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Alan S. Chartock
Born July 25, 1941 (1941-07-25) (age 68)
Occupation CEO, WAMC
Spouse(s) Roselle Chartock

Alan Seth Chartock (born July 25, 1941 in New York City) is the president and chief executive officer (since 1981) of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate. In the fiscal year ending June 2008, the station paid Dr. Chartock $173,581.[1] His salary was 2.4% of the station's total expenses for the year.[2] He is also a Professor Emeritus of political science and communications, at the State University of New York (SUNY) and executive publisher and project director for the Legislative Gazette, a weekly, student-run newspaper covering New York State government. The Gazette under Chartock (and Glenn Doty, a former managing editor for the Times Herald-Record), helped to train hundreds of prospective journalists, many of whom took up journalism as a career.

Chartock hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program, for almost twelve years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. His syndicated column on politics appears in newspapers throughout New York state, and a second column, I Publius, runs in the Berkshire Eagle newspaper each Saturday.



Prior to being hired by SUNY, Chartock worked in the state legislature for Manfred Ohrenstein, a powerful Manhattan Democrat. Chartock is a graduate of Hunter College (BA '63), received his MA from American University and Ph.D. from New York University. Chartock is married to Dr. Roselle K. Chartock, an author and professor of education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. They reside in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and have two grown children, Jonas S. Chartock and Dr. Sarah R. Chartock. Chartock's identical twin, Dr. Lewis C. Chartock, is president and CEO of MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries.[3]

Radio personality

Chartock appears on many of WAMC's radio programs:

  • He is host of The Capitol Connection, a weekly program of interviews with New York State politicians.[4]
  • He appears each week on The Media Project, a show in which he and other local journalism professionals discuss topical media issues.[5]
  • He regularly hosts the call-in talk show Vox Pop (especially on "Medical Mondays").[6]
  • He holds the title of Political Observer at WAMC. In this capacity, Chartock can be heard on news programs including The Legislative Gazette,[7] Midday Magazine,[8] and Northeast Report.[9]
  • He hosts the "Congressional Corner," a daily interview segment of The RoundTable.[10]
  • He hosts the morning portions of WAMC's regular fund drives.

Chartock increased his on-air presence after retiring from his fulltime university teaching duties. He is now listed as a professor emeritus at SUNY Albany.


Chartock has won numerous awards at SUNY, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Council of University Affairs and Development Award for Educational achievement. He was one of the first recipients of the SUNY Award for Excellence. In 2007, Chartock was chosen to receive the 2006 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teacher from the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association.

He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for public service from the Sage Colleges and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Western New England College.

Views of WAMC news and political commentary


Chartock's political views

Chartock says he is concerned about governmental restrictions on free speech.[11] He is dismayed by what he calls the proliferation of corporate run radio stations, which he believes express extreme right-wing views without giving opposing viewpoints.[12] He has called Pete Seeger "an American hero".[13]

According to Gadi Dechter of, Chartock "publishes a blog on WAMC’s web site that has recently featured sharp attacks on the Republican Party, the Bush administration, and "neocons" in general."[14]

Support for Chartock's programming

Stephen Yasko, manager of WTMD (89.7 FM), an NPR member station in Towson, MD which plays mostly adult-alternative music, contends that any quality-control challenges which might be created by NPR’s decentralized nature are outweighed by the advantage of unique local programming.

“Public radio stations reflect the values and texture of the communities they serve,” says Yasko, who has also worked in the NPR member services department. “If NPR or any national organization had too much control or input into every station’s local personality, then you would lose the very thing that makes us what we are. So if Alan Chartock is what Albany and upstate New York created and what works for them, that’s a beautiful thing, no matter what some outsiders might say.”[14]

Under Chartock's leadership, WAMC has grown into a network of fourteen stations (which, however, all broadcast the identical programming) and a web based service serving portions of seven New England and Middle Atlantic States, bringing news, information and cultural programming to what WAMC reports is an audience of nearly 400,000 monthly listeners. The station's most recent fund drive (June 2009) raised approximately $800,000 in just under a week.

See also


  1. ^ Charity Navigator
  2. ^ Charity Navigator
  3. ^ MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries, Executive Staff, updated February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
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  11. ^ Alan Chartock, The Daily Freeman, The long view on "security", 08/01/2005. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  12. ^ Alan Chartock - Blog, Save public radio from government censors, June 20, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  13. ^ Alan Chartock, "New York has a chance to honor an American hero," Legislative Gazette, April 24, 2009, found at Legislative Gazette website. Accessed April 29, 2009.
  14. ^ a b "Locally Grown by Gadi Dechter, 7/13/2005.".  
  • Books written by Chartock
    • Chartock, Alan S. (1995). Me and Mario Cuomo: conversations in candor. New York: Barricade Books. ISBN 1-56980-062-6.  
    • Chartock, Alan S. (1974). The Midtown Project. New York: (Publisher unknown). (ISBN unknown).  
    • Chartock, Alan S. (1970). Strengthening the Wisconsin Legislature (An Eagleton study and report). New Jersey: Published for the Eagleton Institute of Politics by Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-0612-3.  

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