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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

It's time to turn the spotlight on our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Stan Rosenberg is roughly six months into his first term as Massachusetts Senate President. The Amherst Democrat took the leadership position in January, the same month Republican Governor Charlie Baker was sworn to succeed Democratic Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Rosenberg about his relationship with Governor Baker and some of the hot button issues in Massachusetts.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently performing across the Northeast as part of its 2015 Atlantic Coast tour. The group known for its long history and varied repertoire is making a rare visit to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Monday, June 29th. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with   General Manager Scott Barrick.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 26, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 26, 2015.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 25, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 25, 2015.

NYS Police

A prison guard from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional facility who police say delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped was arrested and arraigned last night. He will be back in court this afternoon on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.

Vermont Gas

The Vermont Public Service Board is reconsidering a natural gas pipeline project after cost overruns altered project plans.

Herbert London: A Resolution To Be Irresolute

Jun 24, 2015

With great fanfare, President Obama asked Congress to consider his proposal – some would call it his strategy – for military operations against the Islamic State.


A proposal to restructure Great Barrington’s tax system is being criticized as prohibitive to businesses and second home owners, but the man behind the idea says it’s about economic fairness.