Troy Story: A Podcast for the Collar City

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By: John Salka

Understanding Troy’s past, present, and future through conversations with Trojans involved in civic affairs, local government, politics, arts, music, and community. Produced and hosted by John Salka.

Chapter 03: Dan Frament, Part 2
#5
03/26/2024

In the second half of our conversation, Dan revisits his long career in the food service industry, the difficulties of balancing work and family life as he rose through the ranks of various positions within the corporate food industry, and the obstacles and challenges he and countless other restaurants encountered beginning in 2019 through the pandemic and post-pandemic period.

Listen to part 1 of the Dan Frament interview on Apple Podcasts.

There was so much to unpack during the course of the interview, and Dan did so with candor, grace, and positivity. It was a genuine privilege...


Chapter 03: Dan Frament, Part 1
#4
03/19/2024

For Chapter 03, we talk with Troy restauranteur Dan Frament about growing up in Troy, his career in the service industry, a serious injury that permanently changed the trajectory of his life, and the ups and downs of running his own restaurant (Muddaddy Flats) for the last 11 years. This is part one of two-part episode!

Please note the fourth segment in this episode includes a detailed description of a severe hand injury (segment begins at 31:04). Listener discretion advised.

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PREVIEW: Bikes, bottles, and Bella Napoli
03/12/2024

In this sneak peek, Dan Frament remembers his childhood growing up in Troy's North Central neighborhood during the 1960s. Chapter 03 premieres Tuesday, March 19, 2024, available everywhere you get your podcasts.

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Credits:

Produced, edited, and hosted by John Salka
Theme music by Steven J. Goldman, Four Legs Records

Visit troystorypod.com for upcoming episodes, guests, and bonus content.

Connect with Troy Story on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, and X (formerly Twitter)


PREVIEW: “There’s not enough money in the world to make up for that”
03/05/2024

In this preview clip, former Muddaddy Flats owner Dan Frament explains the value of knowing his neighbors. Chapter 03 premieres Tuesday, March 19, 2024, available everywhere you get your podcasts.

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Credits:

Produced, edited, and hosted by John Salka
Theme music by Steven J. Goldman, Four Legs Records

Visit troystorypod.com for upcoming episodes, guests, and bonus content.

Connect with Troy Story on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, and X (formerly Twitter)


Chapter 02: Mark Pattison, Part 2
#3
02/27/2024

In the second half of our chat, Mark discusses some of the major projects undertaken during his tenure as mayor, his working relationship with then-New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, and the 1999 mayoral election when he sought a second term to lead the Collar City into the new millennium.

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Notes:

New York Times (Leslie Eaton, Aug. 8, 2000) - Nearly Broke in '95, A City Turns Around; Troy's Fortunes Rebound Sharply, Thanks in Part to New York City's

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Chapter 02: Mark Pattison, Part 1
#2
02/20/2024

In this episode, we spoke with former Troy mayor Mark Pattison who revisited his early life growing up in Rensselaer County, volunteering on his father's successful campaign for Congress in 1974 following the Watergate scandal and President Nixon's resignation, his decision to run for Troy mayor in 1995, and the challenges and difficult decisions he made leading the Collar City including through Troy's major financial crisis in the 1990s. 

This is part one of a two-part episode. Part two premieres Feb. 27, 2024.

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PREVIEW: "I could tell him things other people couldn't because he can't fire me."
02/12/2024

In this clip, Mark Pattison recalls working on his father Ned Pattison's successful campaign for U.S. Congress in 1974 following President Nixon's resignation. Chapter 02 premieres Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, available everywhere you get your podcasts.

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Credits:

Produced, edited, and hosted by John Salka
Theme music by Steven J. Goldman, Four Legs Records

Visit troystorypod.com for upcoming episodes, guests, and bonus content.

Connect with Troy Story on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, and X (formerly Twitter)


PREVIEW: “If this goes through, I’m running for mayor”
02/06/2024

In this special preview clip, former Troy mayor Mark Pattison explains why he decided to get into the Collar City mayor's race in 1995. Chapter 02 premieres Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, available everywhere you get your podcasts.

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Credits:

Produced, edited, and hosted by John Salka
Theme music by Steven J. Goldman, Four Legs Records

Visit troystorypod.com for upcoming episodes, guests, and bonus content.

Connect with Troy Story on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, and X (formerly Twitter)


BONUS: HBO's 'The Gilded Age' Takes Over Troy
01/30/2024

In this bonus segment, former deputy mayor Chris Nolin discusses HBO's multi-season production for 'The Gilded Age' in the Collar City, including how Troy's historic architecture attracted HBO to Troy, how the show transformed areas of the city to stand in for 1800s New York City, the city's positive working relationship with the production team, the importance of film and television productions on the local economy, and his excitement for Season 3.

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Credits:

Produced, edited, and hosted by John Salka
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Chapter 01: Chris Nolin
#1
01/23/2024

In this wide-ranging interview former Troy deputy mayor Chris Nolin explains why he accepted the offer to become deputy mayor, major municipal projects he oversaw (paving, parks, and long-term planning), his take on the 2023 mayoral election results and the subsequent transition process, his perspective on being the first openly-gay person to serve as Troy’s deputy mayor, and the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in local government. 

Links:

The Uniting Line: https://www.artscenteronline.org/uniting-line/Troy Has It: http://www.troyhasit.comCity of Troy Comprehensive Plan: https://www.troyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/324/Realize-Troy---Comprehensive-Plan-2018-PDF?bidId=

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