WVXR

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WVXR
City of license Randolph, Vermont
Branding VPR Classical and WVXR Randolph at 102.1
Frequency 102.1 MHz
First air date October 25, 1982 (as WCVR-FM)
Format Classical and Opera
ERP 11,000 watts
HAAT 133 meters (437 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 63473
Transmitter coordinates 43°57′20″N 72°36′18″W / 43.95556°N 72.60500°W / 43.95556; -72.60500
Former callsigns WCVR-FM (1982-2010)
Former frequencies 102.3 MHz (1982-1990s)
Affiliations VPR Classical
(American Public Media, National Public Radio, Public Radio International)
Owner Vermont Public Radio
Sister stations WVPS
Webcast Listen Live
Website VPR Classical

WVXR (102.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Randolph, Vermont. The station is owned by Vermont Public Radio (VPR). It is currently a classical music station, serving as the central Vermont outlet for VPR Classical.[1][2]

History[edit]

The station signed on October 25, 1982 as WCVR-FM.[3] Originally owned by Stokes Communications and broadcasting at 102.3, the station carried a country music format, at times simulcast on sister AM station WCVR/WWWT.[3][4][5] It moved to 102.1 in the early 1990s.

Stokes sold WCVR-FM and WWWT to Excalibur Media in 1999;[5] Excalibur, in turn, was sold to Clear Channel Communications the following year.[6] Clear Channel dropped the country format on January 23, 2003, replacing it with a simulcast of Champlain Valley classic rock station WCPV.[7]

In January 2008, Clear Channel agreed to sell its Vermont stations to Vox Communications[8] as part of Clear Channel's plan to divest itself of most of its smaller market radio stations. The sale was completed on July 25, 2008.[9] Vox soon concluded that it had no interest in retaining WCVR-FM and what had become WTSJ, and reached a deal to sell the stations to Great Eastern Radio in September 2008.[1] Great Eastern replaced the WCPV simulcast with a separate classic rock format.[10] However, it never closed on the deal, and a year later Vox retook the station.[1]

In March 2010, another deal to sell WCVR-FM, this time to Vermont Public Radio, was reached;[11] Vox then shut the station down on April 1 for financial reasons.[12] VPR returned the station to the air July 30[13] as WVXR[14] with the current format.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Vondrasket, Sandy (March 18, 2010). "Radio Station Turnover". Randolph Herald. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "VPR Classical To Broadcast From Randolph Tower in July". Randolph Herald. May 20, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-305. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1983 (PDF). 1983. p. B-251. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (September 10, 1999). "The End of the Summer". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 13, 2000). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 27, 2003). "KB Komes Back". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ BIA Financial Networks (January 13, 2008). "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 13, 2008). "Boyce Out at New York's WABC". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Vermont FM. Iowa Cluster Sold". All Access. March 10, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ Virtue, Melodie A. (July 30, 2010). "Notice of Return to Air". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Media Bureau Callsign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 

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