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TALKING AAA 10/1/22

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare is October 15 - December 7, 2022, and AAA offers complimentary reviews to simplify the process! On this edition of Talking AAA, Elizabeth and Brian welcome AAA Medicare Manager Teresa Jones to break it all down. Be sure to tune in for helpful information for you or your loved ones.

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TALKING AAA 10/1/22

October 1st, 2022 10:00am

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare is October 15 - December 7, 2022, and AAA offers complimentary reviews to simplify the process! On this edition of Talking AAA, Elizabeth and Brian welcome AAA Medicare Manager Teresa Jones to break it all down. Be sure to tune in for helpful information for you or your loved ones.

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TALKING AAA 9/24/22

September 24th, 2022 10:00am

It’s a magical edition of Talking AAA as Brian and Elizabeth welcome Katie Fisher from AAA who is fresh off a trip with Adventures by Disney! Tune in to see what makes hassle-free, guided group vacations on an Adventures by Disney trip so spectacular! Choose from 40+ Adventures On 7 Continents! This is truly a dream vacation for the family and one program you simply can’t miss!

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TALKING AAA 9/17/22

September 17th, 2022 10:00am

October will be here before you know it, and that’s Car Care Month at AAA! We’re getting a jump start on this edition of Talking AAA as Dispatch manager Dan Fisher joins Brian and Elizabeth. He’ll help you prep your car for winter and share details of job openings at AAA! This is one episode you won’t want to miss!

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TALKING AAA 9/10/22

September 10th, 2022 10:00am

Did you know that AAA offers insurance services? From auto and home to life and Medicare, AAA is a valuable resource for all of your insurance needs! Two experts join Brian and Elizabeth on this week’s Talking AAA: Teresa Jones, Medicare manager, will have important information as open enrollment season approaches while Dave Kirst, Insurance representative, will explain the value of an insurance review. Be sure to tune in and learn more!

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TALKING AAA 9/3/22

September 3rd, 2022 10:00am

Back to school means reading, writing and arithmetic – but it also should include safe driving lessons for teenagers! On this edition of Talking AAA, Mike Formanowicz, AAA’s manager of driver training joins Brian and Elizabeth to share safety tips for teens along with details on upcoming events at AAA Orchard Park. Don’t miss this episode if you have a teen driver in the family!

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TALKING AAA 8/27/22

August 27th, 2022 10:00am

Summer is wrapping up and kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom! AAA has promoted its School’s Open, Drive Carefully message for decades. On this episode of Talking AAA, Trooper James O’Callaghan joins Brian and Elizabeth with important safety tips for parents, kids, and all drivers! Plus, he’ll share safety advice for Labor Day weekend. Wrap up summer safely by listening in!

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TALKING AAA 8/20/22

August 20th, 2022 10:00am

Back to school shopping is in full swing, and AAA has valuable savings for parents and students alike! From high tech gear to clothing and footwear, AAA can save you money when shopping! On this edition of Talking AAA, Jennifer Argentieri (AAA’s own Savvy Shopper) joins Brian and Elizabeth with great savings! Be sure to tune in!

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TALKING AAA 8/13/22

August 13th, 2022 10:00am

Imagine sailing along the Rhine River in Europe and gazing out at historic castles and beautiful scenery while sipping coffee or local wine and enjoying the region’s delicacies. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome AAA travel sales advisor Andrea College who is fresh off a river cruise with Viking to share her experience. From favorite ports and excursions to meals and accommodations, learn all about river cruising on this program!

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TALKING AAA 8/6/22

August 6th, 2022 10:00am

The Final Frontier awaits! On this edition of Talking AAA, Alaska takes center stage as Brian and Elizabeth welcome a special guest from Princess Cruises! Hear all about what makes a cruise/land tour to Alaska so special, get valuable savings, and learn about an upcoming event at AAA! Whether Alaska is on your bucket list or a distant dream, you'll want to listen in!

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TALKING AAA 7/30/22

July 30th, 2022 10:00am

Join us for some Disney magic on this episode of Talking AAA! Fun entertainment, incredible dining, lovable characters, seven swimming pools, active kids clubs, romantic adult escapes, and fabulous suites await you on the Disney Wish, the newest cruise ship from Disney Cruise Line. Shelley Eastmer, AAA’s Disney Destinations manager, was lucky to experience the christening of the ship, and she joins Brian and Elizabeth with all the details! Tune in to find out what makes this ship so extraordinary!

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TALKING AAA 7/23/22

July 23rd, 2022 10:00am

Head to New York’s “North Country” on this edition of Talking AAA! The Thousand Islands region is a vibrant area with charming towns, waterfront escapes, and a variety of activities. Brian and Elizabeth welcome two special guests on the program – Kayla Jamieson from the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce and Ann Marie Angus from the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y. Tune in to hear what makes this destination so special and within reach for a short road trip!

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TALKING AAA 7/16/22

July 16th, 2022 10:00am

Summer travel is in full swing! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest details on international travel with tips to navigate busy European airports. They also share advice for travelers still looking to book a summer road trip! Elizabeth has details on a new EV consumer survey while Brian reveals special travel offers you won’t want to miss. Be sure to tune in!

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TALKING AAA 7/9/22

July 9th, 2022 10:00am

AAA has many rewarding career opportunities available and is looking for motivated individuals to join the AAA team! On this edition of Talking AAA, Dan Fisher, dispatch manager, and Mike Treantis, director of insurance, join Brian and Elizabeth. Learn what makes AAA such a great place to work and get details on upcoming hiring events. You can always check out openings at www.AAA.com/Careers. Be sure to tune in to the program learn more!

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TALKING AAA 7/2/22

July 2nd, 2022 10:00am

The holiday weekend is here, and AAA expects it to be a busy one with 48 million people traveling. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police who shares safety tips for travelers and those staying closer to home. From fireworks to traffic safety, he has valuable information to keep you safe this holiday weekend. Be sure to tune in!

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TALKING AAA 6/25/22

June 25th, 2022 10:00am

On this edition of Talking AAA, get the latest on Yellowstone National Park’s reopening with an expert from AAA Member Choice Vacations. Kevin Ferguson joins hosts Brian and Elizabeth to explain the benefits of guided tours to national parks and beyond. Hear how popular destinations from Iceland and Alaska to Nashville and Hawaii are awaiting visitors. Take advantage of a Christmas in July sale for valuable savings! Be sure to tune in!

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TALKING AAA 6/18/22

June 18th, 2022 10:00am

Exciting news! All of Royal Caribbean’s 26 cruise ships are back in the water, and travelers are returning to the high seas! On this edition of Talking AAA, RCCL’s own Susan Prinzing joins Brian and Elizabeth with the latest on pandemic protocols, cruise ship highlights, and special savings!! Whether you have future cruise credits to use, you’re thinking about cruising, or you’re just curious – tune into this informative program where Susan explains what makes cruising the perfect vacation!

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TALKING AAA 6/11/22

June 11th, 2022 10:00am

On this edition of Talking AAA, two special guests join Brian and Elizabeth. First off, Mike Formanowicz, AAA Driver Training Manager kicks off the show with details on instruction for teens, older drivers, and anyone who wants to save money on insurance. Then Dan Fisher, AAA Dispatch Manager, has tips for families planning summer road trips. Looking for a new career? Both Mike and Dan have details on job opportunities at AAA Western and Central New York! Be sure to tune in!

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TALKING AAA 6/4/22

June 4th, 2022 10:00am

It’s time to spoil dad for Father’s Day, and there’s no better way to do it than with savings through AAA! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA’s own Savvy Shopper (Jennifer Argentieri, Director of Service Operations for AAA Western and Central New York)! She has deals on tickets to concerts, sporting events, and attractions, along with offers from Napa Auto Parts, 1-800-FLOWERS, Chrusciki Bakery, and Webster’s Bistro. Tune in and save!

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TALKING AAA 5/28/22

May 28th, 2022 10:00am

Memorial Day weekend is here – a perfect time to talk about visiting the National Parks. On this edition of Talking AAA, Kathy Hare joins Brian and Elizabeth with tips for travelers who want to head out west. Brian is fresh off a Celebrity cruise and will share his experience while Elizabeth breaks down Memorial Day travel trends. Get your holiday weekend going with Talking AAA on the BIG WECK!

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TALKING AAA 5/21/22

May 21st, 2022 10:00am

Summer is almost here, and if everyone puts safety first, it will be an enjoyable season! On this edition of Talking AAA, Trooper James O’Callaghan from the NYS Police shares safety tips, trends, and advice so listeners can enjoy their summer. From teen driving tips to motorcycle awareness, there are easy ways to keep everyone safe. Be sure to join Brian and Elizabeth on the show to prepare for the Memorial Day holiday weekend!

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TALKING AAA 5/14/22

May 14th, 2022 10:00am

Medicare – just the term can sound overwhelming, but AAA is here to help you navigate the program with complimentary webinars and one-on-one sessions with AAA licensed Medicare advisors. On this edition of Talking AAA, Teresa Jones, Medicare Manager at AAA Western and Central New York joins Brian and Elizabeth to sort it all out. Then the hosts cover the latest in automotive news with new research from AAA regarding autonomous vehicles, NAPA batteries, and more. Of course, Brian wraps up the show with some great travel offers. Tune in!

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TALKING AAA 5/7/22

May 7th, 2022 10:00am

Nothing beats a family vacation! Whether it’s a road trip or an international getaway, cherished memories from a family trip last a lifetime! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth share AAA’s renewed commitment to family travel, and they have a special invitation for listeners to join a virtual Family Travel Expo hosted by AAA on May 14. Tune in for details, learn about how AAA is partnering with KeeKee’s Big Adventures, and get some great vacation ideas!

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TALKING AAA 4/30/22

April 30th, 2022 10:00am

April flew by, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth wrap up Distracted Driving Awareness Month with tips for drivers to avoid distraction behind the wheel. Plus, Mother’s Day is right around the corner – the hosts share ideas on how to pamper mom – like a getaway to AAA Four Diamond Mirbeau Inn & Spa! Be sure to tune in for important information and great ideas!

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TALKING AAA 4/23/22

April 23rd, 2022 10:00am

Now is the time to book your summer getaway! On this edition of Talking AAA, Melissa Petersen, AAA Group Travel Operations Manager, joins Brian and Elizabeth to share fantastic travel opportunities. Experience Kentucky complete with breakfast at Churchill Downs at the end of May, head to Boston for the Fourth of July for a historic tour complete with fireworks and the Boston Pops, or cruise through Canada and New England along a stunning coast with Princess Cruises in August. Only have time for a day trip? Join Brian and Elizabeth in the Finger Lakes in July. Be sure to tune in for all the details!

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TALKING AAA 4/16/22

April 16th, 2022 10:00am

AAA Western and Central New York is excited to roll out a virtual option for its popular License to Learn program, which includes the required 5-hour course, classroom instruction, in-car training, and more. On this edition of Talking AAA, Mike Formanowicz, driver training manager, joins Brian and Elizabeth with all the details and important advice for teen drivers and parents alike. Tune in!

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TALKING AAA 4/9/22

April 9th, 2022 10:00am

Easter travelers are flocking to warm destinations in record numbers! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest on top destinations, trends, and travel tips for a smooth vacation. No matter where you are headed, tune in for valuable information and special travel offers!

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TALKING AAA 4/2/22

April 2nd, 2022 10:00am

Put that phone down! It can wait! April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Talking AAA addresses the issue. Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash. On this episode, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police to share important tips for drivers of all ages. Be sure to tune in, and drive safely!

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TALKING AAA 3/26/22

March 26th, 2022 10:00am

Are you ready to set sail? New AAA research shows that 41% of consumers are considering a future cruise, while 52% of Millennials are ready for the open seas. On this edition of Talking AAA, Sr. Manager of Disney Destinations Shelley Eastmer joins Brian and Elizabeth to share her recent cruise experience – tune in and learn why travel insurance is so important! Plus, Brian ends the show with incredible deals on cruises!

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TALKING AAA 3/19/22

March 19th, 2022 09:30am

It’s time to set sail! Cruising has returned, and it’s better than ever! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Susan Prinzing of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to unveil a new ship Wonder of the Seas! Plus, Susan will share the latest on safety protocols, itineraries, dining, and more! Tune in! The high seas are calling!

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TALKING AAA 3/12/22

March 12th, 2022 09:00am

Imagine immersing yourself in Southern France while traveling with fellow Western and Central New Yorkers. It’s possible on the AAA Western and Central New York 2022 President’s Choice Trip hosted by CEO Tony Spada this September. The Colors of Provence is a river cruise with AmaWaterways that includes romantic cities, foodie havens, and artistic epicenters. Tony joins Brian and Elizabeth as a special guest on this edition of Talking AAA. He’s also joined by Melissa, AAA group operations manager, to review all of the outstanding details and inclusions of this travel opportunity that kicks off in Barcelona. Be sure to tune in! There are only a few spots left!

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TALKING AAA 3/5/22

March 7th, 2022 12:00am

We are thinking spring on this edition of Talking AAA! To kick things off, Insurance Rep Dave Kirst joins Brian and Elizabeth with spring advice for homeowners, drivers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Then the team has details on how to find AAA at the Buffalo Home Show from March 11-13. Elizabeth has the latest on rising gas prices, while Brian has valuable travel deals you won’t want to miss. Be sure to tune in!

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Talking AAA 2/26/22

Travel and Traffic Tips

February 26th, 2022 12:00am

It’s official – Elizabeth has FOMO after missing out on February break travel. Brian consoles her with some great travel ideas and family-friendly planning tools from AAA Travel and KeeKee’s Big Adventures. Tune in to learn how a feline character is joining the AAA family! Then Mike from AAA Driver Training joins in with some important advice for young drivers and their parents. Don’t miss this edition of Talking AAA!

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Talking AAA 2/19/22

February Break – Travel & Automotive Advice

February 19th, 2022 12:00am

Mid-winter break is here for area schools, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest travel trends. Where are families going for February break, and how can others escape the cold?! Then AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher joins in with automotive advice for your road trip along with tips related to National Battery Day, which was February 18. And Brian has a special offer from Hertz for travelers who need rental cars. Be sure to tune in!

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Talking AAA 2/12/22

Group Travel Opportunities

February 12th, 2022 12:00am

Imagine effortless travel with like-minded individuals where a tour manager is always available to meet your needs. It’s all possible with AAA Group Travel. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome AAA’s Melissa Petersen who has details on fun, new trips for 2022 and beyond - Glacier National Park, Bermuda, and Route 66 to name a few. She’ll also share the latest on AAA Solo Travelers Club, Travel with Pride, AAA Unique Travel Experiences, and Family Friendly Group Travel. Tune in and learn more about what makes AAA Group Travel so special!

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Talking AAA 2/5/22

Valentine’s Day Deals And Domestic Destinations

February 5th, 2022 12:00am

Love is in the air on this edition of Talking AAA! Our own savvy shopper, Jennifer Argentieri, joins Brian and Elizabeth with sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts, and they come with savings that AAA members will love! Then Brian shares details on travel to California as domestic travel heats up! Elizabeth has the latest on an automotive research report while the hosts wrap up the show with special cruise offers. Be sure to tune in!

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Talking AAA 1/29/22

Las Vegas & Caesars

January 29th, 2022 12:00am

Who is ready to roll the dice on a trip to Las Vegas?! There’s never a dull moment in the Sin City, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Judy Ruffini from Caesar’s & Harrah’s has the latest action from Vegas! Judy joins Brian and Elizabeth to share what’s hot in Vegas, and she hits the jackpot from Caesar’s other U.S. locations too! Don’t take a gamble – this is one show you don’t want to miss!

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Talking AAA 1/22/22

Plan for Vacation Day & Disney Month

January 22nd, 2022 12:00am

Do you have a 2022 vacation planned yet? National Plan for Vacation Day is coming up on January 25, and the hosts of Talking AAA have a million reasons why you should plan ahead and schedule a trip! Plus, January is Disney Month at AAA! Brian and Elizabeth run down the latest attractions and “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” taking place at Disney World on this edition of Talking AAA! AAA has incredible offers for travelers who book Disney vacations, cruises and more in January – listen in, and don’t miss these specials!

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Talking AAA 1/15/22

African Safaris

January 15th, 2022 12:00am

It’s a dream vacation to go on an African Safari and on this edition of Talking AAA, experts share the ultimate African Experience. Sherwin Banda, President of African Travel, joins Brian and Elizabeth to explain what you’ll do, see, and experience on an African safari! Africa is full of wide open spaces, so interest is actually on the rise amid the pandemic! Sherwin reviews safety tips, transportation, inclusions, and expert advice. You simply have to tune in!

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Talking AAA 1/8/22

January 8th, 2022 12:00am

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Talking AAA 1/1/22

2022 Travel Trends

January 1st, 2022 12:00am

The new year is here! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth look ahead at 2022 travel trends. What’s hot and what’s not? Tune in to find out! And of course, make it your resolution to listen every Saturday at 8:30am on the Big WECK & listen to past shows at AAA.com/Podcast!

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Talking AAA 12/18/21

Holiday Travel & Made in America

December 18th, 2021 12:00am

On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth review AAA’s annual holiday travel forecast as the hustle and bustle begins; they chat with a special guest from the @Made in America store; and they have ideas for last minute shoppers – give the gift of travel or AAA membership! Be sure to tune in!

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Talking AAA 12/11/21

Holiday Safety

December 11th, 2021 12:00am

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But the holidays are also a time for thieves and criminals to thrive. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police. He shares advice for holiday shoppers, partygoers, homeowners, and drivers to avoid being targeted and to stay safe this holiday season! Be sure to tune in for great tips!

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Talking AAA 12/4/21

Royal Caribbean

December 4th, 2021 12:00am

It’s time to set sail! Royal Caribbean is out with its biggest sale of the year! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian & Elizabeth are joined by Susan from RCCL to share the incredible savings, newest protocols, latest cruise industry news, and more! Be sure to kick back and listen!

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Talking AAA 11/27/22

November 27th, 2021 12:00am

On this edition of Talking AAA - get ready to save some money with your AAA membership! Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Jennifer Argentieri, senior manager of member experience at AAA. She has great ways to save on holiday shopping, groceries, and more! See why we call her the Savvy Shopper. Be sure to tune in!

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Talking AAA 11/20/2021

Travel The World With Member Choice Vacations!

November 20th, 2021 12:00am

Elizabeth and Brian are all about the travel this week! Join them as they welcome back Kevin Ferguson from AAA Member Choice Vacations. Kevin gives the inside scoop on what it's like traveling the globe in one of their special guided travel excursions and shares amazing deals. If you want to hear about everything from domestic destinations to international expeditions, this program is for you!

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Talking AAA 11/13/21

Christmas Markets in Buffalo and Europe!

November 13th, 2021 12:00am

Imagine strolling through a European Christmas market looking for that perfect gift as snowflakes fall and you sip warm mulled wine. This European tradition is coming to Buffalo in December at Hofbrauhaus where you can enter to win a Viking river cruise at AAA’s table and show support for FeedMore WNY. On this edition of Talking AAA, Senior Travel Advisor Barb Hughes joins Brian and Elizabeth to share all the details! Plus, Barb has details on two group travel opportunities for 2022, so you can experience the European charm firsthand. Whether you’re ready to travel or you just want to get into the holiday spirit, this program is for you!

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Talking AAA 11/6/21

Viking Cruises

November 6th, 2021 12:00am

International travel is on the rebound, and AAA’s Kevin Bloom is fresh off a Viking river cruise in Europe, and he recently sailed with Viking on a Bermuda cruise. Tune in to hear about Kevin’s European experience along the Danube complete with charming towns, rich history, delectable desserts, and more! As Brian and Elizabeth’s special guest on the show, Kevin will also review current safety protocols and guidelines for travelers. He’s a wealth of information – don’t miss this episode of Talking AAA.

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Talking AAA 10/30/21

The Magic of Disney

October 30th, 2021 12:00am

Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and AAA Disney Destinations Manager Shelley Eastmer has all of the magical details. Shelley was in Orlando when the 18-month festivities got underway, and she’s joining Brian and Elizabeth to share insider tips. She also experienced Disney Cruise Line twice this summer, and she will update listeners on safety protocols, improvements, and itineraries. This edition of Talking AAA is the perfect program for Disney fans, travelers, and curious listeners! Tune in!

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Talking AAA 10/23/21

Red Rocks Adventure and Teen Driver Safety

October 23rd, 2021 12:00am

What a program! Brian is fresh off a trip out West on a Red Rocks Adventure with Rocky Mountaineer – hear all about it on this episode of Talking AAA, and get some great offers on rail travel! Then Mike Formanowicz, AAA Driver Training Manager, joins in with important advice as Teen Driver Safety Week wraps up. You won’t want to miss this edition of Talking AAA!

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Talking AAA 10/16/21

Slow Down, Move Over & Open Enrollment

October 16th, 2021 12:00am

Today is National Move Over Day and AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher joins Brian and Elizabeth to discuss the importance of the Slow Down, Move Over law. AAA is teaming up with traffic safety partners across the state to raise awareness and to save the lives of roadside workers and others. Also on this edition of Talking AAA, Medicare Open Enrollment is underway. Learn how AAA can help navigate the complex Medicare process. Be sure to tune in!

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