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
3:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

"Blue Monday" for NY Public Education

NYSUT VP Maria Neira, AQE's Billy Easton (at the podium), United University Professions Pres Fred Kowal, Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and others spoke about the need to slow down Common Core implementation and end dependency on high stakes testing.
Credit AQE

Today is a nationwide “Day of Action” around issues plaguing public education. Teachers, parents, union leaders and even some school superintendents and board members in New York are clothed in blue to show their concern for what they see as an overemphasis on testing, an under-emphasis on state education funding, and inequitable spending between districts.

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New York News
1:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Local Artists, Grammy Nominees

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy award.   The 80-year old Orchestra gets its first grammy nomination for its recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” featuring the world-acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, with maestro David Alan Miller of Delmar. The nod comes under the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The recording was released earlier this year.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NY: Vatican Survey & "Francis Effect"

Pope Francis raised eyebrows when he announced the Vatican would conduct a global survey. The poll has made somewhat of a "soft landing" in North America.

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Catskills
6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Hudson Holiday: 17th Annual Winter Walk

On Saturday, the Hudson Opera House plays host to the 17th annual Winter Walk, a signature event of the holiday season in the Catskills. It’s a night known for its quirky take on the holidays and for the diversity of entertainment provided.

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New York News
12:56 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NY Education, PISA And Common Core

Education advocates in New York State have a full plate going into the next legislative session. Students in the United States ranked 36th among nations in mathematics, reading and science, according to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment. The test, given to half a million 15- and 16-year-olds worldwide every three years, is regarded as a leading survey of education systems a snapshot of the global state of education.  Young people in Shanghai scored highest of all tested.

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WAMC News
6:36 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Community Meeting: Defending The Poor

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended an Albany screening of the HBO Documentary Gideon's Army and a panel discussion that followed.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright in which the Supreme Court ruled, unanimously, that defendants in criminal cases deserved legal representation in state courts. If defendants could not afford counsel, the state would have to provide it. Those lawyers are known as public defenders. 

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New York News
4:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NY Insurers Predict Spike In Health Exchange Use

Credit Nathan Littauer Hospital

Two start-up insurers in the New York health exchange, one promising unlimited telemedicine, say customer queries have been rising rapidly and they expect enrollment spikes by the new Dec. 23 deadline for coverage next year.

The state reports 27,000 more approved applications over the past week, bringing the total to 284,440. About one-third have enrolled in plans, 50,119 with the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers and 40,984 in Medicaid.

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WAMC News
1:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Radio On

You turned off the TV - now it's come after you... via radio!

Radio has survived and thrived for years beyond what self-proclaimed cultural and technological “experts” predicted.

Terrestrial radio may someday be eclipsed by satellites and cyberspace, but WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock says --- not in the near future

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Capital Region News
4:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Albany To Unveil New Technology

Credit wikipedia

Albany city officials are planning to cut a bit of government red tape that will save time and money.

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New York News
11:11 am
Wed December 4, 2013

NY A-G: Insurance Company Must Refund Students And Colleges

New York officials say they've reached a settlement with Markel Insurance Co. that will result in $2.75 million in restitution to college students who were overcharged for insurance.

The Attorney General's office and Department of Financial Services say the health, accident and sports accident insurance plans resulted in nearly 3 million dollars in overcharges to about 22,000 students, including many attending SUNY schools.

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