Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Rogovoy Report 9/21/18

6 hours ago

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, cabaret, classic country, reggae, folk-pop, and a whole lot more.

Western Electric Model 5302 telephone
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We roll back highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line every Friday. 

Drew Herzig

A forum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts tonight will explore the black experience in Berkshire County. 

The largest Northeast collegiate esports event is coming to Albany.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

7 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 21, 2018.


      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 20, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Elizabeth Freeman Center / https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethFreemanCenter

The annual Walk A Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center will take center stage tonight at the last Third Thursday of the season in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has decided not to seek another term.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has announced he will not seek a seventh term in office, and now potential successors are starting to line up.

Courtesy of Marist College, Health Quest

Marist College in Dutchess County, New York, is teaming up with a healthcare group in the Mid-Hudson Valley to create a school of medicine. The plan is to transform the traditional medical school model and health care delivery in the region.

Fred Kowal: What Not To Cover

Sep 19, 2018

When President Donald Trump began staging his campaign-style rallies soon after he became president, the decision to air those events live was a no-brainer for cable news networks like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

State of the Park cover
Paddlers on Boreas Ponds - Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

Every year the Adirondack Council publishes its analysis of actions by the governor, legislature, courts, state attorney general, state agencies, local governments and federal policies that affected the 6 million-acre park. The latest State of the Park report came out this morning.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 19, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Josh Landes / WAMC

From the day he was installed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, it’s been a battle for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to hold on to the seat. His September 4th loss to attorney Andrea Harrington in the bruising Democratic primary looked like it might have spelled the end for the 30-year veteran of the office. But WAMC has learned Caccaviello is mounting a write-in campaign. He tells WAMC that he’s just begun to fight.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Saratoga Springs may soon have an advisory committee to increase communication between the police and public. The proposal by the city’s public safety commissioner comes after recent controversy over the city’s handling of a five-year-old case that led to a death. 

Despite an overall improvement in employment and gains in median household income, the economic recovery in New York state has been uneven. That’s according to a new report detailing how a large number of New York households cannot afford basic necessities.

Audrey Kupferberg: Crazy Rich Asians

Sep 18, 2018

I can’t stop thinking about the recent theatrical release CRAZY RICH ASIANS.  In its first two weeks, this film grossed more than ninety million dollars.  Why do people so enjoy this movie, and why do they recommend it to their cinema-going friends?

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

In June, Tedra Cobb won the Democratic primary that at one point had 10 competitors in New York’s 21st House district. Ever since, second-term Republican Elise Stefanik has maintained attacks on the former St. Lawrence County legislator’s voting record. But Cobb says she stands by her record.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 18, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Embattled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC image by Dave Lucas

In an extraordinary press conference Monday, beleaguered Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse defied calls from the governor and others to resign.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.

The Saratoga Springs 2018 Charter Review Commission (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A commission in charge of drafting a new governing document for the City of Saratoga Springs has finished its work. Voters will decide on a new city charter in November.

With New York’s Democratic gubernatorial primary decided, candidates from other parties are gearing up for the general election. One is Republican Marc Molinaro, who launched what he dubs a “Cuomo Corruption Tour” the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s win. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about his campaign.

Rob Edelman: The New Season

Sep 17, 2018

The summer is over. September is here. And with each fall comes the arrival of high-profile, name-brand Academy Award contenders which first will play at film festivals. Such is the case each year at Toronto, Venice, and Telluride.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 17, 2018

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 17, 2018.

Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

Hundreds of cultural councils around Massachusetts disperse state money to arts initiatives. The group that represents Northern Berkshire County has some new faces as it enters a fresh round of funding.

Facebook: Unshackle Upstate

A number of remedies have been suggested to boost the upstate New York economy. Lower taxes and fees and less regulation is the strategy for Unshackle Upstate, an organization whose stated goal is to advocate for upstate taxpayers and businesses. The group recently appointed Michael Kracker as its new executive director. 

Mayor Morse
Lucas Willard/WAMC

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is defying calls to resign, including from the governor of New York, after the Times Union reported more details of alleged domestic violence on Sunday.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Farewell To Family Trees

Sep 15, 2018
Tree specialist Charles Nagle cutting down a diseased Colorado blue spruce
Ralph Gardner Jr.

Last Tuesday was bittersweet. I finished writing a novel I’ve been working on rather strenuously for the last two years. That should have been cause for celebration and it was. But I instantly missed my characters, the novel’s locale – a grand hotel overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Venice that I’ve returned to daily over the previous months, at least in my imagination – and most of all the daily joy of tinkering with words.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The political picture in the Hudson Valley has changed dramatically in the past day. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney now turns his attention to seeking a fourth term in the House after his loss in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. Meantime, after a number of blows to members of the now dissolved Senate Independent Democratic Conference, one who survived his primary is now focused on mending fences and winning the general election.