NPR host Diane Rehm to speak May 2

Diane RehmNational Public Radio host Diane Rehm will speak at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center activity court at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.

Sponsored by the WRVO Stations, which airs “The Diane Rehm Show” weekdays at 10 a.m., her appearance is part of SUNY Oswego’s College Hour weekly programming series. It will be free and open to the public.

Rehm’s College Hour appearance will include a brief talk, question-and-answer session and interaction with visitors. Rehm will also be the guest on a local WRVO call-in show that day at 11 a.m.

Around 1.65 million listeners hear “The Diane Rehm Show,” syndicated nationally and internationally by NPR and NPR Worldwide as well as on Sirius satellite radio.

Rehm is known for her show’s influential and intriguing guests. She became the first talk radio host to interview a sitting president in the Oval Office when she spoke to then-President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Other guests have included current Vice President Dick Cheney, former President Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor, Desmond Tutu, Toni Morrison and Ted Koppel, as well as other leaders, artists and writers.

Rehm, however, prides herself just as much on ensuring that callers to her program have an opportunity to be heard. “It’s crucial we hear not only the voices of policymakers and experts, but that everyone has a chance to offer their opinions and ask questions,” she said.

Washingtonian magazine named Rehm “Washingtonian of the Year” in 2003 and one of Washington’s “100 Most Powerful Women” in 2006. Also in 2006, she was the inaugural recipient of the Urbino Press Award, headquartered in Italy, recognizing her “long and prestigious career in journalism and . . . special focus on the problems of human frailty.”

A Society for Professional Journalists fellow as well as an inductee into the Washington chapter of SPJ’s Hall of Fame, Rehm is the author of two books: “Finding My Voice” and “Toward Commitment.”

Rehm also will appear at a larger sold-out event later that day at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse, a fundraiser to support the WRVO Stations.

The WRVO Stations, headquartered at SUNY Oswego, include WRVO 89.9 FM in Oswego, WRVD 90.3 FM in Syracuse, WRVJ 91.7 FM in Watertown, WRVN 91.9 FM in Utica, WRCU 90.1 FM in Hamilton and WSUC 90.5 in Cortland. Programming can also be heard on the Web at wrvo.fm.

For more information, call 312-3690.

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(Posted: Apr 20, 2007)

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