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Announcements about scheduled outages, events, changes in signals or last minute program changes.

This weekend, we're joined by Dr. Cynthia Green to discuss brain health and your memory. Before you wander off... keep in mind that memory issues can crop up at any age. Some people say as early as the age 30. Plus, being clear and focused helps us professionally and personally in every aspect of our lives.

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Join us this Sunday at 7 p.m. for funny, poignant and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of storytelling and more -- meant to apeall to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds.

Hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein.

Tune in Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for Public Radio Presents, or listen online.

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Starting at 4 p.m. today our system will undergo an upgrade that affects our ability to take donations as well as our ability to sell tickets to station events (including our evening with David Greene, host of Morning Edition). We hope to have the system back online later this evening, barring any complications with the transition.

Check back after 6 p.m., or again tomorrow to donate or purchase tickets.

As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics say that we should proceed with caution. That its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in unintended consequences. Is this the stuff of science fiction?

Should we fear AI, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?

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WRVO is pleased to welcome NPR's David Greene to Syracuse on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Syracuse Stage. A veteran journalist, David is currently the co-host of Morning Edition, heard nationwide on hundreds of public radio stations, including each weekday morning from 5 to 10 a.m. on WRVO.

Online tickets are no longer available; $20 admission tickets - CASH ONLY! - will be available at the door.

Join us on Public Radio Presents for "A Life Sentence: Victims, offenders, justice and my mother," this Sunday night.

Jay Allison, a co-producer of this piece, says: "This is a story about a terrible crime and everything that followed. It's an intensely personal documentary, but it extends into public life and into the heart of our political and correctional systems. Some stories take a long time. This one is an hour long, took two and a half years to produce, after 20 years of living with it."

Join WRVO Public Media this April for another in our series of live film screenings. This time we're bringing Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" to the Kallet Theater in Pulaski on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available ahead of time, or at the door, and are $5 each.

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.

Join us on WRVO as we prepare for the 2016 election, both on a regional and national level. Reporters at NPR have been on the road with candidates, conducting interviews and gathering details of their plans for the nation.

As part of this coverage, we will offer on-air specials leading up to Election Day, including:

The Iowa Caucus

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WRVO Public Media will air the first joint interview with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney this weekend during "The Campbell Conversations." This is the first joint interview between Mahoney and Miner since a public dispute (and lawsuit) over county tax breaks given to a developer the city of Syracuse alleges it had previous arrangements with.

WRVN 91.9 in Utica is back on the air

Jan 5, 2016

Thanks for your patience as WRVO Public Media engineers repaired an antenna problem at our transmitter site in Utica. Our signal on 91.9-FM has been restored to full power. Signals across the WRVO network are operating nominally, as is our online stream.

Join us on Thursday, December 31 for a special from the Political Junkie himself, Ken Rudin!

As 2015 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments.

Join us on Sunday, December 27 for a year-end special remembering the encouraging news stories of the past year -- from the United States, overseas and outer space. Stories about employment, cars, drones, planes, weather, awards, mountain climbing, sports and more.

You'll hear the assuring words and music of world leaders that followed some of the somber events of 2015, plus the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina, V-Day, the Selma March, even Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Tune in Sunday, December 27 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. 

Programming changes coming in 2016

Dec 17, 2015

WRVO is making a few minor changes to the weekend program schedule starting in 2016. The majority of these changes will take effect on Saturday, January 2. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Dec 15, 2015

WRVO presents this archive edition of "Readers Corner," with WRVO founder and former General Manager Bill Shigley reading Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" Perhaps this will stir some happy memories for long-time listeners. Happy holidays from WRVO!

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!

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Join us this week on Public Radio Presents for a special from our friends at Marketplace! The "Marketplace Weekend" team takes a look at where the holidays meet money in "Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business" this Sunday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

In this special, we explore the intersection between the holidays and money, tell some stories, and help you financially navigate the holiday season -- figuring out how to make your cousins get along is up to you.

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Join us on Sunday, December 13 for "RISK!" with true stories perfect for the holiday season.

"RISK!" is the show where people tell true stories -- true stories they never thought they'd share with anyone. Writers, actors and ordinary people tell their most intimate secrets. It's hilarious, heartbreaking, and often wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at live shows and others are radio pieces.

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Get ready for some laughs the weekend before Christmas! Tune in for "Right Between the Ears," a Christmas special on Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

This hour-long live sketch comedy show includes a spoof of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life," updated for our economically-challenging times; commercials for Jiffy Pants, the popcorn you make in your pants; and a special episode of Pimp My Turkey, where the turkey goes home with a 500-horsepower police interceptor engine.

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This production of "A Christmas Carol" returns to the heart of the 1843 story, mining the dark veins of what Charles Dickens called "a ghost story of Christmas."

Join us on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve, at 8 p.m. for a new, but old, rendition of "A Christmas Carol" with a cast of seasoned New York actors.

Capitol Steps

"Politics Takes a Holiday" one more time this New Year with the Capitol Steps -- faster than Joe Biden deciding whether to run for president!

Tune in Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m. for the Capitol Steps annual year-in-review, and boy has it been quite the year! With jokes more powerful than the wind it takes to finally blow off Donald Trump's hair -- you'll be laughing (and maybe crying) in no time.

The time is now! Participate in this global day of giving and generosity by contributing to WRVO Public Media. Now that the turkey has settled and the lines have started to die down, do something with a lasting effect – donate to your public radio station. We appreciate donations of any amount and put that money right back into the programming heard each and every day.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration on Tuesday, December 1. Found on Twitter with the hashtag #GivingTuesday, the day kicks off the charitable season. You've likely heard of Black Friday, maybe even Plaid Friday, and Cyber Monday -- so why not try Giving Tuesday this year? Celebrate giving and philanthropy with a donation to WRVO Public Media.

All we can say is thank you, thank you -- thank you! Our fall fundraiser was a huge success this year and, like always, you're the ones we have to thank for that!

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.

For Hispanic Heritage Month: Immigration Uncovered

Oct 4, 2015
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Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at 7pm: Immigration Uncovered: Untold Stories of Moving North

It's time to get out your dictionaries and brush up on those "hot words" for the SAT I, because "Says You!" is coming to Syracuse this fall.

Get tickets!