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How Alan Chartock conspired with WAMC
to avoid paying IRS.
Failure to report CEO's taxable 'perks'
could leave trustees liable.
Read all about it!

And by the way, next time you see Rex Smith, 
Times-Union's editor,
Times-Union editor Rex Smith doesn't want to investigate his buddy WAMC CEO Alan Chartock.
ask him why documented tax fraud 
at a public broadcaster 
doesn't merit news coverage in T-U? 
(Better yet, e-mail him!) 
Rex Smith, editor, rsmith@timesunion.com
George R. Hearst III, associate publisher, ghearst@timesunion.com
Mark E. Aldam, publisher, maldam@timesunion.com
David P. White, chairman, dwhite@timesunion.com
T-U's Main Switchboard: (518) 454-5694
Times-Union editor Rex Smith doesn't want to investigate his buddy WAMC CEO Alan Chartock.Times-Union editor Rex Smith doesn't want to investigate his buddy WAMC CEO Alan Chartock.

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What WAMC doesn't tell its underwriters:
Lower power, weaker signals, less coverage than you thought!
See WAMC's 'claimed' and actual coverage maps and compare!
Click Here!
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Our own national laughingstock! Dept. 
DC-based NPR producer says 
Chartock's rants make NPR
'look like a left-of-center organization.'
NPR Producer says: 'I was driving through upstate New York and listening to the local public radio station, and there was this guy on the air ranting.'
Refers to WAMC's CEO as 'crazy local guy.'
NPR's official news policy discourages Chartock's brand of journalism at affiliates.

Read the article that appeared in Baltimore City Paper Online.
(Are you surprised the Albany Times-Union never picked this up?)

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'But I Wanted the Red Bentley' Dept.
"WAMC's listeners are the most generous in public radio!" -- Alan Chartock
Generous?  I'll say!
Look what YOU bought the boss!

This 'loaded' 2006 Subaru Forester* is
Alan Chartock's 'company car' -- 
a 'perk' courtesy of WAMC's Board of Trustees.**
(This one replaces the 2004 Forester WAMC got him just 2 years ago.)
And of course, it's only used for 'company business' --
So why does Alan park it at night in his driveway 
in Great Barrington? 
Also don't forget, WAMC-FM listeners pay for this new car's sales tax,
titling fee, annual insurance, annual inspection, annual vehicle tax; 
also its maintenance, gasoline, tolls, and of course,
parking whenever Alan travels to Manhattan.
Ah well, just one more 'must have' for Alan paid for by grateful listeners.
(I mean, you don't expect the CEO of a 'non-profit' charity to walk, do you?
And God forbid he should have to buy his own car!) 
How lucky WAMC members are!
* Subaru Forester 2.5 X 'The L.L.Bean Edition' 
(base model before accessories and add-ons MSRP $27,520 delivered.)
** And remember, full-time use of this brand new car is in addition to the $161,101 salary package Chartock is already getting from not-for-profit WAMC-FM.

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Shocked! Dept.
Crooks in Public Radio!
Three charged with embazzling less than $20K from Michigan station.
Hell, at WAMC-FM that's chump change!
Read what happened

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And he calls Republicans 'crooks and liars'?
'Honest' Alan says:
$52K Pay Hike "Not Been a Secret!"
Oh really, Mr. Chartock?

SEE:  "Chartock defends $48,000 raise" - Albany Times-Union - 03/14/06

Also see: "Alan Chartock and control of WAMC's $6 million coffers: 
When is bilking not bilking?"

Also see: WAMC-FM's Board of Trustees lacks legitimacy -- Let the members vote.

Alan Chartock let loose yet another bit of self-serving snot yesterday.  (That's about what its credibility was worth.)   This time it was to Albany Times-Union reporter Mark McGuireabout that little $52,000 behind-closed-doors raise Alan took more than a year-and-a-half ago.   But alas, Alan somehow forgot in all that time to mention it to the folks who actually pay the bills -- WAMC-FM's listeners.

McGuire writes in TU that the ex-SUNY professor told him "the raise has 'not been a secret,' stating he received the salary hike after retiring as a professor from the State University of New York."

Oh really?  Well when, until The Pirates broke the story on this Web site on March 8th, did anyone -- ANYONE -- within earshot of WAMC's seven-state signal ever hear a peep from Mr. Chartock or anyone else on WAMC about the CEO asking for or receiving a raise -- let alone a 45% increase? 

Does anyone recall Mr. Chartock or his trusty WAMC Board of Trustees seeking input from the listening public (whose money subsidizes the station and pays Mr. Chartock's now $166,000 salary) about whether it was a good idea in a year of 2 1/2% inflation for a public charity to give a corporate officer a 45% pay increase? 

Certainly no mention was made during the station's most recent $700,000 'begathon'.  Nor was any given at the fund-drive four months before that, nor at the one before that, nor back before that. 

So in the year-and-a-half since he took the secret raise, when exactly was Mr. Chartock finally going to let the public in on to whom more of its money was now going, and the little secret that he says wasn't a secret. 

My guess is Alan was just waiting for his esteemed Board of Trustees to make the formal announcement, and that in the meantime WAMC's 'CEO for life'  would just laugh all the way to the bank -- but of course, not secretly and not behind closed doors.

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Fund-drive mantra Dept.: 
"Just three week's expenses in the bank!"
Chartock's $52,000 raise!*
That's right, you read that number correctly. 

And for those who still think WAMC-FM is a
'not-for-profit' public charity,
that little salary increase works out to be a
45% pay hike
for the ex-SUNY professor.

(Editor's Comment: No wonder Alan chose WAMC over SUNY, the money's better, 
plus he's got near total control over $6 million per year flowing through the station.) 

See Chartock's salary increase for yourself:
Check out WAMC's Fiscal 2005 Form 990 -- just released by IRS.
(When you open the .pdf file, scroll down to "Statement 11 - List of Officers, ... .")
Also, compare the current salary with Fiscal 2004.
(Scroll down to "Statement 9.")

Also see: "Alan Chartock and control of WAMC's $6 million coffers: 
When is bilking not bilking?"

Also see: WAMC-FM's Board of Trustees lacks legitimacy -- Let the members vote.

*Alan Chartock's pay from WAMC-FM for the latest fiscal year (2005) is $166,101 
(in compensation plus employee benefit plan contribution) versus last year's $114,444, 
a difference of $51,657.

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Shocked! Dept.
The Washington Post:
Tax Abuse Rampant in Nonprofits, IRS Says
Click Here!
The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Nonprofit Abuses Cost Federal Government Billions of Dollars, IRS Chief Tells Senators
Click Here!

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The Pirates start listener Web log

The Pirates have established a new Blog site for WAMC-FM  listeners. For the first time in the radio station's history listeners can now give feedback in a public forum for all to read.  Anyone may comment about anything of interest to listeners whether it is station programming, its management, or even office gossip around the water cooler. 

This new Blog site is set up to be an open forum with a no-holds-barred attitude to encourage honest in-your-face commentary and opinions.  In posting to the site, bloggers have a choice whether to use a real name, to sign with a nom-de-plume, or simply to remain anonymous.  By giving such choices, the site encourages maximum public participation. 

Best of all though is that after all these years WAMC-FM  listeners will finally have opportunity to find out just what all those other WAMC-FM listeners are thinking about when it comes to their favorite radio station..

To access The Pirates'  Blog, Click Here!
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An East Coast Ward Churchill?.
Except UColorado's Prof isn't CEO at his local NPR affiliate.
Activist public radio CEO accuses 'neocons'
of murdering young Americans.
"But do I think the neocons have the stomach to kill more of our young people and more civilians?  We know they do." --  Alan S. Chartock, CEO, WAMC-FM, 2/26/05.
Excerpt from article 'Hillary will do what it takes' by Alan S. Chartock
published 2/26/2005 in The Berkshire Eagle.
Alan Chartock - Blog.
See related letter to The Berkshire Eagle:
Criticism of neocons goes much too far.
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Educated Guess Dept.
Did Hitchcock resignation prompt
moonlighting Prof's getting bounced (oops!)
'early retirement' from UAlbany?.
  • Prof. Chartock retires just months after UAlbany Prez suddenly quits.
  • New head takes charge at UAlbany -- Was Chartock's clock finally punched on the moonlighting issue?
  • Was Alan given ultimatum: "Choose SUNY's paycheck or WAMC's, but not both!"?
(Editor's Comment: So the prof prefers radio exec gig over academia!)
When ex-prez Hitchcock ran UAlbany, SUNY's 'anti-moonlighting' policy -- aka 'The Burke Memorandum' -- was  NEVER  enforced against double-dipping prof..

Did ex-UAlbany Prez Hitchcock give Chartock preferential treatment?

How much money did double-dipping prof cost NYS taxpayers in 24 years?

Did you know?:  A loophole in New York State law requires State Ethics Commission inquiries to be immediately closed if the person under investigation leaves their job with the State. 

Karen R. Hitchcock: Chartock's personal friend, a WAMC-FM regular, and, 
according to Chartock, the "finest university president I ever served under."
(Editor's Comment:You bet she was!)

See two articles from The New York Times:
Questions at SUNY Albany on why Ex-President Left
Case of Former SUNY Official Points to Ethics Law Loophole.
See one article from Albany Times-Union:
Probe targeted ex-UAlbany leader.
See one article from Queen's University -- The Journal:
Rewind: Hitchcock ethics inquiry revealed

See two related Albany Eye blogs:
The Trouble With Karen
 The MacGuffin.
See one article in The Pirates  published February 2002:

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'UN top official forced to quit over SEXUAL HARASSMENT'
(Editor's comment: So how come when it happens at WAMC, nobody is held accountable?)
More-hypocrisy-from-Liberal-Left Dept.
Cover-up at WAMC-FM:
CEO Chartock named in sex harass case.
Settlement costs listeners $20,000!.

WAMC chairman tells Albany Eye:
"These charges are completely false".

Lib media protecting Lib media?.
Albany Times-Union:
"not getting into the Chartock issue"
-- TU's political reporter to The Pirates, via e-mail 2/24/05..
Long rumored; Now exposed as fact!.
-- Young female victim was WAMC-FM employee in 1990's.
-- She'd been planning on career at station -- left due to boss's behavior.
-- She was sworn to secrecy as part of 20G settlement.
-- Victim's name is being withheld by The Pirates to protect her privacy.
-- Her Boss's advances were witnessed by staff.
-- Other female employees were also harassed.
-- At least one witness is willing to testify (name also being withheld).

The information contained above has been verified, confirmed, and corroborated by not less than three separate and independent WAMC-FM sources..
See two related Albany Eye blogs:
 Master of Your Own Domain
 Take the Gun, Leave the Coglione

See The Pirates' reply to Albany Eye:
Eye's wide shut!
Excerpt:  "Then, of course, at WAMC, there is the evidence itself.
To the instances of financial chicanery where this 501c3's dollars have
inured to the benefit of its CEO; to the violations of the prohibition from
participating in political campaigns on behalf of a candidate;
now add this latest revelation of a $20,000 payoff to settle a sex scandal."

See letter to The Pirates  published May 2000
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Why does WAMC-FM need 
a legal defense fund?
WAMC-FM's chairman-for-life Alan Chartock calls it a 'First Amendment Fund,' but it looks to be nothing more than a defense fund to protect and perpetuate Chartock's total and absolute (some would say obsessive-compulsive) control of WAMC.  (He's already persuaded a bunch of suckers to donate nearly $200,000 (as of 2/10/05) to this latest scam ostensibly on grounds that FCC's recent attention to on-air obscenity requires WAMC to protect itself just-in-case.)

A First Amendment Fundfor what?

When was the last time you heard anyone on WAMC utter four-letter words or any other FCC attention-getting expletive for that matter?  In fact, have you heard anyone even suggest that the tightly-muzzled staff at WAMC ever has had a habit of airing obscenities?

And not only that, but now to go so far as to set up in advance a deep-pockets fund the purpose of which is supposedly to defend against litigation with FCC stemming from an anticipated onslaught of complaints from area listeners suddenly overwhelmed with a desire to file charges of obscenity against the station; the fantasy of it all leaves a sense that something is not right, that something else is afoot here. 

Have you heard of any other NPR station anywhere setting up such a fund? 

Then just what is going on?  Why the fuss?  Why this sudden need by WAMC to set aside money for legal defense? 

Why would you do it -- unless, of course, you already knew you'd done something that warranted that kind of response and defensive posture. 

What does Alan Chartock know that he is not telling listeners and the station's membership about?

Is WAMC facing an IRS problem?

Has CEO Chartock used his WAMC soapbox just once too often as his own personal platform by which to lobby on behalf of candidates he favors for public office -- and in opposition to those he is against? 

Has Chartock's lobbying threatened WAMC's cherished tax-exempt status, and is this new defense fund not for anything FCC-related, but actually for fighting the U.S. Internal Revenue Service?  (IRS has stringent, long-standing regulations governing 501c3's and political activities, See below.)

Or maybe it's not at all about preservation of the station's 501c3 status.  Perhaps instead Alan is worried that WAMC failed an IRS audit.  (Just where does $6 million go every year?)

Or it could be that Chartock is afraid that listeners are finally fed-up and on the verge of filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all WAMC dues-paying members -- the purpose of which would be to seek voting privileges for the membership so they can be the ones to elect annually those who would sit on WAMC's board of trustees --- so listeners finally could elect those who would run listener-supported radio. (See related article: Alan Chartock: Selected, not elected -- EVER!!! )

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Which NPR affiliate is under one
Liberal activist's total and absolute control? 
WAMC-90.3 FM of course!.
Broadcasting 24/7 from Albany, New York..
Now, can you name the Lib?
Hint: He's ultra-left..
You can do something about bias in media!

Especially when you hear anythingon WAMC-FM that resembles unbalanced news coverage, lobbying, or anything that you believe is directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of -- or in opposition to -- any candidate for public office.
FIRST, and this is important for you to do, contact the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
     Then demand (yes, demand) that WAMC-FM's tax-exempt status be taken away!
Next, phone WAMC-FM and complain loudly!
Finally, complain to WAMC's advertisers and underwriters -- make yourself heard!
Read the rules governing participation by tax-exempt organizations in lobbying, and political campaigns:

IRS link -- Exempt Organizations and Politics:  Click Here!
IRS link -- Tax-Exempt Organizations and Political Activities:  Click Here!
IRS link -- Charities May Not Engage in Political Campaign Activities: Click Here!
IRS link -- Life Cycle of a Charity - Jeopardizing Exemption:  Click Here!
IRS link -- Where Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?:  Click Here!
You can stop media bias at its source.
Complain to I.R.S.-- Let IRS know that you believe WAMC, Inc. is violating federal rules governing 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations.

IRS Albany office: (518) 427-4250
IRS National office: (800) 829-0433

WAMC-FM's Federal Tax ID information:
(Give this information to the IRS employee taking your complaint)
WAMC, Inc. 
318 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 
Employer ID #22-2400593
Telephone: (518) 465-5233
Web site: www.wamc.org

Complain to WAMC-FM:
Toll-free: (800) 323-9262 - ext. 150
Toll: (518) 465-5233

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This Web site offers alternative viewpoints and opinions to those expressed (ad nauseum) over the WAMC 90.3 FM Northeast Public Radio Network located in Albany, New York.  You can even link to WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network---Future Home of The Alan S. Chartock Center for the Performing ArtsWAMC by clicking on the logo.

This Web site's goal is to let you know what listeners really think, and to provide answers to questions about things you might have wondered, but about which you could never get a straight answer from the powers-that-be at WAMC.

For example, aren't you interested where your "membership" dollars really go?

.....And aren't you curious why dues-paying 'members' of WAMC are not allowed to vote in annual elections for the station's board-of-trustees, nor allowed the 'right' to run for that office?  (Members of most other listener-supported so-called 'public' radio stations have these valuable membership privileges.)

.....And how is Alan Chartock, WAMC's  former board chairman, now its president and CEO, able to surround himself on the WAMC  board with hand-picked trustees who continually rubber-stamp his wishes (and his personal salary increases), a board which never fails every year to elect him chairman, and paid 'executive director'?

.....And how did a valuable FM broadcast license, owned by the citizens of New York State and operated by Albany Medical College, end-up being transferred for free to the literally permanent control of one politically-connected SUNY professor and a small hand-picked group of his buddies?  And all this without benefit of that pesky legal formality -- whenever the State disposes of valuable assets -- of publicly auctioning-off those assets to the highest bidder?

.....And speaking of SUNY, why did SUNY overlook FOR 25 YEARS Alan Chartock's 40+ hours per week 'other' job at WAMC, a glaring breach of its own University Policy (a code-of-conduct which prohibits full-time "moonlighting" by full-time, tenured faculty)?

......And aren't you wondering how Mr. Chartock obtained this sweetheart deal from SUNY which, though full-time "moonlighting" is prohibited, paid him a full professor's SUNY salary package while simultaneously overlooking the professor's WAMC full-time salary package with perks, benefits, pension, travel allowances, and expense account all courtesy of 'public' radio WAMC 90.3 FM?

......And haven't you noticed how news reports and feeds from WAMC 90.3FM rarely, if ever, make it onto National Public Radio's network news coverage or onto NPR's national programming?

......And aren't you inquisitive as to just what percentage of your dollars generated during each of the lucrative thrice-annual WAMC membership drives ends-up in the WAMC CEO's pocket as salary, perks, and pension benefits?

Stay Tuned!!!  As this site evolves and grows, these questions and MORE will be answered!!!

This Web site is dedicated to offering up-to-date, topical material concerning radio station WAMC 90.3 FM.  Feel free to e-mail your submissions for posting on this Web site.

Sincerely yours,

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