Midday Magazine

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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 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.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Lanesborough is one of four Berkshire County towns celebrating their 250th anniversary this year. In a nod to its past, the town bordering Pittsfield to the north has set up a self-guided driving history tour with landmarks throughout its 30 square miles. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis took the tour – with the person who wrote the guide.

2015 Bard SummerScape Festival Turns To Latin America

Apr 28, 2015
Courtesy of Bard College, Peter Aaron '68/Esto

This summer marks an historic season for the annual Bard SummerScape festival, when eight weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret will turn for the first time to Latin America. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview of the festival that takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Hudson River campus. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 28, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons

Parts of Baltimore are smoldering after violent demonstrations last night, the latest in a string of flare-ups between protestors and police across the country. Closer to home, Albany Police are taking a close look at their use of stun guns after a second incident this month in which a black man suffered a medical issue after being Tased by police. 

On April 2, 39-year old Donald "Dontay" Ivy died after an encounter with police near his Arbor Hill home after he was subdued with a stun gun. That incident is under investigation by the District Attorney.

Dutchess County Artist Displays "Transfourming Sorrow"

Apr 27, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Dutchess County artist is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with an installation at his 11-acre Stanfordville residence. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne visited the multimedia installation opening day Saturday, in recognition of the Turkish massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians.

Rob Edelman: Adam In The Driver’s Seat

Apr 27, 2015

Occasionally but not always, actors who earn acclaim on television series transition to film and become film stars. James Garner, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and Bruce Willis are four that come to mind. Even though they earned their initial fame on the small screen, they proved themselves movie star material in the tradition of such pre-TV film legends as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, and so many others. Women will be attracted to a James Garner, a Tom Hanks, a George Clooney, or a Bruce Willis, while men will want to emulate them.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Two Albany-area Assemblymembers  have joined the push for ride-sharing companies to be allowed to operate across New York.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 27, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 27, 2015.


As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding.  The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed.  

WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

Former New York Governor Republican George Pataki was in Essex, New York earlier this week to speak at an education conference. He also took some time to talk with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about several issues including his reflections on a possible run for president.