Regional Coverage


Mon September 29, 2003
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Expanding New York's "Bottle Bill"

Syracuse, NY – This past spring, environmental groups tried to expand New York's "bottle bill" to include water, juice, and sports drink containers.

Supports of an expanded redemption law also want the deposit on cans and bottles raised from five centrs to a dime.

The bill was left untouched by the legislature, but as WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports, it's supporters are bringing it back this session.


Thu September 25, 2003
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Chapin Living Waters Foundation

Watertown, NY – The Chapin Living Waters Foundation in Watertown, New York is helping thousands of hungry people in the landlocked African country of Malawi -- and across the globe -- using little more than buckets, agricultural drip tape and good will. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.


Thu September 25, 2003
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Fat Tax

Albany, NY – W-R-V-O'S Elizabeth Christensen caught up with democrat Felix Ortiz to see what's happening with the so called "fat tax'legislation.


Wed September 24, 2003
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"Fat Tax"

Brooklyn, NY – Last year, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz proposed a tax on junk food.

He says the tax would raise revenue for the state and fight childhood obesity.

In this interview, Ortiz says he'll continue his crusade this session.


Wed September 24, 2003
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New York Indian Tax Dispute

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Mon September 22, 2003
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Congressman Hinchey on Iraq

New York – Congressman Maurice Hinchey shares his opinion about President Bush's policy in Iraq.


Mon September 22, 2003
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Congressman Boehert on Iraq

Utica, NY – Congressman Sherwood Boehlert shares his views on President Bush's policy in Iraq.


Mon September 22, 2003
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Congressman Walsh on Iraq

Syracuse, NY – Part 1 of our series exploring congressional views on the Bush administration's policy in Iraq.

Congressman James Walsh's comments.


Mon September 22, 2003
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Congressman McHugh on Iraq

Watertown, NY – North Country Congressman John McHugh offers his opinion on US involvement in Iraq.


Thu September 18, 2003
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Profile of a Beekeeper/Candlemaker

Canastota, NY – Beekeeping is not for the faint-of-heart. Neither is candlemaking, which requires patience, creativity and the ability to handle seeing Santa Claus from June to December. One 24-year-old Canastota resident has taken on both activities full-time in an effort to educate people about honeybees and the outdoors. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.


Thu September 11, 2003
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Feature Interview: New York's Cancer Plan

Syracuse, NY – WRVO's Chris Ulanowski takes an in-depth look at what New York's Health Department is doing to prevent cancer among state residents.


Tue September 9, 2003
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Casino-Funded College Scholarships

Oneida, NY – The Turning Stone, St. Regis Mohawk and Seneca casinos have clearly brought more money to the Native American tribes that operate them, even if exact numbers are hard to come by. But the casino profits are also increasing educational opportunities for members of some New York Indian tribes, paralleling a shift in attitude about the importance of higher education.


Mon September 8, 2003
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Foreign Language Instruction

Oswego, N.Y. – An Education Group says foreign language instruction in New York is in jeopardy.


Wed September 3, 2003
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Coming Home to Central New York

Syracuse, NY – From 1990 to 2000, New York's population grew by five percent.

But in the four county Central New York region, population declined by just under nine percent.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to two families that have left Central New York about why they moved away... and why they long to return.


Tue September 2, 2003
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Jeremy's Day at the State Fair

Syracuse, NY – Self-introductory sound portrait.

Segment close : Jeremy Hanlon enters his senior year of high school on September 12. He plans to pursue a career in broadcasting. Jeremy's Day at the Fair was produced by WRVO's Mark Lavonier with assistance provided by WRVO's Fred Vigent.


Fri August 29, 2003
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New York State Fair

Syracuse, NY – The New York State Fair has highlighted agriculture since its opening in 1842. But it's also a chance for New Yorkers to learn more about the process of working with one's hands, as well as the results. A handful of craftsmen are at the fairgrounds this year to educate visitors about the tools they use and the work they do.


Tue August 26, 2003
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Manufacturing in Central New York Takes a Hit

Syracuse, NY – Upstate New York used to be a busy hub of manufacturing.

Now, factories seem to be closing everday.

Over 1500 jobs were eliminated in Central New York alone in the past six months. Companies like Nestle, Sonoco, and Marsellus Casket are moving operations out of Central New York ... to places where muscle labor is cheaper.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen takes a look at what seems to be a dying sector of the Upstate economy.


Tue August 26, 2003
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Who Needs a College Degree?

Syracuse, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks to Syracuse University professor Bill Coplin, the author of "Ten Things Employers Want You to Learn in College."


Fri August 22, 2003
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Interview with DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe

Syracuse, NY – Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe was in Syracuse recently, drumming up support from local party leaders.

He took time out to speak with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.


Thu August 21, 2003
Arts & Culture

Profile of a Pianist

Skaneateles, NY – The Skaneateles Festival has showcased chamber musicians from around the world for 24 years. Around 7,000 people each year attend the festival, which takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the month of August. WRVO's Skye Rohde spent some time last week with pianist Andrew Russo, a Syracuse native.


Thu August 14, 2003
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Interview with Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll

Syracuse, NY – A new seven story retail and residential complex will soon be erected on South Salina Street in Syracuse.

It will feature shops and upscale condos.

The new building will also allow Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield to remain in Syracuse, preserving over a thousand precious jobs in the region.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks to Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll about the project.


Thu August 14, 2003
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Walsh to Carrier: Stay or Lose Tax Incentives

Syracuse, NY – Congressman James Walsh made headlines recently when he gave Syracuse-based Carrier Corporation an ultimatum: Stay in Syracuse or risk losing federal tax incentives.

He spoke to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen about his comments.


Thu August 14, 2003
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Giving Students a Voice on the School Board

New York, NY – A new state law gives school districts the option of electing a non-voting student member to their school boards.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks to Assembly Education Committee chairman Steven Sanders about how students are getting a voice in how their schools are run.


Fri August 8, 2003
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Oneida/Colgate Archaeological Dig

Stockbridge, NY – A group of Central New York teenagers is working to unearth Native American artifacts in Stockbridge this week. The archaeological dig on Oneida Nation homelands is part of an ongoing partnership between Colgate University and the Oneida Nation that aims to educate Native American teens about their heritage while preserving traditional artifacts.


Mon August 4, 2003
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Tart Cherry Crop

Williamson, NY – Upstate New York's cherry growers are reeling from the effects of last April's ice storm. As they near the end of the tart cherry harvest, they're gathering a fraction of their usual crop. And the decrease in production is raising questions abut the future of the state's cherry industry.


Sun August 3, 2003
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Feature Interview - Post War Iraq

Syracuse, NY – There has been much debate about whether the Iraqi people are better off now that Saddam Hussein has been removed from power.

Human rights activist Ed Kinane was in Baghdad during the war with "Voices in The Wilderness."

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Kinane about his perception of post-war Iraq.

Click on the Real Media icon to hear the full interview.


Thu July 31, 2003
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Helping Older Drivers Stay Safe Behind the Wheel

Syracuse, NY – Two high profile accidents involving older drivers in California and Florida have prompted local officials to take action.

The "Project Safe Roads" program aims to help elderly people stay safe behind the wheel.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports.

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Wed July 30, 2003
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Sea Grant

Oswego, NY – A handful of science teachers and college students are ready to take their new knowledge about the Great Lakes back to the classroom this fall. They spent a week this summer aboard the Lake Guardian, a research vessel operated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The group stopped in Oswego to explore the sand dunes of Lake Ontario's eastern shore and the Salmon River Fish Hatchery.


Fri July 18, 2003
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The Media Unit

Syracuse, NY – Twenty-seven years in the business has taught past and present members of The Media Unit all about the art of performance. Alternating as actors, dancers, choreographers, scriptwriters and stage managers, the young adults in the Syracuse-based performance troupe work to balance hope, humor and honesty in their shows. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.


Thu July 10, 2003
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Fresh Air Fund

Oswego, NY – The Fresh Air Fund is a 126-year-old program that brings low-income children from New York City, ages 6 to 18, to suburbs and small towns across the northeast during the summer. Over 5,000 children each year stay with volunteer host families from Virginia to Maine and up into Canada. Another 3,000 attend Fresh Air camps in Fishkill, New York. WRVO's Skye Rohde was there when the Fresh Air Fund bus pulled into Oswego earlier this week.