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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Ella, conceived by Rob Ruggiero and Dyke Garrison with a book by Jeffrey Hatcher, is running at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY July 24th through August 12th.

Adirondack Theatre Festival concludes its 18th summer season with a celebration of the Woody Guthrie Centennial: Woody Sez, a musical tapestry of the American folk hero’s life and songs. The show will be onstage at the Charles R. Wood Theater from July 19–21 and July 25–28.

A new study finds that constantly being online can affect your mental health. 

Are you online too much?

Story from CBS here.

Barbara Zheutlin, Berkshire Grown Executive Director, and Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, join Ray in Studio A to talk about Berkshire Grown's Share the Bounty project and their 10th anniversary event - a lecture by the Nature Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein titled “Climate Change and Local Agriculture,” followed by a party in honor of local farmers on Saturday, July 21, at 2:00pm at

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week’s awesome list of reading suggestions.

New York education officials are expected to release the results today of the standardized English and math tests given to elementary school students this past spring. Do you think standardized tests are important?

Is stop-and-frisk inherently racist?

Daily News article here.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents its first annual Festival of the Arts this weekend at the Bydcliffe Arts Colony and Kleinart/James Center for the Arts. The festival involves 17 arts organizations presenting a variety of arts events throughout the weekend. We learn more from Paul Green - founder of the School of Rock and now Woodstock-er.

Governor Cuomo has proposed that individual communities should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to allow Fracking – what do you think?

Maceo Parker

Jun 25, 2012

Funk and jazz sax legend, Maceo Parker, is performing at the 35th Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday, June 30th. Here we speak with him about his start with James Brown, and more!

Music -Mother Popcorn

Rum Tasting

Jun 22, 2012

William Dowd (Barrels and Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots ) knows from spirits - the drinkable kind. Today he joins us for a rum tasting.

Doug Irving joins us to talk about his music and the event "An Evening of Adirondack Music with Doug Irving and Friends at The Linda" at The Linda this Friday.

What do you do to beat the heat and now blow your energy budget?

Thomas Crowell, Director of Outreach and Resource Development for the Columbia Land Conservancy and Sheldon Evans, a Columbia Land Conservancy Trustee and the author of Columbia County Outdoors: A Guide to Recreational Areas in Columbia County, join us to talk about the book and the CLC's work.

There's a proposal to install cameras in NYC that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically. Do you like or dislike the idea?

NY Times article.

Kobie Van Rensburg

Stephanie Blythe's commanding mezzo-soprano has captivated audiences at the world's greatest opera houses. Following her critically-acclaimed appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Ms. Blythe brings to The Mahaiwe, for one show only, her personal tribute to the songs made famous by Kate Smith, the popular music icon whose stirring voice helped the country through the Depression and World War II. She is accompanied by Craig Terry on piano and the show is presented by Berkshire Cabaret.

We speak with Amy Wynn, Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, about their 3rd Annual Open Your Eyes Art Studio Tour.

Connie Brooks joins us with this week's Book Picks.

Now that he's been cleared of juicing and perjury charges, do you think Roger Clemens should be admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Kevin Smith, Chairmen of the Woodstock land Conservancy; Patty Goodwin, President of the Woodstock Land Conservancy; and Laurie Ylvisaker, Maverick Board member, Woodstock Land Conservancy supporter and Vernal Fling committee member, join us to talk about this year's Vernal Fling honoring Congressman Maurice HInchey.

Kingston resident and composer, pianist, and harpsichordist, David Arner, is performing an improvisational score entitled "An Invocation of Hermes Twice Revealed" at EMPAC in Troy, NY on Tuesday, May 1st.

The Washington County Fiber Tour is celebrating its 20th year this weekend. You can visit alpacas, rabbiits, goats, sheep and lambs, llamas, and more - on several farms in beautiful Washington County. We are joined by Sylvia Graham (Fiber Kingdom in Salem, a breeder of angora rabbits and small business owner), Judy Leon (alpaca farmer and fiber artist - her farm is called Alpacas of Haven Hill) and Karin Kennedy (a sheep farmer from Easton).

The Woman's Club of Albany

Apr 25, 2012

The Women's Club of Albany was founded over a century ago and to this day organizes women the Capital District in their civic, literary, and charitable endeavors. We welcome Fran Altshuler (immediate past President), Charlotte Prior (current President), and Monique Wahba (Vice President) to the show to tell us more.

 This past week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final regulations to require oil and gas drillers to capture harmful air pollutants that escape from wells during drilling operations, and from natural gas storage facilities and pipelines.  The final rule is a first, and it's good news. But the new rules take 2 and a half years to become effective. New York can and should do better.

On the same day community watch volunteer George Zimmerman made his first appearance in court to face murder charges in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tells WAMC that the case is a good example of what can happen when the public takes an interest in pursuing justice.

Schneiderman appears on this week’s Capitol Connection program, which airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1.

We welcome Big Joe Fitz to the show to talk about Blues on the Mountain – a weekend long blues festival at The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY starting this Friday.

Read Local Red Hook

Apr 11, 2012

Read Local Red Hook is a day-long literary event taking place this Saturday with author events in the morning for kids and in the afternoon for adults. The event is presented by the Red Hook Community Arts Network and Oblong Books and Music.

While the Road to Serfdom is paved with good intentions gone awry; the road to self fulfillment—the dream of the modern person—is constructed with freedom stones resembling personal license. What is emerging in the United States, based in part on the empirical data in Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, is a selective version of morality. If it feels good, do it. The constraints inspired by the Judeo-Christian tradition, our genetic inheritance, even our sex, are mere trifles compared to personal choice and desire. To my astonishment, even murder is justified as an act of personal morality.

Book Picks - The Bookstore

Apr 10, 2012

Matt Tannenbaum and Michael Schiavo from The Book Store in Lenox join us with a fine list of titles.

Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouac
The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You CanStop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila
I'll Save You, Bobo by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal
Not Merely Because of the Unknown that was Stalking Toward Them by Jenny Boully Tarpaulin
Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless by Matt Hart
Verge by Morgan Lucas Schuldt

John Simon will present "Reminiscences of a Life in Rock and Roll" at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville,NY on Saturday 4/14.