Regional Coverage


Mon July 31, 2006


Mon July 31, 2006
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Congressman Jim Walsh favors higher federal minimum wage.

Syracuse, NY – The House of Representatives approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Upstate New York Congressman Jim Walsh was among a group of more moderate republicans who pushed for the vote.
Walsh spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Fri July 28, 2006
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Democrats Eliot Spitzer and Tom Souzzi Debate

Oswego, NY – The two democrats running for Governor in New York faced each other in a debate July 25th. The debate was sponsored by New York 1 TV and WNYC Radio. It was held before a spirited crowd at Pace University in Manhattan. The moderator is Dominick Carter, New York 1's Political Anchor.


Thu July 27, 2006
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A Call for Harsher D-W-I Penalties

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Thu July 27, 2006
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"Don Juan & Miguel" film new movie in CNY

Sterling, NY – Every summer, the CNY Sterling Renaissance Festival draws thousands of visitors to be entertained in the atmosphere of 16th century England. Of the many performers featured, the swordplay of "Don Juan & Miguel" has long been a staple of any good fair experience. The pair have decided to take their act to the big screen, filming their second feature length movie with scenes shot in areas surrounding the fair. WRVO's Mark Lavonier visited the set and spoke with the cast and crew to learn more.

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Tue July 25, 2006
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New York's Clean Indoor Air Act Deemed a Success

Oswego, NY – New York's clean indoor air act is three years old. The law put to an end smoking in all public gathering places in the state.
And on the anniversary, the State Health Department released a report said the law signficantly reduced exposure to second-hand smoke.
Russell Sciandra is the Director for the Center for a Tobacco Free New York. He also serves on the health department's Tobacco Advisory Board. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked him about the findings.


Mon July 24, 2006
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Indian Casino Proposal Opposed

Auburn, NY – The City of Auburn and Cayuga County are divided over whether the city will be a site for a new Indian casino. WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher reports.


Thu July 20, 2006
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B.C. Open at Turning Stone Brings in Fans and Revenue

Verona, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on the economic impact of having a PGA Tour event at the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort.


Thu July 20, 2006
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Tom Souzzi runs a grassroots campaign in race for NYS Governor

Syracuse, NY – Democrat Tom Souzzi trails far in the polls and in campaign funding in the race for New York State Governor against front-runner Democrat Eliot Spitzer. But he's not deterred. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski interviews Mr. Souzzi.


Wed July 19, 2006
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John Weeks reflects on, "The Nature of Things"

Oswego, NY – After 24 years of taking listeners on a nature tour of Central New York - naturalist John Weeks recently concluded his weekly commentary, "The Nature of Things" on the WRVO Stations. He stopped by the studio and spoke with WRVO's Mark Lavonier to reflect on his time on air.

A collection of his radio essays are featured in a new book, "Nature's Quiet Conversations" published by Syracuse University Press.


Tue July 18, 2006
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Interview with 24th Congressional Candidate Michael Arcuri

Utica, NY – Congressional candidate Ray Meier captured considerable media attention last week when Vice-President Dick Cheney stopped in Utica for a campaign fundraiser.
We spoke then to the 24th District republican candidate.
Our attention now turns to his opponent , democrat Michael Arcuri. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Tue July 18, 2006
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Transmission line opposition grows.

Oswego, NY – New York Regional Interconnect's plan for construction of high-voltage transmission line from Utica, NY to the New York City region is being met with mounting public opposition. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to one activist involved in the fight -- Eve Ann Schwartz -- who is a spokeswoman for "STOP N-Y-R-I Inc."


Fri July 14, 2006
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Hamilton, NY celebrates work of Lee Brown Coye

Hamilton, NY – The Village of Hamilton in Madison County is taking time this weekend to recognize one of its own. The village will stage an unprecedented exhibition of the works of artist Lee Brown Coye -- including relocating his most widely-recognized painting -- "Frankie and Johnnie" -- to a new place of prominence. David Hollis reports.


Fri July 14, 2006
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Vice-President Cheney visits Utica, NY

Utica, NY – Vice-President Dick Cheney speaks at a reception for State NYS Senator Ray Meier. The republican State Senator is running for the congressional seat being vacated by fellow republican Sherwood Boehlert who is retiring at the end of the year.
A large protest is expected outside the reception. It's being organized by the July 14th Coalition. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Meier about the Vice-President's visit.


Wed July 12, 2006
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Campaign Finances Exceed $1 Million in 24th District Congressional Race

Oswego, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks with Common Cause New York Executive Director Rachel Leon about campaign finances in the 24th District Congressional race.


Tue July 11, 2006
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Cheney's Fundraising Visit to Draw Protestors

Oswego,NY – This Friday's fundraising visit to Utica by Vice President Dick Cheney for Congressional candidate Ray Meier is expected to draw a large number of protestors.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Jeff Miller, who is organizing the protest.


Mon July 10, 2006
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New Challenger in the 124th District Assembly Race

Oswego, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen talks to minister Ed Putnam, who is challenging Republican Will Barclay for the 124th District Assembly seat.


Thu July 6, 2006
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New York Court of Appeals Rules on Gay Marriage

Syracuse, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen talks to Empire Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan VanCappelle about the 4 to 2 ruling against gay marriage.


Thu July 6, 2006
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CNY Food Bank Brings Produce to Inner City

Syracuse, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on three new farmers markets in the Central New York region that will bring farm fresh produce to under served communities.


Thu June 29, 2006
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Robert Long's new work -"Liv Ullman: Interviews"

Oswego, NY – In 1977 an article in the Soho Weekly wrote, "Liv Ullman's door is wide open." - which quickly becomes apparent through a new book of insightful and candid conversations with one of cinema's greatest acheivers - writer, actor, director and humanitarian Liv Ullman. Central New York author Robert Emmet Long edited the new collection and met with WRVO's Mark Lavonier to talk about the book.


Tue June 27, 2006
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Two Leaders Leaving Syracuse Stage

Syracuse, NY – Two leaders of Syracuse Stage are leaving the regional theatre.
Producing Director Jim Clark and Artistic Director Robert Moss have announced that they are leaving their jobs for new endeavors. Robert Moss spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Wed June 21, 2006
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Retrieving a Caver's Remains 40-years Later

Oswego, NY – 41-years ago, three Boston-area friends entered a cave in Dolgeville in New York's Mohawk Valley. One of them never made it back. He died in the cave after he became stuck.
The remains of James Mitchell have been in the cave ever since.
Dolgeville native Christian Lyon, a Los Angeles actor, musician and documentary maker, has organized an effort to retrieve James Mitchell's remains. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Lyon about the retrieval effort.


Mon June 19, 2006
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Violent Crime Report Prompts Calls for Ending the Drug War

Oswego, NY – The sharp increase in violent crime as reported by the FBI has experts and officials looking for answers. One idea that has been floating around for several years is to legalize drugs and have government regulate the drug trade.
Peter Christ of Cazenovia, NY is a retired police captain who has been a proponent of drug legalization since the early 1990's. He's with the group "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition." WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Christ.


Thu June 15, 2006
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Imperial Valley Nisei Women: Transcending Poston

Oswego, NY – Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu knows how war time can lead to anti-foreigner hysteria in this country. The Professor Emeritus at SUNY Oswego has written an oral history of five Japanese-American women forced into confinement during World War Two.
WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the author about her latest work, "Imperial Valley Nisei Women: Transcending Poston."


Wed June 14, 2006
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Tom Souzzi attacks Spitzer's Property Tax Relief Plan

Oswego, NY – Democratic Gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer this week released his six-billion dollar property tax relief plan. Spitzer says he would pay for it by eliminating 11-billion dollars in state spending.
His Democratic rival, Tom Souzzi, is wasting no time in picking Spitzer's plan apart. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Fri June 9, 2006
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Syracuse Peace Council Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Peace Council is celebrating 70-years of activism.
The Peace Council formed in 1936 at the height of the depression and the "New Deal" politics of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Sam Feld joined the Peace Council in the 1950's. He still remains active in the organization. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked the 87-year old why he became involved.


Wed June 7, 2006
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Vernon Downs Future Still Not Entirely Certain

Vernon, NY – State Regulators say harness racing may resume at Vernon Downs this summer... if the owners of the track finish some key projects.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has more.


Mon June 5, 2006
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HIV/Aids in Central New York 25 years later.

Oswego, NY – Advocates for people with HIV/Aids gathered in Syracuse NY to speak about the 25th anniversary of the first known cases of the illness.


Thu June 1, 2006
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Gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer speaks with WRVO's Richard Annal

Oswego – Gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer took time out from his cross state bus campaign to speak with WRVO's Richard Annal


Wed May 31, 2006
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Gay Marriage in New York State

Oswego, NY – The state's hihgest court is hearing arguments in a case filed on behalf of gays and lesbians who have been denied marriage licenses.

As it stands now, the state's domestic relations and marriage laws do not apply to same sex couples.

As lawyers on both sides of the case argue in court, same sex partners statewide anxiously await the court decision.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to one such couple.