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Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Do you listen to WRVO using your local cable system?

Do you listen to WRVO using your local cable system?  Additional financial support is available to stations that are retransmitted by local cable providers.  In order for WRVO to receive our share, we need to know if you have listened to WRVO through your cable system (via television only).  We need the information sent to us by July 23, 2012.

Mail your information to: WRVO, Oswego, NY 13126 or email to cable@wrvo.org

Let us know by sending an email indicating:

  1. Your name, address and zip code.
  2. The name of the television cable system and channel (excluding listening on your computer).
  3. The approximate period of time you listen to WRVO.
  4. How much you value WRVO programming on your cable system.

Examples of how to submit your information to WRVO:

  • "George & Martha Washington, 1 Cherry Street, Syracuse NY 13211.  Time Warner Cable, Channel 16.  We've been listening since April 2006 and love your NPR programming!"
  • "Vivian Smith, Listener Avenue, Watertown, NY 13601.  I listen on Time Warner Cable from 9pm to Midnight every weekday and sporadically throughout the weekend.  I've been a fan of WRVO since I moved to Watertown in 2005."
  • "John & Linda Doe, 123 Main Street, Oswego NY 13126.  We listen to WRVO on Time Warner Cable, approximately eight hours per week via Channel 96.  We listen each morning to Morning Edition and in the afternoons to Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered.  I work from home and am glad to have WRVO broadcast via our local cable system.  There is no other station that carries that programs that you do!  Thanks!"

NOTE: Unfortunately, listening via the Internet (on your computer) does not count towards the cable royalty, listening via cable television does.  If you listen to WRVO on your television, we need to know what channel and how long you listen.  For example, in Oswego, Time Warner cable rebroadcasts WRVO on TV Channel 96 and Channel 16 on the Public Access channel.  That would count towards the cable royalty.

In recent years, these numbers have decreased in our coverage area, so this service may not be available on your cable system.

Please send your information to WRVO no later than July 23, 2012 to cable@wrvo.org and thank you for listening!

More Information

The signals of many NPR stations are carried by one or more cable systems whose subscribers pay, either directly or indirectly, for the privilege of receiving that signal by cable.  Cable system operators, in turn, pay into a royalty pool for the privilege of retransmitting broadcast programming they make available to their subscribers.  The Copyright Royalty Board distributes these royalties among the various claimants.  Copyright holders of programming retransmitted into distant markets are potential claimants and may be entitled to share in this distribution.  NPR first established public radio’s entitlement to an award in the 1979 CRT proceeding. NPR participates as a claimant on behalf of itself for its own programs, and on behalf of NPR stations that have authorized NPR to represent them.  National Public Radio shares the award it receives for each proceeding with eligible stations that authorize NPR to represent them for that particular proceeding.

Public radio claims for royalty fees in no way discourage cable retransmission of public radio signals.  Cable systems must pay a flat fee into this royalty pool, and these payments are not affected by the amount and nature of the parties who claim royalties from the pool.  Consequently, a cable system retransmitting your station’s signal faces no greater liability if you claim a share of the pool.

So far, NPR and participating stations have received and shared awards for all proceedings since the first proceeding in 1979.