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. 

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

7/15/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and commentator and activist Libby Post. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Zimmerman Verdict Fallout
Obama's Call for Calm
Gay Blood Ban
Texas Abortion Measure
Holder & Reporter's Data

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dracula or The Undead - Free Theatre at WTF

Noah Averbach-Katz (Count Dracula) and Elsa Carette (Lucy Westenra)
Credit Paul Fox

    The Free Outdoor production of Dracula, or, The Un-dead plays tonight, tomorrow and next week at the Poker Flats Field in Williamstown.

The production is adapted by Steve Lawson and directed by Jordan Fein and the Dracula duo joins us.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Ideas Matter: Connecticut Humanities Council and Work

   We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on the RT, entitled – Ides Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight Connecticut at Work. The yearlong programming initiative explore a changing workplace, changing culture of work, changing workforce.

Stuart Parnes – Executive Director of The Connecticut Humanities Council joins us this morning.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kate Burton in "Hapgood" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

Jake Weber (Kerner) and Kate Burton (Hapgood)
Credit T Charles Erickson

    Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood opened at The Williamstown Theatre Festival last night.

It stars WTF favorite and two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton, who returns to Williamstown for her 18th season to take on the tour-de-force title role.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

7/12/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics:
Farm Bill
Fillibuster Limit
Debt Collection
Bulger Trial
Student Loan Snag

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Thu July 11, 2013

“Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field” at The Wellin Museum

    

  The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College presents “Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field,” the artist’s first solo museum exhibition - through July 28th.

The exhibition features new works created specifically for the Wellin, including a site-specific, 70-foot wall painting installation; a 4 x 10 foot, glass and metal mobile; and a series of large-scale paintings and drawings.

Museum director Tracy Adler curated the show and she joins us to tell us more about it and about other upcoming exhibitions at The Wellin.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

7/11/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's President and CEO Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union.

Topics:
Remembering Toshi Seeger
Camp Bisco
Plan by NYS Office of Mental Health to close nine state psychiatric centers
 

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition

    In the past, expressions like "horsefeathers," "blinkers," and "coxy-loxy" were all the go around towin, but they have since largely disappeared from the English lexicon in favor more pedestrian modern expressions.

Lesley Blume is looking to bring such language back – we speak with her about her efforts.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence

    Carin Gilfry and Alex Lawrence met in 2011 as Young Artists with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. The mezzo-soprano and baritone fell in love, were married, and now get to balance those facts with their very busy and far-flung opera careers.

Alex is singing the role of Belfiore in Verdi's King for a Day at Glimmerglass this summer and during the year he has a contract with the Zurich Opera in Switzerland.

Carin recently performed in La Perichole with New York City Opera, and covered in Le Nozze di Figaro in Los Angeles.

The couple joins us now to talk about life as married opera singers and about The Glimmerglass Festival.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Fred Applegate in "Anything Goes" at Proctors

Fred Applegate and Rachel York in Anything Goes.

    The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, opened last night at Proctors in Schenctady and runs through Sunday.

One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy comes here following a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times called it “Musical-comedy joe" and USA Today hailed it as "Glorious and exhuberant!"

In addition to the title song, the show includes the Porter classics “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “Easy To Love” and more!

Fred Applegate plays Moonface Martin in the show and joins us this morning. Fred has starred in London and on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers. His Broadway credits include Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music.

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