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
10:10 am
Thu April 4, 2013

David Sedaris - One new book and three regional shows

    David Sedaris' new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, will be released by Little Brown on April 23rd.

The satirist and public radio favorite will be at three venues in three different cities in our region: The Bardavon on 4/5The Mahaiwe on 4/6, and The Egg on 4/11.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Johnny Mathis at The Palace on 4/4

    In 1955, Johnny Mathis landed a job singing weekends at Ann Dee's 440 Club. George Avakian, then head of Jazz A&R at Columbia, came to the club, heard Mathis sing and sent the now famous telegram to his record company: "Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts." Mathis made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957, launching his career as a recording star and national celebrity.

Legendary crooner, Johnny "The Velvet Voice" Mathis, will perform at The Palace in Albany, New York tomorrow night at 8pm and in this interview we speak with him about his start, the support of people like Ella Fitzgerald, and how he feels about the term "crooner."

WAMC Programs
3:31 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Book Show #1289 - Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult is the author of a string of best-selling novels with heavy themes ripped from the headlines.

Her latest book is The Storyteller, which is about a young woman who finds herself wrestling with a moral dilemma after she befriends an elderly man at a grief group who turns out to have been a Nazi war criminal.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Blue Note's Don Was Skidmore's Carr Lecturer

    Widely recognized as one of the best record producers working, Don Was has worked with artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson. He has earned multiple Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year in 1995. A native of Detroit, Was grew up listening to jazz, blues, and the Rolling Stones.

He presented Skidmore College’s annual Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture on Monday, April 1.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Empire Service Dog Program Annual Benefit

Justin (Sara Knapp's dog) in the studio.

    Service dogs help people with disabilities to lead more independent and productive lives. Most people are familiar with the work of search and rescue dogs and guide dogs. Service dogs are called upon to perform a multitude of tasks.

Dogs at a very young age can be taught to turn on/off light switches, open/close doors, retrieve dropped objects and assist in dressing and undressing. There are many intangible benefits gained in placing a service dog with the right person.

The Empire Service Dog Program is the only NYS organization north of New York City that breeds, trains and places Service Dogs with persons with disabilities. Their annual benefit is this Sunday from 5 to 8pm at the Italian American Community Center in Albany, NY.

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The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Book Picks - The Open Door Bookstore

This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.


List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

4/2/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s News Director Ian Pickus, and Times-Union Capital reporter, Jimmy Vielkind.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Malcolm Smith's arrest
NYS Budget Wrap-up
Pork in the Budget
Obamacare Delays
North Korea Monitoring
Baseball’s Opening Day

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

"Jefferson's Children" at Mount Holyoke College

    The co-authors of Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family, join us this morning and they will be speaking at the Gamble Auditorium of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum on April 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The event is presented by Odyssey Bookshop.

Jane Feldman, an award-winning photojournalist, and Shannon LaNier, a descendent of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, will speak on race, family and their complex, shared legacy as Americans. The presentation, titled “Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family, the Journey Continues,” will be followed by a book signing and a chance to meet the authors.

Shannon LaNier, a ninth-generation descendant of Jefferson and Hemings, is a correspondent for the TV show Black Enterprise Business Report and the host of the popular Web series Celebrity Hustle. Feldman is a former New York City fashion photographer and an award-winning photojournalist who has dedicated much of her career to human rights.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

4/1/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Dr. Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donhahue moderates.

Today's topics:
Death of Prosecutors in Texas
The Jodi Arias trial enters its fourth month this week
Number of Young Adults Hit by Recession up
NYT Changes Obit After Criticism
April Fool’s Day (Julia Winterbottom, author of Pranklopedia: The Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-Mean Pranks on the Planet! joins via phone.)

Science & Technology
11:35 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jesse Feiler - Do Not Track

  How should a company respond if a consumer asks it to stop tracking his or her behavior on the company’s website? And what role should a browser play in helping consumers communicate their preferences regarding online tracking? These are questions we will look to answer with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in iOS, FileMaker databases, and technologies for small businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments. His most recent books are iWork for Dummies, Sams Teach Yourself Core Data in 24 Hours, and its companion Objective-C in 24 Hours.

His app, Minutes Machine for iPad, is available on the App Store. It helps nonprofits, homeowner associations, and small businesses manage meetings and generate minutes in real-time. His website is northcountryconsulting.com.

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