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WVCR-FM Honored by United Way

Monday, October 31, 2011

While it’s known by listeners throughout the Capital Region as “the station that plays anything,” Siena College’s radio station, WVCR-FM 88.3 “The Saint” is known by its community partners as the station that will do anything to help the cause.

In honor of that commitment, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region presented WVCR with the Media Partner Award for 2011 during its annual meeting and community impact celebration. The United Way gives its Media Partner Award to an organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the community and charitable spirit in advancing the LIVE UNITED message by spreading the word about one of United Way’s initiatives.

“It was a tremendous honor to accept the award on behalf of the Siena students and volunteers that make 'The Saint' a professional, community-focused radio station. Partnerships like the one between WVCR and The United Way fulfill our commitment to serving our community,” said WVCR General Manager Darrin Scott Kibbey.

WVCR was recognized specifically for its help spreading the word about United Way 2-1-1, a free telephone number people can call to connect with local health and human services. United Way of the Greater Capital Region President and CEO Brian Hassett said that thanks to WVCR’s commitment to airing public service announcements about the 2-1-1 program, more people are getting assistance with housing, paying their utility bills, finding health care, putting food on the table, preparing their taxes and dealing with elder care issues.

“United way is grateful to WVCR for broadcasting public service announcements promoting United Way 2-1-1 Northeast Region,” said Hassett. “Darrin and WVCR have been strong advocates for United Way 2-1-1 since its inception in early 2009. Our community is stronger and healthier because they have helped people understand that help is just a phone call away, through United Way 2-1-1.”

School of Liberal Arts Dean Ralph Blasting, Ph.D. said the work done for the United Way is just one example of Kibbey and WVCR's commitment to serving the people of the Capital Region.

“Darrin embodies Siena’s mission of service to the community and uses WVCR as a resource to that end. He almost never turns down an opportunity to make WVCR a presence at charitable events, with no compensation for himself or for the station,” said Blasting. “He uses the station’s not-for-profit status the way it should be used, to benefit our community.”

For more information on the station, visit www.wvcr.com.


Contact: Ken Jubie
Contact E-mail: communications@siena.edu

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