Newsletter for 11/5/19 TV Show – Topics/ Guests/ Performers

  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.

November 5, 2019 – Show #1109

Segment ONE

Hill Country Cloggers Performing on our Stage

Dancers: Fran (Instructor and PR) & Hannah Beaudoin, Joanne Boel (Instructor), Andrew Kaulfuss, Audrey Koester, Tracy Leahon, Jackie Lawlor, Val McDonald, Ralph Spaulding & Cassandra & Mary Spellman.

Upcoming Performances:

  1. Nov 11, 2019 Mon 3:00 VETERAN’S DAY – Glens Falls Nursing & Rehab Center, 152 Upper Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls 12801,
  2. Nov 14, 2019 Thurs 2:30 pm – The Massry Residence, 182 Washington Ave Ext, Albany 12203
  3. Nov 16, 2019 Sat 2:00 – Kingsway Community, 323 Kings Road, Schenectady 12309
  4. Dec 7, 2019 Sat 2:00 pm – Home of the Good Shepherd, 26 Rockrose Way #231 Malta 12020
  5. Dec 8, 2019 Sun 12 noon – 5:00 pm HCC Christmas Party, Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy 12180
  6. Dec 11, 2019 Wed 7:00 pm – Rosewood Garden, 284 Troy Road, Rensselaer 12144
  7. Dec 12, 2019 Thurs 3:00 pm – Warren Center 42 Gurney Lane, Queensbury 12804, Group 1 Outfit #10
  8. Dec 15, 2019 Sun 4:00 pm – Desmond Hotel (wedding reception), 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany 12211         
  • Organization: Hill Country Cloggers
  • Mission: The Hill Country Cloggers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of clog dancing.  In addition to being a teaching group, the Hill Country Cloggers gives public performances to promote and increase interest in, and public awareness of, clogging
  • Contact Information: Fran Beaudoin 518-279-3067 (h)  or   518-669-4382 cell
  • Facebook: Yes “Hill Country Cloggers”
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Deeper than the Skin at the Eighth Step

Reggie Harris, Performer & Margie Rosenkranz, Artistic Director

From their Website:

            Long-time friends Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris – both singer-songwriters and familiar performers on our stage, team up for “Deeper Than the Skin,” an electrifying and poignant musical exploration of their unique histories as a White man from the capital of the Confederacy and a Black man whose maternal ancestor was a slave on a plantation just outside of Richmond, Va. Together, they’ve built a bridge between their lives through 30 years of friendship, shared goals and a passion to build community.

            “‘Deeper Than the Skin’ is an absolutely amazing experience,” says Selma Civil Rights activist Rev. Gordon Gibson, author of Southern Witness, Knoxville, Tenn., in a review of the production.

            “Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.” 

            A songwriter of great depth and insight, Reggie Harris writes from a personal but accessible place that reveals his deep sense of humanity and a uniquely positive world view. A musical trailblazer, he performs for audiences of all ages. Harris is a teaching artist for the John F Kennedy Center’s CETA program, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and the director of music education for the UU Living Legacy Project. A master song leader, he deeply values the power of song and the dignity of every human being. Reggie’s effervescently humor and hopeful presence have led fans to tag him ‘Ambassador of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.’ 

  • Organization: the Eighth Step
  • Event: Deeper Than The Skin
  • Location of event: The ADDY Theatre at Proctors
  • Date/Time: Nov. 22
  • Cost: $27General Admission/ $24 Advance/ $40 Gold Circle
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Author & Sports Figure Willie Deane

Willie Deane, Owner & CEO of ANCLLC

            Willie Deane, III was born and raised in Schenectady New York. He is a graduate of Schenectady High School’s Technical Program and holder of a High School Regents Diploma. He was the Captain and leader of the first New York State Section II Championship Basketball team 1998, since the merger of rivals Mont Pleasant and Linton High Schools. Willie still holds the school’s all-time scoring title surpassing the legendary Pat Riley who previously held this record. Willie was selected the Times Union Player of the Year and was coached by Schenectady’s City School District (SCSD) Athletic Hall of Famer, Coach Gary DiNola. Upon graduating from Schenectady High, Deane made his trek to his next academic level.           

            First, Willie attended Boston College and later transferred to Purdue University where he joined his family after GE transferred his father to Indiana. Before finishing his stint at Purdue with a Bachelors of Arts in English and a minor in Mathematics, Willie was the Big Ten Conference leading scorer as a junior; All Big Ten First Team selection as a senior; Co-Scoring Title holder as a senior; and John Wooden Team MVP Award winner. Willie held this MVP Title for two consecutive years, as a junior and senior, which was a Boilermaker achievement previously held only by the legendary Glen “Big Dog” Robinson, and both players achieved this under legendary College Hall of Famer, Coach Gene Keady. Willie also entered Purdue’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 by being selected one of the top 50 Legends to ever play basketball at Purdue. After graduating from Purdue, Willie began his professional basketball career.

            Willie started his professional career in Basketball in Europe, but made a short stint in the NBA with the Washington Wizards in 2007. During his 15 year professional basketball career and while in College, Willie lived, experienced and/or played in 15 different countries (Greece, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, NBA USA, Lithuania, Poland, France, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Latvia, Japan, China, and played a summer in Australia under the legendary College Hall of Famer Coach Mike Dean). His longest tenure (4 years) was in Russia where he achieved language fluency when living in Vladivostok. Willie was also able to extend his High School Spanish competencies while in Spain.  As a professional basketball player and Point Guard, Willie achieved noted team as well as personal goals. He led his teams to three Bulgarian Championships, where he was named Two-Time Bulgarian Finals MVP.  Other team accomplishments included one Bulgarian Cup, one French Championship, one Golmeski Cup, and one Italian Championship.  Additionally, Willie holds two Russian Scoring Titles, one Russian Bronze Medal, one Latvian Scoring Title, and a Latvian All Star MVP. Willie ended his basketball career at the end of the 2017-2018, season and returned to his hometown, Schenectady, NY to be with his family full time.

            To accent his transition to a post sports career, Willie is currently making appearances as a published author of his first children’s book LOVE which was inspired by his two young daughters Sue Han and Seline.  While Willie was inducted into the Capital District basketball hall of fame in 2006, he will be inducted into the SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame this September in 2019. While Willie has a full schedule parenting, pursuing his next career, promoting his book, continuing his Masters in Business Management Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University; he hasn’t forgotten his community.

            Willie has made a global impact by giving to the less fortunate communities wherever he lived. In Schenectady he has served as the Schenectady Y’s Director of their Evening Program in Jerry Burrell Park for at risk kids since 2006. Each year Willie and his parents host 120 kids from 4 to 16 years old using basketball as the hook to improve the high school graduation rate. 

            Upcoming event: Writing workshop for young children, reading of my book Love, Q and A plus closing discussion.

  • Organization: Ain’t No Competition LLC  (ANCLLC)
  • Mission: Willie is confident that hearing his life story of meeting challenges overcoming struggles, hardships, and setbacks, his travels, and experiences as a professional athlete abroad, while meeting his responsibilities as a husband and father, and writing/publishing books. Most recently Willie was inducted in to the Schenectady Athletic Hall of Fame.    
  • Event: Story time with Willie Deane
  • Location of event: Northshire Bookstore Saratoga
  • Date/Time: February 22, 2020 at 11 am
  • Cost: Free event
  • Contact Information: or (518)417-0169
  • Facebook: YesWillie Deane
  • Instagram: @willie.deane
  • Twitter: @williedeane3
  • Website: None at this time (Under Construction)

Segment FOUR

Dudley Observatory at Siena

Valerie Rapson PhD, Chief Astronomer

            Join the Dudley Observatory and the Siena College Physics and Astronomy Department as we watch Mercury cross in front of our Sun! Astronomers will set up telescopes with safe solar filters for public viewing. Bring your friends and family– this event won’t be visible in our region again until 2049!

  • Organization: Dudley Observatory
  • Mission: The Dudley Observatory provides education and outreach programs designed to bring the wonders of science, particularly astronomy, to people of all ages. We cultivate interest and understanding of science, science careers and scientists, and help the public appreciate science in an approachable and enjoyable way. Our long-standing commitment to the history of astronomy, and our library and artifact collection, serve as the platforms from which to launch vibrant and expanding educational programs.
  • Event: Transit of Mercury
  • Location of event: Siena College
  • Date/Time: Nov 11 (Veterans Day) from 7:30 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes: Dudley Obs
  • Twitter: @Dudley_Obs
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Concerned for the Hungry – Thanksgiving Dinners

Peter Jones, Co-Chairperson

            To provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and food for the following several days for those less fortunate in our county.  All volunteer organization.  The best days for helping are Wednesday, November 20 – 4-7 and Saturday, November 23 – 9-3.  If you come to help on Sunday, November 24th; plan to be outside loading baskets into cars. I can get quite cold.

  • Organization: Concerned for the Hungry, Inc.
  • Mission: Concerned for the Hungry, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt, non-profit organization working to fight hunger in Schenectady County. The organization is run strictly through volunteer efforts. CFH was started by a small group of individuals in 1979. It began with the realization that the need for emergency food was growing. After 39 years, CFH remains a leading force in providing essential food service programs throughout the county.
  • Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Location of event: Keane Elementary School (1252 Albany St.)
  • Date/Time: Nov 16; Nov 20th through 25th  — Nov 16 – 9- 3; Nov 20th 4-7pm, Nov 21-25 – 9-5
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Contact Information: 518-372-9881 or
  • Facebook: Yes “Concerned for the Hungry”
  • Instagram: @ concernedforthehungry
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

November 12, 2019 Show #1110

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Blacksmith – Artist & Author

            Bryan Salisbury

Life Made Easier (Event Dec 5)

            Robin Battista

NY Folklore Society -75th Anniversary (Event Nov 16)

            Ellen McHale MA PhD. Director

theRep (Capital Repertory Theatre) – Wonderful Life etc. (Event Nov 22 – Dec 22)

            Margaret Hall, Staff  

            Wynn Harmon, Actor

Schenectady County Historian and Author

            Bill Buell

Tellabration – Story Circle – Mountains (Event Nov 17)

            Kate Dudding, Storyteller

November 19, 2019 Show #1111

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


            Nicholas Zacharczenko, DDS, MSD, RPh

Circle Theatre Players “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon (Dec 6 to 15)

(Sand Lake Center for the Arts)

            Melanie Douglas, Director (email required)

            (Contacts: Joan Fuess & Brian Sheldon)

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic TBA

            Janice Walz

miSci – Trains are coming!

(Museum of Innovation & Science)

            Guests TBA

            (Contact: Tara Burnham)

Troy Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day

            George Regan

            Dr. Erin Napoleone, PT, DPT (Choice Physical Therapy)

November 24, 2019 Show #1112

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Special On-Location Show

miSci’s Newest Exhibit: Insatiable – Cooking up Innovation

Galleria 1: From Hearths to Induction & Ovens to Microwaves:

The Explosion of Culinary Opportunity

Galleria 2: Extending the Menu: The storage & Shipping Phenomena

Galleria 3: Extending the Menu: An Invitation to Chef-dom!

Galleria 4: The Repeatability Factor: The Science of Cooking

Galleria 5: Food: The Culture, The Commerce & The Consequences and Follow us on

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