Ray Graf

News Anchor, Host of Vox Pop, and Web Content Manager

In a radio career that has spanned over 25 years, Ray Graf has done it all. At one time or another he worked as an overnight board operator, a commercial copywriter, a reporter and a voiceover announcer. For several years - a lifetime ago - he was a morning drive disc jockey.   Graf has been a member of the WAMC News team for 16 years. These days, he finds himself as The Roundtable's news anchor, panelist- and occasional guest host for Joe Donahue. "Radio news is not always easy," said Graf of his most recent radio vocation, "but it's not nearly as difficult as spinning a Michael Bolton record at 5:45 in the morning and pretending you're happy about it."

Ways to Connect

WAMC listeners share their thoughts in this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

6/29/2016

Jun 29, 2016

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

6/22/16 Panel

Jun 22, 2016

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond

Around 98 percent of New York school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday.  Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, joins WAMC's Ray Graf for a discussion about the results. 

5/18/16 Panel

May 18, 2016

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Coming Up At The Linda

Apr 28, 2016
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The Linda

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

4/28/16 Panel

Apr 28, 2016

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

4/27/16 Panel

Apr 27, 2016

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

4/8/16 Panel

Apr 8, 2016

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

2/19/16 Panel

Feb 19, 2016

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Deadpool

Upcoming:
On Screen/Sound No. 10: Pierre Vallieres, The Arbor - EMPAC, 2/18 Thu
Styx - Palace, Albany, 2/18 Thu
Glengarry Glen Ross - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, opens 2/19 Fri (thru 3/19)
Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture - Proctors, Schenectady, 2/19 Fri
Bebel Gilberto - The Egg, Albany, 2/20 Sat
The Village People - Proctors, Schenectady, 2/20 Sat
The Princess Bride - Palace, Albany, 2/22 Mon
Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape & The Justice System in a College Town - UAlbany Page Hall/New York State Writers Institute, 2/23 Tue

New movies: Son of Saul, The Lady in the Van, Race

2/18/16 Panel

Feb 18, 2016

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

2/17/16 Panel

Feb 17, 2016

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Leah Moore of The Northshire Bookstore.

Pugs of the Frozen North by Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Princess In Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson
Brambleheart by Henry Cole
Lilliput by Sam Gayton, Illustrated by Alice Ratteree
Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles DeLint and Charles Vess
The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Illustrated by Keith Thompson
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, Illustrated by William O'Connor

2/16/16 Panel

Feb 16, 2016

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a rising star in the comedy world, an acclaimed pianist performing a free solo concert, the kickoff of a new jazz series, and a longstanding favorite of the folk-roots jam scene.

1/21/16 Panel

Jan 21, 2016

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

12/31/15 Panel

Dec 31, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

     This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro
The Lake House by Kate Morton
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

11/9/15 Panel

Nov 9, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region. Today we're talking with Maria Tatar, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

She's written and translated several books on fairy tales, and she describes how seemingly simple stories like “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” challenge us to think a little harder as we try to decode the cultural contradictions in them. The Vermont Humanities Fall Conference “Why Do Stories Matter?” will take place November 13–14 at the Dudley Davis Center at the University of Vermont and our guest, Maria Tatar will participate.

11/6/15 Panel

Nov 6, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

11/5/15 Panel

Nov 5, 2015

 

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

10/28/15 Panel

Oct 28, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has appointed Elizabeth Reiss as its new CEO. Elizabeth has an extensive career in the arts, focusing on museum education, teaching classes and camps, and developing curricula for museums and schools. She also brings administrative and development experience from her most recent role at the Albany Institute of History & Art.  In an interview with WAMC's Ray Graf, Reiss began by talking about how the skills she used in her job at the Albany Institute transfers to her new job.

The University at Albany School of Public Health has initiated an “All School Read” program, which invites students, faculty, staff and community members to select and read an important book covering issues relevant for those preparing for careers in public health. The first book chosen for the program is Robert D Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which examines the growing inequality gap in the United States.

9/16/15 Panel

Sep 16, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

  The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY hosts the 34th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival this weekend.

Storytelling, social dancing, and an all Iroquois Art Market are just a few of the activities featured at the festival. Guests can join Iroquois from throughout the Six Nations for a family friendly celebration of cultural pride and creativity.

Stephanie Shultes is the Executive Director of the Iroquois Indian Museum and she joins us now along with Amanda Kay Tarbell Kanatisake an Assistant Educator at the museum.

8/12/15 Panel

Aug 12, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

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