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 August 9, 2013

"Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life" by Melody Moezzi

    Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.

But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment.

Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way. She tells her story in Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri August 9, 2013

"Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America" by Dan Balz

    Dan Balz, one of the nation's most respected political reporters, has written his review of the last presidential election — what happened and why. It's called Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

The chief correspondent for The Washington Post, Balz is the author of several books, including one on President Obama's first election — The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election — written with Haynes Johnson.

In his new book, Collision 2012, he offers an insider's account of the forces that shaped the political strategies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the flaws and misfires that led to Romney's ultimate defeat.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

8/9/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Terror Threat
Presidential News Conferences
Presidential Vacation Days
Vacation Days
Clinton Mini Series

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance

    The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event over three-day event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey.

Quickly becoming known as the most original Wine and Food Festival north of New York City, Saratoga Wine & Food provides over 200 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, collector Italian luxury vehicles as well as one-of-a kind seminars. The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is SPAC’s largest fundraiser is just over a month from now - September 6th, 7th & 8th.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Jamie Bernstein

  As we mentioned earlier, Stéphane Denève will be conducting a Bernstein Extravaganza tomorrow night here at SPAC. And Jamie Bernstein will take part in a tribute to her father, Leonard Bernstein, which will feature members of the New York City Ballet.

The program will include the composer’s “Suite” from “Fancy Free,” and “Something’s Coming” and “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.”

Jamie Bernstein frequently works with symphonies as a narrator, and she helped develop a school concert program for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Collaborating with Michael Barrett, who worked as an assistant conductor with Leonard Bernstein, she developed a program about her father’s music. 

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - The Tang and Caffé Lena

Pete Seeger at Caffé Lena in the 1960s
Credit Joe Alper

    We are joined by two dear friends of our program – who happen to direct organizations in Saratoga Springs AND whose organizations happen to be collaborating this season.

Ian Berry is the Dayton Director at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and Sarah Craig is the Director and is in charge of booking at Caffé Lena. Ian will tell us about TRANSFORMer – a collaborative, community-specific sculptural installation currently on display at The Tang. He and Sarah will tell us about the exhibition, Caffé Lena: Inside America's Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Stéphane Denève

    Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra he has performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and at many other celebrated venues throughout Europe.

Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists and is also a conductor of opera – having worked at the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Netherlands Opera, Cincinnati Opera and with many other phenomenal companies around the world.

He opened the Philly Orchestra season last night and will conduct the Bernstein Extravaganza tomorrow night and will conduct with soloist Yo-Yo Ma on Saturday night.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Saratoga 150 and Richard Danielpour's "Serenade"

    The Saratoga Race Course is 150 years old and the track is being celebrated throughout the city this season and tonight, the party comes here to SPAC.

Keith Lockhart will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of “horse” related pieces. "Serenade" by Richard Danielpour is receiving its world premiere performance tonight here at SPAC. The work pays tribute to other aspects of Saratoga, in addition to racing. Over the course of three movements, it visits the arts scene, the mineral waters, and, finally, the track.

SPAC's commission of Danielpour's "Serenade" was underwritten by Charles and Candace Wait and happens to coincide with Danielpour's 30th anniversary of visiting Saratoga. Charles Wait is the Chairman of Saratoga 150.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Yaddo

    Yaddo has hosted thousands of artists, including James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein , Truman Capote, John Cheever, Aaron Copland, Ruth Heller, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, Mario Puzo, Flannery O'Connor, and Anne Truitt. Just to name a few.

Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400 acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is "to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.”

This morning we are joined by Lesley Leduc, Public Affairs Coordinator for Yaddo who joined the staff in 1992. She is responsible for all Yaddo publications and outreach materials, and frequently lectures about the artists’ retreat.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Marcia White

Credit Will Waldron / Times Union

    We’re here at SPAC, and we’re bringing out the big guns. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White is joining us here to talk about some recent events at SPAC, and what they’ve got planned for the future.

Marcia White was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005, and has overseen a major renovation of the theater during the first years of her tenure and has ensured the continuation of SPAC staples: the Ballet, the Jazz Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra.

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