Community Connection

Community Connection

Rochester, NY local news and information, upcoming events, latest community discussions, and more!

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Episodes

09/12/2019
Jasmine & Tracy Miller- Forty Day Prayer Challenge Corporate Closing Prayer
Tune in to learn information about the Forty Day Prayer Challenge Corporate Closing Prayer on Saturday, September 14th at 10 PM on the City Hall Steps (30 Church St). Come get some prayer before you hit the club! Also, assistant to the mayor, Tracy Miller, drops some exclusive knowledge on the next moves for the city of Rochester that you can only find here!
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09/07/2019
Superintendent Terry Dade
Terry Dade is a decorated educator who has impacted thousands of students throughout Virginia. July 1st he officially took on the role of Superintendent of the Rochester City School District.
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09/05/2019
Urban League of Rochester's FREE Adult Reentry Programs
Are you a resident of the city of Rochester over the age of 18 who has been recently incarcerated? Are you looking to reenter the work force or continue your education? If you answered yes to these questions then the Urban League of Rochester has a FREE program just for you! Tune in to this episode of the WDKX podcast to learn about Project Steps to Success and Project B.E.A.M., two adult reentry programs serving city residents 18 years of age or older for FREE. Jasmine is joined by Career Counselor, Tia Tucker, and Program Director, Brianna Dean, of the Urban League of Rochester to discuss the various ways they both plan to help you get on track to a brighter future!
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09/03/2019
Wake Up Club w/ Sheriff Todd Baxter on the Civil Service Exam
Want to know information on how you can take the civil service exam? Tune in to this episode of the WDKX podcast featuring Sheriff Todd Baxter.
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09/03/2019
Wake Up Club w/ Sheriff Todd Baxter on the Opioid Crisis
Sheriff Todd Baxter joins today's episode of the WDKX podcast to discuss the issues in our community surrounding the opioid epidemic.
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08/30/2019
Jasmine w/ RABJ's Richard J. McCullough & Kevin Hicks
On this episode of the WDKX podcast, congratulations are in order! The Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) has been named the "National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2019 Professional Chapter of the Year"!! Jasmine is joined by RABJ President, Richard J. McCollough, and VP of Print, Kevin Hicks, to discuss the many different ways the chapter has involved themselves within the fabric of our community. If you would like to join in on the celebration, head to the Downtown Hyatt Regency (125 E Main St) for their "Break Bread with RABJ Happy Hour". This event will be held this evening (Friday, 8/30) and runs from 6 PM- 9 PM. It is free and open to the public.
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08/21/2019
Rosalie & Ann Kress of MCC
On this episode of the WDKX Podcast, Rosalie is joined by Ann Kress of MCC to have a discussion about the different types of things that may effect first year college students. Learn tips for coping with first year stress and anxiety and managing your time!
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08/14/2019
Tariq Talks With Jose Decosta and Mel Henderson About The 2019 Clarissa St Reunion
The Clarissa St Reunion celebrates the neighborhood's rich black history in Rochester. The Festival is renowned for its vibrant music scene, restaurants and a strong sense of community. On this podcast Jose Decosta and Mel Henderson talk about The 2019 Clarissa St Reunion.
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08/13/2019
Chasing Greatness Premiers Friday, August 30th
On this episode of the WDKX podcast, Jasmine is joined by athlete, mentor and filmmaker, Christopher Washington to discuss the premier of his upcoming film, Chasing Greatness. "TopFlight is pleased to announce the production of 'Chasing Greatness', a short film, filmed and produced by Rochester’s own Christopher Washington Jr. The film focuses on twin brothers, Michael and Miles Brown; 2019 Northstar Christian Academy graduates who made Section V and NYS history during this year’s basketball season. The Brown brothers have shared a passion for basketball since an early age and have always been in sync on the court. This production embodies brotherhood, dedication, determination and the importance of a strong support system." Chasing Greatness Premiere Friday, August 30, 2019 5:30 PM- 9:00 PM Memorial Art Gallery- 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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08/12/2019
Tariq & Chazmar Hall
Tariq is joined by none other than actor and Rochester, NY native, Chazmar Hall, to discuss his newest feature film, Halt. Halt is now available on Amazon Prime.
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08/07/2019
Black Equal Pay Day Rally- Thursday, August 22nd
Tariq of the WDKX Wake Up Club is joined by guest, E.R. Walker, to discuss the upcoming Black Equal Pay Day Rally. This event, which will take place on Thursday, August 22nd, was created to highlight the pay gap between Black women and White, non-Hispanic men in the same positions. The rally is meant to educate and activate. Join E.R. and Rochester area speakers, community leaders, and advocates to rally for pay equity for ALL women. Thursday, August 22, 2019; 11:45 AM 750 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Attendees are encouraged to wear RED to symbolize how much women are "in the red" with their pay.
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07/24/2019
Live Better NOW Health & Wellness Expo
On this episode of the WDKX podcast Jasmine is joined by Angela Tucker Hill of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches of Rochester to discuss their upcoming health and wellness expo. Join the Seventh Day Adventist Churches of Rochester and Western NY for the Live Better NOW Health & Wellness Expo taking place this Sunday, July 28th! This event will be located at the corner of Jefferson Ave and Adams Street from 10:30 AM until 4:00 PM. There will be nutrition assessments, exercise tips, free dental care, free blood pressure screenings, and so much more! This event is free and open to the public, you don't want to miss this!
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07/24/2019
Personal Energy!
Justin Merriam, owner of Personal Energy Inc., joins Jasmine on the WDKX podcast to discuss his 90 day fix program. This program encompasses nutrition, fitness and all around wellness to help you lead a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle for years to come! To contact Justin, send him an email at personalenergyinc@gmail.com or visit him at the Harro East Athletic Club; located at 400 Andrews St, Rochester, NY 14604. For more information on Personal Energy Inc., visit https://personal-energy.com/
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07/06/2019
Community Connection: Vertus High School
Vertus High School is a free public high school for young men with an 88% graduation rate. If your brother, son, nephew, grandson is entering 9th or 10th grade look into Vertus for the perfect curriculum mentorship and environment for him.
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05/22/2019
Jasmine & Z3ke Nova
On this episode of the WDKX podcast Jasmine meets with local rapper, Z3ke Nova, to discuss his musical styles and his upcoming EP.
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06/14/2019
Water Cooler Podcast 6/14/19 w/ Leticia Astacio
Leticia Astacio joins the WDKX Wake Up Club to discuss the seasonal spike in gang violence within youth in Rochester that comes around every Summer, as well as helpful information about how to handle the types of legal consequences that could possibly come up.
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06/14/2019
Water Cooler Podcast 6/14/19 w/ Lamar Hannah
Lamar Hannah joins the WDKX Wake Up Club to discuss techniques for positively interacting with and influencing the youth.
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06/11/2019
Digital Water Cooler Podcast 6/07/19 w/ Leticia Astacio
Leticia Astacio joins the WDKX Water Cooler to discuss the Trevyan Rowe case, the increase in police presence in the city of Rochester and more.
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06/10/2019
Continue the Conversation: Van White
The Water Cooler featured Van White on today's show. Hear more of the conversation here!
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06/10/2019
Community Connection: Judge Doran
Haven't heard about the JUST LAW program yet? Find out how WDKX and Judge Doran have teamed up to help educate the children of Rochester about the judicial system!
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05/30/2019
Tariq & Chris Johnson of the Jordan Health Center
Chris Johnson of the Jordan Health Center joins Tariq of the WDKX Wake Up Club to discuss their up coming event, Hustle to Health. On June 8, 2019 Jordan Health, in partnership with Action for a Better Community and United Healthcare, will be hosting a healthcare expo at the David Gantt Center, 700 North Street. From 9 AM to 1 PM attendants will be able to receive information on health & wellness and free HIV, Hep C, and blood pressure screenings. The first 100 people in attendance will be entered in drawing for a FREE children's bike! Other raffles and prizes will be available as well as various performances, healthy snacks, and over 20 vendors.
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05/30/2019
Jasmine & Dr. Gloria Morgan Of REOC
On this episode of the WDKX podcast, Jasmine meets with Dr. Gloria Morgan, Director of Academic Affairs for Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC) to discuss her journey into the field of teaching and all the obstacles she faced as a black woman living in poverty. The ladies also go into all the programs and services available to students at REOC, where opportunity is the middle name! Rochester Educational Opportunity Center is located at 161 Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604. For more information, visit www.reoc.brockport.edu or call 585-232-2730.
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05/28/2019
Tariq & Patricia Larke of the Center For Youth
Patricia Larke joins Tariq of the WDKX Wake Up Club to discuss all the resources available to the young people of Rochester at the Center For Youth. In particular, The Center For Youth's Extended Host Home Program helps to assist homeless and parenting/pregnant youth between the ages of 16-24 with temporary housing. There are several reasons why a young person can end up homeless, CFY is asking Rochester area families to take in homeless youth for any length of time between 1-5 months. During this time, social workers will help place youth in permanent homes. For more information about this program, visit http://centerforyouth.net/program/HostHomes/ or call the Center For Youth at 585-473-2464.
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05/06/2019
Tariq & Attorney Kenneth Hiller
Kenneth Hiller joins the WDKX Memory Lane crew to discuss how The Law Offices Of Kenneth Hiller can help those affected by excessive robo calls. He also touches on his work with Veterans who have been denied Veterans Benefits. To learn more about services provide by the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, visit https://www.kennethhiller.com/
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05/02/2019
Jasmine w/ Author Juma Sampson
This episode of the WDKX Podcast touches on the disproportionate incarceration rates within the black community in America. Juma Sampson, author of the novel, Loyalty & Deceit, and creator of C.H.A.O.S. Publishing Company, joins Jasmine to share his story of imprisonment, inspiration, and ultimately, his triumph. To learn more about the novel, Loyalty & Deceit or about C.H.A.O.S. Publishing Company, visit http://www.chaospublishing.net/
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04/29/2019
Jasmine & Rochester's ImagineYOU Program
In this episode of the WDKX Podcast, Jasmine is joined by some students from the Rochester Public Library's ImagineYOU program to discuss their newest album and upcoming album release party. The album is called "L'avenir" (French for "The Future") and there will be an album release party at the Rochester Public Library on Friday, June 28, 2019; time TBD. "ImagineYOU is an innovative 21st century digital learning space based on the principles of Connected Learning. ImagineYOU was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the City of Rochester in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity." For more information on the ImagineYOU program visit: https://roccitylibrary.org/services/teens/imagineyou/
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04/25/2019
Wake Up Club On The Go & Patricia Lark of Get Out To Vote
Patricia Lark of the Get Out To Vote initiative joins the WDKX Wake Up Club to educate listeners on the importance of voting in local primary elections within your county. Find useful information on voter eligibility and how to get registered to vote as well as important due dates. For any questions, call the Monroe County Board of Elections at 585-753-1550.
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04/18/2019
Tariq & Premier Entertainment Group
Tariq Spence is joined by members of the promotions team, Premier Entertainment Group, to discuss the seemingly racially charged road blocks they ran in to regarding their upcoming event, Dusse Nights featuring rap icon Fabolous. They will also touch on some of the issues plaguing all local event promoters in the area as well as possible solutions to those issues. The Dusse Nights event will be held on Saturday, April 20th from 8pm- 12am at Tropix Night Club, 4775 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612.
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04/15/2019
Tariq & Amorette Miller w/ Shiftdiff.com
Amorette Miller, creator of shiftdiff.com, joins Tariq Spence of the WDKX Wake Up Club to discuss how she created the local job search engine. She was also go into the challenges candidates face with finding a job locally, resume tips, as well as the different kind of jobs posted on the website. Need a job? Visit: https://shiftdiff.com/
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04/08/2019
Celebrate City Living Expo
Tariq Spence of the WDKX Wake Up Club is joined by Beverly Fair-Brooks of the Rochester Celebrate City Living Expo & realtor Carmelie Diamond to discuss the resources available for potential and existing homeowners in the Rochester Area. The Celebrate City Living expo takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2019; at Sibley Square on Main Street from 10 am until 2 pm.
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04/08/2019
Bike America Coast To Coast w/ Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams calls in to the WDKX Wake Up Club to talk about his cross-country biking excursion. He is biking from New York to Los Angeles to raise awareness about urban living conditions, educational disparities, and lack of diversity in real estate and real estate related fields. To read more about this visit: https://www.wdkx.com/rochester-man-will-bike-coast-to-coast-from-la-to-nyc/
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