Saluting our Healthcare Workers

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As the world slowly starts to wake from the pause that we have all taken, health care  and hospital workers are continuing to be taxed and stressed by the enormous toll of treating victims of the pandemic. It has been a relentless task, and we have all expressed gratitude, as shown by the 7PM applause they receive each evening throughout New York.

Here is a beautiful video produced by Wicked the Musical thanking these heroes—inspiring and moving .

Now, a really great way to show gratitude to healthcare workers is to feed them.  And, another legendary New York restaurant has jumped into the fray to to do just that.

Saluting our Healthcare Workers

Tony’s di Napoli has instituted a wonderful way for all of us to get involved, and to help support the restaurant during this financial crisis. Tony’s is delivering meals to hospital workers throughout the city.

For $25 you can provide a meal for a healthcare worker, and Tony’s will match your donation with a second meal for another front line warrior. Learn more here.

I love this program that Tony’s has initiated.

You can hear my interview with Bruce Dimpflmaier, the General Manager of Tony’s, on Bagels and Broadway this Saturday morning (info below.)  Also on the program, Francesca Capetta, founder of Caravan of Angels, providing musical entertainment to the elderly, and Broadway star Sarah Stiles, who is starring in a new musical…on podcast.

Saluting our Healthcare Workers

Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” radio show and podcast, Saturday mornings from 9-10 on WNYM radio, available online, Alexa and on podcast.


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market on 106.7 Life-FM, an iHeart station. She has hosted, produced, and created several award-winning nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with stars like Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey among others. Her radio talk show "Bagels and Broadway" highlighted theatre and food personalities. She is an accomplished interviewer and voice artist heard on commercials, narrations, promos and audiobooks, as well as a sought after live announcer. Most recently, Valerie produced and directed a film, The Thursday Night Club, featuring pop diva Gloria Gaynor in her movie acting debut. She is one of the creators and producers of a docu-series, Divine Renovation, starring Erik Estrada, on streaming networks soon.

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