OF PEOPLE & PLACES:
13 (WNYT, Channel 13)
Mature, professional and straightforward delivery and solid
news judgment are what you get (most of the time) when you
tune into NewsChannel 13. It’s the most reliable source
in the area, and rarely does it miss a breaking story.
TV News anchor
13 (WNYT, Channel 13)
You just can’t beat Ed Dague. It could be his years of experience,
it could be his on-camera presence, or it could just be the
way he handles Alan Chartock during his daily commentary—whatever
it is, there’s just something in the way he does the news
that keeps us coming back for more.
13 (WNYT, Channel 13)
We are highly encouraged when Roger Wyland takes a vacation,
because that’s when Lars Lifrak is in the bullpen. We find
his straightforward, call-a-spade-a-spade, I-know-a-lot-about-all-the-sports
(not just BB&F) approach very refreshing. Could Lifrak
be the next Bob McNamara or Rip Rowan? Stay tuned.
10 (WTEN, Channel 10)
Steve Caporizzo finally made the top of our list earlier this
year when that flurry of freak tornadoes touched down in Saratoga
and Rensselaer counties. While we watched and waited in anticipation
for the other news channels to bring us the up-to-the-minute
information—to no avail—we found ourselves repeatedly flipping
back to News 10. There we could reliably find Caporizzo
reading viewer e-mails and faxes, reporting from weather tickers
and providing us with regular news flashes on the storms’
progress. While the other weathermen popped in and out with
updates every once in a while, Caporizzo stood by us—almost
literally—throughout the storm. It’s also worth noting that
Caporizzo uses his high-profile position to better the lives
of the less fortunate—less-fortunate animals, that is. He
raises funds constantly for animal shelters in New York and
Massachusetts, and in 1990 he started the “Pet Connection”
segment of the Channel 10 news, in which a homeless animal
is featured on the 5 PM news every Monday and Thursday evening.
We’ve even spotted him on his days off at animal-adoption
clinics in the region. To top it all off, we hear he’s also
raised funds for the American Lung Association, the Children’s
Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Center for the Disabled.
Come on—with a record like that, how could we not give
this guy Best TV Weatherman?
Though this paper could use a redesign (it’s looking just
a bit too stodgy and gray for our taste these days—but hey,
everyone’s a critic, right?), the Daily Gazette still
offers the most comprehensive daily news coverage of any paper
WSPN (91.1 FM)
Truly independent radio is hard to come by these days, but
Saratoga’s WSPN (91.1 FM) is one station that still lets its
DJs decide what to play. Tune in to hear which indie rock
bands the Skidmore College students are listening to these
days, or check out the many excellent, longstanding shows
spun by community members—Phil Donnelly’s King Loser’s
Cut-Out Bin (the best of obscure rock, garage, punk and
psychedelia), Gail Mattson’s highly-revered Just Jazz,
Chris McGill’s Simpatico (folk, bluegrass) or the ever-popular
Polka Magic. If you’re outside the reach of the radio
waves, WSPN’s Internet broadcast will allow you to listen
Radio That Doesn’t Rock
WAMC (90.3 FM)
Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Fresh Air, All
Things Considered . . . need we say more? OK, one
more: the Zucchini Brothers. What other radio station packs
in so much great programming? We even get stuck listening
to its pledge drives . . . yikes!
On-Air Music Resource
visionaries: Sounding Board.
Photo by Martain Benjamin.
Warner Cable Channel 9
We keep pinching ourselves, marveling at the fabulously-far-beyond-the-call-of-duty
commitment that Time Warner Cable of Albany continues to make,
year after year, to bring Sounding Board into our homes
each weekend. Over the past year, the show stretched its creative
wings with a new mobile recording studio, taping shows outside
its longtime Washington Avenue Extension home—and in the fall,
it’s going to be back on the air with a brand-new, permanent
studio at Time Warner’s new facility in Rotterdam. And the
music? It just keeps getting—and sounding—better and better
and better and better.
Voice for Local Business
With so much business news focusing on large corporations
and the ups and downs of the securities markets, it’s nice
to see a local show spotlighting the ideas, concerns and successes
of small local businesses. A thoughtfully produced show that
gives local owners a chance to talk about how business gets
done in the real world that exists beyond the smoke and mirrors
of Enron, Arthur Andersen and the Dow Jones.
It’s such a good idea: Have local media gurus examine, collectively,
how news gets reported—and distorted. But bring us behind
the scenes a little: What really happened between Alan Chartock
and Mario Cuomo? Who are the sacred cows that Times Union
reporters know they can’t touch? What are the underlying reasons
for the shallow and usually slanted foreign reporting in the
U.S. media? And in general, how do corporate and other moneyed
interests set the agenda for the mainstream press? We suspect
that certain folks on the show don’t want to admit (or even
believe) that that’s actually true—and would rather trade
inside jokes about state politics and slap each other on the
Best Local TV News
Local TV Anchor
News Radio Station
Music Radio Station
The Channel 103.1 (tie)
Local Radio DJ
The Wolf (tie)
Best Use of Public Funds
park carousel . . . trying Zwack . . . filling potholes
. . . tulips . . . animal shelters . . . clean the
river . . . walkway to Corning Preserve . . . Pine
Bush . . . horse cops
Misuse of Public Funds
trial . . . Congress park carousel . . . Schenectady
Police Department . . . Library bus stop . . . racetrack
. . . Pataki . . . Troy . . . Saratoga County landfill
. . . charter schools
Place to Take a First Date
. . . Empire State Plaza . . . Scotia Theater . .
. NYC ballet . . . Oakwood Cemetery . . . Museum .
. . the Egg . . . Saratoga . . . Indian Ladder . .
. Ben & Jerry’s and Washington Park theater .
. . Kurver Kreme
Place to Hook Up
hour . . . Empire State Plaza . . . bar . . . internet
. . . Washington Park . . . library . . . racetrack
. . . Ale House ladies room . . . Riverhouse
time under to be Had in the Capital Region for Under
Cohoes landfill torch . . . Capitol vendors . . .
Lark’s Dunkin Donuts’ parking lot . . . Alive at Five
. . . teasing passersby . . . Grafton Peace Pagoda
Place to Experience Road Rage
. . . Troy . . . Albany rush hour . . . Saratoga in
August . . . Balltown Road . . . Latham Circle . .
. Crossgates . . . Wolf Road . . . Central Avenue
Best Village Idiot
DePrima . . . Al Jurzyinski . . . Justin Resnick .
. . Roger Ploof . . . Mark Pattison . . . Pataki .
. . Joseph Bruno . . .
Schenectady police chief . . . Rensselaer police chief
. . . Nancy the Monument Park freak . . . No Nose
Person to Run the Capital Region After the Revolution
Lincoln . . . landlord’s dog . . . Jim Kuntsler .
. . Jason Martin with Scotty Mac as head of the military
. . . H. Carl McCall . . . Bob Mason . . . Steve Nover
. . . Duane Beer . . . Hamell on Trial . . . Marylou
Whitney . . . Kari from the Ale House . . . Ted Etoll
. . . Paul Bray
Secret in the Capital Region
Dague has full neck mobility . . . local music scene
. . . Ed Dague’s scalp . . . where our taxes go .
. . John Sweeney’s history . . . Artie’s Lansingburgh
Station’s jukebox . . . Trink . . . El Loco’s cute
women . . . the Velmas . . . Saratoga Poetry Zone
. . . IQ of Rensselaer police . . . river
Way to Keep People From Leaving
. . . leg irons . . . construction takes care of it
nicely . . . pro sports team . . . build a dome and
heat it . . . moat . . . go-go and juice bars . .
. free beer . . . lower utility bills . . . refurbish
Lark Street . . . wet T-shirt contests . . . move
the stinky river
Local celebrity With Whom You’d Like to Have a One-Night
Ammerman . . . Benita Zahn . . . Ed Dague . . . Steve
Caparizzo . . . Kumi Tucker . . . Mike Eck . . . Ian
Carlton . . . Kevin McKrell . . . Margaret Black .
. . any female Fox News reporter . . . that Ann chick
on Fox . . . Lisa Riley
Tyson . . . Jim Coyne . . . Schenectady Police Department
. . . Jim Conroy . . . Al Lawrence . . . Joel O’Keefe
. . . R.A. DePrima