Any Questions? #95

Jun 21, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on television parents.

    To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad, Rod Serling, would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family.

After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories.

Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. Her new book is: As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.

    Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 7th. They will present staged readings of new short plays by a roster of playwrights including Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser, Mark Malone, Maddy Meyers and Anna Ziegler.

The short film, Food for Thought, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at BIFF this Thursday.

    Aziz Ansari will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm as part of this leg of his Buried Alive tour. This tour will result in his third hour-long stand-up special - the previous two being Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious.

    Brian Stelter was embedded at the national network morning television shows to research his new book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, when Good Morning America suddenly swept the Today Show’s ratings streak. He is the only reporter who saw how the whole thing went down.

Rachael Ray

Apr 18, 2013

    Rachel Ray is a nationally syndicated host of the Rachael Ray Show as well as a food network superstar. She is best known for her 30 minute meals, her many cookbooks, magazine and other television programs.

Rachael Ray has become a staple of both cable and syndicated television it all began at WRGB in Schenectady, New York when she started the 30 minute meal segment more than a decade ago she would regularly appear here in WAMC and cook for us.

She would come in and make burgers, jambalaya and chicken stirfry. During one program, a food network executive was listening, heard her and a few weeks later she went on to sign a huge contract with the food network and later get a syndicated talk show with Oprah Winfrey's company.

Two years after her great success, E! entertainment television did an E True Hollywood Story on Rachael and asked me if I would take part. It was the last time I actually saw Rachael Ray. This past weekend, I got to catch up with her while she's on spring break from her show and spending time in this region, a region she calls home. We reminisced about our time on the radio and of course about the E True Hollywood Story.

4/9/13 - Panel

Apr 9, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s newsman Ray Graf, and Capital Tonight host on YNN and State of Politics blogger, Liz Benjamin. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Governor Cuomo looking to oust Speaker Silver
• Ethics Scandals in NYS Legislature
• Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
• Viewers Give up on Television

4/8/13 - Panel

Apr 8, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Parry Teasdale – the man behind the Columbia paper and the news website: Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• School taxes
• Library programs
• States consider taxing guns and ammo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Cuomo administration official says New York is trying to lure TV shows with its tax credits program and the "Tonight" show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan.