The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

WAMC's The Roundtable is an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. The show airs from 9am to noon each weekday and features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, listener call-ins, music, and much (much) more! Hosted by Joe Donahue and produced by Sarah LaDuke, The Roundtable tackles serious and lighthearted subjects, looking to explore the many facets of the human condition with civility, respect and responsibility.

The show's hallmark is thoughtful interviews with A-list newsmakers, authors, artists, sports figures, actors, and people with interesting stories to tell. Since hitting the airwaves in May of 2001, The Roundtable has interviewed the likes of Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Bob Dole, Bill O'Reilly, Steve Martin, James Taylor, Bill Cosby, Stephen King, Melissa Etheridge and lots of other really cool people. Plus, Wilco does our theme song. What more can you ask for?

If you have any questions or you'd like to be on the show, email us at roundtable@wamc.org

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The Roundtable
9:50 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Union College - Taps

Taps, the eloquent and haunting military bugle call played at funerals, and wreath-laying and memorial services, turns 150 this year. The man responsible for coming up with the tune is Daniel Butterfield, a member of Union’s Class of 1849.

We welcome Jari Villanueva, a retired Air Force veteran and author of Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions: The History of America’s Most Famous Bugle Call.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Brian Ritter

The Albany Symphony's first CEO and Executive Director, Brian Ritter, joins us to talk about the integration of artistic and financial planning to ensure exciting, compelling, and inspiring concerts and programs; aggressively growing the orchestra’s audience and donor base; and the improving of all business functions of the institution.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Cho-Liang Lin

A festival highlight is the American Music Festival Orchestra Concert on Saturday night at 7:30, featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin will perform Joan Tower’s Violin Concerto. We welcome Lin to the show and he plays part of the piece for us.

The Roundtable
10:55 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Victoire

 

Victoire fuses new age, rock and classical idioms. The members of Victiore are Missy Mazzoli, founder, composer and keyboard player; violinist Olivia De Prato, clarinetist Eileen Mack, keyboardist Lorna Krier, and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim and we welcome them to our broadcast.

The Roundtable
10:25 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Dogs of Desire

One of the highlights of the 4-day American Music Festival is the orchestra’s genre-crossing new music ensemble, Dogs of Desire. We welcome vocalist, Alexandra Sweeton, and clarinetist, Susan Martula.

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Aaron Jay Kernis

We welcome Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis. He'll be part of the ASO’s Composer to Center Stage initiative, which continues a commitment to advancing new music. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is in its third year of a three-year collaboration between the ASO and several nationally acclaimed and emerging composers.

The Roundtable
9:46 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Jeremy Spindler

We speak with composer, Jeremy Spindler. He was selected by the Albany Symphony as one of three finalists in the Composer to Center Stage Reading Session Competition and will join the orchestra for the American Music Festival to take part in professional development and to have his work read by an orchestra.

The Roundtable
9:30 am
Thu May 17, 2012

David Alan Miller

We begin our live broadcast from EMPAC for the Albany Symphony's American Music Festival by welcoming the ASO's Music Director, David Alan Miller.

 

The Roundtable
7:05 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Red Hook 200

Wint Aldrich – Red Hook Town Historian and Bicentennial Committee member and Christopher Klose - Red Hook native, Vice President of the Egbert Benson Historical Society of Red Hook, and also a member of the Bicentennial Committee, join us to fill us in on what Red Hook has planned for its Bicentennial year. To learn more visit redhook200.org.

The Roundtable
3:47 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Michael Whitney - Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Proctors

We welcome Niskayuna native, Michael Whitney, to the show to talk about what it's like to be on the road with the touring production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show is running on the main-stage at Proctors through Sunday.

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