WRVO celebrates 50 years with special events

OSWEGO, NY — WRVO Public Media, an NPR News and information radio station with studios in Oswego and Syracuse, is celebrating the first 50 years with an open house, special events, live tapings and more this year.

“WRVO listeners are a big part of our first 50 years,” says Station Manager William Drake. “We wouldn’t be here without them, and we hope as many as possible can join us for this year’s celebration.”

On Saturday, June 8, we open the doors to our SUNY Oswego studios for a special 50th anniversary open house. WRVO listeners, members, friends, alumni and more are welcome to share memories, mingle and celebrate this important milestone with former and current hosts, reporters and staff members. Visitors can commemorate the anniversary with their own recorded testimonial and tour the offices and studios.

Old time radio returns to the silver screen with our next installment of “Tuned to Yesterday: At the Movies” in Auburn on Thursday, June 13. A showing of the 1944 film “Murder, My Sweet” will follow a brief presentation by “Tuned to Yesterday” host Mark Lavonier.

In the fall, listeners have the opportunity to meet NPR’s Rachel Martin, host of “Morning Edition.” She’ll be at Syracuse Stage on Monday, September 16 to share her experiences as a national host and as a national security correspondent covering defense and intelligence issues.

Returning to the area in November is the cast and crew of “Says You!” The two live tapings will feature the usual word games and bluffing rounds, plus plenty of laughs and whimsy. Join us for an evening performance at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse on Friday, November 1 and at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica on the afternoon of Saturday, November 2.

More details about all of our 50th anniversary events can be found online at wrvo.org and on Facebook. Details for ticketed shows to follow.

WRVO Public Media: The History

WRVO first broadcast on January 6, 1969 at just 10 watts of power from the SUNY Oswego campus. “All Things Considered” debuted in 1971, and WRVO’s audience began to grow. As NPR continued to offer more programming and listenership increased, WRVO started to expand into other parts of central and northern New York. Now with a broadcast area that covers parts of over 20 counties, WRVO serves approximately 75,000 unique weekly listeners. Since the beginning, WRVO’s core mission has been to serve our listeners. It’s what we continue to do today with quality news, information and entertainment programming as well as regional news coverage and locally-produced shows.