WRVO again takes top state AP honor with six first-place awards

For the second consecutive year, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named SUNY Oswego’s National Public Radio affiliate, WRVO-FM, winner of the Steve Flanders Award for overall performance.

The award, honoring excellence and innovation in radio journalism, goes to the most-decorated station regardless of staff or market size. WRVO won six first-place awards and a special mention in this year’s state Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

“Receiving the Steve Flanders Award two years in a row is a distinct honor,” said Michael Ameigh, general manager of WRVO and assistant provost for budget and operations at SUNY Oswego. “These awards affirm WRVO’s decades-long commitment to journalistic excellence in news and public affairs coverage.”

First-place awards among Class 3 stations at the association’s annual banquet June 2 in Saratoga Springs went to WRVO’s Mark Lavonier for best interview (with tabla drum master Ustad Tari Khan), Ellen Abbott for best continuing news coverage (“AIDS at 30: More About Teens and Less About Adults”) and best news series (“Concussions”), Joyce Gramza for best enterprise reporting (“Prom, Body Image and Eating Disorders”) and best news special (“Transforming Long-Term Care in CNY”), and Dave Bullard for best feature (“Maple syrup farming brings a family together”).

Ryan Morden and Rachel Ward received a special mention for best news series (“What To Do with Syracuse’s Unused Buildings”).

WRVO, a 50,000-watt station headquartered in SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library building, has retransmission partners extending its reach from the listening areas of Watertown to Norwich and from Geneva to Utica—and growing. The station also broadcasts online at www.wrvo.fm.

“WRVO is expanding coverage along our 10-station network, particularly in the North Country, Utica-Rome and the Finger Lakes,” Ameigh said. “Our mission is to inform and educate listeners across the region.”

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(Posted: Jun 05, 2012)

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