  • Mission: Colonie Senior Service Centers is an independent, community based 501(c)3 non-profit serving the largest population of seniors in the Capital Region. CSSC’s programs include the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Capital region, Umbrella of Colonie, Transportation Services, Senior Dining, Bright Horizons Adult Day Services, Driver Fitness Center, Health and Wellness Programs and more. CSSC also owns and manages three of the area’s independent 55+ senior living facilities at the Beltrone Living Center, Sheehy Manor and King Thiel Senior Community. In total, CSSC’s programs and services serve over 6,000 seniors and their families annually.
  • Event: Warmth of Winter
  • Location of event: Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany, NY 12204
  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $65
  • Contact Information: (518) 459-2857 ext. 302
  • Facebook: Yes “Warmth of Winter”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Photographic Collection at Proctors

Janice Walz, Committee Member

            This month Janice will share the Anderson Collection with us.

Each month, Janice appears on the show to tell us another fascinating story about the history of Proctors.  Proctors was built/opened in 1926 and has a very interesting history starting with Vaudeville.

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To promote the history of Proctors Theatre and to keep people abreast of the modern changes.
  • Museum Location: Inside Proctors Mainstage – second floor – open during major productions
  • Contact Information: Audrey Hughes at
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Performing: Completely Different Band – Closing the Show

Roberto Vega, Jr. on (Drums), Zeke Zeh (Keyboard) & Ron Paludi (Guitar)


Upcoming Shows 

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

John Panoski

New Russia Center –Winter Festival

Tatiana Deptola

To Life – Organization

Eileen Howe Bird

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

Mary Liz Stewart

February 27. 2018 -1022

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Alpha 1 – Support Group (Event in March)

Richard Lovrich, Organizer

Carolyn ________, Co-Leader

Animal Protective Foundation – Volunteer Programs and Adoptions

Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director

Brianne Doherty, Volunteer & Placement coordinator

Classic Theater Guild’s Of Mice and Men (Event Mar 8-18)

John Birchler, Director

Historical Re-Enactor (Frederick Douglas, MLK, Jr, Booker T. Washington and More

Don Hyman, Educator/Historian

Schenectady Police Dept.

Asst. Chief Mike Seber

YWCA Northeastern NY

Jo-Anne Voris Rafalik, Development/Communications Director

March 6, 2018 – #1023

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation – Tails by Twilight Hollywood Nights (Event Apr 13)

Guests TBA

Freihofer’s Training – Run for Women (Event Starts 3/19)

Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Topic TBA

Janice Walz, Committee Member

Reading is Fun

Al Magid, PhD


Schenectady Job Fair (Event Mar 15)

Peter Jones

Schenectady Light Opera’s “Curtains” (Event 3/9 – 3/18)

Adam Coons, Director

Other Guests TBA


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