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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The latest renovation of the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is underway and as the finished product will bring new features to the monument.

David Nightingale: Pickpockets 2015

21 hours ago

In the last few weeks I have been issued a new credit card, because someone else has begun to use the old number -- apparently to order pizzas from Dominos and to buy a $750 item from a company I've never heard of.


One of the leading advocates in western Massachusetts for the welfare of animals has stepped down as executive director of the Dakin Humane Society.   Leslie Harris spent nearly 20 years with the organization.   On her next to last day in the job, Harris spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill at the organization’s animal shelter and adoption center in Springfield.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Republican John Safford is running against incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen. WAMC's Lucas recently spoke with Safford about some of the issues facing the Spa City that is seeing a boom in downtown investment and development.

To hear a conversation with incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen, click here.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen is running for a second two-year-term against Republican challenger John Safford. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard speaks with the Democrat about her campaign and some of the most pressing issues facing city hall, including parking and downtown development.

To hear a conversation with John Safford, click here.

Rogovoy Report For October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015

This weekend our region boasts Harold Pinter, avant-garde music, a special pre-release film screening of an Oscar contender, New Orleans jazz, a recreation of Bob Dylan and the Band, old timey music, and avant-garde performance.

Syria, the Pope and James Fenimore Cooper were just a few of the topics discussed on the WAMC Listener Comment Line.  Here are this week's highlights.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 2, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 2, 2015.


The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Thursday unveiled a turnaround plan for the public schools in Holyoke, which were put under state receivership earlier this year. 

  Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the plan to improve the public schools in one of the poorest cities in the state includes more time in school for K-8th grade students, a redesign of the secondary schools, and a downsizing of the central administrative office.

" I start with the presumption that business as usual is not going to move things in Holyoke," said Chester.

Homecoming Tonight For "Nightmare Code" Director

Oct 1, 2015

A local filmmaker returns home tonight for a one-night screening of Nightmare Code, a psychological sci-fi thriller that looks at where technology could be taking us in the not too distant future. Mark Netter was raised in Delmar and attended Bethlehem Central High School before studying film and TV production at NYU. He is the director, co-writer and producer of Nightmare Code, which will be screened at the Spectrum in Albany.