Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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 WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, 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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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October 16, 2012

12:44 PM
Boys Don’t Cry
Artist : The Cure
Album : Boys Don't Cry
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Fiction Records
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Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea


New England News
12:09 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project

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Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts go to the polls today for a referendum on MGM Resorts’ proposal to build an $800 million resort casino in the city’s downtown.  State law gives local voters the right to weigh in before a developer can even apply for a casino license. 

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New England News
4:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Berkshire Lawmakers Reflect On SNAP Challenge

Credit Billy Brown, flickr

Today in Pittsfield, members of the Berkshire state delegation reflected on their participation in a national campaign to raise awareness for hunger.

All of the lawmakers in the all-Democrat Berkshire delegation, including Representatives Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams, Paul Mark of Peru, Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, William “Smitty” Pignatelli of Lenox, and State Senator Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, ended their seven-day SNAP challenge Monday.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rob Edelman: Apocalypse Then and Now

The apocalypse is upon us. And no, cinematically-speaking, I am not referring to a remake or re-release of Francis Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:23 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: Everyone, Except Farmworkers

Growing up catholic I was told more than once that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  The New York State legislature proved that once again this year when it failed to pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.  The state Assembly passed the Act by a wide margin, yet again, the measure stalled in the state Senate, where its leaders refused to even allow it to come to a vote.  A lot of lawmakers talk about farmworker justice, but few are willing to deliver on those promises.

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12:08 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers a very hot Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 15, 2013. 

New England News
12:42 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Holyoke Mayor Prepares To Seek Second Term

Credit Alex Morse

Alex Morse, who at the age of 22, was the youngest mayor in the history of Holyoke Massachusetts when he was elected in 2011 is seeking a second two-year term.  It appears he will face at least five challengers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Morse about the young mayor’s first term.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Anything Goes” at Proctors Theatre

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It is hard to think of any musical with a better score than “Anything Goes.” It’s just as difficult to think of a cast who might perform those numbers better than those in the national tour playing at Proctors through Sunday.

This revival, which originated at Roundabout Theatre in New York City, is a happy musical that entertains and delights with great Cole Porter masterpieces. It opens with “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and follows with classics like “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “All Through the Night.”

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New England News
7:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Layoffs Hit Western Massachusetts Hospital

A hospital in Western Massachusetts is making employee layoffs as other health care providers in the region are trying to find solutions to challenges in recruiting and retaining physicians.

The Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield this week informed the Massachusetts Nurses Association union that the hospital will cut up to 9 positions among its medical-surgical nursing staff. It will also redesign up to 4 other various positions to accommodate the changes in personnel.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Rogovoy Report for July 12, 2013

Seth Rogovoy previews big and wonderful cultural events in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of July 8, 2013

We listen to what our listeners had to say this week, in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.