September 23, 2023
Northern Vermont College to promote campus radio station to Vermont Public
Northern Vermont College to promote campus radio station to Vermont Public
Vermont Public is shopping for Northern Vermont College’s radio station. File picture by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Vermont Public is shopping for Northern Vermont College’s radio station, the general public broadcaster introduced final week. 

The campus radio station, which broadcasts at WWLR 91.5, will probably be transformed to a 24-hour classical music station, Vermont Public stated in an announcement Dec. 16. 

“We’re thrilled to be increasing Vermont Public’s Classical service to extra of the Northeast Kingdom,” stated Helen Lyons, Vermont Public music supervisor, in a press launch. “We sit up for welcoming new listeners who will now be capable of benefit from the companionship of our domestically hosted programming, and the sense of connection we convey to Vermont’s vibrant musical group.”

WWLR is at present a student-run membership that broadcasts “freeform group radio” to all of Caledonia County in Vermont and far of Coos County in New Hampshire, based on its web site. The station provides college students expertise in radio broadcasting and DJing.

“From hip-hop to steel, from reggae to rock, nation to modern, WWLR has all of it,” the station’s web site reads. 

The Caledonian Report reported the sale final week. 

In an e-mail Dec. 16 to college students, Northern Vermont College’s dean of scholars, Jonathan Davis, stated directors based mostly their resolution to promote the station on “extra superior studying applied sciences within the classroom, waning pupil participation, and ongoing prices related to dated station infrastructure and FCC compliance.”

College students will nonetheless have entry to radio broadcasting and DJing applications, Davis stated, however the station will shift to an internet livestream mannequin. 

Trustees of the Vermont State Faculties — which encompass the Johnson and Lyndon campuses of Northern Vermont College, Castleton College, Vermont Technical Faculty, and the Neighborhood Faculty of Vermont — have been working to promote the WWLR broadcast license for months. 

In December 2021, trustees accepted a movement to surrender the college’s license, and trustees accepted a sale of the license in an October decision.

The worth for the station and a lease for the power can be “not more than $80,000,” based on the decision, although a remaining deal is contingent on approval by the Federal Communications Fee. 

That would take as much as three months, based on Vermont Public.

Clarification: This story was up to date to make clear the make-up of the Vermont State Faculties’ board of trustees.

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