Jason Smith

Regional Host, Morning Edition, WRVO Public Media

Jason is the regional host of Morning Edition, heard Monday through Friday from 5AM to 10AM.  He presents state and area news updates and keeps an eye on weather developments.  During the winter months he reports regional school closings and other weather-impacted developments.  Jason occasionally serves as host of WRVO Community Forums and other special programs.

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12:05pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Public Radio Presents

Reveal, an investigative radio show

prx.org

Join us on Sunday July, 13 at 7:00 p.m. for Reveal, an investigative radio show from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this episode: an investigation into accidents and equipment failures in the military; a collaborative investigation into US water standards; and another in CIR's series of veteran investigations.

Profiting off of the GI Bill

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7:47pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

Severe storms kill 3 people in Madison County, damage homes, cause power outages throughout region

The screen at the Midway Drive-In in Minetto is destroyed by the storm
Photo courtesy of Oswego County resident Rick Grosvent

10:04 p.m. update:

The National Weather Service says three people died from the storms in Madison County.

Family members confirm to WRVO News that three people were killed in Peterboro when the homes they were in on Goff Road collapsed after being pounded by thunderstorms.

The deceased include a mother and her four-month-old daughter who were in a single family home. Another woman, approximately 70 years old, according to family members, was in a mobile home that was also destroyed. In all, four homes collapsed.

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10:57am

Sat May 10, 2014
Regional Coverage

Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized

Gino Geruntino WRVO

Story updated on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.

On the SUNY Oswego campus, students say they are still coming to terms with the weekend's heroin overdoses, in which one student died and two others were hospitalized.

Many students say they are uncomfortable talking about the subject. One student, Jessie Brandt, said she was scared when she first saw the emergency alerts on her phone.

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11:16am

Thu May 8, 2014
Public Radio Presents

Re:Sound - Unforgettable stories curated from around the world

prx.org

During the month of May, join us for a new look at sound. From the producers of The Third Coast International Audio Festival, we present a special series of its flagship radio program "Re:sound." Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, "Re:sound" is known for presenting unforgettable audio stories carefully curated from around the world. Each episode explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound. Check below for the schedule of shows:

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11:44am

Thu April 24, 2014
Public Radio Presents

America Abroad - Afghanistan After Karzai

A recent town hall meeting was held in Washington D.C. on the future of Afghanistan after Hamid Karzai
americaabroad.org

Join us on Sunday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. as we bring you a conversation on the future of Afghanistan. With Afghans currently choosing a successor to President Hamid Karzai, America Abroad, DC public radio station WAMU 88.5 and Afghanistan channel TOLOnews connected audiences, along with a panel of experts in Washington and Kabul, for an international town hall.

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7:06am

Fri April 4, 2014
Education

Le Moyne College appoints new president

Le Moyne College president-elect Linda LeMura
Le Moyne College

The Le Moyne College Board of Trustees unanimously elected a new president Thursday, naming Linda LeMura as its 14th president. She will become the first lay female to serve as president of a Jesuit college or university in the world.

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7:42am

Fri March 21, 2014
Public Radio Presents

State of the Re:Union

prx.org

State of the Re:Union is hosted by Public Radio Talent Quest Winner and performance artist Al Letson. With a journalistic, documentary-style approach, each hour-long program focuses exclusively on one city, region, or other community and features interviews, commentary, recordings, listener-generated letters, and music. Join WRVO over the next several weeks as we bring you episodes from all over the country. Here's a look at our upcoming shows:

The Southwestern Range: Sunday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.

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3:00pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Weather

Winter storm brings heavy snow to the region

A winter storm is expected to affect most of the Northeast over the next few days.
National Weather Service

Spring is just over a week away, but winter storm warnings are in effect for most of central and northern New York from early Wednesday morning until early Thursday, as a large winter storm is expected to sweep through the area Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. 

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9:16am

Tue March 11, 2014
Energy

Oswego County nuclear plant shut down for the second time in less than a week

Constellation Energy Group

For the second time in less than a week, the Nine Mile Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant in Oswego County experienced an automatic shutdown, due to a problem at the plant. 

The shutdown happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. According to a spokesperson from Constellation Energy, which owns the plant, a worker "inadvertently contacted a highly sensitive plant component." As a result, safety systems shut down the plant automatically. 

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8:46am

Thu March 6, 2014
Public Radio Presents

Reveal, a new investigative radio show

prx.org

How does heroin end up on the streets of Chicago? Why are minors being held in solitary confinement – even when they haven’t been convicted of a crime? And what happens when you pair poets with investigative journalists?

These are just a few of the questions explored in the second pilot episode of “Reveal,” a new radio show dedicated to investigative journalism from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Hear the broadcast Sunday evening, March 9, at 7:00 p.m.

On this episode: 

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10:45am

Thu February 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

State of the Re:Union, a Black History Month special

stateofthereunion.com

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. This week, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments.

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11:46am

Thu February 13, 2014
Public Radio Presents

New York in the World

Join us Sunday, February 16 for an encore presentation of New York in the World. This documentary brings you stories of union workers in Buffalo, fashion designers in New York City, and farmers in the Finger Lakes - all talking about how they've found a place amid today's new economic realities.

From Niagara Falls to Long Island, from the North Country to the Southern Tier, Upstate, Downstate... we are nearly twenty million.

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11:15am

Thu February 6, 2014
Public Radio Presents

Innovation Hub: The Beatles

Lorena Ortega Flickr

On February 9, 1964, The Beatles took America by storm, making their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Fifty years later, we examine why the group was so innovative. Beyond reshaping music, they changed business, art, Hollywood, fashion, and culture.

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7:52am

Wed February 5, 2014
Winter Storm

State of emergency declared after winter storm closes schools, causes traffic problems

A winter storm is moving through the northeast over the next few days
National Weather Service

A fast moving winter storm is dumping heavy snow along the Southern Tier early this morning and could leave a foot or more of snow on the ground by this evening. 

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7:53am

Tue February 4, 2014
Weather

Winter storm could make for a messy morning commute Wednesday

A winter storm is expected to affect most of the northeastern United States over the next few days
National Weather Service

Winter storm warnings have been posted for all of central New York and parts of the North Country as a winter storm is expected move through the region Tuesday night and Wednesday. 

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6:59pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Weather

Bitter cold, lake effect snow causes school closings, travel problems

Ellen Abbott/WRVO file photo

Bitterly cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy lake effect snow is causing travel problems and school closings and delays around the region late Monday and Tuesday. 

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5:52am

Wed December 11, 2013
School Closings

School closings and delays

ecksunderscore Flickr

Last updated Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:05 am.

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7:57am

Thu September 12, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse University names new chancellor and president

Syracuse University incoming Chancellor and President Kent Syverud.
Credit Syracuse University

Syracuse University has announced that Kent Syverud has been named the university's new chancellor and president. 

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8:04am

Thu August 22, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

President Obama in Syracuse today

President Obama comes to Syracuse later today, where he will give a speech on college affordability and the middle class. The speech at Henninger High School is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. for those who have tickets, which were distributed earlier this week

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6:53am

Tue August 20, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Tickets for President Obama visit to Syracuse to be made available Tuesday

President Obama gives a speech in Arizona, Aug. 2013
Credit whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama will visit the Syracuse area this week, giving a speech at Henninger High School on the importance of an affordable education. The president's speech is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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6:55am

Mon August 19, 2013
Politics and Government

Ask your question for the Syracuse mayoral candidates

Primary day is September 10 this year. In Syracuse, three Democrats will face off in a primary for mayor. Common Councilor Pat Hogan and Alfonso Davis are challenging incumbent Mayor Stephanie Miner. As of now, there is no Republican candidate on the ballot, so whoever wins the primary is likely to win the general election in November. 

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10:28am

Fri November 9, 2012
Sports

Justice Department ends investigation into Bernie Fine

The U.S. Attorney's Office has dropped its year-long investigation of sexual abuse of minors by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

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10:00am

Tue October 30, 2012
Weather

Sandy causing scattered power outages, school closings

Wind blew through Owens Orchard in Weedsport before the sun set and winds picked up last night.
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

The winds are starting to die down around central and northern New York, but high winds last night have caused power outages and some schools around the region decided on Monday to close or delay this morning. 

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4:32pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

The Post-Standard to publish three days a week

After more than one hundred years in circulation, Syracuse's newspaper is cutting production to three days a week.

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9:16am

Wed June 27, 2012
Politics

November Congressional ballot decided

Tuesday's federal primary in New York state was marked by low turnout.  New York's primaries were split into three dates this year, with a presidential primary in April, Tuesday's Congressional primary and a September primary for state Senate and Assembly candidates. Experts believe having a primary in June, which is not traditional for New York, contributed to the low turnout. But, it is now known who will be on the ballot for Congress in November.

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9:56am

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer wants to bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a new bill that he says would help bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York.

The bill would provide a 20 percent tax credit for businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the US as well as close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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8:14am

Wed May 2, 2012
Politics and Government

State Senate votes to give more money to schools in Republican represented districts

Republicans in the state Senate Tuesday night brought up a bill that would give $10 million in extra aid to schools. 

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9:21am

Wed April 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Romney rolls in New York, despite low voter turnout

Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Mitt Romney won New York’s presidential primary Tuesday without much difficulty. Romney won 62.4% of the vote statewide. Ron Paul finished second, picking up 15.7%. Newt Gingrich finished third, with 12.9% and Rick Santorum picked up 9% of the vote, despite dropping out of the race earlier this month.

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5:52pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Audio: Gov. Cuomo talks transparency, other issues during stop in Syracuse

Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Syracuse Wednesday, fresh off the passage of the second straight on time budget under his administration. Cuomo called the $132.6 billion budget part of a series of actions that will transform New York State. 

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7:19pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Regional Coverage

Bernie Fine Accusers file defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University, Jim Boeheim

Two men who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse have filed a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

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