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"In Our Backyard" to Return

Albany, NY – WAMC will re-launch its popular environmental program, "In Our Backyard," in a new format on Friday, September 24. The program was suspended in May after an article in the Albany Times Union reported that the host, New York State wildlife pathologist Ward Stone, was under investigation for alleged misconduct.

"We waited for several months for a resolution to the investigation," said Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO. "So far, there has been no resolution. We've been in constant contact with Ward and in fairness to him and to our community of listeners hungry for environmental news, we've decided to restore "In Our Backyard." In its new format, Ward will be answering listeners' questions every Friday on "Morning Edition," at 7:06 and during the same day's "Midday Magazine."

"Should the Inspector General's investigation find merit to the allegations raised by the Times Union article, WAMC will, of course, reconsider its options," added Chartock.