Thursday Morning Roundtable

Thursday Morning Roundtable is broadcast on WCNY-FM Sundays at 8 p.m. during the academic year. It’s a weekly public service program, sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, which features experts speaking on local, state and national issues of concern to the community.

“TMR brings together a variety of business, social agency, educational and civic leaders to learn about and discuss issues of importance to area citizens,” said Sandra Barrett, director of community programs at University College. “Bringing this program to the local public broadcasting station is a perfect partnership in our shared goal to spur discussion of issues and ideas in the community.”

2018-2019 Season


December 12,2019


Mike Brown, president and ceo for the YMCA of Central New York, will speak about the new strategic plan and current and upcoming programs.


December 5,2019

Forever Syracuse

Rick Burton and Scott Pitoniak, authors of the book “Forever Orange,” will speak about their book and the research that went into writing it.


November 21,2019

Ethics in Politics

Keith Bybee, vice dean and professor at Syracuse University College of Law, will present on ethics in the political landscape.


November 14,2019

Syracuse University Capital Projects

Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer at Syracuse University, will speak about the progress at the Dome and other capital projects.


November 07,2019

Honor Flight Syracuse

John F. Paddock, Jr., president and co-founder of Honor Flight Syracuse, will speak about the program and its impact thus far.


October 31,2019

Lead Poisoning

Katie Bronson, director of community housing initiatives at Home Headquarters; Syeisha Byrd, director of engagement programs at Hendricks Chapel and mother of children affected by lead poisoning; Deb Lewis, Lead Program Coordinator for the Onondaga County Health Department; andRobyn Smith, from the CNY Community Foundation, will speak about the effects of lead poisoning.


October 24,2019

The Good Life Foundation

Hasan Stephens, executive director and founder of The Good Life Foundation, will speak about his programs with local youth.


October 17,2019

Near Westside Initiative

Gregorio Jimenez, executive director for the Near Westside Initiative, will present on the history of the initiative and its new projects.


October 10,2019

Say Yes to Education

Ahmeed Turner, executive director for Say Yes Syracuse, will speak about the progress and changes to the program.


October 03, 2019

Hire Ground

John Tumino, founder of In My Father’s Kitchen, will speak about the progress of the Hire Ground partnership to provide work experience through day labor and connections to needed support services for panhandlers and the unemployed homeless.


September 26, 2019

NYS Senate: 53rd District

New York State Sen. Rachel May, representing the 53rd Senate District, will present on her first year in office and her vision for the future.


September 19, 2019

The Good Life

Annette Peters, vice president of marketing at Syracuse Media Group, andBen Sio, chief of staff at CenterState CEO, will speak about the new branding initiative for Central New York as a great place to live, to work and to raise a family.

September 12, 2019

Renewable Energy

Chris Carrick, program manager for energy management at the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, and Lindsey Speer, campaign manager for the Alliance for a Green Economy, will speak about renewable energy. This is in partnership with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.



April 25, 2019

WCNY’s New President

Mitch Gelman, President and CEO of WCNY, will speak about his new role and the future of WCNY.


April 18, 2019

SU Athletics

Andrew Goodrich, Deputy Athletics Director and Chief Marketing Officer, will speak about Syracuse University Athletics, as well as, the much-anticipated 2019 football season, NCAA Tournament forecasts for SU’s spring sports, and launch of the ACC Network in August.


April 11, 2019

County Executive

Ryan McMahon, County Executive for Onondaga County, will speak about his transition and plans moving forward.


April 04, 2019

Homelessness in Onondaga County

Dan Sieburg from the Rescue Mission and Megan Stuart from the Housing and Homeless Coalition of CNY will speak about the state of homelessess in Onondaga County. This is in partnership with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.


March 28, 2019

Syracuse Stage 2019–20 Season

Syracuse Stage’s Jill Anderson, managing director, and Bob Hupp, artistic director, will discuss the 2019–20 season of Syracuse Stage.


March 21, 2019

Legalization of Marijuana: Negative

Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway will present on the negative impacts of legalized marijuana.


March 14, 2019

Citizen Review Board

Peter McCarthy, chair of the Citizens Review Board, and Ranette Releford, administrator of the Citizens Review Board, will present on the organization and its future.


March 07, 2019

Legalization of Marijuana: Positive

Steven Vandewalle from RocNORML (Rochester National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will speak about the positive effects of legalizing marijuana in New York State.


February 28, 2019

Electoral Reforms in New York

Dustin Czarny, Commissioner of Elections (D), will present on the recently passed electoral reforms in New York State.


February 21, 2019


Zuko Gqadavama, Resource Development Coordinator for Inkululeko, a nonprofit education program in Makhanda, South Africa, will speak about his experience as a member of the “born-free” or after the apartheid ended generation.


February 14, 2019

Gridlock in U.S. Federal Government

Dr. Shana Gadarian, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, will speak about the most recent federal government shutdown and the gridlock in Washington.


February 7, 2019

Syracuse Police Department: New Chief

Chief Kenton Buckner, Chief of Police for the City of Syracuse, will speak about his plans for the department. This is a collaboration with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.

2017-18 Season

2016-17 Season

2015-16 Season

2014-15 Season

2013-14 Season

2012-13 Season