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.”

2019-2020 Season


November 19, 2020

“Zogby Polling”

John Zogby, founder and senior partner of John Zogby Strategies, will speak about polling practices.

November 12, 2020

“Native American Heritage Month”

Neal Powless, Syracuse University ombuds, will speak about the history of the relationship between the Onondaga Nation and the surrounding community.

November 05, 2020

“Election Results”

“Ivory Tower” panelists Kristi Anderson, Bob Spitzer, Luke Perry and Nina Moore, moderated by Dave Chanatry, will discuss the recent election results.

October 29, 2020

“Art in the Age of a Pandemic”

Syracuse Stage’s executive director and artistic director, Jill Anderson and Bob Hupp, Point of Contact gallery’s director, Sara Felice, and CNY Jazz’s executive director, Larry Luttinger, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in Syracuse.

Presented in Partnership with FOCUS Greater Syracuse and their Focus Forums.


October 22, 2020

“CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance”

Saravanan Thangamani, Ph.D., professor and director of the SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine at Upstate Medical University, will speak about the collaborations of clinicians, scientists, foundations and community members, working to educate and advance the study of Lyme disease.


October 15, 2020

“Put the U Back in Syracuse”

Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee, and Stephanie Crockett, managing director of the Syracuse Mower office, will speak about this innovative initiative to promote support for local businesses.


October 08, 2020

Salt City Market Update

Adam Sudmann, market manager of Salt City Market will discuss the market and food hall which will bring diverse meal options to downtown Syracuse.


October 01, 2020

Election Reform

Election Reform with Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner (D), and Michele Sardo, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner (R)


September 24, 2020

Early Warning Waste Water Surveillance Program

David Larsen, Ph.D., associate professor at Syracuse University, Hyatt Green, Ph.D., associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Frank Middleton, Ph.D., associate professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will speak about their program to detect and track COVID-19 in waste water on and around Syracuse University.


September 17, 2020

Syracuse University Reopening and COVID-19 Response

Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie, will speak about Syracuse University’s reopening and its response to COVID-19.


March 12, 2020

Infectious Disease

Dr. Indu Gupta, commissioner of health at the Onondaga County Health Department and Dr. Karen Nardella, medical director, Syracuse University Health Services, will speak about infectious disease and the importance of their work and collaborations.


March 5, 2020

Census 2020

Matt Vincent, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, will speak about the upcoming census count and its importance.


February 27, 2020

Wellness Through Community-Based Art

Tanisha Jackson, executive director of the Community Folk Art Center and professor of practice, African American studies, will speak about wellness through community based art.


February 20, 2020

Mayor of the City of Syracuse

Mayor Ben Walsh will speak about his work as mayor, so far, and his plans moving forward in 2020.


February 13, 2020

National Grid: Past, Present and Future of Energy

Alberto Bianchetti, Central New York regional director, Customer and Community Engagement, will speak about National Grid’s impact in the past, present and future of energy.


February 06,2020

Independent Redistricting

Susan Lerner, executive director for Common Cause New York, Helen Hudson, president of the Syracuse Common Council, and Chris Ryan, Onondaga County legislator, will speak about nonpartisan redistricting efforts for Central New York.

2018-19 Season

2017-18 Season

2016-17 Season

2015-16 Season

2014-15 Season

2013-14 Season

2012-13 Season