Brian was born and raised in the Capital Region and currently lives in Albany. He's the co-host of the GNA Morning Show with Brian and Chrissy. When he’s not watching sports, eating fro-yo, playing poker, or trying to get in a quick nap, he’s hanging out with Brody; his ridiculously talented and handsome son. “Radio is my passion and I’m living out my dream! Every day we get the chance to change someone’s mood, perhaps their perspective, and hopefully make them laugh! What’s better than that?” E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
December’s Hometown Hero: House Full of Love
The Benoits built their enormous family on love, kindness and compassion. They have five biological children and seven children they adopted.
Party with ‘Snooki’ T-Giving Eve in Saratoga
"GTL" which in the world of MTV's Jersey Shore is an acronym for gym, tan, and laundry, may have a bit of a different feel next week. Next week, "GTL" may stand for things like gravy, turkey, and leftovers or perhaps grandpa, triptafen, and loud (snoring)? Next Wednesday night, a…
November Hometown Hero Is 9-Yr-Old Grappling Cancer
Cody Alessi from Stuyvesant has created TAP Cancer Out and he hustles to raise thousands of dollars while competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments.
God Bless Homer: 88-Year-Old Hometown Hero
Homer LaVoie from Schodak is an 88-year-old Navy Vet and is our Hometown Hero for October.
Proud Teen Nominates Dad As September’s Hometown Hero (VIDEO)
15-year-old Aiden from Guilderland wrote in asking that his father, Matthew, be our Hometown Hero for September. We were happy to call and speak with Matthew on his day off to tell him the great news, which he humbly accepted.
Proud Marine Mom Honors August Hometown Hero (Audio)
Penny Bartlett from Colonie is the proud Marine Mom of 26-year-old Ian and she wrote to us hoping we'd honor him as August's Hometown Hero. Mom also told us that her son may be slightly uncomfortable with the 'fanfare' that comes along with it and decided to spend a fe…
Our Emotional Call To Remarkable July Hometown Hero
Chrissy and I have had the pleasure of contacting our Hometown Hero each month for nearly three years. We have never had a phone call quite like this. Frank Lockwood from Coxsackie is a man of true character and integrity. He's a priest, addictions counselor, volunteer firefighter, and to top it o…
I Went Down The UFO Rabbit Hole And There’s No Turning Back
Last weekend a buddy of mine turned me on to a few documentaries about Area 51, alien spacecraft, the Air Force and Navy pilots who've witnessed 'something crazy in the sky' and one man in particular; his name is Bob Lazar. I've always considered myself somewhat of a skeptic on anything, not just U…
Rare Home Video Captures 1970’s Memories Of Storytown USA
Eons before Dinosaurs roared in the valley and a decade before the Steamin' Demon, Lake George was home to Gaslight Village, Storytown USA and much simpler times. These were the days of bumper stickers, Jungleland, ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirls. I'm all for whatever the public demands (and busin…
Local Places Where You Can Buy ‘Legal’ Fireworks
As we approach the 4th of July, get ready to see pop-up tents that claim to be selling "Fireworks". They're not. The technical term is 'sparkling devices' and for the record, they're not the big explosives that people in our neighboring states are able to legally sell. With that being s…
3 Local Teenagers Honored For Collins Lake Heroics
Senator Tedisco presented three local teenage heroes with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal on Tuesday. It's a tremendous honor they richly deserve for helping save the lives of two drowning people in Collins Lake, Scotia.
Another Area Bruegger’s Closed For Business
Another local Bruegger's, this one in Albany, suddenly announced Monday that they're closed. Only 9 remain in the Capital Region for this one-time bagel king.
May Hometown Hero Gives Us A Chance To Thank, Hank
This month's Hometown Hero, Henrietta "Hank" Dunn from Duanesburg, was nominated by her friend Betsey. Betsey explained to us all the terrific, selfless work that Hank does in the community and we were blown away. Hank goes out of her way to make sure that women battling breast cancer ge…
Madison VanDenburg & Moriah Formica Announce Show
Madison VanDenburg and Moriah Formica, two of the areas most talented singers, have announced a show together at the Times Union Center in June.
Schenectady BBQ Joint Ranked #2 In All Of Upstate
Schenectady has great food, we all know that. Known mostly for it's outstanding Italian food and pastries, the Electric City appears to be making a name for itself in the world of BBQ as well. A recent survey of Yelp reviews ranked the Top 25 best BBQ restaurants in all of Upstate, …
Iconic Albany Tavern & Pizza Place To Open Second Locale
Square pizzas, good times, and cold brews! Guilderland will soon be getting in on what Albany residents have known - and loved - for years. An iconic 100-year-old pizza place/tavern will be getting a second location in a new town.
Shockingly Madison’s Journey Ends On American Idol
Wow. I don't think any of us saw that coming. Following her strong performance of "Shallow" in round 1 of the American Idol finale, and a hometown video that gave us chills, Madison VanDenburg returned to the stage to perform a song by the artist she's been most compared to. In round 2 …
Cohoes’ VanDenburg One Step Closer To Wearing Idol Crown
The journey started months for Cohoes teen Madison VanDenburg. Along this American Idol trek, she remained consistent humble and true to herself. While the final chapter of this story has yet to be written, she's just a few pages away from closing the book on a remarkable run that has captivated t…
Idol Judge’s ‘Hair-Flip’ Advice To VanDenburg Is Wrong
We had to get a few things off our chest when we spoke to Madison VanDenburg in a never-been-aired interview we did with her late Friday morning. Tonight on American Idol, Madison VanDenburg will perform three songs and by the time the show is over at 10 pm, we'll know if she's a top 3 candidate or…
Historic Troy Bowling Alley Destroyed In Three Alarm Fire
On the Facebook page of a historic and popular bowling, thank you's are posted to the firefighters for their brave efforts, and the local community for their support following a fire that blazed through parts of Troy this morning. While everyone is thankfully safe, this fire marks the dev…
Albany Bakery Finds Sweet Spot On National ‘Best Of’ List
Known for their delectable, dare-to-be-different cheesecake, an Albany bakery has landed on a national list of the best bakeries in America according to a survey on Yelp.
VanDenburg’s Breathtaking Ballad Drives Her To Top 5
The first hour paid tribute to the music of the Woodstock era on American Idol Sunday night, and Cohoes' Madison VanDenburg proved once again, that she can rock out with the best of em'. But it was during her show-stopping second performance of the evening, a power ballad by Celine D…
Local Reporter Gets Up-Close Video Of Cohoes Bear
The 'Cohoes Bear' is still on the loose and one local reporter has been tracking it's whereabouts all morning. A Facebook video posted a pretty clear shot of the animal making it's way through a wooded bike path, relatively close to oncoming traffic in Cohoes.
April’s Hometown Hero: All About Family, Fighting Fires and Flowers
Mark Becker from East Greenbush wasn't an easy guy to get a hold of, but for good reason. This busy firefighter, Army vet, father of three children, and manager of a family business certainly has his hands full! Yet he still finds time to give back to his community and acts as a great role model f…
Human Remains Found On Schodack Island
Two men fishing came across the remains on Monday afternoon on Schodack Island prompting an investigation by State Police, firefighters, and forest rangers.
Cohoes Teen Blazes Path To Idol Top 6
Girl on Fire! Madison VanDenberg our local teen American Idol hopeful, brought fire, a rockin' new look and impeccable vocals to the stage during "Queen" night last evening on another live show of American Idol. Proving once again that she literally can sing anything, the humble teen from…
Scotia Teens Praised For Saving Man Drowning In Lake
Three local teens are properly being praised for their quick thinking when they came to the rescue of a man who may have been moments away from drowning in Collins Lake in Scotia on Tuesday.
Cohoes Teen Skyrockets To Final 8 On American Idol
The massive wave of Idol momentum continued Sunday night for 17-year-old Cohoes native Madison VanDenberg. The pitch-perfect teenager advanced to the final eight on American Idol following a performance of a song that many have said they never heard sung so well.
New Study On ‘Beard Gunk’ Will Make Your Skin Crawl
I have a beard and I demand a recount. There is no way that my beard is more germ-infested than the average strand of dog hair. Perhaps I'm just in denial, but I just can't fathom how that's physically possible.
Dream American Idol Run Continues For Young Cohoes Star
Call it Maddy Mania. Here in the Capital Region, people who haven't watched American Idol in years are tuning in to American Idol to see the 17-year-old Cohoes singing star that everyone is talking about. For about a month now, Madison VanDenberg has delivered one spectacular perform…