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One year ago, Albany revisited its musical past. Mid-1960s era local bands reformed to perform again. "Analog Fog" was such a success, they decided an encore was in order.   "Analog Fog II" is coming up later this month...

  Called “thoroughly informative and approachable” by The New York Times, Vernon Benjamin’s The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War presented nearly 250 years of the Hudson River Valley’s dynamic past with unmatched richness and detail.

Now with The History of the Hudson River Valley: from the Civil War to Modern Times, Benjamin completes his historical account of the region by taking readers from the post-Civil War period into the present day.  

  Scott Woolley's new book, The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age is the origin story of the airwaves - the foundational technology of the communications age - as told through the forty-year friendship of an entrepreneurial industrialist and a brilliant inventor.

Gray Things Steve Colfer and Billy Cioffi at WAMC studios, November 2015.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

This weekend, Albany is revisiting its musical past. WAMC looks back at the 1960s when deejays ruled AM radio and local artists made history.

Facebook: Peg Lynch

A radio pioneer and the woman credited with inventing the sitcom died last month at her home in Becket, Massachusetts. Peg Lynch spent roughly 70 years creating, writing and starring in radio and television shows. She was 98.

    The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.

    

In 1968 WBCN FM in Boston introduced underground rock to New England. As a parade of colorful characters passed by its microphones for 41 years, WBCN attained iconic status as one of the most important American radio stations in history.

A history of the radio station has now been written by Carter Alan, WBCN DJ for nineteen years. The title of the book is Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN.

Radio On

Dec 5, 2013

Radio has survived and thrived for years beyond what self-proclaimed cultural and technological “experts” predicted.

Terrestrial radio may someday be eclipsed by satellites and cyberspace, but WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock says --- not in the near future

    Edwidge Danticat has written her first work of fiction in 9-years. Set in a seaside town in Haiti, Claire of the Sea Light unfolds over the course of one evening during which a father struggles with the painful decision of whether to give away his beloved daughter in the hopes she will find a better life with someone else.

It is a troubling time for one of New York’s oldest public radio stations.

The last decade has been touch-and-go for WBAI, which became non-commercial and listener-supported when Pacifica bought it in 1960. The station played a pivotal role in 60s counterculture, pioneering “free-style” progressive radio, with a coverage area that blanketed New York City and radiated 70 miles beyond.