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 28, 2012

12:24 PM
Interstate Love Song
Artist : Stone Temple Pilots
Album : Purple
Composer : Weiland/DeLeo
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Atlantic
12:46 PM
Emma Blowgun’s Last Stand
Artist : Beulah
Album : When Your Heartstrings Break
Composer : Kurosky
Label : Sugar Free Records
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People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


New York News
9:01 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Journalist Ray Suarez Talks About Career And New Job at Al Jazeera America

Ray Suarez
Credit Al Jazeera America

Ray Suarez Part 1

Ray Suarez Part 2

Journalist Ray Suarez left PBS’s Newshour in October after 14 years.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Suarez about his departure from public broadcasting and his new position at Al Jazeera America.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Inauguration Of Chicopee Mayor Is Monday

Richard J. Kos

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts will get a new, yet familiar, mayor on Monday when an inauguration ceremony is held for Richard Kos.  Kos, who served as mayor of Chicopee a decade ago, will be sworn in to a two-year term. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kos about his priorities.

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 30, 2013

Legalized marijuana, Edward Snowden and the salary scale for journalists were all on your mind this week, as we hear in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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12:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Keith Strudler: Terror And The Olympics

In a New Year’s announcement, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared that “terrorism must never triumph” and that Russia would host a “safe and secure” Winter Olympic Games next month. Like most New Year’s resolutions, we can only hope this rings true. For the current time, it seems a lofty goal. Just Monday, the Russian city of Volgograd suffered its second suicide bombing in 24 hours, this one on a passenger bus killing at least 16 people. The previous day’s attack killed at least 18 at a rail station. Both appear linked to Chechen rebels and a movement to attack civilians in route to disrupting next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. While these attacks happened hundreds of miles away from the Olympic site, if the radical rhetoric is to be believed, these are just part of a larger process of eventually infiltrating the Olympic sites and venues themselves, something that hasn’t happened in any wide scale in the history of the Modern Olympic Games.

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Capital Region News
12:29 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Albany Budget Blues

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Credit City of Albany

As citizens of Albany celebrate their new female mayor, the business of running the city could escalate into crisis mode.

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12:25 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano puts the first winter storm of 2014 in perspective and gives us the forecast for the weekend. 

New England News
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit Massgaming.com

Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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New York News
12:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Gives Storm Update

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On an 11am conference call with the media,  Governor didn't give the "all clear" just yet, but he did say "Mother nature has moved on somewhat" and the snowfall is pretty much over across the state.  He said his decision to close roadways between midnight and 5 am turned out to be the right call - there were  weather-related fatalities -  Authorities say a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease has frozen to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

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New York News
1:53 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Mayor And City Council Inaugurated In Plattsburgh

Judge Mark Rogers (left) delivers oath of office to Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The new mayor and Common Council in the city of Plattsburgh were sworn in on New Year’s Day.

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Capital Region News
12:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sheehan Takes Oath: 'A New Era' Begins

Kathy Sheehan has taken the reins as the first female Albany mayor in more than three centuries of city history.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Breaking from city tradition in more ways than one, former city treasurer Kathy Sheehan was officially sworn in New Year's Day at Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany. Fellow Democrat New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy gave the keynote address, hailing the day as the start of "Mayor Sheehan's era."

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