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WRVO Wins Grand AP prize in Statewide Radio Journalism

SUNY Oswego's National Public Radio affiliate, WRVO-FM, won the top award for radio journalism June 4 in the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association annual awards.

BelcherWRVO's nine first-place awards for news, enterprise, feature and sports coverage, along with general excellence, brought it the Steve Flanders Memorial Award, which goes to the most decorated radio station regardless of staff or market size.

"To receive the grand prize for radio journalism in New York state, home to the largest media market in the country, is a huge achievement by any measure," said Michael Ameigh, general manager of WRVO and assistant provost for budget and operations at SUNY Oswego. "It is the culmination of years of hard work by the WRVO news reporting and production team. The ideals it honors-excellence and innovation in broadcast journalism-are fundamental aspects of our mission."

WRVO, a 50,000-watt public radio station whose retransmission partners extend its reach from the listening areas of Watertown to Norwich and from Geneva to Utica, won the following first-place awards in Radio Class 3:

* Best news special/documentary: "WRVO's Community Forum-Helping Veterans," a staff award.

* Best news series: "The Innovation Trail," Ryan Morden

* Best interview: "Conversation with a Rape Survivor," Jasmyn Belcher '06

* Best spot news coverage: "Palermo Tornado," Dave Bullard

* Best continuing news coverage: "Fort Ontario Stays Quiet," Bullard

* Best enterprise reporting: "Customers Question Energy Supplier's Marketing Tactics," Belcher

* Best feature: "New York's Last Pheasant Farm," Joyce Gramza

* Best sports coverage: "Fighting New York's Mixed Martial Arts Ban," Belcher

* General excellence in use of medium: "New York's Last Pheasant Farm," Gramza

The station also won special mentions for news special/documentary with "Election Coverage," a staff award; news series, "Global to Local: Immigration and Diaspora," Mark Lavonier and Jessica Hester; spot news coverage, "Rest Stop Closures," Gramza; continuing news coverage, "To Be a Muslim in Central New York," Michael Benjamin; feature, "Living with Alzheimer's Disease," Belcher; sports, "Health Risks of Eating Too Much Local Fish," Belcher; and general excellence in use of medium, "Fighting New York's Mixed Martial Arts Ban," Belcher.

WRVO was also recognized by the New York State Broadcasters Assocation June 27 at the 45th annual "Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting." The station was honored in categories for "Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series" and "Outstanding Feature Story" for a community forum on hydrofracking and story titled "Health Risks of Eating too Much Fish," respectively.

Jeff Rea '71

Alumna and WRVO-FM staffer Jasmyn Belcher '06 took home state Associated Press awards for best interview, best enterprise reporting and best sports coverage.

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