spring fundraiser

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.

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).

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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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.