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Curiously with Joe Salzone


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Host & Producer: Joe Salzone

Joe Salzone is the News Director for the Cayuga Radio Group and host of Ithaca’s Morning News on WHCU, joining in June 2020. Joe’s been working on the air and behind the scenes in radio since he was 16. A native of Long Island, Joe has spent the last 12 years living and working in the Finger Lakes and Central New York, most recently as the producer of a popular morning show in Syracuse.

Formerly a resident of his “adopted hometown” of Auburn, Joe now resides in Cortland. He sits on the board of directors for Auburn Regional Media Access and NAMI Finger Lakes and was formerly a board member and past president of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra.

In his spare time, he enjoys checking out breweries, diners, and sleeping.

Producer: Jess Agi, MPA, CAPM

Based in Los Angeles, Jess Agi is a seasoned nonprofit director, media producer, and social impact strategist. As Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Green Olive Creative, she produces social impact media projects, consults with nonprofits, podcasts, and political candidates, and is developing the new comedy-advocacy project Stand Up For Change. In addition to her work through Green Olive Creative, Jess is an award-winning freelance journalist, certified project manager, and talent manager with Brook Forest Entertainment.

Born and raised in Alaska, Jess cut her teeth in NYC as a radio, comedy, and reality TV producer where she worked with top celebrity talent and national brands on world-class media content, events, tours, and campaigns. After a powerful experience as a Story Producer for A&E’s hit reality series “Hoarders,” she felt called to leverage her skill set as a producer to help create positive social change through combining advocacy and media. While continuing to produce live comedy shows and reality TV for Food Network, HGTV, Bravo, and more, she began to also organize non-profit fundraising events as well as advocacy campaigns for social issues like universal free school lunch, gun violence prevention, and gender equity.

To expand the impact of her work, Jess soon earned her master's degree in public administration while working with a variety of nonprofits and advocacy efforts. To date, she has helped raise over $25 million for inspiring nonprofit organizations and has managed multiple progressive political campaigns. She believes deeply in the power of building relationships across beliefs, backgrounds, and identities to address systemic inequities and create lasting change -- and that anything is possible if we work together with our heads, hearts, and a dash of humor.

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