Joe Donahue

Vice President, News and Programming

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book. 

Ways To Connect

  Mark Volpe, the Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins us - as he does each summer - to set us straight on all things Tanglewood and tell us about their amazing season that gets underway on Friday night.

  David Gates was anointed by New York magazine as “a true heir to both Raymond Carver and John Cheever.”

He now has a new collection of stories and a novella. A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me includes eleven stories and the novella, Banishment. The collection is his first in 15-years.

  This morning we will discuss important tech issues with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

This morning we will focus on the idea of non-profits as innovators and we will also welcome Gail Nayowith, an expert in nonprofit organization management.

  Marcella Sembrich, internationally known Polish soprano, first sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera in its initial season in 1883. She retired in 1909 and sang concert tours until 1917. Her teaching studio, built in 1924 is located in Bolton Landing, NY and has been a operating as museum in her honor and to commemorate opera during the summers since 1937 – two years after her death in 1935.

Each summer's schedule at The Sembrich centers around a theme artfully crafted by Sembrich's artistic director, composer Richard Wargo. He joins us now to tell us what is on tap for this season, the theme of which is “On Wings of Song: The Marriage of Music and Poetry.”

  Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl” and Oscar-Winner for Shampoo.

At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood black­list, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.

Her memoir is, I Said Yes to Everything.

  Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom (Event on Monday, July 13)
Elliott Landy's Opening Night (Event on Saturday, July 4th)
Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason by Joseph P. Eckhardt
The Dylanologists: Adventures In The Land of Bob by David Kinney
The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick (Event Sunday, July 12)
The Natural History of New York by Stan Freeman and Mike Nasuti

6/30/15 Panel

Jun 30, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

  Tony Award-nominee Jessica Hecht and Drama Desk Award-winner Eric Bogosian join forces for the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb‘s funny and turbulent Legacy on The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.

When renowned novelist Neil Abrams is panned by The New York Times, he reopens the conversation with his wife Suzanne about starting a family. As Neil copes with feeling increasingly antiquated and culturally irrelevant, and Suzanne begins a relationship with one of Neil’s brilliant grad students, the equilibrium of their marriage is threatened.

Eric Bogosian is well-known for writing and starring in several one-man shows and plays, including Talk Radio and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, landing a leading role in the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent; writing three novels and nabbing several awards, including three Obies, the Drama Desk, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He last joined us to talk about his new book: Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide.

Jessica Hecht made her Broadway debut in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and has twice been nominated for a Tony for her roles in A View From the Bridge and The Assembled Parties. She is known for her work as Victoria in the indie hit Sideways and had recurring roles on Breaking Bad and Seinfeld and played Susan Bunch on TV’s Friends.

Legacy opens on Wednesday and runs through July 12th.

  Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick makes her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut in the world premiere of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge. Off the Main Road was, until recently, a lost work among Inge’s canon – found and reintroduced by the Inge Estate in 2008. Broadway veterans Estelle Parsons and Becky Ann Baker co-star in the production and join us this morning.

Estelle Parsons is a Five-time Tony nominee. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Velocity of Autumn.

She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on The Today Show in 1952. She won an Oscar for her performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. The following year, she garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Rachel, Rachel. On television, she is perhaps best remembered as Roseanne and Jackie's mother on Roseanne.

Becky Ann Baker is a fixture here at Williamstown – this is her 13th season. She made her Broadway debut in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has also appeared in Broadway’s Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, All My Sons, Assassins and The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein. She may be best known for her portrayal of Jean Weir on Freaks and Geeks and currently as Lena Dunham’s mom in HBO’s Girls.

Off the Main Road opens on the Williamstown Main Stage tomorrow night and runs through July 19th. It is a great pleasure to welcome Estelle Parson and Becky Ann Baker to the show.

  The new opera The Long Walk is based on Brian Castner’s critically acclaimed book of the same name. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life upon returning from the war.

Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theatre is presenting the world premiere of The Long Walk in partnership with American Lyric Theater. Internationally renowned theater and opera director David Schweizer makes his Opera Saratoga debut.

Grammy Award winning baritone Daniel Belcher returns to Opera Saratoga to create the role of Brian, alongside mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, who makes her company debut as his wife Jessie. The two performers join us for this interview.

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