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
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

5/31/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Paul Conti. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Film Festivals
Ricin Letters to President Obama and NYC Mayor Bloomberg
Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor
Crazy Weather
A.G. Eric Holder

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

5/30/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of the Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and Times Union Capitol Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I.
Holder Faces New Round of Criticism After Leak Inquiries
A Second Democrat Calls for Silver to Resign
CSEA attacks Cuomo tax-free zone plan
Saratoga racino expansion's inclusion of theater space
Cuomo's new tax free zones
The end of the NY legislative session
Gloversville ice cream trial

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

5/29/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Moms Are Now Primary Breadwinners In 40 Percent Of Homes
Drone Protestors
Racino
Racism
Circling the media wagons

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

5/15/13 - Panel

  Today's topics include:

Albany Mayor Jennings not running for re-election
IRS/AP/Benghazi - “A perfect storm” or just second term blues
Nate Silvers Five questions
Drunk Driving

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Stefon Harris at The College of St. Rose

  Ninety Miles is a Cuban American music collaboration of a distinctly unique collection of songs. Originally recorded in Cuba under a special visa, Ninety Miles has received global recognition and was a featured documentary on BBC Worldwide in the fall of 2012. The group will be performing Thursday night at the College of St. Rose.

The touring group features three critically acclaimed jazz musicians: vibist and Albany native Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

Stefon Harris attended Albany High School and played in the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble.

A four-time Grammy nominee, Harris has been heralded by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” and has been awarded “Best Mallet” six times by the Jazz Journalists Association.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

4/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest from Boston
• What we Know and Don’t about Bombings
• Obama’s Cautious Approach
• Ricin Letter to Senator

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

4/5/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Associate News Producer, Patrick Donges, and the Producer of The Roundtable – Sarah LaDuke. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:

  • North Korea Moves Missile to Coast
  • PEW: Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
  • Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer
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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu April 4, 2013

"Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood" by Jim Steinmeyer

    In more than a century of vampires in pop culture, only one lord of the night truly stands out: Dracula. Though the name may conjure up images of Bela Lugosi lurking about in a cape and white pancake makeup in the iconic 1931 film, the character of Dracula—a powerful, evil Transylvanian aristocrat who slaughters repressed Victorians on a trip to London—was created in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name, a work so popular it has spawned limitless reinventions in books and film.

But where did literature’s undead icon come from?

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

4/4/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary
• Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit
• U.S. Embassy Tweets Jon Stewart's Egypt Monologue; Diplomatic Incident Ensues
• Latest Updates on the Gun Violence Debate
• Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

4/3/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and Associate Editor of The Times Union – Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:

  • State Senator Malcolm Smith corruption case
  • Gun Control Reform, President Obama is in CO today, CT next week
  • Gallup Poll shows The Capital Region is among the least religious regions in the nation
  • China Smog Linked to 1.2 Million Premature Deaths

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