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Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Public Radio
Broadcast area Vermont and bordering areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Quebec
Frequency See tables below
Repeaters See tables below
First air date 1977

Main VPR stations:Public Radio and Jazz

VPR Classical stations: Classical and Opera
Owner Vermont Public Radio
Webcast VPR Webcast PLS

Vermont Public Radio (VPR) is a network of public radio stations covering the state of Vermont. In addition to locally produced programming, the network broadcasts programming from NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. It is headquartered in Colchester, a suburb of Burlington. Other studio facilities are located in Montpelier, Manchester and Norwich.


  • History 1
  • VPR News 2
  • Lead Mug Controversy 3
    • Local Programs on VPR 3.1
    • Full-Power Stations 3.2
    • Low-Power Translators 3.3
  • VPR Classical 4
    • Local Programs on VPR Classical 4.1
    • Full-Power Stations 4.2
    • Low-Power Translators 4.3
  • VPR Jazz 24 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Vermont Public Radio first signed on in 1977 from studios at the historic Windsor House in Windsor. Despite criticism that Vermont was too small and too rural for a listener-supported public radio station, the network has expanded to 13 full-power stations and 12 low-power translators covering almost all of Vermont as well as parts of New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Quebec.

In terms of market size, VPR is the smallest NPR member station/network in New England and one of the smallest in the nation. However, since the mid-1990s, it has been one of the most listened-to public radio stations per capita in the country, with approximately 194,000 listeners each week and 27,000 members who support VPR with a voluntary financial contribution.

For many years, VPR broadcast a mixed format of news and information programming, classical, jazz, and folk music. In 2004, VPR launched a separate 24/7 classical service, VPR Classical.

In October 2007, all classical and opera music was moved to VPR Classical. VPR News carries news, information, cultural, and entertainment programs throughout the day, with the BBC World Service airing weekday mornings for one hour following NPR's Morning Edition and every night during the post-midnight hours. Weekend evenings feature jazz, rock, and folk music programming.

VPR News

Vermont Public Radio's news and information service, VPR News carries most of the more popular news and talk programs from NPR, APM, PRI, and the CBC, as well as several local shows.

Lead Mug Controversy

In 2013, VPR confirmed that a listener found lead inside the ink used in VPR's Artist Mugs. The health department found that the outer rim of the 2011 VPR cup contained 3.18 percent lead. That greatly exceeds the level considered safe for children, .01 percent. [1] VPR has since stopped using Artist Mugs as gifts for donors.

Local Programs on VPR

  • Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm (daily call-in newsmagazine)
  • All the Traditions with Robert Resnik (folk music)
  • My Place with Joel Najman (early rock & R&B from the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson (jazz)

Full-Power Stations

Call sign Frequency City of license ERP/Power
Class FCC info Notes
WVPS 107.9 FM Burlington, VT 48,400 C FCC Founded February 25, 1981[2]
WVPR 89.5 FM Windsor, VT 1,700 B FCC Founded 1975
WRVT 88.7 FM Rutland, VT 4,000 C2 FCC Founded March 13, 1987[2]
WVPA 88.5 FM St. Johnsbury, VT 850 C2 FCC Founded March 19, 1999[2]
WBTN-FM 94.3 FM Bennington, VT 3,000 A FCC Founded August 21, 1978[2]
WVBA 88.9 FM Brattleboro, VT 8,900 B1 FCC Founded 2012

Low-Power Translators

Broadcast translators of WVPS
Call sign Frequency
City of license FCC info
W231BQ 94.1 FM Montpelier, Vermont FCC
W234BD 94.7 FM Bolton, Vermont FCC
W258AW 99.5 FM Middlebury, Vermont FCC
W258BJ 99.5 FM Island Pond, Vermont FCC
Broadcast translators of WVPR
Call sign Frequency
City of license FCC info
W223AV 92.5 FM Manchester, Vermont FCC
W227CA 93.3 FM Rupert, Vermont FCC
W258AZ 99.5 FM Newbury, Vermont FCC
Broadcast translators of WRVT
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W237BF 95.3 FM Middlebury, Vermont 38 D FCC

VPR Classical

Since 2007, VPR has broadcast classical and opera music on a separate network. The main station is WOXR (90.9 FM), which is licensed to Schuyler Falls, New York and serves the Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, New York area.

The former WAVX took the WOXR calls and VPR Classical format at 9:09 AM on August 31, 2007. VPR President Mark Vogelzang, when asked about the new call letters' origin, said that they were an "homage" to New York City classical music station WQXR.[3]

VPR Classical continues to air on its original full-power home station, WNCH (88.1 FM) in Norwich, as well as full-power WVTQ (95.1 FM) in Sunderland and WVTI (106.9 FM) in Brighton. It is also available on VPR HD Radio throughout Northwestern Vermont via WVPS HD-2 (107.9-2 FM).

In April 2014, WOXM moved its signal from 90.1 FM to 89.1 FM.

Local Programs on VPR Classical

  • Classical Music with Kari Anderson
  • Classical Music with Walter Parker
  • Classical Music with Joe Goetz
  • A Passion For Opera with Peter Fox Smith (airs on Saturday afternoons)

Full-Power Stations

Call sign Frequency City of license ERP/Power
Class FCC info Notes
WOXR 90.9 FM Schuyler Falls, NY 2,700 C2 FCC Founded July 8, 2004[2]
WNCH 88.1 FM Norwich, VT 1,550 B FCC Founded September 4, 2003[2]
WOXM 89.1 FM Middlebury, VT 3,100 A FCC Founded May 27, 2010 on 90.1; current facility launched April 2014[2]
WVTQ 95.1 FM Sunderland, VT 96 A FCC Founded October 3, 1990[2]
WVTI 106.9 FM Brighton, VT 1,420 A FCC Founded July 4, 2007[2]
WVNK 91.1 FM Manchester, VT 115 A FCC
WVXR 102.1 FM Randolph, VT 11,000 C3 FCC Founded October 25, 1982

Low-Power Translators

Broadcast translators of WOXR
Call sign Frequency
City of license FCC info
W233BD 94.5 FM Burlington, Vermont FCC
Broadcast translators of WNCH
Call sign Frequency
City of license FCC info
W280CS 102.3 and 103.9 FM Hanover, New Hampshire FCC
W295AL 106.9 FM Woodstock, Vermont FCC
W295AU 106.9 FM Manchester, Vermont FCC
Broadcast translators of WVTQ
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W266AK 101.1 FM Rupert, Vermont 10 D FCC

VPR Jazz 24

In October 2012, VPR launched an online-only 24-hour jazz music service, dubbed "VPR Jazz 24," for jazz-music listeners on its website, The station launched the service after George Thomas, its longtime evening jazz host, retired. The station also launched a new weekly jazz program, "Friday Night Jazz," hosted by Reuben Jackson, a music teacher at Burlington High School (Burlington, Vermont).

See also

  • Vermont PBS (Not affiliated with Vermont Public Radio)


  1. ^ Polston, Pamela. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Exact dates reflect the date on which the FCC issued a license for the station. The station will normally have been operating under program test authority for some months prior.
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (2007-08-27). "NorthEast Radio Watch by Scott Fybush". Retrieved 2007-08-27. 

External links

  • Official website

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