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Happy Retirement, John Hurlbutt!

OSWEGO — In case you forgot, today’s the last day on the air for longtime WRVO fixture John Hurlbutt.  The local host of “Morning Edition” is retiring after 40 years at the Oswego-based NPR affiliate.  Morning news producer/reporter Jason Smith will assume hosting duties tomorrow.

Replacing a 40-year veteran is no easy task; from the time Hurlbutt’s plan to retire was made public, WRVO took four months before selecting Smith from a pool of 18 candidates.  And the station is being thorough about filling his current position; applications are still being accepted.

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In other news, WRVO program director Fred Vigeant says the station’s recent “Foneless February” and subsequent March on-air pledge drive raised more than $190,000 in listener contributions.

WRVO’s programming is carried in all four markets, via full-power repeaters in each market; WRVN/Utica, WRVJ/Watertown, and part-time on WSUC/Cortland.  Reception in the heart of the Syracuse metro is supplemented by WRVD.

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