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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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Weston Playhouse

    It has already been an exciting summer at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont - and the action continues with two productions opening soon. The Resident Producing Director of Weston, Steve Stettler, joins us along with actors Etai BenShlomo and Lauren Mufson.

Etai plays the role of Henry in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next To Normal. He comes from a long run on Broadway in Wicked. With a Tony-winning rock score, Next to Normal peels back the facade of a suburban family dealing with mental illness and other contemporary American struggles.

  Lauren plays Lena in the new musical Loving Leo, a musical exploration of what it means to be a family.Lauren, played Donna on Broadway in Mamma Mia!

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon July 8, 2013

75th Anniversary of Bascom Lodge

  In celebration of its 75th anniversary this year, Bascom Lodge, the iconic Berkshire landmark at the summit of Mount Greylock, has planned a series of special events and programs related to the rich history of the Lodge, the mountain, the 1930s, and local history and folklore.

The Lodge has come a long way in 75 years. Built in the 1930s during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide a rest stop and rustic accommodations for hikers, nature enthusiasts and vacationers, in recent years the Lodge has been transformed by its current operators, the Bascom Lodge Group, comprised of brothers John and Peter Dudek and Brad Parsons, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Historic Curatorship Program.

The Brothers Dudek (John and Peter) and Brad Parsons join us now to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

"Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" at The Tang

    Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale survey of more than thirty years of work by artist and designer Corita Kent. A teacher at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a civil rights, feminist, and anti-war activist, Corita, as she is commonly referred to, was one of the most popular American graphic artists of the 1960s and ’70s.

While several exhibitions have focused on Corita’s 1960s serigraphs, Someday is Now is the first major museum show to survey her entire career, including early abstractions and text pieces as well as the more lyrical works made in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition includes over 200 serigraph prints, as well as rarely exhibited photographs Corita used for teaching and documentary purposes.

Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum, joins us in Studio A.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

7/8/13 - Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Newsman Ray Graf and special guest Elaina Newport - producer, original cast member, and one of the founders of The Capitol Steps.  

The Capitol Steps are at The Cranwell Resort in Lenox for the summer with performances through September 1. 

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "The Lion in Winter"

Treat Williams, Jayne Atkinson, and Joe Donahue

    An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be.

The Lion in Winter is now up and running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick stage and plays through July 13th.

To tell us more, we welcome two stars of the production. Jayne Atkinson received Tony nominations for her roles in Enchanted April and The Rainmaker, she has also been seen on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, Our Town and Ivanov. Here television credits include Criminal Minds and 24 and she was in the Netflix series House of Cards. She plays Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Treat Williams plays Henry. Treat Williams began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease. His first big film role was the part of Berger in the film version of Hair. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwood. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Chocolate Springs

    Joshua Needleman, creator and chocolatier of Chocolate Springs Café, has been fascinated with chocolate all of his life. Joshua is a native of Lebanon Springs, New York. He first entered the culinary field at age sixteen and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994. Joshua began to refine his skills at the Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts and then relocated to France to explore another culture and learn directly from the French culinary traditions.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Tony Fogg, Artistic Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra

    As the season opens at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he is also has an eye on Boston and even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

A pianist by training, Fogg has been an avid collector of recordings for over 40 years. He produced the BSO's 12-CD "Symphony Hall Centennial Celebration," as well as a disc for the Ozawa Hall 10th anniversary, and the all-Mozart collection with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company

Credit Kevin Sprague

    A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?

Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season hit, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare & Company.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Ellen Highstein, Director of the Tanglewood Music Center

  Ellen Highstein is the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center - where Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters.

The Roundtable
10:03 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Vince Gill

    This Sunday, country star, Vince Gill, will perform with The Boston Pops in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

The country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and member of the Grand Ole Opry has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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