Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 23


First hour: Discussing scams targeting consumers during the pandemic

Second hour: How small business owners can access federal coronavirus relief funding

Experts in the legal field are warning consumers about scams and fraudulent online tools that target vulnerable populations and essential workers during the pandemic. From tip scamming, to meal price inflation by delivery services, to charity and phishing scams, attorneys say there's a lot to look out for. The New York State Attorney General has launched an effort to combat such scams. This hour, our guests share what they think consumers need to know. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, local attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, senior lecturer of communication at RIT, and social media consultant at Fixitology
  • Letitia James, New York State Attorney General 

Then in our second hour, the Senate has approved a second coronavirus relief bill, which if passed, would revive the previous package's small business loan program that quickly ran out of funding. Local small business owners have expressed their anger and frustration over what they say is a complicated application process and lack of support by the government. This hour, we discuss the new relief package and what small business owners need to know. Our guest will answer questions from listeners who need help with the application process. Our guest:

  • Emily Cohen, attorney with Harter, Secrest & Emery
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.