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Song For A City

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

It's been said "there's a song for every city."

You can now add the Electric City to that list...

Schenectady County Community College School of Music faculty member Cliff Brucker wrote, produced and recorded a jingle, "Schenectady is the Place," at the request of Mayor Gary McCarthy, who is facing a tough reelection battle against Roger Hull. "The mayor's a friend of mine and I mentioned to him that I had a great idea for a jingle and I was wondering if he'd give me some money to produce it. And of course there's no money in the budget in election year to produce a song. I still wanted to do it. Wait. What a great idea. To connect the School of Music at SCCC - we have a brand new state-of-the-art recording studio - we just opened - and we have  a new degree in there in the audio recording arts. And I said why don't we do it down there, so I talked to Dean Meckley as sais why don't we do it here, produce it here at the studio and I'll recruit student singers and then the faculty can present the backing tracks and we can do it as a joint project to highlight all the great things that are happening in the city. And it'll show off the School of Music."

Dean Bill Meckley says he's happy Brucker brought the project forward.  "Cliff composed the piece and produced the recording. And then, another member of our faculty, Sten Isachsen, did the actual recording, engineering and all the post-production, which was a great deal of work. And all of that was done in our recording studio, the Vianna-Brignola Studio in the School of Music at SCCC, and then there were also students involved as performers."

Spohomore Amanda Cuthbert sings first lead on the jingle.  "I sing about all the different local things that are going on in Schenectady. A buncha new buildings, the casino, and then of course and SCCC and the media department here and Proctor's things that people come to Schenectady to see. It's really nice. It's very catchy. It's cute. I think it's a lot of fun for other people to sing along to."

LISTEN to the Schenectady jingle! Sing along - scroll down to see the words!

Tonight at 7 p.m the Schenectady City Council is scheduled to formally adopt the jingle as the official song of Schenectady.

Hear Roger Hull, the independent candidate running against McCarthy, comment on "The Schenectady Song."

  • Schenectady’s the Place

(1st Verse)

It’s in our DNA, it’s what we are today

Our history abounds, you can see it all around,

Edison and Steinmetz brains, ALCO built the trains

we lit and hauled the world, innovation is our fame


Just look at us today, a renaissance is under way

A community reborn, success is here to stay;


Schenectady’s the place, a city tried and true

Schenectady's the place, we’re the city right for you

(2nd Verse)

Arts and culture for your eyes, from Proctor’s to MiSci

Educational opportunity, from Union College to SCCC

Casino by the shore, Hotels, Restaurants galore

it's such a fabulous place, there's so much to explore


Central park's a place to play, a renaissance is under way,

A community reborn, here’s what we have to say,

(Modulate up) Come check us out today


Schenectady’s the place, a city tried and true

Schenectady's the place, we’re the city,

we’re the city, we’re the city right for you

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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