OSWEGO — NPR news/talk affiliate WRVO is adding some programming which may be familiar to Central New Yorkers. The first notable name is a show — “HealthLink On Air,” a weekly medical affairs program which formerly aired on WSYR radio. The second notable name is a person — J. Daniel Pluff, the former longtime producer and host of “Financial Fitness” on WCNY-TV.
The new additions were announced in WRVO’s latest “Program Points” email newsletter on Thursday.
HealthLink On Air jumps from WSYR
The hour-long HealthLink On Air is produced by SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, with veteran broadcaster Linda Cohen serving as host. The show started in 2006, and until last weekend, it had aired on Sunday mornings as paid programming on Clear Channel news/talker WSYR Newsradio 570 and 106.9.
WRVO becomes the new home of HealthLink On Air effective this Sunday. But listeners should take note: WRVO will be broadcasting the program at 9PM, rather than the 9AM timeslot it held at WSYR.
Speaking of WSYR, no word yet on a replacement for the vacated timeslot. As of Friday night, WSYR’s website still had HealthLink On Air listed on its program schedule, complete with a link to the show’s own website. We’re not sure if the move took Clear Channel by surprise or if they’ve just forgotten to update the schedule — but on the other end, Upstate Medical University has already purged the show’s website of any WSYR references, replacing those with WRVO’s call letters, logo and frequencies.
The move strengthens the existing connections between WRVO and Upstate Medical University. Both are owned and operated by SUNY, with WRVO’s main studios and transmitter located on the SUNY Oswego campus. Furthermore, repeater WRVD 90.3 Syracuse transmits from an antenna atop one of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s buildings in Syracuse.
J. Daniel Pluff offers financial advice podcast
The creator and former longtime host/producer of WCNY-TV’s long-running Financial Fitness program is once again offering investment advice to Central New Yorkers. WRVO announced J. Daniel Pluff is now offering podcasts on the WRVO website. Compared to a traditional longform program, it appears the podcasts (there are two so far) will be only a few minutes long, with a focus on one specific topic. Pluff brings to the table more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. According to the WRVO website, he welcomes questions and suggestions for future podcast topics.