Patrick Garrett

National Productions Coordinator, Podcast Host

Patrick Garrett graduated with a dual degree from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Concentration in Production and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry. A former newsroom intern who joined the WAMC staff in 2014, he worked at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where he sold tickets. He is an Eagle Scout from Saratoga Springs and writes and plays music in his free time.

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Local officials, video game industry leaders, and academics gathered in at the Troy Innovation Garage in Troy Thursday to discuss what a statewide tax credit would mean for the industry. 

Democratic state Assemblyman John McDonald, joined by local industry officials on a panel, spoke about the possible future for the video game industry in the Capital Region.


The New York Jets snapped a three-game skid by making big plays on defense and harassing Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor all night in a 34-21 win over Buffalo. They also held on to a fourth-quarter lead after blowing them in their previous two games. New York came in second-to-last in the NFL with just 11 sacks through the first eight games but had seven in this one. The Jets also ran for 194 yards in a big bounceback for New York's ground game.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the mass shooting in Las Vegas is another example of her congressional colleagues being "too cowardly and too week" to oppose the gun industry.


The Kansas City Chiefs remain the NFL's only undefeated team after beating the Washington Redskins 29-20 Monday night. They have now won their first four games of the season, and Washington fell to 2-2. Kansas City won the game on a 43-yard field goal by kicker Harrison Butker with 8 seconds left. He had been signed off the Carolina practice squad earlier in the week.

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader who was affectionately known as “the Voice” has died after battling a rare form of cancer. USA Today reports that the 62 year-old died Sunday at his home in Glens Falls, New York.
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Jameis Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 25-23 victory over the winless New York Giants. Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point earlier in the game. He made the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning's second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25.

Listen With The Lights On, a WAMC podcast, has migrated its feed to There, listeners can find all of our past episodes as well as new episodes, featuring legends and lore from Utica to Springfield and Montreal to New York City and beyond. Subscribe on your podcast app of choice, and stay tuned in the coming months for many more exciting (and terrifying) tales!

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In the Democratic primary for Westchester County Executive, Sen. George S. Latimer captured 63 percent of the vote while Ken Jenkins garnered 37 percent of the vote.

Latimer will go on to face incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino in November's general election. Latimer currently represents the New York state Senate's 37th district.

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State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin declared victory in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

However, Deputy County Executive Christopher Meyer isn’t ready to concede.

At last count, McLaughlin leads 2,708 to 2,369. McLaughlin also leads 537 to 503 in the Conservative primary. There are also nearly 700 absentee ballots.

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Former Albany Councilman Corey Ellis won a three-way race for Albany Common Council President in the Democratic primary yesterday.


Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and the Boston Red Sox rolled past the Oakland Athletics 11-1. The Red Sox have won five of their last six and pushed their American League East lead back to four games over the Yankees. Betts went 3 for 5 with six RBIs. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed one hit over six innings for Boston.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and JP Miller, Publisher of Empire Report New York. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Judy, and JP talk about the Village Voice's decision to cease their print edition in favor of a digital focus, media coverage of President Donald Trump, and much more.

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New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving. 

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A state agency has banned a raucous gathering of boaters from being held in a popular bay on an Adirondack lake after a fatal boat crash followed the annual event last year.


Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in almost 90 percent of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school. That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players in the biggest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease has been linked with repeated head blows, and the results published by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirm that it can happen even in young players.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Ira Fusfeld, Publisher Emeritus of the Daily Freeman. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about the value of a press secretary who dodges tough questions, attempts to discredit reporters, a Pulitzer winning story from the New York Times that pulled from a local news agency in Russia, and much more.

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires voters to register at least 20 days before an election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, along with the national ACLU Voting Rights Project and a Boston law firm, filed the lawsuit in November.

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is going to be on display at a Massachusetts museum this Independence Day.

The state-run Commonwealth Museum is scheduled to display the historic document from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

This week, Dr. Alan Chartock, Ira Fusfeld and Rex Smith discuss President Donald Trump's recent comments regarding an Irish reporter, Sarah Palin's libel lawsuit, and whether the White House is actually happy.



Officials across upstate New York are welcoming the expansion of ride-sharing services as a way to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and local law enforcement leaders Wednesday to praise the arrival of ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber in upstate New York.


Phil Jackson is out after just three full seasons as president of the New York Knicks, a stretch that included no playoff berths and just 80 victories. The Knicks issued a statement saying the two sides mutually agreed to part company with two years remaining on a $60 million contract. The team announced the move days after Jackson reiterated his desire to move Carmelo Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Kristaps Porzingis.

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The New York state Assembly has voted to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

The legislation endorsed by lawmakers early Thursday morning also would renew the law giving the mayor of New York City control of public education in the city. That 15-year-old policy is set to expire Friday.

Less than a week after they ended their regular session, New York lawmakers are returning to Albany to try again when it comes to extending mayoral control of schools in New York City. 


The New York Knicks will announce later today that team president Phil Jackson and the franchise will part ways. ESPN reports the 71-year-old Jackson felt it was best that the Knicks let go forward Carmelo Anthony who refused to waive his no-trade clause. But conversations fast-tracked this week when owner James Dolan decided it would not buy out the forward who has two years left on his contract, a deal worth over $54 million.

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A spokesman for the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says she has hired a lawyer as federal investigators examine a real estate deal involving a Vermont college she once ran.

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Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 last night. New York won for the third time in 13 games to keep pace with Boston atop the AL East.

A hearing is scheduled to resume Monday on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife should be ousted from the Buffalo school board. 

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Doug Fister pitched pretty well in his Red Sox debut, but the Angels took the rubber match of their three-game set by earning a 4-2 win at Fenway Park. Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles. Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo homers for the Bosox, who have dropped two straight at home since winning 10 of their previous 12.


A pair of Pac-12 freshmen guards went 1-2 in Thursday's NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick to select Markelle Fultz of Washington, who was one of the most electrifying freshmen in college basketball last season. The 6-foot-4 Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Huskies. It's the second straight year the 76ers have owned the first overall selection. They acquired the pick from the Celtics on Monday and gave Boston the No. 3 choice.


The New York Yankees ended a seven-game losing streak and took over first place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. Didi Gregorius smacked a two-run homer and Austin Romine provided a two-run double as the Yankees doubled up the Los Angeles Angels, 8-4. The Red Sox held a 4-2 lead in the eighth until Salvador Perez unloaded a grand slam to give Kansas City a 6-4 victory over Boston.

The University at Albany is getting a new president.

The State University of New York's board of trustees plans to announce the appointment on Wednesday afternoon in Albany.