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TALKING AAA 2/17/24

February 17th, 2024 10:00am
February Break is here, and the top travel destinations will surprise you! On this edition of Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray reveal the top 8 destinations, popular travel trends, and safety tips for travelers. Then they switch gears to automotive news - National Battery Day is Feb. 18 – Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher explains how to tell if your car battery is about to die, and he explains how a mobile battery test works! The program wraps up with 3 unique travel opportunities! Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 2/10/24

February 10th, 2024 10:00am
Let’s set sail on the world’s largest cruise ship Icon of the Seas! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey welcome Susan Prinzing from Royal Caribbean! She’s fresh off an Icon sailing, and you can find out what makes this ship so unique aside from its size. Then Susan has the latest on RCCL’s next new ship Utopia of the Seas, private beaches at Perfect Day at CocoCay, expansion plans in the Bahamas, and incredible cruise offers. Brian and Elizabeth wrap things up with details on the WECK Listener Trip with AAA, which sets sail this September. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 2/3/24

February 3rd, 2024 10:00am
Ready to travel the globe? Take it to the next level with guided vacations! Learn all about the hot trend on this episode of Talking AAA! Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Kevin Ferguson of AAA Member Choice Vacations. Kevin explains what makes guided tours so special including VIP transportation to the airport, your own personal guide, plenty of free time, and small group opportunities on all seven continents!! Be sure to tune in to incredible destinations, and get details on a valuable sale taking place in February! Soon you’ll be ready to pack your bags!

TALKING AAA 1/27/24

January 27th, 2024 10:00am
You’re in for a mix of news on this edition of Talking AAA! First, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Sandra Shambaugh, Vice President of Insurance at AAA WCNY to share details on an upcoming AAA Insurance Hiring Event! Sandra is looking for motivated individuals, and there are rewarding opportunities available – be part of the trusted team providing coverage that meets everyone’s needs. Then AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher joins in to share lessons learned from recent winter storms – get his top tips to stay safe this winter! Elizabeth & Mark wrap up the show with magical deals to snag before Disney Month ends! Tune in!

TALKING AAA 1/20/24

January 20th, 2024 10:00am
Get your calendars out to start planning your 2024 vacation! On this edition of Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Matthew Covert, AAA Orchard Park Manager, to explain Wave Season – it’s like Black Friday for the cruise industry! Get the best deals of the year on your next cruise! Then the co-hosts explain why planning for vacation is so important – give yourself a break, recharge, and don’t let those hard-earned vacation days go to waste! National Plan for Vacation Day is January 30, and you’ll find out why on this episode of Talking AAA!!

TALKING AAA 1/13/24

January 13th, 2024 10:00am
Prepare to immerse yourself in travel on this episode of Talking AAA! Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Melissa Petersen, AAA WCNY Group Travel Manager, who shares details on epic adventures and culinary delights from two upcoming trips! AAA will set sail to the Norwegian Fjords in June with President and CEO Tony Spada leading the way, then Tony and his wife Nancy invite travelers to join them in Sicily in September for a customized journey like no other. Tune in to find out what makes these trips extra special. Plus, Melissa has the scoop on two WECK Listener Trips – head to Cleveland for music and baseball in June, then set sail to Canada and New England in September. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 1/6/24

January 6th, 2024 10:00am
Happy New Year! If “travel more” is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, don’t miss this episode of Talking AAA! Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome AAA travel expert Christine Randise who unveils top destinations and travel trends for the new year. Christine also shares valuable advice and tips for travelers. Then Mark and Elizabeth wrap up the program with a magical Disney offer! Be sure to tune in, and create your 2024 Travel Bucket List!!

TALKING AAA 12/30/23

December 31st, 2023 10:00am
From losing weight to saving money, now is the time to make your New Year’s resolutions! In 2024, make sure an insurance checkup is on the to do list! Learn why on this episode of Talking AAA when Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome David Kirst, Sr. Insurance Advisor at AAA Western and Central New York. Dave has great advice on how to save money and make sure your auto and home insurance meets your needs. Mark and Elizabeth wrap up the show with some great cruise deals! Tune in!

TALKING AAA 12/23/23

December 23rd, 2023 10:00am
There will be plenty of hustle and bustle this holiday travel season! AAA expects 155.2 million people to travel over the year-end holidays. Air travel is expected to surpass 2019 levels while nearly 104 million people will hit the roads. On this episode of Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba break down the numbers and then welcome AAA Sr. Travel Advisor Renee Pilley who shares expert advice to beat the rush. The show wraps up with great savings! Don’t miss it!

TALKING AAA 12/16/23

December 16th, 2023 10:00am
Looking to save money on holiday shopping? Look no further!! AAA has you covered. On this episode of Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Anne McKenna from AAA to hear about valuable discounts and special offers for AAA members. From sweet treats and holiday gift baskets to movie tickets and tech gifts, tune in and learn how you can save with AAA!!

TALKING AAA 12/9/23

December 9th, 2023 10:00am
Drive sober or get pulled over! Before you head out to a holiday party, be sure to plan ahead! On this episode of Talking AAA, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome Trooper James O’Callaghan from the NYS Police. He has important safety tips to keep the holidays merry and bright with tips to avoid impaired driving and holiday shopping road rage. Be sure to tune in for expert advice. And catch some valuable shopping deals at the end of the show!

TALKING AAA 12/2/23

December 2nd, 2023 10:00am
We’ve gotten a taste of winter weather, and we know that more will be on the way! On this episode of Talking AAA, you’ll get the expert advice you need to stay ahead of storms. First, Elizabeth Carey and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome AAA Fleet Manager Todd Ingraham who has tips on what every driver should put in their winter emergency kit. Then AAA Driver Training Manager Mike Formanowicz explains how to handle a skid on slippery conditions. The show wraps up with holiday travel deals! Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 11/25/23

November 25th, 2023 10:00am
Looking to save some money on incredible holiday gifts? Tune into this episode of Talking AAA! Brian and Elizabeth kick off the program with AAA’s savvy shopper Anne McKenna who has great gift ideas for everyone on your list complete with AAA discounts! Then Brian reviews some attractive offers for those looking to give the gift of travel! Choose from Ireland and adventure travel to cruising and beach getaways! Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss out on valuable savings!

TALKING AAA 11/18/23

November 18th, 2023 10:00am
Thanksgiving is going to be a busy one this year! AAA expects 55.4 million people to travel for the holiday! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth share the latest AAA data on holiday travel. Then AAA’s CNY Fleet Manager Todd Ingraham offers advice on how to prepare for the winter driving season. This show is full of helpful information. Tune in, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

TALKING AAA - IRELAND! 11/11/23

November 11th, 2023 10:00am
We’re headed to the Emerald Isle on this edition of Talking AAA! Brian and Elizabeth welcome Sarah Hamilton, the North American Sales Manager for Brendan Vacations. Sarah shares all things Ireland – top spots for tourism, the growing foodie culture, and some traditional shenanigans too! Brendan Vacations specializes in guided vacations in Ireland, and this is one show you won’t want to miss! With the luck of the Irish, you’ll be on your way to kiss the Blarney Stone!

TALKING AAA 11/4/23

November 4th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to pack up for a family vacation! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth share the latest data and trends - families are looking to make cherished memories together and multi-generational travel is growing in popularity. From beach vacations and theme parks to cruises and educational tours, learn what makes this segment of travel extra special. Plus, Brian shares unique AAA travel opportunities that are geared for the whole family! Tune in and see how family travel can create memories to last a lifetime!

TALKING AAA 10/28/23

October 28th, 2023 10:00am
The 2023 AAA WECK Listener Trip is complete! Nearly 100 people enjoyed a Royal Caribbean cruise to Bermuda! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth recap the trip and share details on the 2024 journey, which will be a cruise to Canada and New England! Be sure to tune in for all the details!

TALKING AAA 10/21/23

October 21st, 2023 10:00am
It’s Medicare made easy on this episode of Talking AAA as Brian and Elizabeth welcome Alyssa McGovern, Insurance Training Manager at AAA Western and Central New York. Alyssa explains how AAA can help navigate Medicare and find the best plan for each individual need. If you or a loved one are facing Medicare questions or challenges, your knowledgeable licensed advisors at AAA are your guide on the journey of choosing the coverage that is right for you! Be sure to tune in for important advice!

TALKING AAA 10/14/23

October 14th, 2023 10:00am
We’re ready to sail away with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line on this edition of Talking AAA! As co-hosts Brian Murray and Elizabeth Carey prepare for the AAA WECK Listener Trip, they welcome Royal Caribbean’s Susan Prinzing. She has the latest details on the largest cruise ship in the world, entertainment at sea, and captivating itineraries! Brian wraps up with special cruise savings. Tune in and soon you’ll be saying bon voyage!

TALKING AAA 10/7/23

October 7th, 2023 10:00am
We’re celebrating fall on this edition of Talking AAA! Brian and Elizabeth welcome Anne Marie Angus, General Manager at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. She shares details on what makes the AAA Four Diamond property so special, including Apple Days! Then Brian and Elizabeth share ideas on where to see peak fall foliage before Brian has his weekly travel deals. Get your pumpkin spice or apple cider and tune in!

TALKING AAA 9/30/23

September 30th, 2023 10:00am
We’re turning the page to October, which is Car Care Month at AAA! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher who has tips on how to prepare your car for the upcoming winter season – think tires, wipers, and batteries! Then he shares safety tips and career opportunities at AAA. Be sure to listen for Brian’s travel specials at the end of the show!

TALKING AAA 9/23/23

September 23rd, 2023 10:00am
Fall is here, and it’s travel event season at AAA! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have details on fall foliage drives and AAA Travel events to plan your next getaway. After they review current travel trends, they welcome Mike Formanowicz, AAA’s Driver Training manager, who talks about car seat safety, teen driving lessons, and EV lessons as Drive Electric Week is underway. Be sure to tune in and listen for travel specials at the end of the show! Happy Fall!

TALKING AAA 9/16/23

September 16th, 2023 10:00am
Your auto insurance is likely costing more this year, and AAA Sr. Insurance Advisor Dave Kirst explains why! He’s a special guest on this episode of Talking AAA with Elizabeth Carey and Brian Murray. Dave also bring some bright news to the program when he shares many ways to save money with insurance! With September being Life Insurance Awareness Month and Pet Insurance Month, Dave has everything you need to know to make sure you’re fully covered. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 9/9/23

September 9th, 2023 10:00am
All aboard for this episode of Talking AAA! Brian and Elizabeth welcome Charlie Fashana, Director of Marketing at AAA Western and Central New York, who is fresh off a rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer. Charlie shares his experience, which began at Arches National Park and ended in Denver, complete with majestic scenery, fine dining, and impeccable service. Tune in to find out what makes Rocky Mountaineer truly stand out and learn about upcoming events too!

TALKING AAA 9/2/23

September 2nd, 2023 10:00am
Labor Day weekend is here, and Brian and Elizabeth have advice for road trippers to avoid traffic jams on this episode of Talking AAA. Plus, they run through some great group travel opportunities that are coming up later in the year – from Trapp Family Christmas to NYC at Christmas Time, these are trips you won’t want to miss! Be sure to tune in and have a safe Labor Day weekend!

TALKING AAA 8/26/23

August 26th, 2023 10:00am
We are gearing up for Labor Day on this edition of Talking AAA. To kick things off, Brian and Elizabeth share the latest AAA research on top destinations and offer travel tips. Then NYS Trooper James O’Callaghan joins in with important safety tips for the holiday weekend. Brian wraps up the show with travel deals you won’t want to miss! Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 8/19/23

August 19th, 2023 10:00am
Before you head out on that final summer road trip, make sure your car is road trip ready! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher who has important safety tips for travelers. With winter not far off, AAA is gearing up for the season by hiring additional staff. Dan explains the role of a Roadside Hero! Find your next career at AAA by tuning in!

TALKING AAA 8/12/23

August 12th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to save some money with AAA! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Anne McKenna, AAA’s Membership Marketing Specialist to share details on how AAA members can save on back to school shopping – from electronics to clothing, there’s a AAA discount for you. For those who are making the most of the final days of summer, the team has valuable savings at theme parks, attractions, and events. Be sure to tune in and save!

TALKING AAA 8/5/23

August 5th, 2023 10:00am
Get ready for some magic on this episode of Talking AAA as Shelley Eastmer, AAA Disney Destinations Manager, joins Brian and Elizabeth. Shelley will highlight all of the upcoming events at Disney – from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – complete with snow on Main Street! Whether you’re planning a trip or dreaming of Disney, this is one magical show you won’t want to miss especially when the special savings are revealed!

TALKING AAA 7/29/23

July 29th, 2023 10:00am
Summer travel is in full swing! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have tips for travelers looking to experience the natural beauty of the National Parks! Then they explain how the AAA Diamonds Program is expanding to Costa Rica. If you’re planning to travel over the yearend holidays, now is the time to book. Brian wraps up the show with special travel offers! Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 7/22/23

July 22nd, 2023 10:00am
We have Bills fever on this edition of Talking AAA as Brian and Elizabeth share two unique opportunities to see and cheer on the team on the road this September! Then they cover summer travel with ideas, advice, and special deals you won’t want to miss. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 7/15/23

July 15th, 2023 10:00am
AAA is hiring! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA Recruiter Abigail Woestendiek to learn about insurance careers and opportunities. Then Driver Training Manager Mike Formanowicz explains the benefits of being a driving instructor. Be sure to tune in, and then head over to AAA.com/Careers to apply!

TALKING AAA 7/8/23

July 8th, 2023 10:00am
The summer travel season is sizzling! Tune into this edition of Talking AAA for the latest on travel trends and tips. Elizabeth has the top summer destinations – can you guess where everyone is headed? Then Brian shares expert advice and recaps a recent trip to the Big Apple. Don’t miss it!

TALKING AAA 7/1/23

July 1st, 2023 10:00am
The holiday weekend is here, and AAA expects travel to set a new record! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest travel data to help you avoid congestion on the roads and in airports. Plus, Trooper James O’Callaghan from the New York State Police has safety tips to prevent injuries from fireworks and he has helpful reminders for partygoers. Tune in and make it a safe 4th of July!

TALKING AAA 6/24/23

June 24th, 2023 10:00am
You can’t travel internationally without a passport, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have a simple way to ease the application process as they welcome Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns to the program. He’ll explain how the office is teaming up with AAA for two upcoming “Passports on the Move” events taking place this summer. Registration is required, so tune in for more details! Mickey also shares the latest news and safety tips from the Erie County Clerk’s office, and Brian wraps up the program with great travel offers to save on airfare and river cruises!

TALKING AAA 6/17/23

June 17th, 2023 10:00am
Get your mouse ears ready! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Stella Marianetti, Business Development Manager with Disney! She has the latest on incredible thrills that await you this summer and beyond at Walt Disney World, the newest information on park changes and updates, and insider information on Disney Cruises and more!! Whether you’re planning a trip or just dreaming of one, be sure to tune in for some Disney magic!

TALKING AAA 6/10/23

June 10th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to shop ‘til you drop with AAA! On this edition of Talking AAA, Anne McKenna, AAA Western and Central New York’s membership marketing expert, joins Brian and Elizabeth with valuable savings for Father’s Day and graduation season! From ballpark tickets to computers to steaks on the grill, there are plenty of ways for AAA members to save this June. Then Anne has details on AAA foreign currency while Brian invites you on special groups trips to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and the National Parks. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 6/3/23

June 3rd, 2023 10:00am
June is here, and on this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by AAA Group Travel Manager Melissa Petersen for the latest trends and updates. Plus, it’s Pride month, and Melissa has details on AAA Travel with Pride! Hint: tune in for some incredible travel opportunities!

TALKING AAA 5/27/23

May 27th, 2023 10:00am
Memorial Day weekend is here! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest on what to expect this holiday. And they welcome NYS Police Trooper James O’Callaghan who has safety tips to follow all summer! Be sure to kick off the season safely and listen in.

TALKING AAA 5/20/23

May 20th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to hit the road! Does AAA still make TripTiks? You bet! Learn how they’ve gone high tech and stand up to smartphone map apps on this edition of Talking AAA when AAA supervisor Kathy Hess joins Brian and Elizabeth. After listening, you’ll be road trip ready! Tune in!

TALKING AAA 5/13/23

May 13th, 2023 10:00am
On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth kick things off with the latest travel trends, then they welcome AAA Medicare Manager Teresa Jones who shares important tips for seniors. Learn about some upcoming community events, and get some great travel ideas and deals too!

TALKING AAA 5/6/23

May 6th, 2023 10:00am
May is here and this episode of Talking AAA shows you how to pamper mom on a budget! AAA discount expert Anne McKenna joins Brian and Elizabeth with special savings for AAA members on everything from flowers to getaways! Then AAA recruiter Abby Woestendiek shares great career opportunities with AAA Insurance. Brian wraps things up with valuable travel offers. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 4/29/23

April 29th, 2023 10:00am
Summer travel is expected to be HOT surpassing pre-pandemic levels with air travel possibly setting a new record. Planning and flexibility are the keys to a stress-free vacation! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have the latest trends and expert advice to make sure your vacation goes smoothly. Be sure to tune in for valuable information along with tremendous travel savings with Brian’s weekly specials. Safe travels to you!

TALKING AAA 4/22/23

April 22nd, 2023 10:00am
It’s Earth Day! On this episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth have tips on how to be a more thoughtful traveler. Learn how to travel the world and walk the beaches leaving only responsible environmental footprints! They also have the latest on hot travel deals, informative events, and more! Don’t miss this edition of Talking AAA! And remember, do your part to support the earth!

TALKING AAA 4/15/23

April 15th, 2023 10:00am
Spring is here, and AAA has valuable information to save you money and keep you safe. On this edition of Talking AAA, Sr. Insurance Advisor Dave Kirst has tips on seasonal home improvement, motorcycle and boat coverage, and renters insurance. Then Brian and Elizabeth welcome Mike Formanowicz, manager of AAA Driver Training who shares the latest on EV driving lessons, driver training, and Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Brian wraps up the show with plenty of travel deals. Be sure to tune in!

TALKING AAA 4/8/23

April 8th, 2023 10:00am
Easter weekend is here, and on today’s episode of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are ready to celebrate the season, including Dyngus Day, with a special guest! Kevin Ferguson from AAA Member Choice Vacations shares the unique destination of Poland where you’ll find beautiful architecture, rich heritage, and incredible cuisine. Kevin also has the latest trends on international and domestic travel and offers vacation ideas close to home or around the world! Be sure to tune in! Happy Easter and Passover!

TALKING AAA 4/1/23

April 1st, 2023 10:00am
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and this edition of Talking AAA is full of statistics, tips, and advice to stay safe. Tune in as Brian and Elizabeth welcome Trooper James O'Callaghan from the New York State Police who has the latest on traffic safety trends. And remember, don't drive distracted!

TALKING AAA 3/25/23

March 25th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to set sail with Princess Cruises! On today’s edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth welcome Judy Kale from Princess to talk all things cruising! Dreaming of the final frontier? She’ll have all the details you need to know about a bucket list cruise to Alaska along with a special invitation to take part in Princess Alaska events at AAA next week. Simply sign up at www.AAA.com/Events. Be sure to tune in to learn more and hear about some great deals!

TALKING AAA 3/18/23

March 18th, 2023 10:00am
It’s mid-March, Spring Break is underway, and on today’s Talking AAA, the luck of the Irish is on your side. Brian and Elizabeth have the latest on travel tips and advice, important traffic safety updates, and special travel invitations and deals that are your pot of gold! Be sure to tune in for the latest on travel events, managing passports and navigating airports, and lucky savings!!

TALKING AAA 3/11/23

March 11th, 2023 10:00am
It’s time to set sail! On this edition of Talking AAA, Brian and Elizabeth are joined by Susan Prinzing of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to hear all about the new Icon of the Seas! From on board townhouses to infinity pools, you won’t believe what the new ship will offer when it debuts in 2024! Susan also shares the latest trend of no-fly cruises where you can set sail from a home port without paying airfare! Then it’s time for the big reveal when the team announces the 2023 WECK Listener Trip! Be sure to tune in! And be prepared to pack your bags!!

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