Alan Chartock

President and CEO

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, higlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and name it! 

Ways to Connect

  The role of a development director is vitally important to an organization like the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The ASO’s Development Director, Rachel Jason, is here to tell us about her duties. When Rachel isn’t here with us at EMPAC – she is working to develop and implement a strategic plan to raise vital funds for the ASO in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. Rachel is chiefly responsible for bringing in revenue streams to the orchestra from grants, donations, special events.

David Alan Miller also joins the conversation.


  The Albany Symphony American Music Festival’s Reading Session will take place tonight at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall at EMPAC.

The Reading Session is a one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the world of music today, as up-and-coming composers -- chosen from a competitive national selection process -- have their works played by an orchestra early in the piece’s development.

Composers will receive feedback from Maestro David Alan Miller and the audience as well as from orchestra members who will weigh in on their work.

The composers are: Justin Ralls who composed Tree Ride, Michael Lee who composed Amped and Baljinder Sekon, the composer of Civil Variations.

  David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. As Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra -- a position he has held since 1992 -- he has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder.

Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras.

He joins us to talk about this year's American Music Festival at EMPAC.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the Amtrak crash, Gov. Cuomo on the Parental Choice Education Act, and the Boston Marathon Bombing trial.

  Another New York legislative leader has been arrested on corruption charges.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Republican Dean Skelos should no longer be the Senate leader.

This was recorded before Skelos stepped down on Monday 5/11.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, arctic oil drilling, and the new Senate Leader John Flanagan.

  The Trans-Pacific Partnership has split Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he opposes the deal. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, 'deflategate', and Skelos' replacement, Sen. John Flanagan.

U.S. Senate

  After the earthquake, many New Yorkers were frantically checking on relatives in Nepal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Senator Chuck Schumer tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Nepalese Americans need a helping hand. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box and NYS Sen. Maj. Leader Dean Skelos possibly to step down.