“Effective Radio with Bill Samuels” is broadcast live two hours every month from AM970’s studio in Lower Manhattan.

Each episode of Effective Radio focuses on a major issue that affects the lives of all New Yorkers. From an environmental bill of rights to the legalization of marijuana, from home rule to campaign finance reform, Effective Radio will engage, inform, and even excite you. The show features interviews withh leading figures in politics and policy in New York State and audience call-ins.

Bill Samuels is the host of “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels”, which airs live for two hours every month. on AM970.

Bill has a lifetime of experience as a successful businessman, socially-responsible entrepreneur and CEO. At the same time, he has a rich history as an innovative political thinker, progressive leader and activist, most recently as chairman of the board of the nonprofits EffectiveNY and the EffectiveNY Howard Samuels Policy Center.

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After law school, Bill started a trailblazing education company that focused on training workers 16 years and older the basic skills needed to get and keep a job. He built that company into a worldwide enterprise with operations in Brazil, Europe, Mexico and Asia, and took it public before moving on to other entrepreneurial ventures. Later, he founded ACTV, a cutting-edge interactive education and media company. Working with investors such as The Washington Post, the company developed some of the core intellectual property for interactive television and the World Wide Web, including two fundamental patents issued for the Internet, before being sold to an affiliate of Liberty Media in 2002.

Bill was also one of the founders of the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP), which for over 30 years was the premiere public interest organization focused on companies’ policies on the environment, women & minority advancement, corporate disclosure of information, labor relations, family benefits, and worker rights.

At the same time, Bill remained deeply involved in progressive politics, fundraising for Democratic candidates and speaking out on issues of both local and national importance. During the 2004 Presidential campaign, in response to the “swiftboating” of Democratic nominee John Kerry, Bill produced the documentary Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry to set the record straight about Kerry’s heroism.

After the 2004 election, Bill turned his attention back to state politics, working with Eliot Spitzer to raise money to help the Democratic Party regain the State Senate. He also founded the Blue Tiger Democrats, an innovative grassroots organization designed to reconnect the party to its core communities.

In the 2008 election cycle, Bill served as Finance Chairman for the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, playing a key role in the Democrats gaining control of the State Senate for the first time in decades. Despite his high hopes for the new majority, Bill was deeply disheartened when the Senate Democratic Conference failed to make the dramatic reforms necessary to allow Albany to function effectively.

Bill resigned as Finance Chair and launched the New Roosevelt Initiative, a political action committee with the mission of defeating the corrupt Majority Leader of the State Senate Pedro Espada. Cultivating Gustavo Rivera as a challenger, Bill built a sophisticated campaign and field operation and shocked the political establishment by ousting Espada. With this success, Bill shuttered New Roosevelt.

Today, Bill continues his work in policy and government reform as Chairman of EffectiveNY. As he has done throughout his career, he balances his political and nonprofit activities with his business enterprises.

Bill is currently chairman of two companies: the Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, a facility dedicated to helping people overcome addiction. He is also managing member of the Carlyle Capital Group and an Ex Officio on the Board of Directors for New York City Center.

A graduate of MIT with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering, Political Science and Economics, Bill also holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Marie. Their daughter, Kitty, is attending Brown University.

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Morgan Pehme is the co-host and producer of “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels” on AM970.

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An award-winning journalist, filmmaker, commentator, and good government leader, Morgan is also the executive director of the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) arms of EffectiveNY, the watchdog group and public policy think tank Bill Samuels founded.

Prior to joining EffectiveNY in February 2015, Pehme spent two and a half years as editor-in-chief of City & State, the must-read insider’s publication of New York State politics and government. In this capacity Pehme led the magazine’s newsroom to 11 New York Press Association awards, including 3 in which he shared personally, including Best Coverage of Elections and Politics.

During his tenure Pehme regularly appeared on television and radio as an analyst, most prominently on WPIX, where he served as the network’s on-air Election Day expert for the 2013 and 2014 cycles. He also co-created City & State TV, a Web-based video series, and served as its principal host, conducting one-on-one interviews with hundreds of leading figures in the arena of politics and policy.

Before helming City & State, Pehme was executive director of New York Civic, the nonpartisan good government group founded by former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern. At NYCivic, Pehme created and produced “Candidate College,” an online video series designed to teach political neophytes how to run for office, and was recognized by City Hall newspaper as one of its 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Prior to his time at NYCivic, Pehme was an adjunct professor of journalism, film, television and advertising at St. John’s University from 2004 to 2010. An award-winning filmmaker, Pehme has co-written, directed and produced several feature films, as well as numerous commercials.

Pehme was born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and attended the Dalton School, where he earned renown as a national scholastic chess champion. He is an honors graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois with a dual degree in English literature and French. Presently, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Patricia, and daughter, Fiona

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August 24th, 2017
Guests:Gerald Benjamin, Ph.D, Director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz from the Drug Policy Alliance, John Raskin, Executive Director of Rider’s Alliance, and Richard Brodsky, former 14-term New York State Assemblyman from Westchester and Senior Fellow at Demos.
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July 26th, 2017
Guests: Sean Pica, Executive Director for Hudson Link, Janos Marton, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Just Leadership USA, Tony Bates, Program Director at WBAI, and Alex Frank, Senior Program Associate for Youth Justice at the Vera Institute.
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June 28th, 2017
Guests:Karen O’Keefe, Director of State Policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, from the Drug Policy Alliance, Chris Alexander, and author and former marijuana smuggler and federal prisoner, Richard Stratton
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May 24th, 2017
Guests: Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Oliver Fein, and from NYPAN, Ting Barrow
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April 12th, 2017
Guests: Professor Emeritus and Former Chairman of the Political Science Department at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York Peter J. Galie, former County Executive of Suffolk County and President of Common Sense Strategies Steve Levy, and State Director of AARPNY Beth Finkel
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February 23rd 2017
Guests: Co-founder and CEO of #VoteProChoice, Heidi Sieck, former President of the Bar Association of the City of New York Evan Davis, and partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department and “litigation superstar” Robbie Kaplan
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January 18th 2017
Guests: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and New York State Constitution Expert and Author Christopher Bopst
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December 14th 2016
Guests: Former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Environmental Advocates of New York Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz, Hoosick Falls activist and mom Michele Baker, and Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino
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November 6th 2016
Guests: New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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October 30th, 2016
Guests: Guests: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation and Labor and Employment Lawyer Arthur Z. Schwartz
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October 23rd 2016
Guests: Guests: Black Institute Founder Bertha Lewis and Red Horse Strategies’ Doug Forand
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October 16th 2016
Guests: Guests: Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.and Morris Pearl, Chair, The Patriotic Millionaires
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October 9th 2016
Guests: Guests: Henry Garrido, Executive Director, DC 37 and Craig Kaplan, Democratic activist and lawyer
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October 2nd 2016
Guests: Guests: Jill Furillo, Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association and Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
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September 25th, 2016
Guests: Guests: Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Marcia Bystryn, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
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September 18th, 2016
Guests: Guests: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Amalgamated Bank President & CEO Keith Mestrich
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September 11th, 2016
Guests: Guests: CWA Local 1180 President Arthur Cheliotis and NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman
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September 4th, 2016
Guests: Guests: Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York, Karen Scharff
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August 28th, 2016
Guests: AFT President Randi Weingarten and EPL/Environmental Advocates Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz
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August 21st, 2016
Guests: Green Party Nominee for President Jill Stein and JustLeadershipUSA Founder Glenn Martin
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August 14th, 2016
Guests: NY State Senator/Congressional Candidate Jack Martins and fmr. NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey
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August 7th, 2016
Guests: Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and Father Constantine Lazarakis
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June 26th, 2016
Guest: Rev. Jesse Jackson
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June 19th, 2016
Guest: Political Commentator, Actor and Former First Son Ron Reagan
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June 5th, 2016
Guests: Congressman Brian Higgins and Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky
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May 29th, 2016
Guests: Former U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate Gary Hart and Fiscal Policy Institute Executive Director Ron Deutsch
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May 22nd, 2016
Guests: NYC Central Labor Council President Vinny Alvarez and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams
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May 15th, 2016
Guests: From Capitol Pressroom Host Susan Arbetter and Strong Economy for All Coalition’s Michael Kink
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May 8th, 2016
Guests: Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green and Senator Terrence Murphy
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May 1, 2016
Guests: Florida Congressman & U.S. Senate Candidate David Jolly and State Senator Brad Hoylman
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April 24, 2016
Guests: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres
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April 17, 2016
Guests: NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
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April 10, 2016
Guests: Rep. Dan Donovan and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow
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April 3, 2016
Guests: Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs, former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Times Union State Editor Casey Seiler
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March 27, 2016
Guests: State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Kevin Parker
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March 20, 2016
Guests: State Senator Phil Boyle and State Senator George Latimer
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March 13, 2016
Guests: NYS Business Council CEO Heather Briccetti and Freelancers Union Founder Sara Horowitz
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March 6, 2016
Guests: NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and NYS Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long
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February 28, 2016
Guests: Rep. Lee Zeldin and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
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February 21, 2016
Guests: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYS Board of Elections Commissioner Andy Spano
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February 14, 2016
Guests: Rep. Charlie Rangel and NYC Councilman Ben Kallos
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February 7, 2016
Guests: State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Gannett Albany Bureau Chief Joe Spector
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January 31, 2016
Guests: Rep. Peter King and Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly
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January 24, 2016
Guests: 2010 GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Carl Paladino and State Senator John DeFrancisco
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January 17, 2016
Guests: State Senator Liz Krueger and Capitol Tonight Host Liz Benjamin
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January 10, 2016
Guests: WFP National Director Dan Cantor and AQE Executive Director Billy Easton
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January 3, 2016
Guests: Bill Samuels and The New York Daily News’ Albany Bureau Chief, Ken Lovett
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December 27th, 2015
Guests: Rep. Chris Gibson and New York Post Columnist Fred Dicker
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December 20th, 2015
Guest: Investigative Reporter David Sirota
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December 13th, 2015
Guests: UFT President Michael Mulgrew and State Senator Michael Gianaris
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December 6th, 2015
Guests: Interviews with NY Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s and Fmr. Maryland Lt. Gov Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
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November 29th, 2015
Guests: The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta and AARP New York’s Beth Finkel
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November 22nd, 2015
Guests: Joe Crowley and Todd Kaminsky
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November 15th, 2015
Guests: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Investigative Journalist Wayne Barrett, and former Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee Dennis Mehiel
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November 1st, 2015
Guests: Fmr. State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and NYS State Senator Daniel Squadron
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October 25th, 2015
Guest: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
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