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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


New England News
12:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses.  Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.

MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.

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New York News
6:45 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Prop 5 Opponents Challenge DEC To Prove Enforcement Of State Laws

Aerial of NYCO's Lewis Mine
Credit Protect the Adirondacks

In November, New York voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows a mining company in the Adirondacks to expand its wollastonite mine onto 200 acres of forest preserve land in exchange for 1,500 acres of forest land. Groups that oppose the idea are asking the Department of Environmental Conservation to confirm that the agency will enforce all other relevant laws.

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Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Smart Meters Under Scrutiny

Credit wikipedia

The meter reader has gone the way of the milkman and the bread man — in some communities, "smart meters" wirelessly report your energy or water consumption back to the utility company. But fear of electric impulses transmitted by the devices has led to a consumer call for choice. 

Digital smart meter technology has been around since the 1990s, but opposition has grown worldwide. Critics of the technology claim the radio emissions cause a variety of human health problems.

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New York News
12:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Report Inventories Available Commercial Space In Downtown Glens Falls

A view of downtown Glens Falls
Credit Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

A new report is providing details about Glens Falls’ downtown, in an effort to aid bringing new businesses to the area.

Ed Bartholomew, Economic Development Director for Glens Falls and president of EDC Warren County, says the new report, which inventories the city’s available commercial space downtown, provides a more detailed picture of the small city’s revitalization.

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12:26 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 23, 2014. 

North Country News
12:45 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Universal Pre-K Proposal Universally Praised

Governor Andrew Cuomo presenting 2014 Executive Budget
Credit Photo Provided

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget released Tuesday includes one of the largest investments in New York’s education system. His call for statewide universal pre-K is being praised by educators in the North Country.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Herbert London: The Inequality Hoax

The continued refrain from the Obama administration is that they are engaged in a struggle against inequality. This may sound good for the denizens of class warfare, but in fact, it is a claim without substance.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Cuomo Budget: Reactions To Spending Policies And Tax Cuts

Credit flickr.com

The budget plan New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled Tuesday has drawn reaction from a variety of public officials and organizations. Here is a look at how the plusses and minuses are breaking down when it comes to spending policies and tax cuts.

Cuomo's $137 billion budget plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs, and tax cuts.  The 2014-15 package increases state spending by 1.7 percent.

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12:25 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The region finds itself in the grip of bitter cold. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 22, 2014. 

New York News
12:59 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Owens Discusses Retirement Decision

Congressman Bill Owens
Credit photo provided

NY 21st District Congressman Bill Owens announced last week that he would retire after five years in the House of Representatives. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to the North Country’s representative about his future plans.

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