Newsletter Feb 25, 2020 Topic/Guests on the Show

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.

February 25, 2020 – Show #1121

Segment ONE

The Little Mermaid at Niskayuna HS

Eric Hughes, Director; Christina Pizzino-Catalano, Vocal Coach

Student Performers:

Madalyn Montgomery, Daniel Klepeis, Nathan Pauly  

               This musical is loosely based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel who dreams of becoming human and falls in love with a human prince named Eric.

             “We are excited to also be taking part in the High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors presented by the Times Union. When we last participated in 2017 we own several awards including Best Musical for our production of The Phantom of the Opera.”

  • Organization: Niskayuna High School Music Department
  • Mission: Each year the high school’s department of music presents a Broadway musical.
  • Event: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (a musical)
  • Location of event: Niskayuna High School
  • Date/Time: Feb. 27-29 @ 7:30 and Feb. 29 @ 2:00
  • Cost: Adults $16, Students $12
  • Contac Information: For Tickets:
  • Ticket Info: Tickets for performances can be bought online. Ticket sales are also available at the door one hour before curtain for every show. All seating is reserved.
  • Facebook: Yes: Niskayuna CSD
  • Twitter: @NiskayunaCSD
  • Instagram: @NiskayunaSchools
  • Website:

Segment TWO

The Irish and How They Got That Way at theREP

Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

Additional Guests have not been provided as of this publication on our website.

          (From Website) Hold onto your hats for this rollicking, roller coaster of a ride compiled by Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), who brings his razor-sharp wit, trademark bitter irony and boundless love of his people to this revue about all things Irish. This show delivers what it promises: stirring blarney, a bit of hokum, genuine heartache and much joy.  

          Set in McCourt’s Pub, complete with a working bar, the narration weaves a buoyant blend of traditional songs, show tunes and pop – from “Danny Boy” and George M. Cohan to U2 – with a reminder of the injustices, humiliations, and privations suffered by the Irish people both in Ireland and here in their new neighborhoods in America.  

          Join theREP for this sometimes irreverent tribute to our heritage and our future, in the style of a real old-fashioned Irish wake. THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY will make a grand farewell t to our current space, as we prepare to move to our new home with our next show! 

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Event: The Irish and How They Got That Way
  • Location of event: 111 North Pearl ST. Albany
  • Date/Time: March 6 to April 5
  • Cost: check website
  • Website:

Segment THREE

The Legal Corner

John Musacchio, ESQ

            John can provide legal guidance and representation to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas, including estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, wrongful death, personal injury, corporate matters, employment matters, real estate transactions, and litigation.  During my appearance on the program, I would like to discuss some updates on new laws and legal trends, including new laws involving sexual harassment in the workplace, new laws which may impact access to medical care by Medicaid recipients, and other developments. “I am also happy to discuss any other legal issues or topics that you would like to bring up.”

  • Organization: Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Contact Information: 518-452-1800
  • Facebook: Yes John A. Musacchio, Esq.’s Legal Corner – Group
  • Instagram:
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

School Programs – Sch’dy County Historical Society

Michael Diana, Educator SCHS

          Mabee Farm is the Capital Region’s destination for hands-on history. Students explore themes of early American life on the farm, teamwork, and technology on a field trip to the oldest working farm in the Mohawk Valley!

          Our history programs meet the New York State learning standards for social studies education and appeal to multiple learning styles through hands-on participation, inquiry-discussion, and sensory stimulation.           

           We offer a variety of programs for you and your students to choose from. If you are interested in booking a program, contact us! Please note that if you don’t see something of interest, we’re happy to develop a bespoke program for you and your students.

  • Organization: Schenectady County Historical Society
  • Mission: The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. SCHS brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House.
  • Event: School Programs at the Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Location of event: Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Date/Time: Now booking May, June, and October 2020Cost:
  • Cost: $5 or free for SCHS members
  • Facebook: Yes – Schenectady County Historical Society
  • Instagram: @schenectadyhistorical
  • Website: or

Segment FIVE

Schenectady Restaurant Week is Coming!

Amy Sonder, Promotions Coordinator

          From Monday, March 2 – Sunday, March 8, 2020, enjoy multi-course meals at participating Schenectady restaurants for the special price of $25!  Presented by: Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and the Capital Region Chamber with promotional support from Discover Schenectady.
          We highly encourage reservations during Restaurant Week; for many restaurants, reservations may be required. Be sure to ask your server for a Schenectady Restaurant Week Survey Card following your meal. Fill out answers to a few simple questions, leave the card with your server, and you’ll be entered to win an overnight stay and breakfast for two at The Landing Hotel!

  • Organization: Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
  • Event: Schenectady Restaurant Week
  • Location of event: Various restaurants in Downtown and Schenectady County
  • Date/Time: March 2 to March 8 (5 pm to closing) Reservations helpful.
  • Cost: $25 for three course meal
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Jr. Achievement of NENY

Tovah Lisky, President

Additional Guests have not been provided as of this publication on our website.

Additional Information has not been provided by this organization for publication on our website.

  • Organization: Jr. Achievement of NENY
  • Mission: (From Website) JA of Northeastern New York’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.
  • Event:
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Upcoming Shows

 (Guests and topics subject to change)

March 3, 2020 Show #1122

(Guests and topics subject to change)

ACPHS – Smoking Cessation

(Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)

            Professor Nicole Stack, Pharm D

Irish American Heritage Museum

            Elizabeth Stack, Exc. Dir.

miSci (Family Day, Harry Potter, Butterflies)

(Museum of Innovation and Science)

            Gina Gould, PhD – President

            Additional Guests?

            (Contact Individual: Bradley LaMere)

SLOC’s A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum  (Event Mar 13 to 22)

(Schenectady Light Opera Company)

            Gary Hoffmann, Director

            Additional Guests?

            (Contact Individual: Audrey Carlton)

Addition Segments to be announced

March 10, 2020 Show #1123

(Guests and topics subject to change)

Miss Montgomery County “Fostering Food Insecurity & Wellness)

               Victoria Opalka

Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund Gala

               Terra Maddalone-Ristau, Executive Director

United Way of the Capital Region

               Peter Gannon, President & CEO

               (Additional Contact Individual: Ketti Blackwell)

Additional Segments to be Announced

March 17, 2020 Show #1124

(Guests and topics subject to change)

Crossroads Center for Children – Gala (Event Apr. 4)

            Cindy Barkowski, Board President

            Vicki Ramotar, MSED Resource Development Specialist

Friends of Recovery – New York

            Angelia Smith-Wilson       

            (Contact individual: Paulette Doudoukjian)

Gospel Jubilee

            Rev. Dr. Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr., Musical Director (email required)

            Gretchel Hathway, Stage & Choir Coordinator (email required)

            (Contact Individual: Sara Hill)

Jan’s Wanderings

            Janice Walz

Schenectady Civic Players – This Random World — (Event 3/20-29)

            Cristine M. Loffredo, Director

            Additional guests?

            (Contact individuals: John Hickman, Don Mealy)

Tax Update – Continued

            Melinda Burns, Dir. Adult Ed for Wildwood Programs         

            Denise Dinoto, Co-chair of Marketing Com. Cash Coalition 

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