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
Thu October 24, 2013

How Jamie Moyer Defied The Radar Gun And Defeated Time

We don’t often think of professional athletes getting better with age but Jamie Moyer was a better pitcher in his 40s than he was in his 20s. Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a Major League Baseball Game in April 2012.

Moyer pitched for eight teams, but his best years were with the Seattle Mariners, where he became and All-Star, and with the Philadelphia Phillies where he was a starter in a World Series run.

He chronicles his journey in the book, Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defied The Radar Gun And Defeated Time. The book is co-written by Larry Platt.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Thu October 24, 2013

"The Astor Orphan: A Memoir" by Alexandra Aldrich

    The Astor Orphan: A Memoir is a memoir by a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, Alexandra Aldrich.

In it, she tells the story of her eccentric, fractured family; her 1980s childhood of bohemian neglect in the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her escape from the clan. Aldrich reaches back to the Gilded Age when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu October 24, 2013

FilmColumbia – Bob Giraldi and Pete Hamill – “A Poet Long Ago”

Based on a story by Pete Hamill, two friends from a Brooklyn grammar school reconnect and realize the impact they and their work had on each other. A Poet Long Ago, directed by Bob Giraldi, screens at FilmColumbia in Chatham, NY during their shorts program on Sunday.

In the film, Sonny, a sanitation worker, and Malloy, a newspaper writer, meet by chance and reminisce about their grammar school days together back in 1970s Brooklyn. Immediately an old wound is opened; flashbacks show how the least likely of the pair had his astonishing gift of writing poetry beaten out of him forever by the narrow-minded father hell-bent on protecting him.

Bob Giraldi is a longtime director who has done everything from directing the film, Dinner Rush, to directing the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Pete Hamill is widely known for his contributions to the New York Post and the New York Daily News as a columnist and editor.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

10/24/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, news man Ray Graf and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Anger over NSA
New GOP AHCA tactics
Umpires Reverse Call
Book on Murdoch
Kids Driving Down

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

“Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” by Terry Teachout

Duke Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century.  His songs—he wrote more than 1500 of them—have been recorded by a who’s who of popular music, from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett to Steely Dan. 

The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. Many of his compositions, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady,” remain beloved standards.  

In Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, jazz musician, and author of Pops, an acclaimed biography of Louis Armstrong, reveals the many layers of a man as unique and complex as the music he created. 

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Sara Paretsky 

In Critical Mass, private investigator V.I. Warshawski is asked by her closest friend Lotty for urgent help. Lotty lost most of her family in the Holocaust, and escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate.

When Kitty’s daughter finds her life to be suddenly in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. to aid them.

Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, the most recent of which was Critical Mass. Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and she joins us this morning.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

FilmColumbia – Brian Percival – “The Book Thief”

Working mainly in television, director Brian Percival has made quite a name for himself in the UK with his work on Downton Abbey extending his reach to this side of the Atlantic.

Percival’s debut theatrical feature The Book Thief is generating early buzz as a contender in the upcoming Hollywood award season. The film will screen as part of the FilmColumbia Festival this Sunday at 3:30pm.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 23, 2013

14th Annual FilmColumbia Festival

This year’s FilmColumbia Festival kicked-off last night with a screening of Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.

Throughout the rest of this week and coming weekend, the 14th annual festival will show yet-to-be-released independent and foreign films, shorts, and some studio films in a lineup that includes the much buzzed about August: Osage County; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; and the new Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Here to tell us more about the line-up are Peter Biskind, Executive Director and Co-Programmer of the FilmColumbia Festival and Calliope Nicholas, Director of FilmColumbia.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

10/23/13 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, and activist and commentator Libby Post. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Job Data
Christie on Gay Marriage
GOP Gay Marriage Move
New iPad
Pot Poll

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Book Show #1318 - Jeffrey Deaver

    The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Jeffrey Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

His latest is The October List - a novel told in reverse.

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