Whitlockville: A Katonah Podcast

By Knopke, Johnson, Becker

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A fun, educational, informational and hyper local conversation about life in Katonah and Westchester, NY at large.

Episode Date
Melissa Frank-Lutz and the real estate market
Melissa Frank-Lutz, local mom and real estate agent, joins us to talk about what’s happening with home selling and buying in our area during the pandemic. We just did a podcast two days ago and we don’t have much witty banter because we are bored with life....
May 16, 2020
Bart and Diana Tyler from Kelloggs & Lawrence
We have a wonderful interview with Bart and Diana from Kelloggs & Lawrence. We also welcome back Craig after his bout with Covid while we explore my terrible choice in banana hammock-like effeminate mask.
May 14, 2020
Bedford Town Supervisor, Chris Burdick
This is not a repeat episode...Chris Burdick joins us two months after his first visit this time to discuss all things Bedford and Covid-19.
Apr 10, 2020
Dr Pete Richel, Chief of Pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital
Dr Pete Richel, Chief of Pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital, joins us to discuss all things Covid-19 and what’s happening here in our area. We also want to give a big shout out to our co-host Craig Johnson as he has successfully come out of the woods after battling the dreaded virus.
Apr 09, 2020
Katonah in the Time of Coronavirus
With people’s lives and livelihoods at stake in this tough time, we thought we could give you a break with a few minutes of entertainment - if this even counts as such.
Mar 23, 2020
Katonah Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rud Niles
An interview with Katonah Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rud Niles where we talk about a lot of stuff that we laughed about.
Mar 06, 2020
An interview with Chris Burdick, Supervisor of the Town of Bedford
A wide ranging interview with Chris Burdick discussing his background, getting into public life, Todd’s Pond, power outages, cell towers, sewage, his run for the state assembly and whether his ultimate goal is to become ambassador to Ukraine. We also introduce a new song written by 7th grader Fenton Lio!
Feb 07, 2020
An interview with Amy Drucker, Founder & Co-Moderator of Facebook’s Katonah Parents
In our first interview of Season 2 (sponsored by Ryan Dacey!), we speak with Amy Drucker about her role as moderator of Katonah Parents, how she started it and whether she can get paid in headaches. We also take a deep dive in Super Bowl prop bets (non-sports related) and father/son bonding through simple battery.
Jan 31, 2020
That’s a wrap on Whitlockville: A Katonah Podcast 2019!
Just the three of us to end the year with a look at how Katonah could celebrate New Years with a house drop in place of a ball drop, a big thank you to our listeners and especially all of our amazing guests. Finally, Craig wraps up with a fantastic poem tweaking ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas for Whitlockville/Podcast purposes. Happy Holidays...looking forward to producing more podcasts in the New Year!
Dec 19, 2019
Pod 13: An interview with Ebba’s Viktoria Fisch
An interview with Katonah store owner Viktoria Fisch from Ebba. We talk about her acting career, her amazing store and how good Craig smells because of Viktoria’s personalized cologne. It’s Christmas time so we naturally discuss how not to get stuck in a chimney as well as my dad’s sleeping attire in the early ‘90s (somehow these two topics are somewhat related).
Dec 12, 2019
An interview with Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
We twisted our own arms to go do an on-site interview at the Captain Lawrence Brewery with founder Scott Vaccaro, where he discusses all things beer and also makes a big, “spirited” announcement. We also dive in on the 684/CT toll proposal and then come up with ideas for new John Jay mascot names in our own special way. As always, there’s a lot of laughter and jokes along the way....
Nov 18, 2019
Madeleine Polemeni & Ordinary Wishes
An interview with Madeleine Polemeni, who talks about instilling a “volunteer soul” in our kids and about the great local charity organization, Ordinary Wishes. Then, we discuss the recent NYT article about Katonah (hint: we should have been interviewed) before we do a deep dive on Carvel’s Cookie Puss, Craig’s Halloween experience as someone who lives on a main Katonah thoroughfare, and how the first ever Katonah chili night/bar crawl went down. Lastly, Anthony Beshara’s name was never mentioned.
Nov 04, 2019
Episode 10: An interview with Kathryn Ferrara of the Drug Abuse Prevention Council
An interview with Kathryn Ferrara from the Bedford/Lewisboro/Pound Ridge Drug Abuse Prevention Council where we discuss drug prevention, vaping, screen time and more. We also had a look at the dangers a bull artificial insemination plant would bring to Katonah. Lastly, we go in depth with a quick peek into Ordinary Wishes, a group that lends support to people living in the Katonah/Lewisboro area who are in need of help.
Sep 30, 2019
Pod 9: An interview with the guy who tells us about all the stuff we should be doing this fall
Want to know about all of the fun events in the fall throughout Northeast Westchester (and beyond) that you don’t want to miss out on? This is definitely the podcast for you as we interview What To Do Digital Publisher, Alfred Dalessandro. Also on the pod: Our most controversial topic ever where Craig and Rich almost fight! (ok, not really). When a Richard becomes a Dick. And an email from Dave’s mom! All that and more including an introduction to what is now known as the Haitian Pearl Jam.
Sep 06, 2019
Episode 8: An interview with longtime resident and Katonah expert, Don Coe
Welcome to Cherry Street: A Katonah Podcast! Yes, of course, we named the podcast incorrectly as you’ll learn from our interview with longtime resident and Katonah expert, Don Coe. Want to learn about the history of Katonah? This is a great podcast for you and your family to dive into!
Aug 19, 2019
Ep 7: Talking food with Christina & Matt from The Whitlock
An interview with The Whitlock’s dynamic husband & wife duo Christina and Matt Safarowic on being married & working together, & their yet to be named new restaurant opening in town shortly. Also: Rufus is doing a podcast at a farm upstate and Dave, Craig and Rich are seemingly Katonah influencers. Lastly, we probably need a better sign off phrase other than “This is chief katonah saying shalom.”
Jul 26, 2019
Episode 6: An interview with Katonah resident and Caramoor CEO, Jeff Haydon
We’ve got a terrific interview with Jeff Haydon, Katonah resident and CEO of Caramoor. Some static at the beginning of the pod and the obligatory barking from Rufus are sprinkled in but we powered through the interview learning about Jeff’s journey to Katonah by way of California, the history of Caramoor, upcoming events there including July 20th’s Jazz Festival and the possibility of Taylor Swift coming to Caramoor. Separately, we also talk about Govlove (and why we may do the next pod in just our socks), The Big Mooch as an honorable mention to our food draft and a big shout out to the Niles Insurance softball team for their come from behind walk off win this week and being named the Katonah’n of the Pod (Feel free to send your nominees for this prestigious award to akatonahpodcast@gmail.com.
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 5: The Great Katonah Food Draft
We’ve got an intro song! Thank you local resident, Beano Zylber (yes, Beano) for submitting an intro song for us. We have no guest on this podcast but Craig, Dave and Rich do a fun and lively draft on favorite food dishes from local restaurants (I think it will be very evident that food critics, we are not). We also dive into who could possibly have given us a four star apple podcast review/rating and lastly, we do our very first katonah’n of the week (congrats John Jay lacrosse teams!)
Jun 28, 2019
Episode 4: Saving Todd's Pond

We're a breaking news organization (apparently) as we're recording immediately after tonight's Town Board Meeting.  Local resident Ken Strnad (hey Ken, buy a vowel!) walks us through the history of Todd's Pond and the serious problem developing with the deterioration of the pond.  Owned by the town, Todd's Pond is a unique flood mitigation resource that protects residents locally, on Valley Road and Downtown Katonah.    

Jun 05, 2019
Episode 3: An Interview with local legend Hank Tschorn

In this episode, Craig, Rich and "Dave" discuss the phenomenon that is sweeping Katonah before diving in with local legend, Hank Tschorn, who is part of a four generation Katonah family and a town volunteer in the Katonah Fire Dept.  With the Firemen's Parade coming up on June 5th, we discuss the origin of the parade, which is celebrating its 145th Anniversary this year! 

May 25, 2019
Episode 2.5: Wrapping up with Jessica Harris
After getting cut off in our interview with Jessica Harris, we come back to explore one last idea for doing something fun for Katonah. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rich-knopke/message
May 19, 2019
Episode 2: An interview with And James Katonah owner, Jessica Harris.
Dave, Craig and Rich are shocked that they’re doing a second podcast, receive “fan mail,” interview And James katonah store owner Jessica Harris and get cut off at the 30 minute mark leading to podcast 2 1/2 featuring the Martha Stewart protest song. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rich-knopke/message
May 19, 2019
A Podcast About Katonah, NY? A Podcast about Katonah, NY!

In our very first episode Craig, Dave and Rich explore their reasons for doing a podcast about Katonah, if Super Chili should be a King Cone food item and whether Rich's mom will figure out how to download this podcast.  

Apr 27, 2019