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

OSWEGO — 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.”