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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.


Schools in Berkshire County often must consider cutting arts programs to balance their budgets.  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts wants to help keep culture in schools. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Beryl Jolly about educational opportunities for area students.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission has begun public hearings on Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s proposed electric and gas rate hikes. The PSC held the first two sessions Tuesday in Poughkeepsie where residents and legislators slammed the proposed increases.

Herbert London: Kneeling For Recognition

Oct 4, 2017

It is now a Sunday ritual. Petulant NFL football players joined by their colleagues in other professional sports have colluded to dishonor the flag and what it represents by kneeling during a performance of the national anthem.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 4, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Peter R. Barber / The Daily Gazette

A city council candidate forum was held at Proctors in Schenectady last night, hosted by the Daily Gazette. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard questioned candidates as a panelist. Here’s a recap.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor


              Overwhelmed by the amount of items donated as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the city of Springfield Tuesday night abruptly shut down collection sites.

JD Allen / WAMC

Hundreds of nurses planned to go to back to work at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at 7 this morning after a 24-hour strike. But hospital management locked them out.


Courtesy of Common Cause NY

The U.S. Supreme Court was set to begin hearing arguments Tuesday on whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. With this case in mind, Common Cause New York and other partners are urging communities to participate in a local census program to ensure hard-to-count communities are included. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on a report on the dangers of under-counting in New York.

A scene from Lake Theatre's production of "The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby"
Lake Theatre Productions, Inc.

LAKE GEORGE – Sometimes in theater cute is good enough.  It’s certainly the case with dinner theater, where after a full meal a light fragile play is often preferable to a dark classic.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 3, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr.

The man who guided some of the great magazines of America, including the revival of The New Yorker, has died. S.I. Newhouse Jr., who led the publishing giant Condé Nast beginning in 1975, died on Sunday. He was 89.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

William Stanley Business Park
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Lawmakers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts hope that the city council’s allocation of $1 million to help close the funding gap for the nascent Berkshire Innovation Center will spark momentum for the decade-old project. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer to discuss a plan for the non-profit to take responsibility for its own lease, construction and ownership of the center.

Elms College

Elms College, the small Catholic liberal arts college in Chicopee, Massachusetts, will formally inaugurate a new president this Friday.

Eddie Sporn

A working group convened in Lenox, Massachusetts last week to brainstorm ideas to establish seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. 

Rob Edelman: Guillermo Del Toro Is A Mensch

Oct 2, 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER is not just one of the top films of 2017. It is one of the very best films of the second decade of the new century. And given the Mexican-born filmmaker’s fascination with creating on-screen fantasy, its scenario is not at all surprising. These days, a plethora of films examine romantic relationships between individuals of different backgrounds or races. However, THE SHAPE OF WATER, which is set in 1962, centers on the evolving romance between two characters who are, well, unique in their way and far-better seen than described. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 2, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 2, 2017.

Utica College Students Assisting In Harvey Recovery

Oct 2, 2017
Facebook: Utica College

As attention has turned to Hurricane Maria and the destruction it left in Puerto Rico, the recovery from Hurricane Harvey is ongoing. A volunteer army mobilized in the immediate aftermath of that storm, and now more volunteers are traveling to Texas to rebuild. On Tuesday, with the support of private donors, a group of construction management students from Utica College will head south, tools in hand.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

Dr. Kristina Johnson is in her first few weeks as the 13th Chancellor of the 64-campus SUNY system.  Johnson, an engineer, is the founder of a hydroelectric company.  She served as the U.S. Under-Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration.  She has also been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, Dean of Engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She holds more than 100 patents and was  inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015.  During a visit to Clinton Community College last Thursday, Dr. Johnson told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why she is staying in academia as SUNY Chancellor.

     Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are expected to go on record today in support of a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Ralph Gardner, Jr

On a visit to WAMC’s studio in Albany last week a friendly staffer offered me a marshmallow peep. I hesitated and finally had to reject her generosity.

Kaushik Narasimhan/Flickr

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker met with President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in Washington Wednesday to discuss the state and federal response to the epidemic. Residents in the western part of the state are dealing with the same strife. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Gary Pratt who is leading a rally Saturday in Pittsfield in hopes of curtailing addiction.

Rogovoy Report 9/29/17

Sep 29, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include world-beat fusion; a country music legend; Southern California folk-rock; a folksinger turned author; modern dance; contemporary theater; and a whole lot more.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

It's time to sound off! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 29, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 29, 2017.

Chief Warren Abriel Jr. takes a look back at the History of the AFD
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The Albany Fire Department is one of the nation's oldest professional departments. This year, it celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Chief Warren Abriel Jr., a 45-year veteran of the Albany Fire Department, addressed a crowd Wednesday night at City Hall.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission is now sending information to homes in the Spa City about the proposed city charter on the ballot Election Day. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the Commission’s meeting Thursday night when the documents were approved.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Part of the city of Plattsburgh’s plan to stabilize its budget includes the elimination of four city departments.  When councilors voted this summer to approve the plan in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget, the department heads anticipated they would have their jobs until the end of the year.  But now they have been notified that they must leave on October 4th.

A hearing has been under way since 11 this morning between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Berkshire Medical Center in U.S. District Court in Springfield as the hospital tries to halt a planned strike next week with a federal injunction. The two groups have been at an impasse over a new contract for a year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Health Systems Vice President and General Counsel John Rogers about the union’s plans to hold a 24-hour unfair labor practice strike beginning October 3rd. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Over the summer, the Capital Region got its first bikesharing program. Officials announced this morning that the program is doing better than expected.