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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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


New York News
5:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

North Country Digs Out Of Winter Storm

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Schools are closed and state offices in Vermont delayed the start of the work day today. But the snowstorm that rampaged up the Atlantic coast is being met with typical New England pragmatism in Vermont and New York.

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New England News
2:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Return Of Police Commission Considered

Sprringfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet is planning to retire later this year. Some city councilors see it as an opportunity to return control of the police department back to a civilian body
Credit SPD

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council appear to be on a collision course over control of the police department. Councilors are looking into putting a civilian board in charge of the police, while the mayor wants the department run by a law enforcement professional.

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Listener Comment Line
12:50 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of February 14, 2014

We lend an ear to what you had to say.  Here are highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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12:18 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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We're digging out from another big snow storm. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano puts it all into perspective in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 14, 2014. 

New York News
3:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Montgomery County Lawmakers Advance Casino Measure

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Montgomery County officials are voicing their support for casino development, as New York gears up to hear proposals.

On Tuesday evening, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Planning Committee unanimously voted to move a measure in favor of casino development to the full board.

District 7 legislator Barbara Wheeler sponsored the measure.

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Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Trains, Oil, Albany: 2nd Community Meeting Held

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned South End neighborhood residents spoke out Wednesday night in Albany about health and safety concerns surrounding Global Companies’ proposal to build seven oil heating facilities at the Port of Albany and increase the amount of oil being shipped through the port.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Sean Philpott: Buying Into The Club

I’ve never been a big fan of actor Matthew McConaughey, but his recent award winning performance in The Dallas Buyers Club might change my opinion of him. In that movie The Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. McConaughey plays the role of Ron Woodroof, a real-life Texas cowboy who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1985.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Democrats Endorse 21st District Congressional Candidate

Aaron Woolf
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Democratic chairs in the 12-county 21st Congressional district have announced their endorsement of a candidate to run for the seat being vacated by retiring New York Congressman Bill Owens. They’ve selected an individual with no political background.

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12:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Another winter storm is upon us. It's a whopper. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 13, 2014.

New York News
4:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Washington County Law Enforcement Hope To Raise Community Awareness Of Drug Abuse

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Washington County law enforcement officials are pushing for more community awareness of drug abuse and addiction through more oversight of pharmacies.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says there are a lot of misconceptions about drug abuse and the reality of highly-addictive methamphetamines.

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