Talking AAA 2/12/22
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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February 4th, 2023 10:00am
How do you protect your car battery from winter’s chill? On this edition of Talking AAA, Dan Fisher debunks common automotive myths to help you keep up with harsh driving conditions. Then Brian and Elizabeth welcome listeners to a virtual Family Travel Expo taking place on February 9th before sharing valuable travel deals. Be sure to tune in!
January 28th, 2023 10:00am
National Plan for Vacation is January 31, and Brian and Elizabeth are on standby to help you plan the perfect getaway! On this edition of Talking AAA, they review the importance of taking time off (stress relief!) while they have alarming statistics on the number of vacation days that go unused every year. Then they share details on Wave Season and why this is the perfect time to book your next cruise! Sail away and join in!
January 21st, 2023 10:00am
New Year, New Career! AAA Insurance is hiring! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome three special guests. First, Abby Woestendiek, AAA Recruiter, shares details of an insurance hiring event taking place at AAA on January 26 from 4-6pm. Then Alyssa McGovern, Insurance Training Manager, explains why working in insurance is so rewarding while David Kirst, AAA Senior Insurance Advisor, joins in with some important insurance advice for the new year. Be sure to check out the program for important information from a trio of guests!
January 14th, 2023 10:00am
What’s new at Disney? From new dining plans to savings on resort parking, AAA’s Disney Destinations Manager Shelley Eastmer has the very latest updates! She joins Brian and Elizabeth for a magical edition of Talking AAA. The World’s Most Magical Celebration is about to wrap up, and Shelley has the inside scoop on what to expect next! Plus, January is Disney Month at AAA, so the show is also full of special savings. Tune in for some magic!
January 7th, 2023 10:00am
The new year is here and travel awaits! 2023 travelers are opting for small group adventure travel, unique international destinations, customized trips with immersive experiences, and meaningful tourism opportunities. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth share insight on the projected trends while reviewing some top destinations both near and far. And of course, they share valuable travel savings! Start the year off right and tune in!
December 31st, 2022 10:00am
It’s time to ring in the New Year! But before we get to 2023, the New York State Police have some important safety tips to share with you! On today’s Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan who has important reminders to keep our roads safe! Please join us! Happy New Year from AAA Western and Central New York!
December 17th, 2022 10:00am
Ahhh – who’s ready for a vacation?! The holidays can be stressful, which means this is a perfect time to book your next getaway! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian shares his recent experience at Secrets Moxche in Mexico! Then Elizabeth has the latest on AAA’s holiday travel forecast. Pack your bags and tune in!
December 10th, 2022 10:00am
It’s crunch time for holiday shoppers! On today’s edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Anne McKenna from AAA’s membership team to share this year’s holiday gift offer. She’ll also run down incredible ways to save with your AAA membership! From technology and movies to food and clothing, there are so many ways to save with AAA this season. Be sure to tune in for some savvy shopping tips!
December 3rd, 2022 10:00am
December is here, and it will be a busy month! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome three special guests. They kick things off with job opportunities – AAA is hiring roadside technicians – tune in for details about a December 15th hiring event. Then the conversation changes to Medicare – hear how there’s an extension for Medicare enrollment for some area residents! This program is full of useful information. Be sure to tune in!
November 26th, 2022 10:00am
Once the turkey is digested, it’s time to shop! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have incredible savings from AAA just in time for the holidays! Brian reveals travel savings while Elizabeth runs down some valuable discounts. Of course, they also have the latest on holiday travel tips! Be sure to tune in and save!
November 19th, 2022 10:00am
This episode of Talking AAA kicks off with AAA Medicare Manager Teresa Jones who shares details on open enrollment and complimentary Medicare reviews with AAA. Then Brian and Elizabeth welcome Chris Pulito, General Manager of The Lake House on Canandaigua - a luxurious lakeside retreat, who shares year-round activities from the Finger Lakes! You’ll want to enjoy “Winter in Canandaigua” after this program!
November 12th, 2022 10:00am
Get ready to set sail! Elizabeth joins this edition of Talking AAA from Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, which just set sail from the cruise line’s brand new 125 million, 160,000-square-foot Galveston Cruise Terminal. Susan Prinzing from Royal Caribbean also joins the conversation with added insight on the new option for cruisers while Brian has some incredible cruise savings! Be sure to tune in to learn more!
November 5th, 2022 10:00am
It’s time to check a big item off of the bucket list! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA Travel Advisor Barbara Hughes to discuss a voyage to Alaska on Viking Cruises next summer. Find out why now is the perfect time to make your plans and learn more about the amazing scenery, guides tours, and delicious cuisine that awaits you. Almost endless sunshine and America’s Last Frontier are calling!
October 29th, 2022 10:00am
Be safe, be seen, make it a happy Halloween! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police to share safety tips for trick or treaters, motorists, and families. And AAA Insurance has some tips to avoid vandalism on the spookiest night of the year. Please remember to drive carefully and be on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins! AAA wishes you a Halloween full of treats, not tricks!
October 22nd, 2022 10:00am
October is Car Care Month at AAA, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome their regular guest Dan Fisher – AAA Dispatch Manager. Dan explains why winter car care is so important and why motorists should be proactive about their automotive service. Plus, he explains how to get 20% off at NAPA this month – there’s no excuse not to replace those worn wiper blades! Tune in for automotive tips!
October 15th, 2022 10:00am
It’s time to get pampered at AAA’s award-winning Four Diamond properties. On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth reveal this year’s list of area hotels and restaurants that have received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond ranking. Tune in to find your next bucket list destination, and find out what makes these locations the perfect road trip in any season!
October 8th, 2022 10:00am
Brian and Elizabeth are both back from spectacular voyages, and they’re ready to share what they encountered on this edition of Talking AAA. Elizabeth traveled to Spain and France on the AAA President’s Choice Trip that included a Rhone river cruise with AmaWaterways – find out what made the trip extra special! Brian sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line for the inauguration of the brand-new Norwegian Prima – hear about the ship and a variety of destinations from Iceland to Ireland. This is one show you won’t want to miss!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!