Alan Chartok

Sometimes programming decisions are mutually exclusive. Take the opera, for instance. 

We know that there are relatively few people who listen to the opera. The big “but” is that those who do listen are passionate about the art form. WAMC has been playing the opera for years. Our philosophy has always been that a great public station will feature programming that may not be readily available and that certainly is the case every Saturday afternoon on WAMC. Imagine you were drawing the audience for opera. The so-called “N” (number) circle would be pretty small compared to the circle representing the audience who listens to news and public affairs on the station. So the question is, should opera take up time during which the majority of listeners would rather be listening to something else? 

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartok discusses the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the Trump Administration's appeal of a Federal Judge's ruling on DACA and the political clout of labor unions being challenged in the Mark Janus Supreme Court case that began Monday.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses gun control and the continued trail of Joseph Percoco, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's former aide.