Listen October


Listen October
Summer 2009
The Quarterly Newsletter of The WRVO Stations
WRVO-FM 89.9, WRVN-FM 91.9, WRVJ-FM 91.7, WRVD-FM 90.3
Thank You
For Your
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Do You Love
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WRVO Honored by the Associated Press and the
Syracuse Press Club
The WRVO News Department was
recently honored by the Syracuse Press
Club. The WRVO news staff picked up
4 first place awards and 6 second place
WRVO’s John Hurlbutt was honored
with the Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario
Rossi Career Achievement Award and
Jasmyn Belcher received the A.
Brohman Roth Newcomer Award.
WRVO also received 4 First Place
awards and 8 Special Mentions awards
in 8 categories from The New York
State Associated Press Broadcasters
To see the list of awards and to listen
to the winning stories, visit
WRVO (Retired) Morning Host John Hurlbutt, General
Manager John Krauss, News Intern Garry Herbert, Reporter
Jasmyn Belcher and News Director Chris Ulanowski proudly
show off the awards won from the Syracuse Press Club.
Photos from the Retirement Reception for John Hurlbutt
July 4th Special
July 4 at 12:30pm
July 5 at 8:00pm
You Can Now
On April 7 Phoebe’s was our host for
the inaugural WRVO Cornerstone
Society reception. The gathering saluted
the 40 year career of Morning Edition
host John Hurlbutt. You can find more
photos posted on WRVO’s Facebook
page at
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Family Grows
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Listen Live
No more 4:00am! John Hurlbutt
crushes an alarm clock under his
foot as his retirement commences.
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Love WRVO? Stop In and Record
A Testimonial
WRVO will once again be recording a series of
listener testimonials this summer. If you or someone
you know is a WRVO addict, come in and tell us why!
We’ll interview you about your WRVO experience and edit
your responses into a 30 to 60 second spot that will premiere
during our Fall 2009 Fundraiser in October. Our business
hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but we
would be happy to accommodate your schedule if you’re
unavailble to come in at those times.
When you record your testimonial in our Oswego studios,
we’ll also show you around and introduce you to some of the
people you hear everyday and get a behind-the-scenes look
at a working radio station.
You’ll be able to share your thoughts about WRVO with all
of Central and Northern New York. Your words might
encourage a long time listener who’s been thinking
about becoming a member to take the final step and
support WRVO!
If you’re interested in recording your testimonial, or would
like more information about this project, please contact
WRVO Membership Manager Elizabeth Christensen at
1-800-341-3690 or drop her an email at [email protected].
Editorial Assistant
Pam Cantine
Bonnie Prime
John Krauss
Trident Printing Corp, Syracuse
WRVO Contact Information:
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LISTEN! is published quarterly for WRVO members.
Distribution is 5500 copies.
Information about subscriptions may be obtained by
calling 315-312-3690 or 1-800-341-3690 between 9am &
4pm weekdays. Comments are always welcome.
WRVO Station Staff:
Donate A Laptop
The WRVO News Department needs a new laptop
computer to handle recording, editing, and filing news
from the field.
* Do you have a clean and functional laptop that
you’re no longer using?
* Does it have a legitimate copy of Windows XP
* Would you be willing to donate it to WRVO and
receive a tax deduction for the donation?
If so, please contact Jeff Windsor in the WRVO
Engineering department to talk about the potential
Jeff can be reached via email at, [email protected]
or by phone at, 315-312-3690.
General Manager
Assistant GM for Development
Assistant GM for Business
Program Director
Assistant GM for Engineering
News Director
Membership Manager
Corporate Support Rep
Corporate Support Rep
Radio Technical Specialist
Morning Producer/Reporter
Weekend Host/Producer
Producer/Traffic Manager
Financial Resource Manager
Producer/Morning Host
John Krauss
Matt Seubert
Pam Cantine
Fred Vigeant
Jeff Windsor
Chris Ulanowski
Jasmyn Belcher
Liz Christensen
Bill Gowan
Tom Herbert
Mark Lavonier
Lee Mitchell
Ryan Morden
John Nagelschmidt
Kate Percival
Bonnie Prime
Jason Smith
Student Interns & Volunteers:
Production Intern
Shawn Ashley
News Assistant
Michael Benjamin
Production Intern
Justin Laird
Weekend Weather Intern
Daniel Ruth
Production Intern
Troy Stevens
Find WRVO Online:
WRVO on Twitter
WRVO News on Twitter
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Programming Odds ‘n Ends
by Fred Vigeant, Program Director
WRVO has a new Morning Producer/Reporter
WRVO welcomes Ryan Morden as the new Morning
Edition Producer/Reporter. Ryan comes to the Central New
York area from Seattle. He graduated from the University of
Washington with a BA in Journalism and minored in Political
Science and Scandinavian studies. Prior to trading the West
Coast for the East Coast, he covered the Washington state
legislature as a correspondent for the Northwest News
Network. The stories Ryan filed for N3 went out to nine
NPR affiliates in the Northwest, including KUOW in Seattle
and OPB in Portland.
Prior to his work at N3, Ryan worked as an assistant
morning news editor at KIRO radio, a commercial News/
Talk station in Seattle. He joined KIRO in spring of 2007 as
a part time board-op and fill-in talk show producer. During
that time, he produced talk shows for CBS Radio
commentator Dave Ross and Ron Reagan.
Off the clock, Ryan enjoys government & politics, reading
non-fiction and literature from the edges, baseball, road
trips, brew pubs, catching up on TV shows via Hulu and
he’s currently pursuing MBA studies at SUNY-Oswego.
Ryan has settled in well at WRVO and is a fine addition to
our award-winning news department.
Capitol Steps July 4th Radio Special
Joe Biden has
announced that the
Capitol Steps July 4th
Radio show is “the
finest radio program
since President Ben
Franklin debated George Washington Carver, inventor of
the peanut, on Morning Edition.”
It’s the July 4th edition of Politics Takes a Holiday.
Made possible by legislation contained in the Political Satire
Recovery Act of 2009. Good company on WRVO Saturday
July 4 at 12:30pm and Sunday July 5 at 8:00pm.
Community Forum
brings you into the
discussion with a
lively debate about
topics of local
concern. WRVO will
host community
forums on a quarterly
September – With a tight state budget, and a forecast
for tighter ones ahead, where will that leave the State
University of New York. We examine the state’s budget
impact on the SUNY system.
October – The fall elections will bring a new Syracuse
Mayor. WRVO is planning a Syracuse Mayoral Candidate
Forum. This forum will have discussion on the race with the
candidates just before Election Day 2009.
We’re also putting together our plans for upcoming
community forums. Do you have an idea for a topic? We
are looking for great ideas to bring together the community
with thinkers, experts, and decision makers. Let us know
your ideas or thoughts, by sending us a postcard, calling
our comment line, or sending us a message through
Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you today!
L.A. Theatre Works
Compelling stories by inspiring playwrights set the stage
for headline actors in the national launch of L.A. Theatre
Works. The series will air starting July 4th at 8pm, as part
of the WRVO Playhouse and will continue every Saturday
night for the next year. The series also repeats at 10pm on
And my last program-related reminder is for the Friday
Night Feature, which is made up of documentaries,
debates and sound-rich reporting from the best known
public radio producers. Tune in every Friday night at 8:00.
Newsletter: hard copy or download?
Like most people in this economy, WRVO tries to save
money any way we can. We currently send out over 5,500
copies of this newsletter and the cost of postage continues
to increase. Beginning with this issue of Listen!, we will
post the quarterly newsletter online at If you would
prefer to download a copy instead of receiving a hard copy
in the mail, drop an email to [email protected] and we
will take you off our mailing list and save a few trees, too.
In addition to the quarterly newsletter, don’t forget to sign
up for our E-newsletters for timely program alerts, WRVO
Playhouse schedules, technical notes and more. Go to and sign up for any or all of the E-newsletters. Like
what you hear? Let us know! Email [email protected].
Mr & Mrs Fred Vigeant
Wedding bells rang for WRVO’s Program
Director Fred Vigeant and Michele Joyner as they
were wed on May 23rd at St Mary’s Roman Catholic
Church in Oswego. A honeymoon is planned for
later this year. Best wishes to the happy couple!
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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...
The WRVO Family Grows
Twice the fun: Gracyn and Joslyn Cantine
WRVO Assistant General Manager for Business Pam
Cantine and her husband Tom are new parents to twin
girls, born March 5th. Joslyn Hunter Cantine weighed 5
pounds, 13 ounces and Gracyn Julia Cantine weighed 5
pounds, 12 ounces. Congratulations to Pam and Tom!
Proud big brother Owen Seubert shows off little sister Anna
WRVO Assistant General Manager for Development
Matt Seubert and his wife Stacey announce the birth of their
second child Anna Rose Seubert, who was born on May
20th. Anna weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Congratulations
to Matt, Stacey and big brother Owen!
Corporate Partner of the Quarter: Abscope Environmental, Inc.
Based in Canastota, Abscope Environmental, Inc. delivers environmental
construction services throughout the WRVO service area and beyond. Abscope
employs trained construction/environmental professionals in a variety of tasks,
including remedial excavation; installation of watertight sheetpiling and vertical
barriers; soil or riverbank shoring/stabilization; treatment of soil or groundwater;
transport and disposal of hazardous materials; abatement of asbestos and other
hazardous materials; tank cleaning, removal, and installation; and utilities installation.
Abscope’s services range from simple spill cleanups to complex and sophisticated
excavations requiring the application of innovative technologies and skilled teams. Clients include environmental
engineering consultant firms, utilities, site owners, attorneys, industry, government entities, and educational institutions.
Services are performed within a strict regulatory framework and in accordance with work practices that safeguard
employee and community health and safety.
Founded in 1989, the firm’s roots go back to 1958, when John Romagnoli and Vito Fusillo started a heavy-construction
company focused on transportation. From there, Jack Romagnoli, Jerry Romagnoli, and Doug Fusillo built Abscope into
one of the premier environmental remediation construction firms in the Northeast. Abscope has grown to include more than
60 permanent employees, with more than 120 employees on staff during peak construction seasons. The firm has seen
increasing profits while broadening its geographic reach into Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. A
significant growth driver is Abscope’s work at former manufactured gas plant sites, with a $7 million remediation project
that began in 2007 and expanded in 2008.
Abscope received national recognition with a 2008 EBJ Business Achievement Award. The Environmental Business
Journal awarded Abscope its Silver Medal in the category of remediation contracting. Abscope was recognized for
continuing to expand its leadership in environmental remediation construction.
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Cornerstone Society
Guthrie & Louise Birkhead - Syracuse
Donald Blair & Nancy Dock - Jamesville
Charles Blitman - Syracuse
Wayne Chauncey & Mary Jugan - Jamesville
Robert Hanson - Belleville
Lee & Nancy Herrington - Syracuse
Gary & Chris Johnson - Syracuse
Molly King - Jamesville
Anthony & O.B. LaTessa - Fayetteville
Harris Lindenfeld - Cazenovia
John F.X. Mannion & Stephanie Miner - Syracuse
Jeff Morris & Laurie Richer - Dundee
Eric & Judy Mower - Syracuse
Lee Murray - Syracuse
Sabra & Bill Reichardt - East Syracuse
Mickie Sanders-Jauquet & Mark Jauquet - Ovid
Bruce & Lenora Schuchert - Phoenix
Jeffrey Smith & Leslie Kohman - Syracuse
Linda Wickes - Syracuse
Robert Albright - Oswego
Curt & Susan Andersson - Manlius
Stephen & Donna Auyer - Liverpool
Stan & Carol Ayres - DeWitt
Edvige Barrie & Jim Frederick - Clinton
Vera Beaton - Madison
Walter Benson & Kate Cogswell - Skaneateles
Sally Berry - LaFayette
Peter Black & Lida Black - Syracuse
Ron Blackmore - Hamilton
David & Dorothy Bonney - Oswego
Bradley & Martha Boyer - Marietta
John & Kathy Briggs - Syracuse
David & Cynthia Brower-Kirby - Syracuse
Minna Buck & Aloha Foundation - Jamesville
Tracy Buckingham - Manlius
Jane Burkhead & Robert Sarason - Fayetteville
Rockne Burns - Cape Vincent
Jennifer Caloia - Morrisville
D Bruce Carter - Syracuse
David & Jacqueline Churchill - Skaneateles
Vincent Ciccarino & Sylvia Matousek - East Syracuse
Margaret Clerkin - Sandy Creek
Edward & Paula Conan - Skaneateles
Harold & Loris Cook - Fair Haven
Melissa Cosser - Syracuse
Charlotte Droll - Hamilton
Patricia & Marvin Druger - Syracuse
Fred Edelman & Podiatry Services of CNY - Manlius
Joan & Tim Engst - Williamstown
Tim & Nickcole Evans - Canastota
Wendy Everleth - Marcy
John & Diane Ferry - Adams
Matt Fitzer - New Hartford
John Folk & Diane Whaley - Oswego
Ken Garno & Jody Tarallo - Syracuse
Linnea Garrepy - Syracuse
Phillip Gioia - Auburn
Andrew Giraud - Syracuse
Sara Gleasman-Desimone - Canastota
Richard & Dolores Green - Syracuse
Stuart & Margo Groskin - Fayetteville
H Baird Hansen - Cazenovia
Daniel Harmony - Oswego
Bruce Hudson - Syracuse
Michael Jordan - New York Mills
J Edward Kaish - Camillus
Richard Kelley - Manlius
John Kent - Henderson Harbor
Robert Kiltz & CNY Fertility Center - Syracuse
Peter King - Parish
Jeffrey Kirshner & Lorraine Rapp - Fayetteville
Richard & Barbara Knaul - Auburn
Greg Komarisky - Auburn
George & Pinny Kuckel - Deansboro
Peter & Carolyn Kyle - Weedsport
Stephanie & Charles Ladd - Syracuse
Jim & Roseanne LaPlante - Watertown
Andrea Latchem - Syracuse
Gina Lee-Glauser - Manlius
Robert Long - Syracuse
Erin Mackie - Syracuse
Ralph Martell - Bouckville
Bob & Gerri McCarthy - Syracuse
Jane Merrill - Syracuse
Justin Mertz - Massapequa
Jason Myers - Hamilton
Robert Murphy & Cynthia Rye - Holland Patent
P.S Murray & Murray Information Systems - Meridian
Maurice Oehlsen - Clinton
Sheila & John Parker - Jamesville
Ralph & Mary Lou Penner - Chittenango
Bill & Meg Pfeiffer - Clayville
Robert Potter - Manlius
Katherine Robertson - Black River
Donald & Kathleen Robertson - Manlius
Marcia Rothenberg & John Batizfalvi - Syracuse
Philip Roy & Mary-Agnes Alrutz-Roy - Redfield
Anne & John Sabach - Tully
David Scharoun - Syracuse
Herbert & Hillery Schneiderman - Syracuse
Adam Schultz - Cazenovia
Jary & Julie Shimer - Skaneateles
Joseph Silberlicht & Sandra Fenske - New Hartford
Robert & Nancy Slavens - Manlius
Robert & Sheila Smith - New Hartford
Richard & Susan Spence - Jamesville
Nona Stewart - Fayetteville
Joe Hucko & Washington Street Partners - Syracuse
Beverly Stringham - Liverpool
David & Ellen Suarez - Syracuse
Chacea & Donald Sundman - Skaneateles
Richard Suphan - Fulton
Jan Turcotte - Watertown
Craig & Cynthia Urciuoli - Victor
Bonnie Urciuoli - Clinton
Leah Weinberg - Auburn
Thomas Welch - Fayetteville
Margaret Lewis West - Jamesville
Mitchel & Lynn Wilson - Syracuse
John & Mitzi Wolf - LaFayette
Members of WRVO’s Cornerstone Society provide
leading support for Central and Northern New York’s
Source for NPR News. This unique and ever expanding
group of listeners share the distinction of being WRVO’s
most generous annual contributors. Cornerstone members
lay the foundation of support that helps preserve the vital
news and information service that WRVO provides to the
region. For more information about WRVO’s Cornerstone
Society, contact Matt Seubert at 1-800-341-3690 or visit
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WRVO Business Supporters
1000 Island Performing Arts Fund
Abscope Environmental, Inc
Accelerate 2009
Adirondack Stone Works
Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce
Ameriprise Financial Services
Anaren Incorporated
Ansun Graphics
Antique Boat Museum
Art of Massage/Spa 500
Associated Industrial Riggers
Atlas Fence
Auburn Memorial Hospital
BDS Corporation of CNY
Ballantyne Gardens
Bartlett Tree Experts
Beard Miller Company
Burritt’s Cafe
C and S Companies
CNY Asthma and Allergy
CNY Chapter of Air and Waste
Management Association
CNY Community Foundation
CNY Credit Unions
CNY Fertility Center
CNY Home and Garden Magazine
Cantech Automotive
Cate and Sally
Cayuga Tree Service
Cazenovia Artisans
Center for the Arts of Homer
Charney’s Men’s Clothing
Charting Succession
Chateau Lafayette Reneau
Clayton Opera House
Clinton Fine Arts and Crafts Show
Colleges of Arts & Sciences - S.U.
Commerce Chenango
Common Thread Community Farm
Community Foundation of Herkimer and
Oneida Counties
Cooperative Federal Credit Union
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Cottman Transmission
Crest Cadillac/Acura/Pontiac/GMC
Crissey Architectural Group
Crouse Hospital
Douglas Lloyd Photography
Dufores Jewelers
Earlville Opera House
Eastern Shore Associates
Elderberry Pond
Erie Canal Museum
Eureka Crafts
Everson Museum
Fehlman Brothers
First Niagara
Folkus Project
Food Bank of CNY
Friends of Central Library
Fulton Savings Bank
Glimmerglass Opera
Goldmine Jewelers
Great Camp Sagamore
Greenhomes America by Entherm
H Lee White Marine Museum
Hamilton Theater
Hansen’s Advisory Services
Haylor, Freyer and Coon
Hearth Cabinets and More
Hendricks Chapel
Henry Wilson Jewelers
Hiscock and Barclay, LLP
Home and Garden Show
Home Builders and Remodelers of CNY
Hospice of CNY
Institute for the Creative and Performing ArtsColgate University
Jacobsen Oriental Rugs
Johnny Appleseed Farm
Kirkland Art Center
Klineberg Photography
Lakeshore Capital Management
LeMoyne College
Lightwork/Community Darkrooms at S.U.
Liverpool Art Center
Lockheed-Martin MS2 - Syracuse
Mabie Brothers
Master Works Chorale
Medical Center Pharmacy
Menter, Rudin and Trivelpiece, PC
Merry Go Round Playhouse
Metro Center
Meyda Tiffany
Michael Grimm Services
Mitchell’s Speedway Press
Mohawk Valley Ballet
Mohawk Valley Heart Institute
Morrisville College
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Museum of Science and Technology
MVP Health Care
Mystic Stamp Co
New Hope Antiques
New York Connects
New York State United Teachers
Northeast Classic Car Museum
O’Connor Memorials
Open Hand Theater
Operation Oswego County
Oswego County Business
Oswego County Mutual Insurance
Oswego Health
Oswego Opera
Oswego Printing
Oswego State University
Palace Theatre in Hamilton
Pella of CNY
Performing Arts at Hamilton College
Phoenix Flower Farm
Picture Connection
Practice Resources, LLC
Purity Ice Cream
Puttin’ on the Ritz Dance Studio
Que Colores
Quilting By The Lake
RE/MAX Reality Plus/Martin Carpenter
Retina Vitreous Surgeons
River Hospital Foundation
Rivers End Bookstore
Rochester Folk Art Guild
Rome Home Show
Rudy’s Lakeside
St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
Schola Cantorum
Schweinfurth Art Center
Shred Con
Skaneateles Artisans
Skaneatles Bakery
Skaneateles Business Community
Skaneateles Festival
Skaneateles Jewelry
Skaneateles Merchants Association
Snake Oil Glassworks
Society for New Music
Solvay Glass
State University of NY
SU Art Galleries
SU Gebbie Clinic
SU Newhouse School
SU School of Architecture
SU Setnor School of Music
SUNY Oswego - Extended Learning
Stanley Center for the Performing Arts
Stickley, Inc
Sweet Woods Memorials
Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival
Syracuse Auto Expo
Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
Syracuse Community Test Kitchen
Syracuse International Film Festival
Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music
Syracuse Opera
Syracuse Peace Council
Syracuse Stage
Syracuse Symphony
Syracuse Symposium
Syracuse University Pulse Performing
Syracuse Vocal Ensemble
Temple Society of Concord
The Books End
The Steele Law Firm
The Swap Sheet
The Warehouse Gallery
Theater Program at Colgate University
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Time Warner Business Class
Trident Printing Corp
Uncle Sam Boat Tours
University Hospital
Usherwood Office Technology
Utica Symphony
Walk on Wood
WISE Conference
Be part of a winning team!
Underwrite on WRVO!
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Program Schedule for WRVO-2
Q. How can I listen to WRVO-2?
A. You are able to receive WRVO-2 two ways:
1) Tune to the digital 89.9 signal in the Oswego/Syracuse area with an HD-Radio. Currently only our main transmitter
from Oswego, which broadcasts at 89.9, is sending a digital signal. Only those who receive a reliable 89.9 signal are able
to use the HD Radio. Plans include to upgrade WRVD 90.3 in Syracuse. A time table is not in place yet, because we are
seeking funding for these capital upgrades.
2) Your other option to listen to WRVO-2 is through our website at WRVO-2 is streamed 24/7 and
anyone with an internet connection is able to hear WRVO-2 online.
More questions about WRVO-2? Totally confused about HD? Visit for more information or send
us an email at [email protected] and we’ll try to help you out. And...let us know your comments about WRVO-2!
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