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

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.

8/11/15 Panel

Aug 11, 2015

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

7/10/15 Panel

Jul 10, 2015

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

Today's panelists are University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao; political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

6/12/15 Panel

Jun 12, 2015

  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 and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

5/28/15 Panel

May 28, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

Dr. Margaret Smith of Cornell university joins WAMC's Ray Graf for a discussion on the basics of GMO's and Genetic Engineering.  

5/27/15 Panel

May 27, 2015

  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 political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

5/21/15 Panel

May 21, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

5/20/15 Panel

May 20, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Topics include defective Takata air bags; David Letterman retires; LA to raise minimum wage; Happy Rockefeller dead

5/6/15 Panel

May 6, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

  It’s time now for our weekly feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we’ll discuss active use and re-use of historical sites – specifically Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondack Mountains. Joining us is Garet Livermore, executive director of Great Camp Sagamore, which simultaneously celebrates its historical heritage while remaining in active use. Balancing these two presents a unique challenge in the maintenance and conceptualizing of a historical site.

4/10/15 Panel

Apr 10, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Cuba may be removed from terror list; Iran nuclear deal; new video released in SC shooting.

4/8/15 Panel

Apr 8, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include SC policeman charged with murder; Russians hack the White House; US tracked billions of calls over decades; Greenpeace protest; Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate Donald 'Dontay' Ivy's death.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tennenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Women of Will by Tina Packer
Danger in the Darkest Time (Magic Tree House Super edition) by Mary Pope Osborne
Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano
The Getaway Car by Donald Westlake
Collected Poems by Michael Gizzi

4/7/15 Panel

Apr 7, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include JetBlue lands in Albany; Boston Marathon bombing trial goes to Jury; Rand Paul to launch presidential campaign; Chris Gibson to possibly run for NY Governor; Iowa and 2016 candidates.

4/6/15 Panel

Apr 6, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include Rolling Stone retracts rape story; President Obama makes his case for Iran Nuclear Deal; Chinese women's rights activists arrested; and California drought.

Our listeners weigh in on what turned out to be a very eventful week in the news. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

The WAMC Listener Comment Line is a toll-free call, 24 hours a day.  1-800-695-9170.

UPDATE**** 3:05pm.   WAMC stream is back up. We are still making some audio adjustments. WAMC HD2 is projected to be back up and running by 4:30pm.

WAMC and WAMC HD2 audio streams will go silent today at 1pm for scheduled maintenance.  We intend for this to be a brief outage and to restore audio streaming by the 2pm start of Vox Pop Medical Monday. 

    Today we speak with Sally Roesch Wagner, the Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, which is partnering with the New York Council for the Humanities to planning a number of programs and events celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State, which we will celebrate in 2017.

Next week, the Gage Foundation, New York Council, and other partners will be in Albany to talk to lawmakers about their plans for the celebration.

3/6/15 Panel

Mar 6, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include: 50th Anniversary of Selma; ISIS/Iran; Delta flight goes off runway at LaGuardia; Harrison Ford's plane crash; Ringling Bros. to retire elephants; Daylight savings time and heart attack risk.

Metroland 3/5/15

Mar 5, 2015

   Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

3/5/15 Panel

Mar 5, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include: Police discrimination in Ferguson, MI; U.S. Ambassador to South Korea attacked; Boston Marathon Bombing trial; Hillary Clinton's email usage.

3/4/15 Panel

Mar 4, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Netanyahu's address to congress; Obamacare goes to Supreme Court; Hillary Clinton's email usage; Harsher penalties for New York’s Drivers; Petraeus reaches Plea Deal.

12/31/14 Panel

Dec 31, 2014

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today, WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and Ray Graf talk about the year's biggest news stories.

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