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We congratulate WAMC's Alan Chartock on his well-deserved retirement

Longtime public radio fixture calls it a career after decades-long tenure at the helm of WAMC Northeast Northeast Public Radio

Alan Chartock, President and Chief Executive Officer of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, talks during a fund drive at the WAMC studio in Albany, NY on February 2, 2010. Lori Van Buren / Times Union archive


WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock is retiring as president and CEO. Since he first took over WAMC in 1981, the radio station has grown into a public media juggernaut with 29 stations airing in seven states across the Northeast.


“We congratulate Alan Chartock on his well-deserved retirement and for building a public radio station that is in a class by itself, one that values and promotes the arts, especially great literature and acclaimed authors,” said Paul Grondahl, Opalka Endowed Director of the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


“We are grateful for the long and fruitful collaboration between WAMC and the Writers Institute over the past 40 years, beginning with our founding director Tom Smith’s creation of The Book Show that is so ably led now by Joe Donahue, who also hosts the Creative Life series at UAlbany. Best of luck to Alan in his next chapter and we look forward to deepening our partnership with WAMC in the decades to come.”


“As I reflect on over 40 years of service to the creation and development of WAMC, I feel it is time for me to turn things over,” Chartock, said in a press release posted on WAMC. “This has been the journey of a lifetime and I have loved every minute, every challenge and every opportunity for growth this work has afforded me.”

“There will be no ‘replacing’ Alan,” said Donahue. “His passion for this work, for this station, for what WAMC means to the larger community is simply unmatched. We will do all we can to ensure that his work moves forward and that the station continues to thrive.”


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