Ray Graf

News Anchor, Host of Vox Pop, and Web Content Manager

In a radio career that has spanned over 25 years, Ray Graf has done it all. At one time or another he worked as an overnight board operator, a commercial copywriter, a reporter and a voiceover announcer. For several years - a lifetime ago - he was a morning drive disc jockey.   Graf has been a member of the WAMC News team for 16 years. These days, he finds himself as The Roundtable's news anchor, panelist- and occasional guest host for Joe Donahue. "Radio news is not always easy," said Graf of his most recent radio vocation, "but it's not nearly as difficult as spinning a Michael Bolton record at 5:45 in the morning and pretending you're happy about it."

Ways to Connect

12/6/19 Panel

Dec 6, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

12/5/19 Panel

Dec 5, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen, Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry.

12/4/19 Panel

Dec 4, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

12/3/19 Panel

Dec 3, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

12/2/19 Panel

Dec 2, 2019

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

11/27/19 Panel

Nov 27, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

11/26/19 Panel

Nov 26, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

11/25/19 Panel

Nov 25, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

    Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
“Bell I Wake To” by Patty Crane
“The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek
“The Great Pretender” by Susannah Cahalan
“Games of Deception” by Andrew Maraniss
“How to Read a Book” by Kwame Alexander
"Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace" by Ashley Bryan
“Saturday” by Oge Mora
“Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong'o
Upcoming Event: David Maraniss – “A Good American Family” on Tuesday, 12/3 at 7 p.m.

11/22/19 Panel

Nov 22, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley makes a cameo appearance.

11/18/19 Panel

Nov 18, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

11/14/19 Panel

Nov 14, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

11/13/19 Panel

Nov 13, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

11/12/19 Panel

Nov 12, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, and The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning our featured organization is the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. – a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage knowledge of the Underground Railroad Movement and its genesis and legacy in the Capital Region and in New York State – and as a significant element of the history of the United States.

We were joined by Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, Co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project and Scholars-in-Residence at Russell Sage College.

11/11/19 Panel

Nov 11, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

    Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "After the Wedding"

Upcoming:

  • Boyfriend - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 9/12, 10 PM
  • Disney’s "Mary Poppins" (Staging Youths’ Futures production) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Friday 9/13 at 7 PM; Sat 9/14 at 2 & 7 PM; Sun 9/15 at 2 PM
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/13, 7:30 PM
  • "Friday the 13th Part 2" - Cinema Capitol, Rome, Friday 9/13, 10 PM
  • Frank Gambale - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 9/13, 9 PM
  • Todd Palmer Among Friends (Tara Helen O’Connor, June Han, James Austin Smith, Omer Quartet, Doug Balliett), music of Carl Maria von Weber, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, more Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 9/14, 6 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show featuring Doug Smith - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 9/14, 8 PM
  • Imagination Movers - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 9/15, 1 PM
  • Clarion Concerts Presents: Xavier Foley - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Sunday 9/15, 3 PM

New movies: "Hustlers," "The Goldfinch," "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," "Official Secrets; "Downton Abbey" (Thursday evening preview only)

9/12/19 Panel

Sep 12, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao.

9/11/19 Panel

Sep 11, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, SUNY New Paltz and RPI Communications Professor and former New York State Senator Terry Gipson.

  This week's Book Picks come from owner of Bennington Bookshop, Phil Lewis.

List:
"State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts" by Nick Hornby
"How Not to Die Alone" by Richard Roper
"The Guest Book" by Sarah Blake
"The Lost Letters of William Woolf" by Helen Cullen
"The River" by Peter Heller
"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

9/10/19 Panel

Sep 10, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, former Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

8/12/19 Panel

Aug 12, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Spider-Man: Far from Home"

Upcoming:
French Cancan - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Thursday 7/18, 2 PM
Jonatha Brooke - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 7/18, 7 PM
John Mayer - Times Union Center, Albany, Friday 7/19, 7:30 PM
Bettye Lavette - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 7/19, 9 PM
Taj Mahal Quartet: Giant/De Ole Folks at Home 50th Anniversary Concert - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 7/20, 8 PM
Catalyst Quartet with pianist Daniel Gortler (music of Bach, Glass, Brahms, Franck) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 7/21, 4 PM
Heart, Sheryl Crow, Lucie Silvas - SPAC, Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 7/21, 7 PM
Godsmack - Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, Sunday 7/21, 8 PM
"Finding Nemo" (Free Summer Movie Series) - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 7/23, 1 PM (doors at noon)
Stephen Marley - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 7/24, 5:30 PM

New movies: "The Lion King," "The Art of Self-Defense"

7/18/19 Panel

Jul 18, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly.

5/31/19 Panel

May 31, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti. 

5/30/19 Panel

May 30, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, and chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry.

5/29/19 Panel

May 29, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and recent electee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fran Berman, reporter for The Berkshire Eagle Jenn Smith, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI, Jim Hendler, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

5/3/19 Panel

May 3, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, and former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and former Albany County Common Council President Helen Desfosses.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Avengers: Endgame"

Upcoming:

  • "Avenue Q" (Park Playhouse production) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Thursday 5/2 at 8 PM through Sunday 5/5 at 2 PM
  • Hippo Campus - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday 5/3, 8 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: "Star Wars & More, A Salute to John Williams" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 5/4, 7:30 PM
  • Lula Wiles - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 5/5, 7 PM
  • Ian Berg Subject:Matter - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Albany Pro Musica/Orchestra Pro Musica: Mozart Mass in C Minor, Ola Gjeilo World Premiere - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday 5/5, 3 PM
  • Maceo Parker - Massry Center for the Arts @ College of Saint Rose, Albany, Sunday 5/5, 7:30 PM
  • Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 5/5, 7:30 PM
  • Caroline Rose - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Tuesday 5/7, 9 PM

New Movies: "Long Shot," "Intruder," "Ugly Dolls," "Sunset"

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