Newsletter for April 18, 2017 Show #979

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

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 yourself.

April 18, 2017 #979

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 ~~~

Brown School’s Color Run Race!

Guests: Patti Vitale, Head of Brown School and Elizabeth Vitale, Administrative Assistant and organizer of Color Run Race

Our mission is to inspire each student to love learning while striving for academic excellence.  Brown School’s teachers work to identify and develop the strengths of individual students, thereby stimulating discovery, imagination, and critical thinking.  Small classes, a dedicated staff, and an innovative curriculum combine to motivate children to reach their potential, both academically and socially.  The private school’s nurturing environment supports a diverse student community and encourages confident, articulate learners, who are disciplined, responsible, and respectful of others.

Helen “Nellie” Brown founded Brown School in 1893 as an alternative to public schools. She envisioned a school where an individualized approach to learning would foster self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. Brown School students would be well prepared for further studies, having received a solid foundation in fundamental subjects. Regardless of the changes through which Brown School has passed over more than a century, we have never lost sight of Helen Brown’s vision.

Brown School, a non-sectarian independent private school in Schenectady, New York, has an absolute charter by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. School policy is determined by the Board of Trustees and implemented by the Head of School and Brown School staff members.

Organization: Brown School

Event: Color Run Race

Location of event: Central Park – 500 Iroquois Way, Sch’dy

Date/Time: April 29 – Pick up 9 am, Walk/Run 10 am.

Cost: Youth Early entry 14 and under $8. Adult Early entry $15

Contact Information: 518.370.0366


~~~ Segment Two ~~~

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!

Guests: Amy Clark Co-Producer, Christine Meglino “Rosemary”, Elizabeth Corey “Smitty” and Nicholas Edwards “Finch”

Showcasing amazing local talent on stage in the upcoming performance of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” directed by the wonderfully talented Michael Camelo at SLOC Theater this May.

This Pulitzer Prize winning musical for Best Drama invites us all to join “The Brotherhood of Man.” Ambitious window washer J. Pierrepont Finch happens upon a book entitled ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ and decides to take its advice – with some colorful results. Finch begins his climb up the corporate ladder by landing a job in the mailroom at the World Wide Wicket Company, and he quickly gains promotions. If he reaches the very top of the organization, will he be able to keep the heart of Rosemary, the sweet young secretary who will be “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm?”

Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company “SLOC”

Event: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – The Musical

Location of event: Schenectady Light Opera Company, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Date/Time: May 5 > May 14 — All evening shows begin at 8pm and Sunday Matinee’s begin at 2pm

Cost: $22-28 per ticket

Contact Information: Tickets: 1.877.350.7378

Facebook: Yes


~~~ Segment Three ~~~

A Shot in the Dark!

Guest: Rachel Sheffer Director, Sara Baldwin “Josefa Lantenay” and Wayne Bowmanchester “Paul Sevigne”

            This comedy features a good hearted and guileless parlor maid who is hauled in before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her.  The investigation soon expands to include her aristocratic employers among others.

Their mission: To provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging and all other aspects of the dramatic arts.  We aim to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities.

Organization: Albany Civic Theater

Event: A Shot in the Dark — adapted by Harry Kurnitz from “L’Idiote” by Marcel Achard

Location of event:

Date/Time: May 5 – 21 (May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm; May 7, 14, 21 at 3 pm)

Cost: $18


~~~ Segment Four ~~~

US China Peoples Friendship Association!

Guest: Kirk Huang, President

The US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA) is a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization. Our goal is to develop and strengthen friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and the People’s Republic of China. We are Americans of different viewpoints, from all walks of life, working in local chapters across the country. Founded as a national organization in 1974, USCPFA comprises four regions (East, Midwest, South, and West) with over 2,000 volunteer members in more than 60 affiliated chapters and organizing committees.

Organization: US China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA)

Event: Annual Awards Dinner

Location of event: Capital Buffet at 145 Wolf Rd. (Private Room)

Date/Time: April 29 at 6 pm – Dinner at 6:30 pm

Cost: $10 pp for members and $14 for others.

Contact Information: tickets: Nancy Meyer at 1034 Madison Ave. Troy NY 12180


~~~ Segment Five ~~~

Philadelphia Bronze!

Guests: David Vincent, Church Member & Historian and Jonathan Mariano, Church Member

Philadelphia Bronze is an advanced auditioned handbell ensemble that seeks to pursue the highest level of excellency in ringing and ringing techniques. Under the direction of Martha Alford, the group performs in and around the Philadelphia area on 7 octaves of Malmark bells and 7 octaves of Malmark chimes. Drawing ringers from as far as New Jersey and Lancaster, PA, the ensemble maintains the highest level of technique standard while artistically expressing elegant energy.

Event: Philadelphia Bronze (Bell Choir)

Location of event: First Presbyterian Church Schenectady 209 Union Street

Date/Time: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7 pm

Cost: Free Event.  A love offering will be taken

Facebook: Yes. “Philadelphia Bronze”


~~~ Segment Six ~~~

40 Under 40 Rising Stars Event!

Guests: Monica Miranda, President & CEO and Byron Rafael Cortez, Singer/Songwriter

            Nominations are being accepted until May 1st, 2017.

They have just announced their new Leadership Team. They are Zairita Penaherrera, Vice President of Operations; Gabriel Rodriguez, Vice President of Communications and James Hernandez, Vice President Community and Public Affairs.

Organization: Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc.

Event: 2017 40 Under 40 Rising Stars Event

Location of event: TBA

Date/Time: TBA

Cost: TBA

Contact Information: 518-722-HCNY or

Facebook: Yes and also on Twitter

Website: and Link to nomination form:



April 25, 2017 #980

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filming Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Dudley Observatory

  •             Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

Friends of the IBA — Raptor Fest – Owl Program (Event May 13-14)

  •             Laurie LaFond, Executive Director – Friends of the IBA
  •             Kelly Martin, President, NYS Wildlife Rehab Council

Jewish Community Center – Schenectady

  •             Mark Weintraub
  •             Other Guests TBA

John Davidson Concert (Event May 6)

  •             Byron Nilsson, Glen Conservancy
  •             Ron Burch, Glen Conservancy

Open Door Book Store – Independent Bookstore Day (Event Apr 29)

  •             Amy Lane


May 2, 2017 #981

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filming Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Classic Theater Guild “Rumors” (Event Jun 8 – 18)

  •             Guests TBA

Mendelssohn club of Albany (Events May 13 & May 19)

  •             Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor
  •            John Musacchio, President
  •            Michael Benedict, Guest Artist

miSci “Big Bang Gala – 10th Anniversary”  (Event May 5)

  •             Carmel Patrick
  •             Eileen Handelman, Capital Affairs

Proctors Historical Committee

  •             Marilyn Sassi

Schenectady Civic Players “The Curious Savage” (Event May 5-14)

  •             Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Director
  •             Guests TBA

Taiwanese Celebration (Event May 7)

  •             Dr. Patrick Yang, President
  •             Chungchin Chen, Advisor

May 9, 2017 #982

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filming Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Business & Professional Women’s Club – 90th Birthday Celebration

  •             Jane Osterhout
  •             Others TBA

Colonie Senior Services

  •             Diane Conroy-LaCivita
  •             Ariana Wilson, CSSC’s Media Specialist

Landis Arboretum – New Features

  •             Gail Browning, Marketing Committee

St. Paul’s Center

  •             Tracy Pitcher, MSW, Executive Director
  •             Others TBA

Saratoga Tour de Cure (Event Jun 4)

  •             Nicole DeCelle
  •             Laura Greenaway

Transgender Forum in Saratoga (Event May 23)

  •             Trace Ellis
  •             Cindy Shwaba, Director Saratoga Pride
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