Ray Graf

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

In his nearly 25 year radio career, 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 Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

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

List:
Headhunters On My Doorstep by J Maarten Troost
If You Could Be Mine by Sar Farizan
This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila
A Marker To Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Rathbones by Janice Clark

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

8/20/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Flu vaccines
Green Island Pets limits
NPR CEO Gary Knell rasigns
Lenient sentence for PFC Manning?

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

8/19/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and commentator and activist, Libby Post. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Stringer/Spitzer
Scott Brown to Iowa
Positive signs of housing recovery
Paying on dates

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

"Woody Sez" at The Guthrie Center

David M. Lutken in the Lyric production of "Woody Sez"
Credit Wendy Mutz

    Woody Sez is a toe-tapping theatrical concert event that uses the words of Woody Guthrie, and over twenty-five of his songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life.

Performed by a talented group of four versatile actor/musicians who not only play 15 instruments ranging from guitar and fiddle to jaw harp and dulcimer, but they also bring to life the many people who are the fabric of Woody Guthrie's amazing story.

Woody Sez will be at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington on August 14th and 16th and David Lutken joins us now to tell us more.

David studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in Europe and the United Kingdom, at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. His debut in the West End was the 2011 production of Woody Sez.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

8/7/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Editor of The Times Union, Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus - Ira Fusfeld. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum
Google Glass to see fill of policy questions
Joe Bruno
A Record 21.6 Million Millennials Living With Parents

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Same Time, Next Year"

    The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge through August 10th.

In the show, George and Doris are married, but not to each other. After a passionate chance meeting, the two decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Encompassing twenty five years of reunions, manners and morals, this Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Winning play is a hilarious and touching look at unconventional love and changing times.

In the BTG production, directed by Kyle Fable, Corinna May plays Doris and David Adkins plays George.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

7/26/13 - Panel

  Today we are joined by WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and The Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick. Ray Graf fills in for Joe Donahue.

Topics include:
Food Stamp fraud
Voting Rights
Anthony Weiner

WAMC News
12:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lynn Faria, Empire State Pride Agenda - SCOTUS And Marriage Equality

Lynn Faria, Empire State Pride Agenda

We've seen two historic rulings today from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning gay marriage - the striking down of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a ruling clearing the way for same sex marriages to resume in California.

WAMC's Ray Graf spoke with Lynn Faria, deputy executive director with Empire State Pride Agenda, for reaction to the decisions.

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Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Carolyn Mugar and Jennifer Fahy - Farm Aid 2013 Comes To SPAC

On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. 

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities and Reading Frederick Douglass

  We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight MASS Humanities and specifically we’ll talk about Reading Frederick Douglass. Our guests this morning are Pleun Bouricius, Assistant Director, Mass Humanities and Don Quinn Kelley, Founding Co-Chair Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival.

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