Syracuse, NY – The House of Representatives approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Upstate New York Congressman Jim Walsh was among a group of more moderate republicans who pushed for the vote. Walsh spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – The two democrats running for Governor in New York faced each other in a debate July 25th. The debate was sponsored by New York 1 TV and WNYC Radio. It was held before a spirited crowd at Pace University in Manhattan. The moderator is Dominick Carter, New York 1's Political Anchor.
Sterling, NY – Every summer, the CNY Sterling Renaissance Festival draws thousands of visitors to be entertained in the atmosphere of 16th century England. Of the many performers featured, the swordplay of "Don Juan & Miguel" has long been a staple of any good fair experience. The pair have decided to take their act to the big screen, filming their second feature length movie with scenes shot in areas surrounding the fair. WRVO's Mark Lavonier visited the set and spoke with the cast and crew to learn more.
Oswego, NY – New York's clean indoor air act is three years old. The law put to an end smoking in all public gathering places in the state. And on the anniversary, the State Health Department released a report said the law signficantly reduced exposure to second-hand smoke. Russell Sciandra is the Director for the Center for a Tobacco Free New York. He also serves on the health department's Tobacco Advisory Board. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked him about the findings.
Syracuse, NY – Democrat Tom Souzzi trails far in the polls and in campaign funding in the race for New York State Governor against front-runner Democrat Eliot Spitzer. But he's not deterred. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski interviews Mr. Souzzi.
Oswego, NY – After 24 years of taking listeners on a nature tour of Central New York - naturalist John Weeks recently concluded his weekly commentary, "The Nature of Things" on the WRVO Stations. He stopped by the studio and spoke with WRVO's Mark Lavonier to reflect on his time on air.
A collection of his radio essays are featured in a new book, "Nature's Quiet Conversations" published by Syracuse University Press.
Utica, NY – Congressional candidate Ray Meier captured considerable media attention last week when Vice-President Dick Cheney stopped in Utica for a campaign fundraiser. We spoke then to the 24th District republican candidate. Our attention now turns to his opponent , democrat Michael Arcuri. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – New York Regional Interconnect's plan for construction of high-voltage transmission line from Utica, NY to the New York City region is being met with mounting public opposition. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to one activist involved in the fight -- Eve Ann Schwartz -- who is a spokeswoman for "STOP N-Y-R-I Inc."
Hamilton, NY – The Village of Hamilton in Madison County is taking time this weekend to recognize one of its own. The village will stage an unprecedented exhibition of the works of artist Lee Brown Coye -- including relocating his most widely-recognized painting -- "Frankie and Johnnie" -- to a new place of prominence. David Hollis reports.
Utica, NY – Vice-President Dick Cheney speaks at a reception for State NYS Senator Ray Meier. The republican State Senator is running for the congressional seat being vacated by fellow republican Sherwood Boehlert who is retiring at the end of the year. A large protest is expected outside the reception. It's being organized by the July 14th Coalition. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Meier about the Vice-President's visit.
Oswego, NY – In 1977 an article in the Soho Weekly wrote, "Liv Ullman's door is wide open." - which quickly becomes apparent through a new book of insightful and candid conversations with one of cinema's greatest acheivers - writer, actor, director and humanitarian Liv Ullman. Central New York author Robert Emmet Long edited the new collection and met with WRVO's Mark Lavonier to talk about the book.
Syracuse, NY – Two leaders of Syracuse Stage are leaving the regional theatre. Producing Director Jim Clark and Artistic Director Robert Moss have announced that they are leaving their jobs for new endeavors. Robert Moss spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Oswego, NY – 41-years ago, three Boston-area friends entered a cave in Dolgeville in New York's Mohawk Valley. One of them never made it back. He died in the cave after he became stuck. The remains of James Mitchell have been in the cave ever since. Dolgeville native Christian Lyon, a Los Angeles actor, musician and documentary maker, has organized an effort to retrieve James Mitchell's remains. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Lyon about the retrieval effort.
Oswego, NY – The sharp increase in violent crime as reported by the FBI has experts and officials looking for answers. One idea that has been floating around for several years is to legalize drugs and have government regulate the drug trade. Peter Christ of Cazenovia, NY is a retired police captain who has been a proponent of drug legalization since the early 1990's. He's with the group "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition." WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Christ.
Oswego, NY – Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu knows how war time can lead to anti-foreigner hysteria in this country. The Professor Emeritus at SUNY Oswego has written an oral history of five Japanese-American women forced into confinement during World War Two. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the author about her latest work, "Imperial Valley Nisei Women: Transcending Poston."
Oswego, NY – Democratic Gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer this week released his six-billion dollar property tax relief plan. Spitzer says he would pay for it by eliminating 11-billion dollars in state spending. His Democratic rival, Tom Souzzi, is wasting no time in picking Spitzer's plan apart. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Peace Council is celebrating 70-years of activism. The Peace Council formed in 1936 at the height of the depression and the "New Deal" politics of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sam Feld joined the Peace Council in the 1950's. He still remains active in the organization. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked the 87-year old why he became involved.