prof's radio jobs bring waves of static
– Alan Chartock is a well-known Northeast Public Radio executive,
a popular tenured SUNY professor and syndicated columnist who spent much
of his career railing against the Republican political machine, cronyism
But now he's coming under fire himself for drawing two separate full-time
salaries on the public and charity doles that alone add up to more than
what the state pays George Pataki to govern.
of all, there's nothing illegal or improper about it. There are a lot of
people in the State University payroll who work other jobs, and that's
the way it is," said Chartock, who's maybe best known for his weekly aired
conversations with former Gov. Mario Cuomo. "I'm a workaholic."
several of those he's publicly taken on, in print or on the air, agree
"If the world was flat, he'd fall off the left side," said Joel Miller,
Assembly Higher Education Committee member. But, "no one has complained
about the performance of the radio station, and if the school isn't complaining
about his performance as a professor, so be it."
recent criticism, however, isn't coming from the state Capitol's halls
but instead from the World Wide Web and owner of the site www.wamc.net,
a so-called "pirate" site to public radio's wamc.org.
much is too much?" blare headlines on the site's home page, critiquing
salaries Chartock and other station executives draw. "The more I started
digging, the more the smell got worse and worse," said Glenn Heller, who
put the site together.
through WAMC in the Capital Region, also controls public radio stations
91.7 in Middletown, 90.9 in Kingston, and 107.7 in Newburgh.
WAMC site, according to SUNY spokesman Dave Henahan, incorrectly states
that full-time faculty can't moonlight.
makes a base salary at SUNY of $91,584 and, according to tax records and
Chartock, slightly more than $100,000 in salary and benefits from WAMC,
which is federally subsidized. He said he volunteered his time to the Legislative
Gazette, a weekly newspaper covering state government and linked to SUNY
New Paltz. He wouldn't discuss his salary for his TV appearances in Albany.
"All of these things allow me to bring perspective into a classroom."