The Soapbox with guest Jonathan Rogers

[Press Release]


Jonathan Rogers, an artist of distinction and man who has a resume that spans nearly 60 years- of animation, painting, art direction, drawing, and even some acting. Born an raised in Toronto, he soon found himself spreading his love of art and teaching future generations of artists.

His original animated productions helped launch the careers of Second City comedians Dan Ayckroyd and Gilda Radner. Check out 1973’s “The Gift of Winter” and 1975’s “Witch’s Night Out.” (Available on DVD)

In the early 1980s, he landed in Hollywood, working with Disney and Marvel Productions.He finally settled in WNY years later to continue his painting and art work. He currently has a studio at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls, NY.

Jonathan constantly contributes his talents to the local community and promotes his works worldwide via his website and social media.

On Sunday March 26th, at Wine on Third in Niagara Falls, you will have an opportunity to own original works by this amazing artist. Join us at 6pm for a live auction!

Wine On Third
501 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY

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The Soapbox with guest Jonathan Rogers

jonathan rogers

Local artist extraordinaire Jonathan Rogers stopped by the Hub as our latest Soapbox guest. We were happy to welcome Jonathan into the studio and to hear of his past successes and about some of his future projects!

Don’t forget! November 17th at the Woodbox Theater at the NACC @ 8pm – Jonathan Rogers Comedy Hour… (Which is not funny, Hmmmm that’s funny!) Free Admission! Visit for more information.

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The Soapbox featuring Aspire of WNY

Enjoy Art, Brews, Wine, and Fare while experiencing one-of-a-kind artwork on Friday, September 9th

Getzville, NY – Aspire of WNY is hosting the 13th Annual Art and Wine Celebration to support their iXpress Program, an expressive arts program for people with a full range of disabilities.  Presented by KeyBank, the Art and Wine Celebration is held annually to honor and support the amazing group of extraordinary artists whose talent is inspired by their personal life experiences.  Attendees of Aspire’s premier fundraising event will experience the live music of Universal Mind, as well as select beer, wine and food tastings.

Also, there will be a basket raffle and an exciting live auction of carefully selected works of art produced by several of the iXpress artists.  Other artistic creations from the iXpress art store will be available for purchase.  All proceeds from this unique event directly support the iXpress Program in Western New York and the Southern Tier.

The event is being held on September 9, 2016, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Aspire’s Administrative and Day Habilitation Offices at 2356 N Forest Road in Getzville.

For more information, call Amanda Rosenberg, Special Events Coordinator at (716) 505-5514 or

Aspire of WNY has been a leader in providing innovative, person-centered programs and services for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities for nearly 70 years.  Visit  or call (716) 505-5830 to learn more about our personalized assistance empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and live as independently as possible.

The Soapbox with guest Sam Archie


Sam Archie dropped by the NiagaraHub studio to fill us in on the upcoming “Dice Run” charity event sponsored by the Masons of LaSalle Lodge #132. Find out more information about this event by visiting

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The Soapbox with guests April Baskin and Krista Ehasz from The College Simulation Experience


The College Simulation Experience is an educational initiative dedicated to improving college retention rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This stylized enactment of college life uses dramatic roleplaying to help pre-college students develop time management and financial management skills, as well as better understand the responsibilities associated with collegiate success. We welcome April and Krista for this edition of the Soapbox with your host, Craig Avery:

The Soapbox with guests Terry Tompkins and Bill Carroll – Community Memorial Day Parade

We welcome Terry and Bill to the NiagaraHub today to fill us all in on the upcoming Community Memorial Day Parade. For more information or to volunteer/donate, please visit:

From their site – “This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. The parade start time is 10 am, from City Market (19th Street). Units will traverse down Pine Avenue, where they will conclude at the Niagara Falls Veterans’ Memorial. Tom Darro from WJJL AM 1440 will be the parade announcer. There will be a ceremony at the memorial at the end of the parade.”

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The Soapbox with guest Jeff Williams


Jeff Willaims (Campaign Manager for Judge Morinello for Assembly) was our guest in studio today for this edition of The Soapbox with your host Craig Avery. The campaigns are underway… would you like to be a guest? Give us a call – 716.299.0705.

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The Soapbox with guest Vince Anello – February 29, 2016


Local Radio talk show host and former Mayor of Niagara Falls Vince Anello stopped by the NiagaraHub for a Soapbox interview. Craig and Vince discuss a topic that concerns all. We’d love to hear from you – either comment below or please send us your comments and your thoughts –

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The Soapbox with guest Anthony Vilardo – The City of Niagara Falls Director of Business Development


We welcome Director of Business Development Anthony Vilardo to the NiagaraHub! Anthony paid a visit today and sat down for a Soapbox interview. We’ll be seeing Anthony regularly and the Hub is your place to catch up with news and know what current projects are ahead! Stay tuned for updates and enjoy the Hub’s first Soapbox of 2016!

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The Soapbox with guest Vince Anello

Vince Anello

Our pal Vince stopped by for a Soapbox interview in order to discuss some aspects of today’s political scene in Niagara Falls. You can hear Vince’s show (The Vince Anello Show) every Tuesday and Thursday on WJJL 1440AM at 10am. Watch the Soapbox here: