Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Josh Landes

Field hearings on the Massachusetts state budget were held Monday at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. 


An open house to present the findings of the I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study will be held tonight in Albany. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 13, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Burlington's "Everyone Loves a Parade" mural
Michelle Maria/Wikimedia Commons

Following a quarrelsome debate Monday night, Burlington city councilors decided to create a task force to determine the next steps the city should take regarding a controversial downtown mural.

The ACLU of Massachusetts has launched a voter education campaign to spotlight the local elected officials who are among the most powerful in the criminal justice system: the District Attorney.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is introducing two bills to honor two former Hudson Valley congressmen — Democrat Maurice Hinchey and Republican Ben Gilman. Maloney wants to add their names to local landmarks associated with their efforts.

Rob Edelman: War...

Mar 12, 2018

JOURNEY’S END, a new and just-released British film, is a property with a storied history. This tale of survival among a cluster of British soldiers in the trenches of World War I originated as a play. Its author is R.C. Sherriff, and it premiered on the London stage at the tail-end of 1928. One of its stars, by the way, was a 21-year-old actor by the name of Laurence Olivier, and it ran on the West End for two years. The success of JOURNEY’S END resulted in stage productions mounted across the globe. Its first screen version, a U.S.-UK co-production, dates from 1930. It is the first feature directed by James Whale, who momentarily guided Boris Karloff to horror film immortality in FRANKENSTEIN. Intriguingly, a German remake of JOURNEY’S END came out a year later. This of course was pre-Adolph Hitler. Plus, it has been revived on-stage across the decades. I saw it a number of years ago in a West End production.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 12, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 12, 2018.


A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

      The largest business alliance in western Massachusetts, the Springfield Regional Chamber, has announced its legislative agenda for 2018. 


North Adams, Massachusetts is working to formalize its marijuana ordinances by the end of the month. 

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday: March 11, 2018.

Ralph Gardner Jr: When The Lights Go Out

Mar 10, 2018
mikecpeck / Flickr.com

That does it. We’re getting a generator.

The lights went out during last week’s Nor’easter. Not once. Not twice. But three times.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday: March 10, 2018.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, the Democrat has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.


       Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a $610 million economic stimulus bill and urged the state legislature to pass it by the end of the session this July. 

Following two massive snowstorms that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark, elected officials, from Congress to town supervisors, have berated utility companies that serve the lower Hudson Valley for their response to the first storm. Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling for the CEOs of two power companies to step down.

Rogovoy Report 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include stars of Afropop, art-rock, New Orleans funk, opera, and a whole lot more.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

It's always great to hear from our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Advocates say plans to create an elevated park connecting downtown Albany to the riverfront would alter the cityscape, giving an economic boost to three areas undergoing revitalization. 

Facebook: Headstrong Project

A New York City-based nonprofit that facilitates mental health treatment for veterans is expanding to Albany. Headstrong was founded in 2012 by combat veterans. WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with the organization’s Executive Director, Joe Quinn.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 9, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 9, 2018.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Humans" At Proctors

Mar 8, 2018
Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan, Luis Vega and Therese Plaehn
Julieta Cervantes

SCHENECTADY – “The Humans” is 90-minutes long, without an intermission.  For the first 75 minutes of the production it is a very funny play that touches on the serious issues of family life.  For the final 15-minutes, it is powerful, heartbreaking theater that gives clarity to the entire play.

New Pittsfield Police Officer Makes History

Mar 8, 2018
Chief Michael J. Wynn https://www.facebook.com/ChiefMikeWynn/

Two weeks ago, Izinna Lytle joined the Pittsfield Police Department. Although she says she’s just trying to do her job, Lytle is a trailblazer — the first black female police officer in the city’s history. 

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Five regional college presidents gathered Wednesday to discuss the impact of higher education on the Capital Region economy. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The clocks will spring ahead this weekend, but in the meantime, our region has experienced its second Nor’easter inside of a week.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 8, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term.  During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers.  The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.

Iona logo
WikiMedia Commons

When the men’s NCAA Tournament bracket is announced Sunday, one school from the Hudson Valley will be back in the field for the third straight year.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won a third three-year term yesterday, defeating two independent challengers on Town Meeting Day.