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."

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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.

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.

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