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
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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12:15 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The first major winter storm of 2014 is upon us.  We get the latest details from Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano.

Commentary & Opinion
1:50 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Herbert London: Turkey At The Barricades

The dreams of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, for the recrudescence of the Ottoman Empire are evaporating under the Istanbul sky. His party The Justice and Development party (AKP), is in disarray; a major corruption and bribery scandal has led to accusations about cabinet members and their families. The investigation prompted Erdogan to say “The judiciary will pay.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Paul Elisha: Pious Fraud

One of this commentator’s  favorite  pundits was the great progressive pamphleteer, Thomas Paine, whose lack of moderation in rhetoric perhaps did more to incite the American Revolution, than any other literary wordsmith of his time, with his fiery 50 page pamphlet: “Common Sense.” Paine’s answer to his critics was simple and straightforward, “Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice,” he wrote.

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12:39 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Religious news figured prominently in the headlines during 2013.   The world was shocked in February 2013, when Benedict became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Fast forward nine months: Benedict's successor, the Argentine Pope Francis, was named Time Magazine's "person of the year." Not bad for a fellow who once upon at time worked as a bouncer!

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Communities Across Region Celebrate First Night

First Night Celebrations are planned across New York’s North Country and Vermont today.

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12:25 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary, with an eye on a potentially large snowstorm heading our way. 

New England News
12:13 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Traditional Events Mark The End Of 2013 In Western Mass.

People in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts will have an opportunity to celebrate the last day of 2013 and bring in 2014 at several long-standing events

A year ago there were concerns First Night Northampton might not survive, but the event with an eclectic mix of music and art is taking place today for the 29th consecutive year.  There are a record 22 venues and hundreds of performers throughout the city’s downtown.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Umass Set To Expand Springfield Presence In 2014

Credit en.wikipedia.org

There had been talk for decades about bringing a campus of the University of Massachusetts to Springfield.  After a year of study by university officials, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced in late 2013 that a downtown Springfield office building would be the location for a UMass satellite center.

Shortly after Robert Caret became President of the University of Massachusetts System three years ago he was lobbied by Springfield political and business leaders to locate the  first-ever satellite campus in the downtown of the state’s third largest city. 

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