Jason Smith

Host, Morning Edition

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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A slow moving nor'easter continues to cause travel problems around central New York Thursday morning. Winter storm warnings for central New York expired at 7:00 a.m., but travel advisories remain in effect for some parts of central New York. The heavy snow from Wednesday night and Thursday morning also caused dozens of school districts to delay opening or close this morning.

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Winter storm warnings continue for much of central and western New York, as a nor'easter moves its way along the East Coast. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for almost all of central New York until Thursday morning. Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego Counties are under a winter weather advisory. 

Madison and Onondaga Counties have issued travel advisories during the storm. Driving conditions around central New York could be hazardous, especially during the morning commute on Wednesday.

Officials say if you have to drive during the day Wednesday, drive slowly and leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Join us this Sunday at 7:00p.m. for a special look at the holiday and some tips for your feast.

This one-hour radio special, hosted by Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast, Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong and the new book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, is an entertaining combination of in-studio interviews, listener calls, and in-kitchen segments with food and drink experts, as well as some of public radio’s favorite personalities. You’ll learn useful tips about how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own.

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North Country residents are seeing their first major snowfall this season. Heavy lake effect snow is expected to continue around parts of Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego Counties throughout the day and into tomorrow morning. Up to three feet of snow could fall in some areas by Wednesday evening.

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It’s time for the 2014 midterm elections. Political Junkie Ken Rudin takes a look at some of the more competitive races around the nation. 

We start off with Republican Vin Weber and Democrat Anna Greenberg laying out what’s at stake on November 4th, and what it might mean for the final two years of the Obama presidency.

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The first of a series of televised debates in the race for the 24th Congressional District kicked off last night. Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko sparred in the studios of Time Warner Cable News.

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This week, we bring you Breaking Ground: Military Children. During more than a decade of war, tens of thousands of military children have watched and waited as a parent was deployed to conflict zones overseas. 

Now, with the Department of Defense confronting budget cuts, these children face an uncertain future. What will they do if the military chooses to shut down their schools? Will they have the support they need as their parents reintegrate into civilian life? What can we learn from these children, and what duty do we as a society owe them? 

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All through September join us as we present a series of education related radio documentaries from American Radioworks. Here is a look at the shows coming up.

September 7 - The Science of Smart

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More charges are expected this week against a St. Lawrence County couple who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls.

Police gathered potential evidence from the home of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey of Hermon Sunday. The pair was arrested Friday night on charges of first-degree kidnapping with intent to harm two Amish girls, ages 6 and 12.

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A horse in southern Oswego County has died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. According to the Oswego County Health Department, the horse was stabled near the area where EEE had been found in Oswego and Onondaga counties. The horse was likely exposed to the virus in late July, before aerial spraying had taken place in the Toad Harbor - Three Mile Bay area. 

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Saturday, 10 a.m. update:

Police provided a few more details on the two people arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish girls Wednesday. 

Stephen M. Howells II, 39, and Nicole F. Vaisey, 25, were arrested Friday and were charged with first-degree kidnapping and are currently being held at the St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

During a Saturday morning news conference, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said, "the motive was to take these girls from their home and to victimize these girls."

St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Update: 

12-year-old Fannie Miller and her 6-year-old sister Delila were found safe and returned home Thursday night. According to WWNY, the girls were dropped off by two men in Richville, about 15 miles from where they were abducted Wednesday evening. When they were dropped off, they were told to stay where they were. Instead, the girls ran to a nearby home and asked for help. The girls were then returned home. 

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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

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.

From earlier:

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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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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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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.

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.

State of the Re:Union

Mar 21, 2014
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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.

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. 

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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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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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.

New York in the World

Feb 13, 2014

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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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.

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. 

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

Syracuse University

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

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