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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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Hospital Union Holds Informational Picket

NYSNA picketers near CVPH Medical Center
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Members of the New York State Nurses Association at the largest hospital in Plattsburgh took their concerns over staffing and wages to the streets Thursday.  Union members held an informational picket over stalled contract negotiations with the CVPH Medical Center.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Andrew Coates: The Court of Public Opinion

Last week I had the privilege to visit West Virginia. I've been there before. My first impressions, made years ago, returned. If our everyday consciousness results from our everyday experience, it must be intense to live in West Virginia. There the phrase "king coal" leapt to mind at every turn.

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Capital Region News
12:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Park-n-Text Coming To Albany

Smartphone technology is growing, with cutting edge apps aimed at drivers that are changing the way people drive — and will serve as liaisons between motorists, parking meters and vehicles.

Head to any downtown area and the first thing on your mind is "where am I gonna park?"  Parking always seems to be at a premium in cities from Saratoga Springs to Poughkeepsie...

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal

Credit MGM Springfield

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts  appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International.   The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July.  Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign. 

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Weather
12:09 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano shares the details of the weekend weather outlook in the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 3, 2013.

New England News
12:48 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Massachusetts Sets New Solar Energy Target

Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials announced yesterday a new target for solar energy installation in the commonwealth.

In his first term, Governor Patrick set a goal of reaching 250 megawatts of solar energy installed statewide by 2017. That goal has been reached four years early, prompting the Patrick-Murray Administration to set a new target of 1.6 gigwatts of solar power by 2020. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan said that the rate of solar installation is increasing rapidly.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:32 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sean Philpott: Fight or Flight

I travel a lot for work. It’s the rare week when I’m not on the road or in the air to attend a conference, give a talk at some symposium, or serve on some panel or commission. In fact, if you’re listening to this commentary as it airs on the radio, I am likely on a plane cruising at 32,000 feet somewhere between Albany and Washington, DC. Given this grueling travel schedule, I was less than thrilled to hear that the federal budget sequester would affect air travel across the US.

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Weather
12:14 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has our Midday Weather Summary for Thursday,  May 2, 2013.

Capital Region News
12:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

UAlbany Students Present Demands At May Day Rally

Credit WAMC Dave Lucas

University at Albany students staged a May Day rally Wednesday to protest several issues, including the installation of Sodexho as the campuswide food service provider.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Laura DiBetta and Robin Dropkin, Parks & Trails New York - "I Love My Park Day"

Letchworth State Park, Mt Morris, NY.
Credit Parks & Trails New York

This Saturday is “I Love My Park Day” in New York, a statewide event organized by the group Parks & Trails New York. It’s a day for volunteers to clean up and preserve the many miles of trails, bike paths and greenways that cross the state from New York City to the Adirondacks and from Albany to Buffalo. 

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