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

10/10/18 Panel

Oct 10, 2018

 

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

    This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
“The Library Book” by Susan Orleans
“Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell
“Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton
“Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller
"A House that Once Was" by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Lane Smith
"A Home in the Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown illustrated Jerry Pinkney
"Bridge of Clay" by Markus Zusak

10/9/18 Panel

Oct 9, 2018

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, political consultant Libby Post, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI Jim Hendler.

10/8/18 Panel

Oct 8, 2018

  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, Executive Editor of The Times-Herald Record Barry Lewis, and Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry.

We also welcome WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard to discuss his coverage of the fatal car crash in Schoharie, New York over the weekend.

To learn more about the Hispanic Heritage Month events Dan mentioned, visit the Capital District Latinos Facebook page.

10/5/18 Panel

Oct 5, 2018

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

Today's Panel began early, at 8 a.m. and ended at 9:30 a.m. so that we can bring you NPR Special Coverage of the Kavanaugh cloture vote.

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, Vice President for Editorial Development at New York Press Association, Judy Patrick, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

9/26/18 Panel

Sep 26, 2018

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

Today's panelists are Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson -- and we get a quick visit from Alan Chartock calling from Bologna. 

9/19/18 Panel

Sep 19, 2018

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

Today's panelists are Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers was established in 2007 and has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits including Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gins, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey. All products are handcrafted in small batches in Great Barrington, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

BMD is one of the founding members of the craft distiller movement and is embraced by several of the nation’s leading mixologists.

As we head into the holiday weekend and begin to catch a glimpse of summer in the rearview mirror, BMD Founder, Owner and Distiller Chris Weld joins us to talk about Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and fall cocktails and botanicals.

Celebrate Stephentown 2018

Aug 15, 2018

The inaugural Celebrate Stephentown in 2017 was an effort to bring people together to celebrate the rural community. Celebrate Stephentown’s family friendly events showcase the work of artisans, artists, businesses, farmers, musicians, service organizations, and more.

Celebrate Stephentown 2018 will take place this weekend – Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19.

Husband-and-wife team Scott Menhinick and Jennifer Peabody are the co-organizers of Celebrate Stephentown, which this year will feature 40 events at 21 different locations over the course of three days in Stephentown, NY. In addition to their work as officers of the Stephentown Memorial Library and Stephentown Food Pantry, respectively, they also run their own consulting business, Berkshire Brand Management.

Shaleena Bridgham has nearly two decades of experience in the specialty cheese industry, with the last five years focused on her family’s own artisan creamery, Four Fat Fowl, which is about to open its newly renovated and greatly expanded production facility in the former Stephentown Elementary School.

8/15/18 Panel

Aug 15, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, former regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Judith Enck, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

8/13/18 Panel

Aug 13, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, former New York State Senator and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor, Terry Gipson, political consultant Libby Post, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Sarah Rogerson.

8/10/18 Panel

Aug 10, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

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: "Mission: Impossible – Fallout"

Upcoming:

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Young Virtuosi—Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens, Elgar, Britten) Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/9, 2 PM
  • Sylvia Tyson with violinist Scarlet Rivera - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/9, 7 PM
  • "She Loves Me" - Theater Barn, New Lebanon, opens Thursday 8/9 at 8 PM, through Aug. 19
  • "Little Annie Rooney" - Pine Hills Film Colony at Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Saturday 8/11, 7 PM
  • Ajkun Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote Suite - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 8/11, 7:30 PM
  • Boston Pops: John Williams Film Night - Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Saturday 8/11, 8 PM
  • Skerryvore, Schenectady Pipe Band - Agnes MacDonald Music Haven, Sunday 8/12, 7 PM
  • American Idol Live! - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 8/13, 8 PM
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Times Union Center outdoor screens, Albany, Monday 8/13, 6:30 PM (“fun & games”), 7:30 PM
  • Skeeter Creek, Sydney Worthley - Rockin on the River, Riverfront Park, Troy, Wednesday 8/15, 5-8:30 PM

New movies: "Generation Wealth," "The Meg," "BlacKkKlansman," "Slender Man"

8/9/18 Panel

Aug 9, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Chair of the Communications Department at The College of St. Rose Cailin Brown; Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and political consultant Libby Post.

8/8/18 Panel

Aug 8, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Chair of the Communications Department at The College of St. Rose Cailin Brown; corporate attorney Rich Honen, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America” by Beth Macy
“Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” by Keith O’Brien
“The Collector’s Apprentice” by B.A. Shapiro
“Murder on the Left Bank: An Aimee Leduc Investigation set in Paris” by Cara Black
“Rust & Stardust” by T. Greenwood

8/7/18 Panel

Aug 7, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, political consultant Libby Post, and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fran Berman.

8/6/18 Panel

Aug 6, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic, Executive Editor of the Times-Herald Record Barry Lewis, and former New York State Senator and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor, Terry Gipson.

7/11/2018 Panel

Jul 11, 2018

 

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, and Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith. 

2018 Summer At The Mount

Jul 5, 2018

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton.

Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton and her servants’ lives, as well as her humanitarian efforts and literary legacy.

The Mount also presents lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, outdoor sculptures, films, and literary panels.

Susan Wissler is the Executive Director of The Mount and she joins us with a preview of this summer’s offerings.

7/5/18 Panel

Jul 5, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

6/22/18 Panel

Jun 22, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

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: "The Seagull"

Upcoming:

  • Alive at Five: Matisyahu, MIRK - Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 6/21, 5 PM
  • Goodnight Moonshine - Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/21, 7 PM
  • Old Songs Festival - Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, Friday 6/22 through Sunday 6/24
  • Aimee Mann - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 6/22, 8 PM
  • Tempest Trio: Alon Goldstein, piano; Ilya Kaler, violin; Amit Peled, cello - music of Beethoven, Amy Beach, Mendelssohn - Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 6/23, 8 PM
  • Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival - SPAC, Saratoga - Saturday 6/23 (feat. Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti) and Sunday 6/24 (feat. Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, Mavis Staples), opens both days at 10 AM
  • Boston Pops and Audra McDonald - Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Sunday 6/24, 2:30 PM
  • 16MM Classic Fantastic Vintage TV Party: "The Outer Limits" (pilot), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (2 episodes) - Proctors, Schenectady, Monday 6/25, 7 PM
  • David Blaine Live - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 6/26, 8 PM

New movies: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" "American Animals"

6/21/18 Panel

Jun 21, 2018

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

Today's panelists are Vice President for Editorial Development at New York Press Association Judy Patrick, College of St. Rose Journalism Professor Cailin Brown, Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry, and Counter-terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance.

6/20/18 Panel

Jun 20, 2018

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

6/13/18 Panel

Jun 13, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

6/1/18 Panel

Jun 1, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

Jane's Ice Cream

May 31, 2018

Call it tradition and allow us to slip into summer by having Jane’s Ice Cream join us on the air to share their signature product.

Jane's Ice Cream was founded by sisters Amy and Jane Keller and Bob Guidubaldi.

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream has grown from its beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, New York into a regional ice cream powerhouse. Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s most posh hotels and restaurants.

Jane and Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi join us now to tell how business has been this year and – of course – to allow us to taste some of their fantastic flavors.

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: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Upcoming:

  • Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman: Readings from “Song of Myself” - Robert Burns Statue, Washington Park, Albany, Thursday 5/31, 6 PM
  • Marcia Ball - The Upper Room, Albany, Friday 6/1, 7 PM
  • "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 6/1 at 7 PM and Saturday 6/2 at 2:30 PM
  • "The Importance of Being Ernest" - Circle Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park, opens Friday 6/1 at 8 PM; through June 10
  • "Places Please" with Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 6/2, 7 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival from Wednesday 5/31 through Sunday 6/3
  •      Dogs of Desire, EMPAC Theater, Friday 6/1, 7:30 PM
  •      ASO 2018 Festival Concert, EMPAC Concert Hall, Saturday 6/2, 7:30 PM
  •      Fanfare to Joan Tower, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 6/3, 1 PM
  •      The River Sings, Troy’s Riverfront Park, Sunday 6/3, 7:30 PM (Free)
  • The Suitcase Junket - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 6/3, 7 PM
  • Next Act New Play Summit #7:
  •      “Showpony” at the GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Sunday 6/3, 5 PM
  •      “The Way North” Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Monday 6/4, 7:30 PM
  • National Ballet of Cuba: Giselle - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/6, 8 PM; also 6/7 at 2 PM & 6/8 at 8 PM

New movies: "Adrift," "Upgrade"

5/31/18 Panel

May 31, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fran Berman.

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