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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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.

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The Boston Red Sox have taken over first place in the American League East, moving a half-game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees. Chris Sale struck out 10 while holding the Royals to three runs and just four hits over 8 1/3 innings of the Red Sox's 8-3 win at Kansas City. The Yankees suffered their seventh consecutive loss as Cameron Maybin and Luis Valbuena each homered and drove in two runs apiece to lead the Angels' 8-3 rout in the Bronx.

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Winning streaks are on the line when Arizona and Colorado, probably the two most surprising teams in baseball this season, begin a three-game series at Coors Field Tuesday night. Rookie right-hander German Marquez (5-3, 4.19 ERA) starts for the Rockies, who have won five straight and own the best record in the National League at 46-26. Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.00) pitches for the Diamondbacks, winners of seven in a row and just a game behind Colorado in the NL West at 44-26. This is Arizona's best 70-game start in team history.

A Catskill Mountain swimming hole is so crowded that state officials are encouraging people to swim elsewhere. 

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Brooks Koepka has picked up his first career Major victory by taking the U.S. Open at Erin Hills by four shots over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama. Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under. He is the seventh straight first-time major champion in men's golf.

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General Electric says Jeff Immelt is stepping down as CEO. John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate's health care unit, will take over the post in August.


The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions for the second straight year following a 2-0 win in Game 6 over the Predators in Nashville. Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winner with just 1:35 left in regulation before Carl Hagelin's empty-netter secured the victory. Matt Murray picked up his second consecutive shutout for the Pens, who are the first repeat champions since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

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This week Bob discusses telescopes and the full moon.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the Stanley Cup finals as they try to become the NHL's first repeat champions since the 1998 Red Wings. Matt Murray turned back 24 shots and the Penguins scored three times in each of the first two periods for a 6-0 rout of the visiting Nashville Predators. The offensive uprising came after the Pens were held to just two goals while dropping the previous two games in Nashville.

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Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say they've acquired two rare journals of a Pennsylvania officer who served on the northern frontier during the American Revolution.

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The Golden State Warriors own a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals following a 118-113 comeback win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Kevin Durant had a team-high 31 points for Golden State, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left. Klay Thompson had 30 points for the Warriors, who trailed by six with six minutes to play.

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Scooter Gennett has tied a major league record by homering four times for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Gennett, who drove in 10 runs, connected for his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, then had a solo homer and two two-run shots as he became the 17th major leaguer with four in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012. No player has ever hit more than four in a game. Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at bats as Cincinnati hammered the Cards 13-1. His 10 RBIs matched the club record.