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
10:35 am
Tue April 23, 2013

"Ask Mrs. Honey B." in the GE Theatre at Proctors

     Mrs. Honey B. is a no-nonsense disciplinarian with staunch traditional values, and a modern day life coach. In Ask Mrs. Honey B. she talks with her audience about issues like relationships, parenting, in-laws, sexting and dealing with adult children who boomerang back home.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Book Picks - Northshire Bookstore

  This week's Book Picks list comes from Bill Lewis of Northshire Bookstore.

List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

4/23/13 - Panel

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

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Bombing Suspect Charged
•Death penalty discussion with WAMC listeners
• NY Smoking Age to 21?
 

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Albany Children's Book Festival

    This coming Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm the Albany Academies present the 5th Annual Albany Children’s Book Festival.

This year through a partnership with 15Love and the Denise McCoy Legacy Award they will honor two renowned children’s authors: Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney and humorist Tommy Greenwald. Jerry Pinkney will receive the Schimmer Lifetime Achievement Award and Tommy Greenwald will receive the Denise McCoy Legacy Award. They are also partnering with the R Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA. Richard Michelson will be bringing several pieces of original artwork that will be on display throughout the festival.

Here now to tell us more are Karen Schimmer, Children’s Book Festival founder and Albany Academies Librarian; and afore mentioned Caldecott winning illustrator, Jerry Pinkney.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Audiovisual Presentations at The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

  The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York is in the midst of their countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th.

These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special inter-actives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

To talk specifically about the upcoming audiovisual presentations, we welcome Herman Eberhardt, Supervisory Museum Curator for the Roosevelt Library and Steve Bressler, President of Monadnock Media.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon April 22, 2013

"The Lawyer Bubble" by Steven Harper

    According to lawyer, Steven Harper, a noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding.

Harper joins us to talk about The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis .

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

4/22/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and WAMC’s Morning Edition host, David Guistina. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Latest on Boston Bombing suspect
• NY Post on Bombing
• Media Coverage Report Card
• George W. Bush Presidential Museum opens this week

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Rachael Ray

Joe Donahue and Rachael Ray

    Rachel Ray is a nationally syndicated host of the Rachael Ray Show as well as a food network superstar. She is best known for her 30 minute meals, her many cookbooks, magazine and other television programs.

Rachael Ray has become a staple of both cable and syndicated television it all began at WRGB in Schenectady, New York when she started the 30 minute meal segment more than a decade ago she would regularly appear here in WAMC and cook for us.

She would come in and make burgers, jambalaya and chicken stirfry. During one program, a food network executive was listening, heard her and a few weeks later she went on to sign a huge contract with the food network and later get a syndicated talk show with Oprah Winfrey's company.

Two years after her great success, E! entertainment television did an E True Hollywood Story on Rachael and asked me if I would take part. It was the last time I actually saw Rachael Ray. This past weekend, I got to catch up with her while she's on spring break from her show and spending time in this region, a region she calls home. We reminisced about our time on the radio and of course about the E True Hollywood Story.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

4/18/13 - Panel

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

Today's topics include:
• The Latest from Boston - including yesterday's baffling suspect coverage
• Senate Gun Control Block
• Ricin letter to President
• Is Man Inherently Good or Evil?

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 17, 2013

"Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food" by Timothy D. Lytton

    The $12-billion-a-year kosher food industry is the subject of Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton’s latest book, Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food .

Professor Lytton examines the kosher industry as a model of private sector regulation in the midst of growing public concern over the government’s ability to regulate the food industry.

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