Alan Chartock: Message from The President

WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock shares his thoughts in this monthly column.

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany.  He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, higlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project on WAMC and offers commentary on other WAMC programs such as Midday Magazine.

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Commentary & Opinion
7:49 am
Mon December 1, 2014

End Of Year Tax Time

Toward the end of every year, we all seem to receive a slew of solicitation letters. Let’s not kid ourselves. People wait until the last minute to decide where to send their tax-deductible contributions. They have a great many choices. There are genuine charities that really deserve their money. There are churches and synagogues, temples and mosques. There are environmental organizations and educational institutions, hospitals and more. And then, dear friends, there are the WAMC stations. If you don’t use the radio station, perhaps this is a time to tune out. But if you do, let’s deal with the reality of what, as a communal group, we are up against.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:23 am
Fri October 31, 2014

We're Knights Of The Roundtable

One of the best things on WAMC is the first hour of The Roundtable, every weekday morning between nine and ten.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Failure Is Not An Option

We are about to embark on one of the most telling fund drives of all. The truth is that we are only as good as our last fund drive.  We have to raise a million dollars. Some of this money is already in the locked box and we are grateful for everyone who has already done something. There is a relatively tiny bit of money in our First Amendment Fund to be used at the discretion of the Board of Trustees if someone or something threatens our right to do our job. But otherwise, we live from fund drive to fund drive. Failure, of course, is not an option.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:58 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Control Room Challenge

At the beginning of October comes the next fund drive. Before you groan, please try to remember how much these drives mean to the continuation of the station that you listen to and depend on.  Sooner or later, someone has to pay the piper. The only way that we can be sure that WAMC remains in its present form – with the freedom to say what we want, preserve balance, and operate as we have been doing -  is for each person to do what they can. When that happens, when everyone pitches in, the station flourishes. I was recently at Tanglewood and several folks came up to say hello. They proudly announced that they loved the station and were members. Obviously, I thanked them with everything I had in me. That’s because when someone tells me that they understand, I am incredibly, personally and humbly grateful. I know that every day people tune in and often stay tuned in. They often tell me of things that I haven’t heard and I am grateful for that, too.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:14 am
Thu July 31, 2014

So Far, So Good

As the summer comes to an end and we are threatened with yet another horrendous ice age winter, we should take a moment to think about everything that WAMC does to help with our extended weather forecasts that have no peers anywhere. People need to know about tornadoes and nor’easters and snow and ice. In fact, we have no higher priority here at WAMC than keeping you informed about what’s coming your way. But it is more than just information. It’s David Guistina in the morning telling you what to expect and then suggesting what you might want to do about it. Even if it’s a simple suggestion that you watch out for the black ice or bundle up you know that you have a real friend when you need one.

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