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

6/20/18 Panel

11 hours ago

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

6/13/18 Panel

Jun 13, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

6/1/18 Panel

Jun 1, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

Jane's Ice Cream

May 31, 2018

Call it tradition and allow us to slip into summer by having Jane’s Ice Cream join us on the air to share their signature product.

Jane's Ice Cream was founded by sisters Amy and Jane Keller and Bob Guidubaldi.

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream has grown from its beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, New York into a regional ice cream powerhouse. Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s most posh hotels and restaurants.

Jane and Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi join us now to tell how business has been this year and – of course – to allow us to taste some of their fantastic flavors.

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: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Upcoming:

  • Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman: Readings from “Song of Myself” - Robert Burns Statue, Washington Park, Albany, Thursday 5/31, 6 PM
  • Marcia Ball - The Upper Room, Albany, Friday 6/1, 7 PM
  • "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 6/1 at 7 PM and Saturday 6/2 at 2:30 PM
  • "The Importance of Being Ernest" - Circle Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park, opens Friday 6/1 at 8 PM; through June 10
  • "Places Please" with Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 6/2, 7 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival from Wednesday 5/31 through Sunday 6/3
  •      Dogs of Desire, EMPAC Theater, Friday 6/1, 7:30 PM
  •      ASO 2018 Festival Concert, EMPAC Concert Hall, Saturday 6/2, 7:30 PM
  •      Fanfare to Joan Tower, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 6/3, 1 PM
  •      The River Sings, Troy’s Riverfront Park, Sunday 6/3, 7:30 PM (Free)
  • The Suitcase Junket - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 6/3, 7 PM
  • Next Act New Play Summit #7:
  •      “Showpony” at the GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Sunday 6/3, 5 PM
  •      “The Way North” Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Monday 6/4, 7:30 PM
  • National Ballet of Cuba: Giselle - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/6, 8 PM; also 6/7 at 2 PM & 6/8 at 8 PM

New movies: "Adrift," "Upgrade"

5/31/18 Panel

May 31, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fran Berman.

5/30/18 Panel

May 30, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

5/17/18 Panel

May 17, 2018

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, College of St. Rose Journalism Professor Cailin Brown, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill and Judy Patrick - Vice President for editorial development at New York Press Association.

3/30/18 Panel

Mar 30, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

  Today's Book Picks come from Jim Havener of Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY.

List:
“Time Pieces” by John Banville
“The Line Becomes A River” by Francisco Cantu
“Good Booty: Love & Sex, Black & White, Body & Soul In American Music” by Ann Powers
“Bunk” by Kevin Young
“Straying” by Molly McCloskey
“Solar Bones” by Mike McCormack

3/6/18 Panel

Mar 6, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we will learn about The Reading Is Fun Program in Schenectady, NY. The organizations goal is to help teach reading-readiness and conversational skills and vocabulary to as many of Schenectady’s 4 to 9-year-olds as possible. 

Reading is Fun will host the first Grand Reading Jamboree at Proctors on Saturday, April 21.

Here to tell us more are Dr. Alvin Magid, Founder and Executive Director of The Reading Is Fun Program; and Mary Lou Russo, the program’s Chief of Operations.

3/5/18 Panel

Mar 5, 2018

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

Today's panelists WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

2/23/18 Panel

Feb 23, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti; and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

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: "Black Panther"

Upcoming:

  • Troy Night Out: The Amazing Race Trivia Night - Downtown Troy, Friday 2/23, 5-9 PM
  • Mile Twelve - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 2/23, 8 PM
  • Shemekia Copeland - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 2/23, 9 PM
  • Shelby Lynne, Teddy Thompson - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Sinkane - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Adrienne Iapalucci - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Soovin Kim, violin; Paul Watkins, cello; Gloria Chen, piano - (Beethoven, Brahms, Pierre Jalbert) - Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday 2/25, 3 PM
  • Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front, Bim Skala Bim - Albany Capital Center, Albany, Sunday 2/25, 7:30 PM
  • "Casablanca" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 2/26, 7 PM
  • Staatskapelle Weimar with pianist Sunwook Kim - (Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Richard Strauss) - Troy Chromatics Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Wednesday 2/28, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Annihilation," "Game Night," "Happy End," "Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool"

2/22/18 Panel

Feb 22, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry.

2/21/18 Panel

Feb 21, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois and Joe Bonilla, and Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith.

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
“Only Child: A Novel” by Rhiannon Navin
“I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“LOVE” by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long
“The Dangerous Art of Blending In” by Angelo Surmelis
“Anatomy of a Miracle: A Novel” by Jonathan Miles
“Islandborn” by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

2/20/18 Panel

Feb 20, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

2/14/18 Panel

Feb 14, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith.

1/5/18 Panel

Jan 5, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Corporate attorney Rich Honen, and Counter-Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance.

12/22/17 Panel

Dec 22, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck and Counter-Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance. 

12/6/17 Panel

Dec 6, 2017

 

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

Joining us for the discussion: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of the Daily Gazette Judy Patrick, and Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois and Joe Bonilla.

This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews 

The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016

The Naturalist’s Notebook for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You by Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant that Revolutionized Eating in America from The Moosewood Collective

Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes by Martin Philip

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

11/7/17 Panel

Nov 7, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

Ray Graf fills in for Joe Donahue today.

This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:

Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

A Brief Stop on The Road From Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg

The Survivors Club by Debbie Bornstein Holinstat and Michael Bornstein

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory by Michael Korda

Sisters by Lily Tuck

Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

It’s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim 

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

9/19/17 Panel

Sep 19, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain; environmentalist, and past president of the Sierra Club Aaron Mair, and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller.

8/11/17 Panel

Aug 11, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Editor of the Daily Gazette Judy Patrick, and Professor of Political Science at Siena College and Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti.

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: The Dark Tower, Atomic Blonde

Upcoming:

Godspell 2012 - Theater Barn, New Lebanon, opens 8/10 (Thursday) at 8 PM, through August 20.

The Philadelphia Orchestra American Classics - SPAC, Saratoga Springs - 8/10 (Thursday), 8 PM, All-Gershwin program featuring Marcus Roberts Trio; 8/11 (Friday), 8 PM, Ives, Metheny & Mays, Dvorak program featuring Christopher Deviney (vibraphone) & She-e Wu (marimba)

Spamalot - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens 8/10 (Thursday) at 2 and 8 PM, through August 20.

Suzanne Vega, the DuPont Brothers - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, 8/11 (Friday), 9 PM

Capitolfest (Vintage Film Festival) highlighting films starring Fay Wray - Capitol Theatre, Rome, 8/11 (Friday) through 8/13 (Sunday)

Tracy Morgan - Funny Bone Comedy Club at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 8/12 (Saturday), 7 and 10 PM

The Stick Men featuring Tony Levin - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, 8/12 (Saturday), 6:30 & 8:30 PM

Banjo Revelry VI - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8/12 (Saturday), 8 PM

Buddy Guy - The Egg, Albany 8/15 (Tuesday), 7:30 PM

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet - EMPAC Theater, Troy, 8/16 (Wednesday), 8 PM

New movies: The Glass Castle, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, The Midwife, City of Ghosts, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Annabelle: Creation

8/10/17 Panel

Aug 10, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and College of St. Rose Department of Communications Chair, Cailin Brown.

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