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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

March 27, 2018 #1026

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 ~~~

Thursday Music Club Performing on our Stage

  • Julie Panke, Director & Cindy Kelley, Publicity
  • Singers: Cindy Kelley, Kel Szydagis, Sheelah Lucier, Mary Ann Zeszutko,
  • Marey Bailey, Susan Cassella, Bernie LaGoy, Nancy Ellen Swann,
  • Marlys Anderson & Fran Arthur.

In honor of the passage of Women’s Suffrage in New York State in 1917 the Thursday Musical Club will present a concert, “Songs for Suffrage, Voices for Votes”, in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at Schenectady County Community College on April 11 at 7 pm.

The Thursday Musical Club is a women’s chorus founded in Schenectady in 1913, directed by Julie Panke and accompanied by Elinore Farnum.      

Historical and contemporary songs in honor of NYS passage of women’s suffrage in 1917. Guest artists are Totally Pitchin’, a cappella chorus from SCCC, Dawn Standing Woman and Eric Marczak.

A reception following the concert will include representatives from several local women’s organizations: the SCCC student club of the American Association of University Women, the Schenectady County League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts of USA, and others.

  • Organization: Thursday Music Club
  • Mission: To give women of all ages and musical abilities the opportunity to perform a wide variety of musical styles with excellent musical leadership. Annual scholarships are awarded to students in local high schools and colleges.
  • Event: Songs for Suffrage, Voices for Votes – a concert
  • Location of event: Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at SCCC
  • Date/Time: Wed. Apr. 11 at 7 pm
  • Cost: General $15 and Student/Seniors $12
  • Facebook: Yes “Thursday Musical Club”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Blithe Spirit at theREP

  • Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

Ready for a highly-spirited night out? Head to theREP and meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married to Ruth but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who has been conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. What’s a husband to do with such an abundance of riches… or troubles? Join the fun to discover how Charles gets the genie – or at least Elvira — back into the bottle!

Special events:

April 10 – Opening Night. Enjoy live music before the show, and a champagne (or ginger ale) toast and desserts from Bella Napoli after.

April 17 – Chef’s Table Night. Come hungry before the show and enjoy complimentary food from Yono’s/dp An American Brasserie.

April 18* & 25 – Discussion Nights. Stay after the show and discuss the play with Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and members of the cast.

April 29 – Go Behind-the-Scenes with Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and discuss Blithe Spirit and what goes into producing theatre at theREP.

*April 18 Discussion Night will occur prior to the performance – Story Circle presents True Ghost Stories with Kelvin Keraga and Siri Allison. 6:30 PM. Free and open to the public.

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP)
  • Event: Blithe Spirit
  • Location of event: Capital Repertory Theatre, Pearl Street, Albany
  • Date/Time: April 6 to May 6
  • Cost: varies
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Autism Action Day

  • Angelo Santabarbara, Advocate/ Assemblyman

            Exploring a sensory friendly environment.

  • Event: Autism Action Day
  • Location of event: Via Aquarium — Rotterdam Via Port (Former Rotterdam Square Mall)
  • Date/Time: Sunday, April 8 from 9:30 to 11 am
  • Cost: Free with pre-registration
  • Contact Assemblyman Santabarbara’s office
  • Website:   

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Italian Easter Traditions

  • Prof. Philip DiNovo, Director
  • Organization: American Italian Heritage Museum
  • Event: Italian Bake Sale
  • Location of event: American Italian Museum at 1227 Central Ave.
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Repair Café Schenectady

  • Leah LaFera, Adult Services, Librarian
  • Dave West,   Repair Café Schenectady, Coordinator

What do you do with a chair that has a loose leg?

A toaster that doesn’t work anymore?

Don’t throw them away, bring them to Repair Café!

This neighborhood initiative promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.

Anyone can bring their broken, but cherished, items to be fixed on the spot for FREE with the help of volunteer repair coaches. Limit of 2 items per household please.

Here are some ideas of items you can bring to be fixed:

Small Electric Appliances

Furniture/Wooden Objects






Small Mechanical Items (no gas engines)


  • Organization: Repair Café Schenectady
  • Mission: Repair Cafe is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. At a Repair Cafe, community members can bring their broken but cherished items to be fixed on the spot, for free, with the help of volunteers.
  • Event: Repair Cafe
  • Location of event: Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton ST. Sch’dy 12305
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Facebook: Yes “Repair Café Schenectady”
  • Website:


~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~

April 3, 2018 – #1027 (

Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Amazing Cakes – Treatie Beatie Cakes by Evelyn

  •             Evelyn Keplinger, Cake Decorator
  •             Mr. Keplinger, Assistant

The Art d’echo Trio Performing

  •             Mike Lawrence
  •             Others TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Topic TBA

  •             Janice Walz

She’s Awaken – Empowering Women

  •             Julia Banks

Taxes! Final Update – (Deadline April 17)

  •             Joanne Passineau, IRS Stakeholder
  •             Tracy Randle, Director

April 10, 2018 – #1028

Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Confetti Stage’s King Lear (Opens April 27)

  •             Linda Shirley, Director
  •             George Fileau, Actor

Empty Bowls at Union

  •             Angela Tatem
  •             Others?

Gospel Jubilee

  •             Sara Hill, Organizer
  •             Others?

miSci- Museum of Innovation and Science

  •             Chris Hunter, VP of Collections and Exhibitions
  •             Tara Burnham, VP marketing & Communications

Saratoga Tour DeCure (Event Jun 10)

  •             Guests TBA

Schenectady Senior Center

  •             Susan Beth Olsen, Program Manager
  •             Jean Baroski, Volunteer

April 17, 2018 – #1029

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

ARC Food Truck Event

  •             Guests?

John Hill Band – Performing – arrival time 9 am

  •             Musicians?

Schenectady City Historian

  •             Chris Leonard

Schenectady Steinmetz Career Center – Culinary Arts – Cooking Demo – arrival time is 9 am

  •             Laura Macey, Instructor
  •             Student’s names?


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