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The 2013 Dunkin’ Run At Albany Jewish Community Center

WGNA is proud to welcome The 2013 Dunkin' Run at the Albany Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, on Sunday Morning September 22.

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Make-A-Wish Lunch

Yesterday I stopped by the Make-A-Wish chapter for Northeast New York.  I was lucky enough to have lunch and chat with the awesome people who work there, and I left truly inspired!

I sort of felt bad because I was asking them so many questions!  "How many wishes do you grant?" "What's the best wish you've ever granted?" "How old do you have to be?" "Is there a limit to what you can wish?" And on, and on, and on!  But they were so great and had such interesting answers to all of my questions!

All I really knew about Make-A-Wish was from what I saw on the news, and chatting with the people who work for the organization right here in the Capital Region was so fun and interesting!

They told me how great the kids were and how fulfilling their jobs are, they gave me some great examples of wishes! (Like a super fun shopping spree, or meeting David Beckham!)  I also learned that your child doesn't have to be terminally ill to have a wish granted - they have to have a life threatening illness, which opens up the possibility to lots more deserving children!  And most importantly, we talked about just how much getting a wish granted can really change the lives of the child, and the entire family!

Nascar fans, you'll be happy to know that Nascar drivers are some of the best wish granters!  Jeff Gordon even created a special token that he gives to all of the Make-A-Wish kids that hope to meet him!

I asked how I could help and they gave me some information on becoming a "Wish-Granter" - which sounds fabulous!  That's what they call the volunteers who help to make wishes come true!  So, if you're interested in becoming a "Wish-Granter," donate to make a wish come true, or you just want to find out more about the process, give them a call!

Click here to find them on

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Albany’s Skeeter Creek Plays Toby Keith’s Syracuse Bar – Northeast Bands Rise To The Top

I've always been proud to support and feature local talent from my home area of upstate New York, from local-turned-national artists like Hal Ketchum, Brian Prout of Diamond Rio, and Eddie Killgallon of Ricochet or a local artist that stayed in the Northeast to entertain their loyal fans.

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Hudson Falls or Stephentown – Your Town Thursday Smackdown!

Sometimes I think I'm going to run out of towns. Other times I think people are going to RUN me out of town for bothering them for information.  But I love creating songs for Your Town Thursday, so it's time to do it again.  Will it be Hudson Falls or Stephentown

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Who’s Got The Best Parade In The Albany Area? Advertise Yours Here

It's bragging time for the local parade in your "hood".  Who's got the best one?  Some of the smallest towns have the best of everything.  We know that from our Small Town Tour. So go ahead -  tout your parade in the comment section at the end of this article it's a free ad.

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You Like Wine Tasting? You’ll Love Oliva Vineyards In Fort Edward in Saratoga County

We had an unexpected treat this past weekend. Our good friends George and Linda Dickie along with Dorrie  and I took a little ride up to Fort Edward, and we literally stumbled upon a GREAT wine tasting experience.  (We almost stumbled out too!)

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It’s Receptionist Appreciation Day, and We Appreciate Ours At Townsquare Media [AUDIO]

We house several different radio stations at our Townsquare Media Headquarters in Albany's Pine Bush.   There is one receptionist here who directs phone calls to all of them (and that's not all she does).  It's about time that we give her and all the other ones out there some well deseerved "love".   

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Birchwood Elementary School Kids Say The Pledge Of Allegience On Sean and Richie Show – [AUDIO]

Thanks once again to all the kids from the Birchwood Elementary School for giving up their time to record the Pledge of Allegience for us.  Their patriotism is most appreciated.
For you folks who missed it, here are the "instant replays".

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2013 Albany Pizza Wars Winners

Our third annual Pizza Wars stormed the Albany area once again and while many great pizza was had, there was just one winner at each location. Thanks to everyone who came out - hope you has as much fun as we did.

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A Cold But Great Nite At Paula Gretzinger’s Parents Of The Year Awards [AUDIO]

I guess it's just the ham in me, but I actually like "MC"ing.  I got the opportunity to do that at Paula Gretzinger's Parent of the Year Awards presentation.  The awards were of course the main thrust of the evening, but that's not all that everyone was talking about.  It was soooo

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Meet Martellus Bennett At The Center For Disability Services Telethon [VIDEO]

Before joining the New York Giants people said Martellus Bennett had an attitude problem and was lazy. Finally given the chance to step out of Jason Witten's shadow in Dallas, Bennett wasn't going to waste it. Check out how he prepared.

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New York Giants Martellus Bennett – The Black Unicorn [VIDEO]

This year the New York Giants added a new Tight End Martellus Bennett. Bennett is pure personality and even a life saver. Not just for Eli Manning on third downs but for a fan.

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