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John Krauss

 

 John Krauss

General Manager, WRVO-FM

 WRVO GM John Krauss completed 41+ years with WRVO on April 1, 2010. Krauss started at WRVO on the day the station signed on, January 6, 1969. As the station grew from that initial spark, he worked with his mentor Bill Shigley, a small staff and college administrators who saw a big future for the fledgling station.

WRVO increased its power to 1000 watts and joined NPR in January 1973 with the beginning of all - year service. To that point, WRVO only operated when school was in session. Krauss was WRVO’s first news director and eventually worked his way though all areas of the operation. He was the station’s first morning host and later the long -time producer and host of its old-time radio program, The WRVO Playhouse.

In 1976, WRVO increased its transmitter size again to 24,000 watts and began to serve the Syracuse region from its SUNY-Oswego home. The concept of listener-supported radio was growing nationally and WRVO was no exception. Growth was de-pendent on the partnership between the listener and the college. During 1977, Krauss guided the WRVO staff of five in its first on-air fund-raising event.
By the mid 80's WRVO had expanded its coverage area with transmitters in Watertown and Utica and Krauss became WRVO’s assistant station Man-ager, focusing on business operations and development activities. A decade later, Bill Shigley, WRVO’s first General Manager retired and Krauss began a 16-year tenure as the station’s leader.
During his tenure, WRVO’s audience doubled and that growth led to increased listener and business financial contributions. WRVO became a 50,000 watt HD station and began WRVO Extra, a second news service. Combined with con-tinued strong College support and federal funds through the Corporation for Public Broad-casting, WRVO became a very significant player in the Cen-tral New York media market.
WRVO’s reporters painted pictures with sound exploring why something happened and how it affected the listener. Krauss lead his staff to look beyond the front yard and take in all that could be seen in Central New York. The WRVO style took the news apart and then put it all together so the listeners could understand how it would affect them. John Krauss is part of a generation of WRVO public radio pioneers. WRVO began its focus on ideas long before news became the leading format for NPR stations.
Consistently ranking in the top 8 radio stations in Syracuse, WRVO became the premiere NPR News station for the region. Krauss left a staff, now 17 strong, to continue delivering a quality radio service. Nationally, WRVO places in the top 15 NPR most listened to stations based on percentage of population.

 

 

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