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About HealthLink on Air

“HealthLink on Air” is an award-winning talk show that explores a variety of health and medical issues every week, showcasing experts with ties to Syracuse and Central New York. The program has been produced since 2006 by journalists in Upstate Medical University’s marketing and university communications department.

The show airs at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Sunday on National Public Radio station WRVO on these FM stations: 89.9 Oswego/Syracuse, 90.3 Syracuse, 89.3 Clayton, 91.7 Watertown, 91.9 Utica, 90.5 Fenner, 90.1 Hamilton, 90.5 Cortland, 90.7 Geneva, 92.5/104.5 Ithaca, 89.9 Norwich, and 92.3 Rome. WRVO programming is also available for live streaming at www.wrvo.org or through free apps available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Listen to individual interviews or entire shows on demand at www.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair or find a podcast of the most recent broadcasts in iTunes by searching for one word: HealthLink.

Production Team

The program director and host is Amber Smith, a 25-year veteran medical journalist who covered Upstate Medical University during her tenure at Syracuse’s daily newspaper, The Post-Standard. Early in her career she worked as a volunteer paramedic. Later, she earned a master’s degree in health services management and policy and taught newswriting and reporting as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. In addition to her “HealthLInk on Air” responsibilities, she edits Upstate’s consumer health magazines, Upstate Health and Cancer Care. Reach her at smithamb@upstate.edu.

Producer Jim Howe draws on decades of experience in newspaper reporting and editing as he organizes “HealthLink on Air” programming. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University, and he previously worked in a number of editing roles at the Syracuse Post-Standard. At Upstate, he writes about a variety of topics for the quarterly magazines, Upstate Health and Cancer Care, in addition to booking guests, fielding questions and managing the “HealthLink on Air” website. Reach him at howeja@upstate.edu.

Regular contributors

Deirdre NeilenThe Healing Muse — Deirdre Neilen, PhD, an associate professor of bioethics and humanities, serves as editor of Upstate’s literary journal, The Healing Muse.

Legal Information

The “HealthLink On Air” website, radio program and podcasts are intended to advance Upstate Medical University/University Hospital’s mission of providing excellence in medical education, research, patient care and community service.

The information provided on this program and website is not intended for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Visiting this web site or listening to the program does not make you a patient of Upstate or of any of its staff or guests, and information obtained during these activities should not be considered to be medical advice.

References to any non-Upstate entity, product, service or source of information in this site should not be considered as an endorsement. Further, Upstate is not responsible for the content of any non-Upstate web pages referenced in this website.

Please contact us with any concerns. Reach program director/host Amber Smith at 315-464-4836 or smithamb@upstate.edu.