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For two hours each week, the "Eco Radio Show," produced by WGY-AM in Latham, N.Y., covers broad topics concerning recycling, sustainability, conservation and alternative energy. The show also keeps listeners up-to-date about upcoming recycling events in the area. Taking it beyond talk, show host Pete Muscanelli created a two-day "Eco Recycling Show" at Empire State Plaza in Albany last year. The event attracted more than 2,000 people, including students from a dozen school districts, who learned about everything from recycling to new "green" technologies. The station also dedicated 160 live interviews on its morning news show during the year to address environmental topics with local experts. Discussions covered how to save the dwindling fish populations, cleaning the area’s rivers and the effects of oil production. WGY was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.
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