Patrick Garrett

Morning Edition Producer, National Productions Coordinator

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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In the NBA, Toronto beat Brooklyn 119-109, Dallas edged Chicago 99-98, San Antonio topped Minnesota 122-114, Denver won against the Lakers 127-121, and it was Miami over Houston 109-103.


In the NHL, Buffalo beat Dallas 4-1, the Islanders shut out Boston 4-0, Detroit blanked Montreal 1-0, San Jose topped Winnipeg 5-2, Tampa Bay won against Los Angeles 2-1, Pittsburgh edged Washington in overtime 8-7, and it was Edmonton over Arizona 3-1.

Boston's archbishop has been appointed to a top Vatican office that handles cases of clergy sex abuse.


In the NFL, Green Bay beat Dallas 34-31 and it was Pittsburgh over Kansas City 18-16. On Saturday, Atlanta topped Seattle 36-20 and New England bested Houston 34-16. Green Bay next sees Atlanta in the NFC Championship in Georgia at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. The AFC Championship features Pittsburgh and New England in Foxborough at 6:40 p.m.


In the NFL playoffs this weekend, on Saturday, Seattle takes on Atlanta at 4:35 p.m., and Houston faces New England at 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, Pittsburgh goes head-to-head against Kansas City 1:05 p.m. and then Green Bay faces Dallas at 4:40 p.m.

San Diego Chargers Stadium


The Chargers reportedly are ready to bolt San Diego. said Wednesday that the Chargers plan to announce as early as today that they are moving to Los Angeles. According to the report, the Chargers have notified team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of their intent to relocate for the 2017 season. However, the website added that nothing was final.


In the NBA, Toronto beat Boston 114-106, Atlanta won against Brooklyn 117-97, Houston topped Charlotte 121-114, Milwaukee bested San Antonio 109-107, Utah defeated Cleveland 100-92, Portland won against the Lakers 108-87, Golden State beat Miami 107-95, Sacramento topped Detroit 100-94, and it was Washington over Chicago 101-99.


With budget cuts looming, residents in Troy are pleading with officials to keep the upstate New York city's two municipal pools open this summer.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to spend $2 billion statewide for clean water projects.


As far as Clemson is concerned, the sequel was much better than the original. The underdog Tigers upset defending national champion Alabama 35-31 as Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson beat the Crimson Tide with his arm, his legs and his heart to win a rematch of last year's title game. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 last season in the championship.

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In the NFL wild card playoffs, Green Bay crushed the Giants 38-13 and Pittsburgh beat Miami 30-12. On Saturday, Houston advanced by topping Oakland 27-14 and Seattle moved ahead after defeating Detroit 26-6. The New England Patriots will take on Houston on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

Deadpool and Colossus

He’s called “The Merc with a Mouth,” but these days, Deadpool is also a Golden Globe Award nominee. Perhaps the most excited person of all when it comes to Deadpool’s success is the character’s co-creator, Rob Liefeld, who has long been one of Deadpool’s biggest - and most vocal - fans. Having campaigned for a Deadpool movie for decades now, the writer and artist saw that persistence pay off with the film’s record-breaking run last year.


In the NBA, Indiana beat Brooklyn 121-109, Toronto won against Utah 101-93, Detroit defeated Charlotte 115-114, Houston bested Oklahoma City 118-116, Atlanta topped New Orleans 99-94, Phoenix beat Dallas 102-95, San Antonio won against Denver 127-99, and it was Portland over the Lakers 118-109.


In the NBA, Milwaukee squeaked by the Knicks 105-104, Atlanta beat Orlando 111-92, Charlotte won against Oklahoma City 123-112, Chicago defeated Cleveland 106-94, Golden State topped Portland 125-117, Miami beat Sacramento 107-102, and it was the Clippers over Memphis 115-106.


The wealthy businessman who co-chaired Donald Trump's campaign in New York says there are no lingering problems with the president-elect's transition team over his widely condemned comments insulting President Barack Obama and his wife.


In the NBA, Boston beat Utah 115-104, San Antonio won against Toronto 110-82, Dallas topped Washington 113-105, Phoenix bested Miami 99-90, Sacramento beat Denver 120-113, the Lakers defeated Memphis 116-102, Indiana won against Detroit 121-116, and it was Philadelphia over Minnesota 93-91.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to announce a plan Tuesday morning to offer free tuition at state colleges. 


The St. Louis Blues were the winners in the NHL's Winter Classic at Busch Stadium. The Blues gave up an early goal before scoring three times in the third period of a 4-1 triumph over the rival Chicago Blackhawks. The game was tied 1-1 until Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in a 1:53 span of the final period. Patrick Berglund tied the game in the second period, and Alex Steen scored an empty-netter after collecting his 300th career assist and 500th point. Jake Allen turned back 22 shots and blanked the Blackhawks after Michal Kempny beat him 62 seconds into the game. It was 46 degrees when play began before a sellout crowd of 46,556, the sixth largest for a Winter Classic.

Elizabeth Warren

As more marijuana shops take root in states that have legalized the drug, they're struggling with a lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

New York lawmakers will return to Albany this week to begin their work for 2017.

The six-month legislative session gets underway Wednesday.


The Toronto Maple Leafs were winners in the NHL's latest outdoor game. Rookie Auston Matthews reached the 20-goal mark by scoring twice, including the game-winner 3:40 into overtime to push the Leafs past Detroit, 5-4 in the Centennial Classic at BMO Field. Anthony Mantha's second goal of the afternoon tied the game for the Red Wings with just 1.1 seconds left. The Leafs' fifth straight win leaves them 17-12-7.

Podcast: The Psychology Of Doctor Who

Dec 31, 2016
11 doctors from Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the longest running science-fiction television series since its start in 1963. A cultural phenomenon, Doctor Who grabbed international attention after its reappearance on TV following a brief break from production in the 1990s. There have been a total of 12 actors who officially played the doctor and the series is showing no sign of stopping its run. On WAMC’s podcast, RetConned, the team talks with the editor of a new book on the psychology of the Doctor…


In the NBA, Cleveland beat Boston 124-118, Memphis bested Oklahoma City 114-80, Phoenix defeated Toronto 99-91, Utah topped Philadelphia 100-83, Dallas beat the Lakers 101-89, and it was Charlotte over Miami 91-82.


A co-chairman of Republican Donald Trump's New York presidential campaign who publicly insulted Democratic President Barack Obama and his wife has been asked to resign from a local school board.

Sikh Officers Association on Facebook
Sikh Officers Association on Facebook

The New York Police Department is now allowing Sikh officers to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long for religious reasons. 

A businessman who co-chaired the Trump campaign New York state says his recent derogatory statements about President Barack Obama and his wife weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate" and a "mistake."

Buffalo Bills


In the NHL, the Rangers edged Detroit 4-3, the Islanders slid past Ottawa 4-3, Pittsburgh bested New Jersey 5-2, Columbus skated by Boston 4-3, Buffalo won against Detroit 4-3, Minnesota edged Nashville in overtime 3-2, Winnipeg beat Chicago 3-1, Calgary doubled up Colorado 6-3, Dallas topped Arizona 3-2, and it was San Jose over Anaheim in overtime 3-2.


The minimum wage is going up at year's end throughout New York state.

Within New York City the wage will rise from $9 to $11 per hour, though the increase will be smaller for employees of small businesses. Their wage will increase to $10.50 an hour.


In the NBA, Brooklyn beat Charlotte 120-118, Detroit won against Cleveland 106-90, Houston topped Phoenix 131-115, Minnesota bested Atlanta 104-90, Chicago edged Indiana 90-85, New Orleans popped Dallas 111-104, Toronto defeated Portland 95-91, Sacramento squeaked by Philadelphia 102-100, Washington beat Milwaukee 107-102, Orlando topped Memphis 112-102, and it was Denver of the Clippers 106-102.

Could a gondola like this span Rensselaer and Albany?


An aerial cable car system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.