Dom Genova has made a name for himself in Rochester as “The No-Nonsense car dealer” and has been a part of the WHAM radio scene since 1994. Dom enjoys educating buyers about the car business so they can make informed car-buying decisions. His business, Genesee Valley Motors is the recipient of many prestigious awards including; an “ETHIE” from the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation and a BBB “Torch Award”.
My Guest This Week
Scheduled to Appear
Saturday September 21st 10am-11am
My Guest This Week is
Director of Arts & Culture - Wok Jewish Community Center
Ralph Meranto is in his 14th Season as Artistic Director and Producer of CenterStage and is also Sr. Director of Arts & Culture for the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Ralph’s passion is the development of new works including World Premiere productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Church & State (Off Broadway New World Stages/OBA Nominee for Best New Play), Kasha Davis’ There’s Always Time for a Cocktail (Off-Broadway Premiere Beechman Theater), Wendy Kout’s Survivors and Naked in Encino and Hank Kimmel’s Welcome to the Neighborhood as well as early development productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care, David Hein/Irene Sankoff’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Deb Margolin’s Imagining Madoff and Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz.
Favorite directing credits include Titanic, Dogfight, Bad Jews, The Last Five Years, Parade, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Rent, and Hair. Ralph has also directed/performed in readings at Geva Theatre, works as a private acting coach, appears in the occasional commercial. Ralph is Vice President of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre and on the board of the Rochester chapter of the Hearing Loss Assn. of America.
RECENT AND SCHEDULED GUESTS
Appeared Saturday January 26th, 2019
Bob Duffy Click to hear the Podcast
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO
Prior to working for Rochester Chamber, Duffy served as New York lieutenant governor in Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration from January 2011 to December 2014. Duffy previously served as Rochester mayor from January 2006 to January 2011 and as Rochester police chief from March 1998 to April 2005, when he resigned his post to run for mayor.
Appeared Saturday February 2nd, 2019
Mark Assini Click to hear the Podcast
Chief Administrative Officer at American Rock Salt
Mark served as the Town Supervisor for the Town of Gates from 2010 up until 2018 when he stepped into his role as Chief Administrative Officer at American Rock Salt, the largest operating salt mine in the United States.
Appeared Saturday February 9th, 2019
Sandra Doorley Click to hear the Podcast
Monroe County District Attorney
Elected in 2011, Sandra Doorley is the first female District Attorney in Monroe County history. Prior to assuming office, Doorley served the District Attorney’s Office with distinction for nearly twenty years, successfully prosecuting thousands of high profile criminal cases and compiling an impressive record of victories.
Appeared Saturday February 16th, 2019
Adam Chodak Click to hear the Podcast
Evening anchor and managing editor at WROC News 8.
After years of working in broadcast media positions across the nation, Adam returned back to his hometown of Rochester in 2011. He took a position at WHAM-TV (ABC) for 4 years before making a move into his role as evening anchor and managing editor at WROC News 8.
Appeared Saturday February 23rd, 2019
Brad McAreavy Click to hear the Podcast
President of Rochester Auto Dealers Association
Brad has worked in the automobile industry for over 30 years, first for General Motors Acceptance Corporation then for a large dealer group. He accepted a position as President of the Rochester Automobile Dealers Association in 2007. His duties include; the advocacy and support of new and used car dealers in the Rochester market.
Appeared Saturday March 2nd 10am-11am
Martin Birmingham Click to hear the Podcast
CEO & President of Five Star Bank
Mr. Birmingham is the President and CEO of Five Star Bank. His past experience includes holding the position of President and CEO of the National Bank of Geneva and Market President of The Bank of America. Mr. Birmingham's commitment to the community is well known and displayed throughout his years of service. He currently holds the position of Trustee at St. John Fisher College, Director of the MCC Foundation at Monroe Community College, Director at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Appeared Saturday March 9th 10am-11am
James VanBrederode Click to hear the Podcast
President of the Monroe County Police Chiefs Association
James VanBrederode is the current President of the Monroe County Police Chiefs Association, as well as the Chief of Police for the Gates Police Department. After receiving his Associates Degree in Police Science from MCC, VanBrederode continued his education with a Bachelors in Sociology from Roberts Wesleyan, a Master of Public Administration Degree from SUNY Brockport, as well as training from the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Appeared Saturday March 16th 10am-11am
Rick Herman Click to hear the Podcast
CEO of the Rochester Home Builders Association
Rick Herman is the CEO of the Rochester Home Builders Association and the Upstate Building Industry Alliance. These trade groups are best known for their to flagship consumer shows Homearama, presented every other year throughout our area and the ROC Home and Garden Show, held each spring at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Appeared Saturday March 23rd 10am-11am
Bob Brenna Click to hear the Podcast
Attorney & Radio Personality
Mr. Brenna has over 40 years experience working as an attorney in Rochester and hosts the "Brenna and Boyce Law Forum," which is a weekly call-in radio show heard on WHAM1180. He is particularity known for his transparent and ethical approach to personal injury and wrongful death cases. Upon invitation, he has lectured for decades in the continuing legal education of attorneys for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. Mr. Brenna is also a past President of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Appeared Saturday March 30th 10am-11am
Wendy Bello Click to hear the Podcast
Vice President and General Manager of News 8 WROC
Wendy Bello has been with WROC for close to 13 years and has grown into her current position of Vice President and General Manager of News 8 WROC. With over 26 years in the media industry, Wendy has worked for a variety of media companies including; NBC Universal, Gannett, Sinclair, Time Warner and iHeart Media. Outside of her work in media her greatest passions are her loving family and her community, Wendy currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greater Rochester Enterprise and Webster WAA Girls Softball.
Appeared Saturday April 6th 10am-11am
Naomi Silver Click to hear the Podcast
President & CEO of the Rochester Red Wings
Naomi Silver is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Baseball is in Naomi’s DNA as her dad, Morrie Silver, saved baseball in Rochester by founding Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. in 1957, keeping a tradition alive that has thrived to this day. Naomi is the country’s first and only female at the helm of a professional Minor League baseball franchise.
Naomi is deeply involved with the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Monroe Community College, Hillel Community Day School, and Chaired the NYS Special Olympics Summer Games. She also serves on the First Niagara Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Advisory Council. Her national and community awards and recognition received are vast and telling of her devotion to her profession and her community.
Appeared Saturday April 13th 10am-11am
Jack Garner Click to hear the Podcast
Film Critic, Author, Playwright
Jack Garner is a Rochester icon. His talents include film critic, entertainment writer, lecturer, author and playwright. Jack held the position of film critic for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from 1977 to 2007 and was appointed to be the chief film critic in a national scope for the Gannett newspaper group in 1987.
Now retired, Garner continues to write film reviews and books as well as jazz and classic film critiques. Garner is a recipient of the prestigious George Eastman Medal of Honor and contributor to the Eastman House with his many lectures and contributions to their journal. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Eastman House Council, and recipient of the 2013 Impact Award from the Rochester Media Association.
Appeared Saturday April 20th 10am-11am
David Mammano Click to hear the Podcast
CEO of Avanti Entrepreneur Network
For more than 20 years, David Mammano has been a serial entrepreneur. Having started seven businesses from scratch, he thrives on starting and growing businesses. Some of David’s most notable ventures include being a three-time Inc. Magazine 5000 Growth Company, the host of The Avanti Entrepreneur podcast, a TEDx speaker, a Forbes.com contributing writer, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, and the author of business and college planning books.
David’s community activities include being a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a board member for Junior Achievement, and starting his local Entrepreneurs’ Organization Chapter.
Appeared Saturday April 27th 10am-11am
Richard J. McCollough Click to hear the Podcast
Award Winning Producer, Director and Veteran Broadcaster Click to watch the show
Richard J. McCollough, M.Ed. is an award-winning producer, director and veteran broadcaster with 40 years of experience. He has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS affiliates throughout the country. Richard is also a professional Meteorologist, you may remember him by his time on WHEC, he is now Chief Meteorologist at top rated WDKX-FM 103.9
Richard is President and founder of Mirusmedia, production company and American Abilities Television Network which provides programming for people with hearing loss on CW-WHAM Rochester channel 16 and has been the spokesman for organizations like Darien Lake, Bristol Mountain, One for the Community and Lollypop Farm. Richard also established the Richard J. McCollough Educational Fund to help high school seniors entering college. He has been honored with over 45 prestigious film/video/television awards including 10 Telly Awards.
Appeared Saturday May 4th 10am-11am
John McCaffrey Click to hear the Podcast
Former U.S. Marshal & Federal Security Director Click to watch the show
During his 24 year career, Mr. McCaffrey served as a NYS trooper, an investigator, and as a senior investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He was recognized for his investigative abilities and cooperative work with other local, state, and federal agencies including his critical role in the arrest and conviction of serial killer Arthur Shawcross.
In 1994 he retired from the New York State Police and then was awarded a presidential appointment as a U.S. Marshal, serving in that capacity until 2002.
In 2002 he continued his public service by joining the newly formed Transportation Security Administration with the Department of Homeland Security as the Federal Security Director overseeing the airports at Rochester and Elmira.
Appeared Saturday May 11th 10am-11am
Brian Geer Click to hear the Podcast
Professional Magician Click to watch the show
Brian Geer has been performing magic since he was 8 years old and has been a full-time professional magician since 1989. Brian has a newly released DVD titled “Heavy Hitters” and is also the author of 5 books. Some of his accolades includes performing at President Bush’s Inaugural Ball, performing at the Pentagon 26 different times and has been featured in publications such as Newsweek Magazine, Business Strategies Magazine and many television appearances.
Appeared Saturday May 18th 10am-11am
Jodi Rosenshein Atkin, MA Click to hear the Podcast
First in our 'Education America' Series Click to watch the show
Independent College Admissions Counselor
Jodi works directly for and with families/students, providing strategies and support in the college admissions process. Given the extraordinary expense associated with higher education, Jodi’s goal is to help ALL families get the maximum amount of information when making their college selection. In addition to her private practice, she regularly provides free workshops at area libraries, through local PTAs, and through cooperative presentations with area test preparation organizations.
Appeared Saturday May 25th 10am-11am
Larry Staub Click to hear the Podcast
Director of Monroe County Parks & Seneca Park Zoo Click to watch the show
Larry Staub has served as Monroe County’s Director of Parks since 2006. In April of 2018, he was appointed by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to the additional position of Director of the Seneca Park Zoo. Larry has earned a reputation for being an innovative steward of Monroe County’s 21 Parks, with numerous accomplishments that include: new habits and species at the Seneca Park Zoo, Improvements and innovations for the Rochester Lilac Festival, the reconstruction of Lamberton Conservatory at Highland and many others. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, and he is an Eagle Scout as well as a lifelong resident of Monroe County.
Appeared Saturday June 1st 10am-11am
Ben Jacobs Click to hear the Podcast
Editor at the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record Click to watch the show
Since the beginning of 2017, Ben has worked as the editor at both the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record. Prior to that, Ben spent 16 years working for the Democrat and Chronicle and other Gannett newspapers in the Ithaca, NY, and Tallahassee, FL area. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester and is currently a board member for the Small Business Council of Rochester.
Appeared Saturday June 8th 10am-11am
Marc Iacona Click to hear the Podcast
Co-Producer and Co-Owner Rochester International Jazz Click to watch the show
Marc is best known as the Executive Director, Co-Producer and Co-Owner of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, which he has been involved in since its inception in 2002. Along with his business partner John Nugent, Marc is responsible for the festival’s national and international prominence. His inspiration to invest, co-produce and co-own the jazz festival is due to his love for music and the positive effects it can have on a community, both culturally and economically.
As an established patron of the arts and the community, Marc is dedicated to philanthropy and helping to build upon Rochester’s creative arts scene and strengthen its economy. He is honored to serve as the Neurosciences Committee Chair of Rochester Regional Health Foundation’s ‘Because Care Matters’ Campaign. He is also Artistic Director of ‘Help Us Give Smiles Foundation, Inc.,’ an organization that changes children’s lives through their team of surgeons, correcting congenital facial deformities.
Appeared Saturday June 8th 10am-11am
Herb Smith Click to hear the Podcast
Composer, Trumpeter, Music Teacher Click to watch the show
Appeared Saturday June 15th 10am-11am
Judge John DeMarco Click to hear the Podcast
Monroe County Court Judge and Acting NYS Supreme Court Justice Click to watch the show
Appeared Saturday June 22nd 10am-11am
Bill Reilich Click to hear the Podcast
Town of Greece Supervisor Click to watch the show
Todd Baxter Click to hear the Podcast
Monroe County Sheriff Click to watch the show
Elected to Monroe County Sheriff in November 2017 by nearly 57% of the vote, Baxter holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. He also teaches at Roberts Wesleyan.
Jim Salmon Click to hear the Podcast
Jim Salmon is a Home Inspector and WHAM radio personality with his call-in radio show the “Home Repair Clinic”. For 30 years Jim has been educating listeners on home maintenance and repair issues. His honest and straightforward advice has earned him the respect of thousands of listeners. His approach to home inspection, “I work for the home buyer” has earned him the trust of thousands of homeowners.
We will spend this week’s episode of the No-Nonsense Round Table digging into the life and times of Jim Salmon, and all of the fun he has had over the years as a radio personality!
Doug Emblidge Click to hear the Podcast
News Anchor WHAM 13 TV
No one would’ve been surprised if Doug had grown up to become a pharmacist. After all, his father and grandfather owned small drug stores in Honeoye Falls, Scottsville and Rochester. But after a visit to WOKR-TV (now 13 WHAM) as a boy, Doug knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. His first broadcasting experience came in radio, starting while he was still a student at Rush-Henrietta Roth High School. Through high school and college, Doug worked at WHAM and WHFM in Rochester, WDNY in Dansville, and WHEN in Syracuse. Doug earned a Bachelor's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 1982. After a year as a producer and reporter at WROC-TV, Doug joined WOKR in 1983 to anchor a program called NewsScope. In 1984 he took on weekend anchoring duties while also reporting weeknights.
Joe Dugan Click to hear the Podcast
Senior Vice President - Five Star Bank
Dugan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, where he dual majored in English and Economics, and is a proud graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School. He has volunteered for many not-for-profits, serving as President of the American Cancer Society’s local Board of Advisors and as a director on ACS's Eastern Division Board, Dugan also served as Vice President of the Monroe County High School JV Club Hockey League. For more 15 years, he also coached and/or managed multiple local youth baseball teams.
Gary Craig Click to hear the Podcast
Investigative Reporter - Democrat & Chronicle
Gary is a member of the Democrat and Chronicle’s Watchdog team, and focuses on public safety and criminal justice. He has worked at Rochester newspapers since 1990, covering City Hall, politics and federal courts before joining the newspaper’s investigative team. He has won state and national investigative writing awards. He is the author of “Seven Million,” a book about the 1993 Rochester Brink’s robbery. Gary is married with two daughters.
Andy Moore Click to hear the Podcast
Director, Greater Rochester International Airport
Moore has been employed at the Greater Rochester International Airport for over eight years and is currently serving as the Director of Aviation. As Director of Aviation, he is responsible for managing a $35 million-dollar public commercial aviation facility that 2.4 million passengers travel through annually. The Airport itself is responsible for creating and sustaining 10,000 jobs, generating $295 million in income and contributes over $800 million to the local economy each year.
Appeared Saturday August 24th 10am-11am
Dr. Dennis DePerro
President, St. Bonaventure University Click to hear the Podcast
Dennis R. DePerro, Ed.D., is the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University, a role that he stepped into on June 1, 2017. Dr. DePerro has implemented new enrollment and marketing strategies and championed new academic program development, resulting in the two largest freshman classes in the last 11 years at St. Bonaventure.
Dr. DePerro holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Canisius, and a bachelor’s in biology from Canisius. He serves on the President’s Council of the Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference, Board of Trustees at Maria College (N.Y.), and previously served on the board of Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse), Elmcrest Children’s Center, Francis House, and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (N.Y.).
Appeared Saturday August 30th 10am-11am
Radio Host Click to hear the Podcast
Bob has been a dominant force in Rochester media since 1988, when he became a reporter for the former Times-Union. Two years later he was the daily metro columnist at the D+C before becoming a television commentator on Channel 10. Bob launched his career as a radio talk show host on WHAM in 1995 and he became a Rochester icon.
Lonsberry was nominated for the Pulitzer prize twice, and has won NY Associated Press awards for commentary in newspaper, radio and television. Bob is a decorated veteran of the US Army, author of six books, the father of nine, a Scoutmaster, an avid hunter, an EMT and a member of his village board. In his spare time, Bob also conquers marathons!
Appeared Saturday September 7th 10am-11am
Freyda Schneider Click to hear the Podcast
Freyda Schneider is the founder and director of TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy), now entering its 16th season. She periodically appears in local films, commercials and industrial videos and also performs on stage with the comedy troupe EstroFest. She founded TYKEs to inspire kids with an appreciation of the arts, foster an awareness of literature, and promote communications and social interaction skills while teaching important life lessons. Also to have fun and laugh. TYKEs’ 2019-20 season takes place at the JCC in Brighton and features: Pete the Cat, The Magic Treehouse, A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Tykestheatre.org
Appeared Saturday September 7th 10am-11am
Lauren MacDonough Click to hear the Podcast
Lauren MacDonough is the Community Engagement Coordinator at VisualDx. When she's not working, she's treading the boards across Rochester with groups including TYKEs. Upcoming shows include 2 Fringe shows (Drive-In Dramas, Bardbending Fight Club Edition), a horror/sci-fi web series shooting in early October, and Boom with Out of Pocket Productions in the end of October. She just finished playing Lady Macbeth with Rochester Community Players at Highland Bowl.
Appeared Saturday September 14th 10am-11am
Michelle Ashby Click to hear the Podcast
CEO of Tipping Point Communications
Michelle Ashby is Founder & CEO of Tipping Point Communications. With more than 25 years’ experience in communications, Ashby leads Tipping Point’s offices in Rochester, Buffalo, and Cleveland, OH. Before working in the agency world, Michelle “got the bug” for media when she spent 12+ years in business development at Gannett and WEBN-FM in Cincinnati, OH and WROC-TV and WHEC-TV in Rochester, NY. The Small Business Council of Rochester named Ashby Business Person of the Year in 2014, she is also a member of the Rochester Business Journal’s class of 2007 “Forty Under 40", and in 2016 Tipping Point Communications received an ETHIE award from the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation.
Ashby is also dedicated to the positive development of her community. When she’s not leading the charge at Tipping Point, Ashby is the mother of two active boys who play football and lacrosse. She serves on the board of directors for Willow Domestic Violence Center, St. Ann’s Home, and the Advisory Board for the Roland Williams Champion Academy.
Scheduled to Appear
Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - Ralph Meranto - Director of Arts & Culture - Wok Jewish Community Center
Saturday, September 28th, 2019 - Adam Bellow - Monroe County Clerk
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 - Dr. Louis DiVecenti - Seneca Park Zoo Veterinarian
Saturday, October 12th, 2019 - Eric Snitil - Chief Meteorologist WROC Channel 8
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - Cheryl Dinolfo - Monroe County Executive
Saturday, October 26th, 2019 - Julie Donlon - Assistant Superintendent - BOCES
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 - Greg McCaffrey - Livingston County District Attorney
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - Jim Holihan - Attorney - Bond, Schonek and King
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - Gary Craig & Paul Hawkins - Investigative Reporter & Former FBI Agent