Leah Landry

Producer, Web Coordinator

Leah serves as local program host afternoons and weekends on WRVO. She works on a variety of projects at WRVO including graphic design, public relations, marketing and promotion.

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We're keeping the phones quiet this February, once again, to cut down on on-air fundraising in March.

WRVO is making a silent request for contributions. That means all of your favorite programs with no interruptions at all, but we need your help to make this month a success. "Foneless February" helps make our spring fundraiser shorter because any donation received will reduce on-air fundraising heard in the future.

Join us on WRVO as we prepare for the 2016 election, both on a regional and national level. Reporters at NPR have been on the road with candidates, conducting interviews and gathering details of their plans for the nation.

As part of this coverage, we will offer on-air specials leading up to Election Day, including:

The Iowa Caucus

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WRVO Public Media will air the first joint interview with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney this weekend during "The Campbell Conversations." This is the first joint interview between Mahoney and Miner since a public dispute (and lawsuit) over county tax breaks given to a developer the city of Syracuse alleges it had previous arrangements with.

Join us on Thursday, December 31 for a special from the Political Junkie himself, Ken Rudin!

As 2015 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments.

Join us on Sunday, December 27 for a year-end special remembering the encouraging news stories of the past year -- from the United States, overseas and outer space. Stories about employment, cars, drones, planes, weather, awards, mountain climbing, sports and more.

You'll hear the assuring words and music of world leaders that followed some of the somber events of 2015, plus the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina, V-Day, the Selma March, even Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Tune in Sunday, December 27 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. 

You made a difference! Yesterday, on Giving Tuesday, WRVO was able to raise $4,640 from generous listeners and members (46 of them to be exact). Thank you so much!

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Join us this week on Public Radio Presents for a special from our friends at Marketplace! The "Marketplace Weekend" team takes a look at where the holidays meet money in "Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business" this Sunday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

In this special, we explore the intersection between the holidays and money, tell some stories, and help you financially navigate the holiday season -- figuring out how to make your cousins get along is up to you.

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Join us on Sunday, December 13 for "RISK!" with true stories perfect for the holiday season.

"RISK!" is the show where people tell true stories -- true stories they never thought they'd share with anyone. Writers, actors and ordinary people tell their most intimate secrets. It's hilarious, heartbreaking, and often wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at live shows and others are radio pieces.

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Get ready for some laughs the weekend before Christmas! Tune in for "Right Between the Ears," a Christmas special on Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

This hour-long live sketch comedy show includes a spoof of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life," updated for our economically-challenging times; commercials for Jiffy Pants, the popcorn you make in your pants; and a special episode of Pimp My Turkey, where the turkey goes home with a 500-horsepower police interceptor engine.

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This production of "A Christmas Carol" returns to the heart of the 1843 story, mining the dark veins of what Charles Dickens called "a ghost story of Christmas."

Join us on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve, at 8 p.m. for a new, but old, rendition of "A Christmas Carol" with a cast of seasoned New York actors.

Capitol Steps

"Politics Takes a Holiday" one more time this New Year with the Capitol Steps -- faster than Joe Biden deciding whether to run for president!

Tune in Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m. for the Capitol Steps annual year-in-review, and boy has it been quite the year! With jokes more powerful than the wind it takes to finally blow off Donald Trump's hair -- you'll be laughing (and maybe crying) in no time.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration on Tuesday, December 1. Found on Twitter with the hashtag #GivingTuesday, the day kicks off the charitable season. You've likely heard of Black Friday, maybe even Plaid Friday, and Cyber Monday -- so why not try Giving Tuesday this year? Celebrate giving and philanthropy with a donation to WRVO Public Media.

The staff at WRVO is giving you a bit of a break this afternoon! You heard us during Morning Edition asking for your contributions, but you won't hear us today during "The Diane Rehm Show," "Fresh Air," or "Q," because we're fundraising free until later this afternoon.

Donate now, to support the news and entertainment programming you hear on WRVO.

If you haven't heard, today is the first official day of our fall fundraiser. We kicked the day off with a bang, asking for $20,000 in donations from 7-8 a.m. It was a fast-paced hour of matching dollars and phones ringing off the hook. We were able to reach our goal in that first hour, and you won't hear us fundraising on-air for the rest of the day.

It's time to get out your dictionaries and brush up on those "hot words" for the SAT I, because "Says You!" is coming to Syracuse this fall.

Get tickets!

WRVO Public Media is looking for motivated students who would like to intern this fall and/or next spring.

Coming up this Sunday, August 23 is Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) as part of Public Radio Presents. This debate, "Containment is not Enought: ISIS Must be Defeated," airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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Join us this Sunday for another Re:sound special, airing as part of Public Radio Presents. This week we look at the ups and downs of confinement with "The Tight Spaces Show."

This week -- sometimes the only way to get out of a tight space is by getting into an even tighter one; getting through, or really -- underneath, the Berlin Wall; the need for wide-open space, and the resulting case of claustrophobia; and the isolation solitude confinement happiness freedom domain (that's right).

Tune in this Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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This week it's "The Waiting Show," a Re:sound special from the Third Coast Audio Festival. Join us Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m. In this episode: waiting. Waiting in line, waiting for an organ transplant and waiting for a bus that's never, ever going to come.

Stories this week from Sean Cole, Lulu Miller and Catie Talarski.

Missed the show? Listen online, anytime.

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Join us this Sunday, August 2 for another Re:sound special as part of Public Radio Presents. This week it's "The Randomness Show," with two stories in which random events change lives forever and a third pulled randomly from the phonebook.

"The Long Shadow" by Lea Thau

One day in February, 1997, four young men decided they would go to the top of the Empire State Building. What happened there would cast a long shadow over everything that came after.

"J Dilla's Lost Scrolls" by Pat Mesiti-Miller

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this live film showing! Stay tuned for the next Tuned to Yesterday movie presentation.

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On March 22, WRVO Public Media presented Tuned to Yesterday "At the Movies" for the second time with the 1944 classic "Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman." A presentation preceded the film showing, in which host Mark Lavonier took viewers through the history of Holmes on radio (and did a little sleuthing himself).

The Glimmerglass Festival

Thanks to those of you who purchased tickets for the Glimmerglass Festival trip to Cooperstown -- ticket sales are now closed.

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First, we want to thank everyone who donated during Foneless February and during the first weeks of March. Thanks to these generous contributions, we were able to cut down our spring on-air fundraising to just over two and a half days. You'll only be hearing from us through this Saturday at noon.

If you've already donated, thank you so much, but if you haven't yet please take the time to make a difference today. Here are just a few reasons to donate:

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It may not be February any more, but we're still keeping it 'foneless'- for now. You still have time to donate before our spring fundraiser, which starts Thursday, March 13. Here are a few incentives that you shouldn't forget about:

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The sign up deadline for our New York City trip has passed. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

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When you think of the month of February, do thoughts of the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, the Winter Olympics or Valentine's Day come to mind? Here at WRVO, it's all about Foneless February.

It's been a hit so far, so we're keeping it 'foneless' this February. This month, WRVO Public Media is making a silent request for contributions. No interruptions and no ringing phones. We call it 'Foneless February.' Our spring fundraiser is just around the corner and you can help make it shorter by donating now.

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Our Canyon Country tour is sold out! Thank you for supporting the station and traveling with us.

This holiday season we're bringing you some specials from NPR and other producers. They're sure to make you think, laugh, tear up or even sing. Holiday programs air Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. A complete list, along with air times, is below:

Recently, the WRVO news team has been recognized for their achievements by press organizations in Syracuse and statewide. Saturday, May 4, awards were presented by the Syracuse Press Club (SPC) for the best central New York journalism in 2012.

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