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
Fri November 22, 2013

11/22/13 Panel - JFK Assassination Commemoration

  Today's panelists are WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and author and broadcaster, Bob Cudmore – whose new book is Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley.

Today's we mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by sharing memories and taking WAMC listener calls on the subject.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Albany Symphony Orchestra's Guest Conductor And Soloist, Jeffrey Kahane

    Internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane is not only performing Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 22, but also conducting at this weekend's Albany Symphony concert at The Palace.

Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams. He is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu November 21, 2013

"Through the Evil Days" By Julia Spencer-Fleming

  Julia Spencer-Fleming discusses her long-awaited next book, Through the Evil Days – a Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery — the mystery series set in Washington County!

On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs. Currently he’s struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban’s Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare’s “unpriestly” pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties.

Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever.

Julia Spencer-Fleming be at Battenkill Books tonight.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

11/21/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Afghan Pact
Nuclear Option?
Kennedy Conspiracy Poll
Congressman Cocaine
A-Rod

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed November 20, 2013

"They Killed Our President" By Jesse Ventura

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past fifty years, you’re aware of the many hypotheses that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not done by one man. Whether you’ve read one or a dozen of the books on this topic, it’s nearly impossible to fully grasp the depth of this conspiracy.

In They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK New York Times bestselling authors Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell, and David Wayne have teamed up with some of the most respected and influential assassination researchers to put together the ultimate compendium that covers every angle—from the plot to the murder—of JFK.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed November 20, 2013

"Johnny Cash: The Life" By Robert Hilburn

  In Johnny Cash: The Life, Robert Hilburn tells the complete story of Johnny Cash for the first time. He covers Cash’s artistic career and turbulent life, from his days growing up poor in Depression-era rural Arkansas, working the cotton fields of his family’s farm, to becoming one of the true icons of 20th-century popular music.

Of the many great rock and country arrivals in the 1950s, Cash was one of the few who approached his music as more than hits for the jukebox. He wanted to inspire and uplift people.

Robert Hilburn knew Cash well, reporting on him at many different points in his career, from the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968—where he was the only music journalist attending—to his wrenching last days. Hilburn was a pop music critic and pop music editor of the Los Angeles Times from 1970 through 2005.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed November 20, 2013

"Chasing Chaos" By Jessica Alexander

The adventures and hardships of a life dedicated to humanitarian work are on full display in the new memoir Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and out of Humanitarian Aid.

Written by 36 year old Jessica Alexander- a former Fulbright Scholar who is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, Fordham University, and New York University.

The book takes a look at an all consuming dangerous and often romanticized line of work.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

11/20/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
Supreme Court on Texas Abortion
Gillibrand's Measure
VA Lawmaker Killed by Son
Judge Stays Execution

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Book Show #1322 - Andre Dubus III

    Andre Dubus III is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, House of Sand and Fog, and the memoir, Townie. In his new collection of novellas, Dirty Love, he tells stories of love tainted and gone wrong.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue November 19, 2013

"Not In Your Lifetime: The Definitive Book On The JFK Assassination" By Anthony Summers

A recent poll indicated that more than 70% of Americans believed that President John F. Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy and that officials concealed the truth of what really happened.

In the 1980s Anthony Summers wrote his book Not in Your Lifetime: The Definitive Book on the JFK Assassination - which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

He has now reworked his originally published book updating the text with new information, interviews, and access to thousands of previously unavailable documents.

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