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
11:45 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Albany Symphony Orchestra's October 19th And 20th Concerts At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    The Albany Symphony Orchestra is proud to feature Schumann's Symphony No. 3 this Saturday October 19th at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30 pm and Sunday October 20th at 3pm.

This concert, filled with delightful works by Ravel, Faure, and Aaron Jay Kernis is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. The living American legend, Aaron Jay Kernis, will also be making his world premier of Three Flavors for Piano & Orchestra.

David Alan Miller joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 17, 2013

"Informing The News: The Need For Knowledge-Based Journalism" by Thomas Patterson

  Thomas Patterson, a professor of government and the press at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, whose new book is Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism. The book began as a look at what journalism schools need to do to train the new generation of reporters.

Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective, believing that unless journalists are more deeply informed about the subjects they cover, they will continue to misinterpret them and to be vulnerable to manipulation by their sources.

In this book, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, Patterson calls for nothing less than a major overhaul of journalism practice and education.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Big Read - Poughkeepsie

    The Big Read - Poughkeepsie will take place over the next month where this year’s title to read as a community is Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl. This book was selected in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The Little Read companion program for younger readers focuses on titles related to the Holocaust and World War II era, and features the books Number the Stars and The Devil’s Arithmetic.

In The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, readers will be moved by the story of Rosa Lublin. While Rosa lived through the Holocaust, her tiny daughter Magda did not. Magda’s shawl symbolizes the past that Rosa cannot escape, a life stolen by those she calls thieves, filled with memories of “the horror of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness of its aftermath.”

Big Read Coordinator, Jewel Ratzlaff; Dr. Werner Steger, Professor and guest lecturer for The Big Read; and Stephanie Laffin – representing the Poughkeepse City School District she is a Literacy Coach and English Dept. Head join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

10/17/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Ira Fusfeld.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Radio Legend Robin Quivers Celebrates Cancer Recovery, Lifestyle Change

The daily stresses of doing a morning radio show are nothing new to us here at WAMC. There are interviews to tape and edit, guests to track down, breaking news to cover.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

“My Brother My Sister: Story Of A Transformation” By Molly Haskell

Feminist film critic and author Molly Haskell was disoriented -to say the least- when her brother told her he had “gender dysphoria” and was going to transition from male to female.

She shares the story of their experience in My Brother My Sister.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 16, 2013

“The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, And Money” By Kevin O'Leary

As a lead shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary’s success with money management and in busi­ness is legendary.

We’ll welcome him to the show and talk to him about his latest book, The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Book Show #1317 - Elizbeth Gilbert

    Elizabeth Gilbert - author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with her first novel in 13-years.

The Signature of All Things is an epic story of desire, ambition and the thirst for knowledge spanning the 18th and 19th centuries – telling the birth to death story of botanist Alma Whittaker.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

9th Berkshire Immigrants Day

    The Berkshire Immigrant Center will host the 9th “Immigrants' Day in the Berkshires” on October 19th at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield, MA.

Immigrants’ Day is a free event with entertainment for children, music and dancing, food from immigrant-owned businesses and the opportunity to receive a free consultation from an immigration attorney. The annual event celebrates the achievements of Berkshire County’s newest U.S. citizens.

Here to tell us more are Brooke Mead, Program Coordinator; Eleanore Velez- originally from Mexico and a bilingual admissions counselor/coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Berkshire Community College; and Elisa Fuller, originally from Ecuador, an Immigrant Community member and Berkshire Immigrant Center/Immigrants' Day Volunteer.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Pulitzer-winning Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62

    Cuban-American novelist, Oscar Hijuelos died this weekend at the age of 62. His book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love was a best seller and earned him the Pulitzer for fiction in 1990 - making him the first Hispanic to earn that prize.

We spoke with Hijuelos on The Book Show in 2010 on the occasion of the publication of Beautiful Maria of My Soul – his 20 years-later muse-twin follow-up to Mambo Kings.

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