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
12:35 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Nick Bove, Lori Torgersen, Georgia Gould, and Antonia Schreiber

The racing will go ahead this weekend at Windham Mountain in Windham, New York this weekend. The area suffered severe damage last year from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, but the hard work of organizers and volunteers has made it possible for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to go ahead. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with several of the organizers and one of the racers today on Midday Magazine.

Hudson Valley News,
12:10 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Tappan Zee Tunnel?

As the New York State Thruway presses on with plans to replace the Tappan Zee bridge, environmentalists are asking the state continue to seek out alternatives. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Under current plans, a new 8-lane bridge would replace the current Tappan Zee at a cost of 5-point-4 billion dollars. The environmental group Riverkeeper wants the state to consider whether or not a tunnel might be a better alternative.

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New England News
3:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Competition for Summer Jobs

For students, now is the time of year when school ends and summer vacation begins – and for many that means trying to find a summer job. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the market for part-time work for young people.

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Listener Comment Line
12:31 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Listener Comment Line - Week of June 18, 2012

We hear selections from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hope Seen For Small Business Growth

A hotel construction project stalled for five years is starting in Chicopee MA
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Leading economists say there is considerable uncertainty weighing heavily on the economic outlook for Massachusetts. But, for now, the state’s economy is doing comparatively well with signs of confidence in the future for small businesses.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
5:55 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Berkshire Housing Market In Tune With Lower Unemployment Numbers

The Berkshire County economy is picking up speed, with the area’s employment numbers matching the state average for the first time in months, and the real estate market improving. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New York News
12:45 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Claudia Catania - Producer and Host of WAMC's "Playing on Air"

On Friday, June 22, at 1 p.m., WAMC will debut Playing on Air – a new program featuring short plays by America's greatest playwrights, performed by America's greatest actors. It will air each fourth Friday the month at 1 p.m.

Each one hour episode will feature two or three short plays. Playing on Air is produced and hosted by Columbia County resident Claudia Catania. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New York News
12:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Saratoga JAZZ!

Mayor Scott Johnson proclaims June "Jazz Month" in Saratoga Springs, NY
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson Wednesday proclaimed June is “Jazz Month” in Saratoga Springs --- WAMC's Dave Lucas was on hand when the Mayor issued the proclamation, and files this report.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center President Marcia White greeted the crowd gathered in Wednesday afternoon's scorching heat on the lawn of the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center...

Mayor Scott Johnson proclaimed June “Jazz Month” in recognition of the 35th anniversary of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival.

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New England News
5:12 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Regional Veteran's Benefit Centers Recieve Part of $15 Million Federal Grant

The US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has  awarded $15 million to veterans benefit programs across the country, including one-and-a-half million in Massachusetts alone. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at how the grants will affect the region.

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Hudson Valley News
11:51 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Accusations Fly Between Congressional Candidate and Staffer

Congressional candidate Joel Tyner, in an undated photograph from his website.

Joel Tyner’s campaign treasurer has resigned and has made serious accusations against the 19th district congressional candidate ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Misha Fredericks says she couldn't continue as Joel Tyner's campaign treasurer, with Tyner's cash-on-hand claim off by thousands of dollars. Sensing trouble and fearing being investigated for embezzlemant, Fredericks filed a letter with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday.

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