Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief.  Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.

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New York News
3:22 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Rare Documents From Vast NY Collection Up For Sale

Nearly 300 rare items from a vast private collection of historical papers are being put up for auction in New York City. They include a document celebrating Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century and a book considered one of the earliest printed in America.

The artifacts are from the collection known as the Caren Archive, owned by Eric Caren of suburban Westchester County. The items being auctioned April 7 at Bonham's in Manhattan include rare Revolutionary War newspapers and a Butch Cassidy mug shot.

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WAMC News
4:18 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Obama: Seeger Believed In The Power Of Community

Credit Nick Knupffer / Flickr

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.

Seeger, the veteran folk singer, died Monday night at age 94. The writer of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," he welded his music to activism on issues of American workers and the disadvantaged.

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WAMC News
12:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger & His Music

Pete Seeger in a 1956 television performance.
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His music catalog and social activism spanned six decades, but now a major folk voice has been silenced. Beacon resident Pete Seeger died Monday night in  New York City  after being hospitalized for six days.
 

As a teenager in 1936, Seeger joined the Young Communist League. An early recording features Seeger on "c" for Conscription, a track that appeared on Songs for John Doe, the 1941 debut album of the Almanac Singers, an influential early folk music group.

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WAMC News
9:56 am
Tue January 28, 2014

A Bridge In His Honor

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A town official in the Hudson Valley is writing to New York state officials, urging them to consider naming a bridge in honor and in memory of Pete Seeger, who passed away today.

Pete Seeger employed his music in a push for a cleaner river in the 1960s (long before others took on the cause).

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Albany Residents Catch DEC's Ear

Albany 1st Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Credit Lesley Adewunmi

Albany residents, politicians and community advocates recently voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. The State Department of Environmental Conservation appears to have been listening.

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New York News
12:47 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Albany Institute Partners With Google

Google's William Floyd with the Google Street Trolley
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Institute of History & Art has teamed up with Google, announcing this morning a move that will make its collection instantly available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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WAMC News
12:01 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Newspaper Chain Considers, Rejects Building Gun-owner Database

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The publisher of a major newspaper chain has thrown cold water on a report that it was considering building state-by-state databases of people who have the right to carry concealed firearms.

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New York News
12:40 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Prosecutor: Conservative Scholar Lied To Candidate

Dinesh D'Souza speaking at CPAC 2012.
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A prosecutor says a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New York told investigators that a conservative scholar and author lied to her about the source of campaign donations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen made the disclosure Friday as Dinesh D'Souza pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated campaign finance laws. D'Souza is the creator of the documentary "2016: Obama's America."

He was released after his Manhattan court appearance on $500,000 bond. His travel is restricted to the United States.

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Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Port Plans Worry Downtown Residents

Inset: Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Some Albany residents have voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

A Massachusetts company is planning to build a 2,600-square-foot heating facility at the port's rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped from tanker cars into storage tanks.

First Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs says the local community  worries that the new building may mean increased air pollution adding to dangers already posed by the tankers.

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New York News
4:22 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Mixed Grades For NY: State Of Tobacco Control Report

Credit American Lung Association

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The “American Lung Association: State of Tobacco Control Report 2014” has handed New York mixed grades. 

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