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Take Care debuts this Sunday evening

WRVO Public Media is adding a new half-hour program to its Sunday evening broadcast schedule. "Take Care," a conversation on health and wellness, will be co-hosted and produced by Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen.

"Take Care" will feature a mix of national, regional and local guests discussing everyday health concerns as well as the latest in diagnosis and treatment, public health and policy, mental health, and new advancements in medicine. In addition to each program, a brief feature report on the same topic will air during select WRVO newscasts. These reports are being funded by a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The grant is also funding a series of community forums on health issues.

"There's been an explosion in health care options in the last few years, and between online information and smartphone apps the average consumer has unlimited access to medical resources and wellness advice, " said Rapp. "We see 'Take Care' as a way to help listeners through this maze of information by tapping experts in a variety of fields to provide the kind of candid guidance they'd give to their own family and friends."

Over the past 15 years, Rapp and Lowen have partnered together to create and produce original local programming for WAER-FM, Time Warner Cable, and WCNY-TV.

WRVO's news director, Catherine Loper, and producer, Leah Landry, are both working with Rapp and Lowen on the new show which debuts April 14 at 6:30 p.m. The show will also be live-streamed on the WRVO website and available as a podcast.

The show will air Sunday evenings following The Campbell Conversations, another locally produced interview program on WRVO. Take Care completes a block of local and science-centered programming heard each Sunday including programs like Big Picture Science and Sound Medicine. The community health forums will be recorded to air in our rotating ‘Public Radio Presents’ block, following Take Care, at 7 p.m.

"We are delighted to join WRVO after having listened to and supported the station for years," said Rapp. "It's a vital and growing NPR affiliate with tremendous listener support, and a terrific fit for us. We are truly looking forward to working together on 'Take Care.'"

For more information, call (315) 312-3690.