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There are plenty of reasons to donate to your public radio station and you hear most of them on-the-air during fundraisers from WRVO staff. But why do the WRVO staff members themselves donate? In fact, why do they work at the station? Why do they have their radios tuned to WRVO?We take the time to find out when we ask, "Why WRVO?"

Why WRVO? Quality journalism and a quality staff

Leah Landry

Reporter Payne Horning has been traveling across central and northern New York covering stories in your backyards for two years now. Although he's based in our Oswego office, he's regularly spotted in the Mohawk Valley and North Country tracking down stories. He says between his appreciation for NPR and his passion for radio, WRVO was a natural fit!  

"I work for WRVO because, like many in this industry, I was drawn to the quality of journalism that NPR offers," Payne says. "They delve into the most important issues at play in our world day after day, while providing different perspectives and voice in each story. It's an example for all news outlets."

So why not be an example for your friends, family and neighbors, and become a member of WRVO?

"Giving to WRVO is worth every penny," Payne says. "This station serves a wide swath of central and northern New York, an enormous territory with lots of issues and events to cover. We in the newsroom are dedicated to delivering the content that you have come to expect. It can be stressful and often means long, unusual hours. But that's what our audience deserves and we strive each day to get it done. The more support we have, the more news we can deliver. And these days, having a reliable source of information is more valuable than ever."

Payne supports WRVO because he has a unique vantage point.

"Watching the incredible amount of time, effort and resources it takes to operate a 24-hour news station like WRVO is often overwhelming. I am constantly amazed by the talent around me."

[We swear we didn't pay him to say any of this.]

"The staff at this station work around the clock to bring you the quality programming you hear on the air," Payne says. "It not only motivates me to work harder, but to give back as well. I hope you feel the same way."

Maybe you didn't know that the small staff of WRVO is often working weekends, late at night and whenever news is happening. Maybe you weren't sure if the staff members also felt passionately about public radio. Maybe you didn't even realize that we rely on support from our listeners!

Now you know.

All of us at WRVO come to work each morning (some of us at 4 a.m.) because we care about public radio, fair and balanced news, and good radio. We know you're listening and we know that each of us make time for things we care about. Make time for WRVO with a donation today. Thanks.