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
11:12 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper

    Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' Family Adventures in Reading

    We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas 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 MASS Humanities and their Family Adventures in Reading program. The idea is to explore diversity, knowing about the world; children responding to humanities themes through literature and illustration. The program emphasizes the importance of adult-child interaction with reading and conversation.

To discuss, we welcome, Mary Jo Maichack - a national award-winning singer, storyteller and creative teaching artist; and Hayley Wood - a Senior program Officer at Mass Humanities. She is the editor of Mass Humanities' blog, The Public Humanist and she manages Family Adventures in Reading.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Crystal Bowersox At Club Helsinki

  Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program's history to have one of her original songs played on the show.

She has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career of originality and authenticity. Earlier this year she released her second studio album, titled All That for This.

Bowersox, who is also an actress, is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline later this year. She will be at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY tonight at 9PM.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

9/6/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue.

Topics include:
Obama & Putin
Syria Vote Count
Tipping Debate
E-Cigarettes
NSA on Encryption

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The Power of Meditation" By Edward Viljoen

    Drawing from his years of experience as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen has written The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power.

The book is a guide to the benefits of meditation practices will help readers cultivate a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Beacon Independent Film Festival

  The first Beacon Independent Film Festival will be held at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, NY September 13 ̶15. Founded by Beacon resident Terry Nelson, the Beacon Independent Film Festival celebrates filmmaking and the act of watching films with others in your community.

The festival will showcase an array of emerging filmmakers both local and international and offerings will consist of short and feature length independent films that audiences might not otherwise have the opportunity to see.

The festival will open with a screening of “Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm,” and a music video and performance by Stephen Clair Trio. Afore mentioned festival founder, Terry Nelson, joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Mo Rocca At The Saratoga Wine & Food and Concours d'Elegance

Credit Thom Kaine

      

  Wildly entertaining humorist and actor Mo Rocca will join The Saratoga Wine & Food and Concours d'Elegance as this year's celebrity personality.

As co-host of the Live Auction with Master Wine Connoisseur Kevin Zraly and as part of the Culinary Tent experience, Rocca will bring his off-beat and satirical commentary, which can regularly be seen on CBS Sunday Morning and Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli and heard on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

9/5/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Syria Vote
Democrats on Syria
Castro Suicide
ESPN Challenged

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Albany Ale Project

    In 2010, beer bloggers Alan McLeod and Craig Gravina stumbled across an early 19th century advertisement for Albany Ale—but what exactly was Albany Ale? That question took them on a journey through history spanning nearly 400 years—from the arrival of the first Dutch brewers to the 21st century.

Along the way, the duo has re-discovered the city’s mid-19th century phenomenon—a double-strength XX ale, brewed across the city and exported around the world—known as Albany Ale. Growing since 2010, this international research endeavor has been dubbed the Albany Ale Project, and is focused on bringing the history and stories of an industry that helped to build the capital city of New York to light.

Roger Savoy of Hennessy Home Brew Emporium and Ryan Demler of the Pump Station in Albany join us to tell us more.

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