As someone who loves to write and tell stories, there's nothing more fun than sitting down with someone who also has stories to tell, especially when they tie in to pivotal times in my life. This morning, I got to sit down with Don Mathisen, host of This Week in Central New York, a 30 minute local affairs show that discusses local and state issues and is broadcast across Townsquare Media's Oneonta, Walton, Norwich, and Delhi stations.

National Experience, Oneonta Focus

Mathisen began his reporting career in the late 1960s while in college. He has witnessed history in the making while reporting on the attack and destruction of the World Trade Center, presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, and high profile criminals. My favorite story Mathisen told me is of the riot that began outside the courthouse while John Gotti was being sentenced in 1992, and how he had to report in by payphone. I distinctly remember those events as a young high schooler.

This Week in Central New York

After years of writing pieces about the rich and famous, the infamous, the powerful, and ordinary folks in various national markets, Mathisen has settled into life in Oneonta, and is behind the public affairs show This Week in Central New York. Regular guests on the show include Oneonta Mayor Mark Drnek, Governor Kathy Hocul, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and more.

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In His Own Words

Mathisen: "It has been said that reporters write the first draft of history. That is true. But my job is to also bring to the public’s attention the people and the happenings in our community here in Central New York. Tune into This Week in Central New York on Townsquare Media’s radio stations. I promise that you’ll hear stories that will interest, inform, and maybe even entertain you."

Show Schedule

This Week in Central New York Airs:

Saturdays at 6am on Star 93.9, and at 7am on 103.1 WZOZ. Sundays at 6am on Mix 103.9, 97.5 WTBD, 92.1 WDLA, and at 7am on 100.3 & 94.7 The Eagle and on 95.3 WBKT.

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