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Reporter Payne Horning has been traveling across central and northern New York covering stories in your backyards for two years now. Although he's based in our Oswego office, he's regularly spotted in the Mohawk Valley and North Country tracking down stories. He says between his appreciation for NPR and his passion for radio, WRVO was a natural fit!  

Today is the day to consider a gift to WRVO.

The odd thing about public radio is that you don't (technically) have to pay for it. You have to pay for a lot of things: your internet and cable bill, your hobbies, or a night out on the town -- but you don't get a monthly bill from WRVO.

Not unless you ask for one!

We reached our goal! And that means, although we had planned to fundraise until Saturday afternoon, we're done with on-air fundraising for the rest of the day. We thought it might happen early, and you made it possible with your contributions.

As of this morning, we've raised $184,000 -- that's actually $4,000 above our original goal. We had an incredible first two hours of "Morning Edition," thanks to some challenges and some listeners who were up early today, and were able to finish the fundraiser more than a day early.

"I listen to WRVO as part of my job, monitoring the quality of the audio and transmitter coverage. We also use a variety of techniques to send audio from WRVO to the 10 repeater stations in our network, and each one must be checked regularly."

A day in the life of our chief engineer, Jeff Windsor, as he listens with a sensitive ear. But don't think he doesn't relax now and then to just enjoy the programs!

"I also listen to WRVO because I find the tone of the programs, newscasters and hosts to be level-headed and not sensational."

How about we wrap this whole fundraising thing up?

WRVO's spring fundraiser is well on its way. We've been up at 5 a.m. (earlier in Jason's case), on the air at 6 a.m. and closing up shop 12 hours later. But it's all worth it!

We're within striking distance. We've told you our goal is $180,000. We've told you we're going to stop fundraising when we reach that goal. And now we're telling you that it could happen tomorrow morning. We can't guarantee it! But when you have a feeling, you have a feeling, right?

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"I listen to NPR for its quality journalism. NPR news stories inform me, entertain me and always make me think. And I know I can trust NPR's reporting. I enjoy the variety of topics NPR reports on -- from sports to religion, and my obsession, political news."

Our news director, Catherine Loper, is a big fan of political news -- for obvious reasons. But she has some room in her heart for other NPR programs too.

"I love "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" and "Car Talk," even though car repair is one of my least-favorite things on Earth!"

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"I listen to NPR because I trust their reporters and hosts to provide me with accurate facts in a non-biased context. We can't expect to solve our problems if we can't first come to a consensus about the facts."

Station Manager Bill Drake has been in this business for a while. He came to us from Northern Public Radio (WNIU and WNIJ) in DeKalb, Illinois.

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This isn't just any spring fundraiser at your local public radio station. We're being upfront about exactly how much money we need to receive to maintain our service to central and northern New York.

Our goal for this spring fundraiser is $180,000. Thanks to generous donations received during February, we're on our way to reaching that goal. But much like our upstate winters tend to hold on, we're not out of the woods yet! We still need to receive about $100,000 during this on-air drive.

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Yesterday was the final day of Foneless February. That means spring is just around the corner, but it also means that for the past 28 days, WRVO asked for your contribution ahead of the on-air fundraiser without interrupting programming -- and you responded!

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Thanks to you, our listeners and members, we're on our way to meeting our goal for this spring -- $180,000 in donations. So far, we've raised about $20,000 in February, ahead of our spring fundraiser in March. It's a great start! And we're so happy to hear from listeners who value our service enough to donate.

Here at WRVO Public Media, we pride ourselves on our content -- regional news coverage, analysis of the policies that affect our nation and our world, live speeches and press conferences, stories that make you laugh (or cry), first listens to some of the best new music, pieces that explain complex world events, showcases of the best in old time radio, investigative journalism, the latest in scientific discovery, and so much more. It's what we bring you each and every week. But most of all, we pride ourselves on our listeners.

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From Michael S. Ameigh, general manager of WRVO Public Media:

Perhaps you, like me, are wondering what historians will write about the year 2016. At home and abroad the news stream was relentless and sobering.

At WRVO we have thrown everything we have into bringing you balanced news, unvarnished and in great quantity. Surprisingly, while listenership to NPR skyrocketed nationally during the presidential election cycle, stronger financial support has not followed.

You listen to WRVO every month, every week, many even every day. You rely on 89.9 FM, our app, website or other transmitters across upstate New  York for your news and information.

And we rely on you in return.

Listeners and area businesses make up the largest source of WRVO Public Media's funding -- the money we use on a daily basis to bring you the programs you appreciate.

Everyone at WRVO Public Media sends out a big "Thank you!" to the hundreds listeners who supported us during our recently-completed spring fundraiser. It began with a great response to Foneless February, which allowed us to eliminate several days of the on-air drive last week. We exceeded our on-air goal of $75,000 by about 10 percent. Together with Foneless February, you helped us raise more than $115,000 -- a terrific total for a spring drive -- which we'll use to help pay for the news and entertainment you hear every day.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Foneless February a success! We've spent the last month accepting donations quietly online and by mail, to keep our phones quiet and to keep our programming uninterrupted. Many of our long-time members, and even new listeners, stepped up to make a difference (donations collected during February will be used to entice others to donate during our fundraiser in March).

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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.

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!

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 think fall -- and with fall comes WRVO's annual fall fundraiser. Get your donation out of the way, and contribute to our member pool, before our fundraiser starts.

Why donate to WRVO?

Because of the ideas and information you hear each time to tune to WRVO.

Because of the moments you find yourself sitting in the car, waiting for a story to finish.

For all the times you say, "I was listening to WRVO and I heard that..."

Update: We did it! Thanks to all of your generous contributions, we've reached and exceeded our original membership goal. It's a record-breaking year at WRVO. Thanks for getting us to a new high!

Kids across central and northern New York are closing their books for the summer, and so are we -- it's nearly the end of our fiscal year at WRVO. We did the math and we're only $6000 shy of reaching a new peak for membership contributions.

We need your help! Donate today.

Our short spring fundraiser was a success -- thanks to everyone who donated to help make our programming possible. Remember, you put the public in public radio and we couldn't do it without you!

If this was your first time donating, thank you for taking that additional step and becoming a member. New members truly are the future of public radio and WRVO Public Media. Welcome to the community!

It's our spring fundraiser, donate today

Mar 11, 2015

Donate today, online, to support the public radio station you rely on every day.

WRVO Public Media is here for you every day -- in  your car, at the gym, in your kitchen and online. Our website not only provides news from reporters across central and northern New York, but also archived audio from our own programs, information about upcoming events, school closings, podcasts and more. One of the easiest ways to support us is by using our online form -- another perk of our website!

Our spring fundraiser is just one day away

Mar 10, 2015

You come to WRVO Public Media for in-depth coverage of the news of the day and unexpected stories that expand your knowledge of the world and satisfy your curiosity.

Think about just a few of the stories you’ve heard recently on WRVO:

  • Daniel Zwerdling’s series on nursing and workplace injury: Zwerdling investigated what kind of injuries (and how many) nurses sustain on the job, proper techniques, how hospitals handle nurse injuries and new developments which hope to reduce injury.
  • Ryan Delaney’s reporting on inaccessible Syracuse homes and the struggle some have to cope with aging homes and the hardships that come with physical disability
  • Susan Stamberg’s coverage of fine art: Stamberg has been traveling across the country (and the world) bringing famed masterpieces to the ears of NPR listeners. Most recently with the story of an art dealer who sold European masterpieces, or with an esteemed Edouard Manet exhibit in Los Angeles.

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We're "foneless" this February, ahead of our spring on-air pledge drive. That means we're keeping the phones quiet -- for now!

This February, WRVO Public Media is making a silent request for contributions. Your favorite programs won't be interrupted and you won't hear any ringing phones. We call it "Foneless February," and it helps make our spring fundraiser shorter. You can reduce on-air fundraising hours by donating today.

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What would 2014 have been like without Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Diane Rehm, or all your other favorites on WRVO?

You did a lot of listening this past year, and we appreciate it. As you consider your end-of-year charitable giving, please keep WRVO Public Media in your plans. Your tax-deductible gift will help ensure the news and entertainment you depend on will be there for you in 2015. You can make your financial contribution here.

Thank you to everyone who made today a success. WRVO started a special challenge this morning, to raise $15,000 (an entire day's worth of donations) in just one hour -- and we exceeded that goal! That means that we'll be fundraiser free for the rest of the day.

Our final tally for this morning is about $24,000 and we couldn't have done it without our listeners. Whether you're a brand new member, a renewing friend or a long-time contributor, we appreciate your contribution.

Answer: you (and everyone else).

WRVO will try to make that happen tomorrow at 7 a.m., when we try to raise an entire day's worth of money in just one hour. By 8 a.m. we'll be done, and you'll have the rest of the day fundraising-free.

You can help WRVO Public Media bring you more news with less on-air fundraising by giving before the fall fundraiser begins. By giving early to the member matching fund, your contribution will be used to encourage other listeners to do their part to keep NPR News and programming, regional news and local content on the radio.

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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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