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WCPV logo.jpg
City Essex, New York
Broadcast area Burlington-Plattsburgh area
Branding 101.3 ESPN
Frequency 101.3 MHz
First air date 1994
Format Sports
ERP 1,000 watts
HAAT 243 meters
Class A
Facility ID 36269
Transmitter coordinates 44°24′12.00″N 73°26′2.00″W / 44.4033333°N 73.4338889°W / 44.4033333; -73.4338889
Callsign meaning W ChamPlain Valley
Former callsigns WVZM (1992-1993)
WDOT (1993-1994)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Vox AM/FM, LLC
Sister stations WEZF, WXZO, WEAV, WVTK
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1013espn.com

WCPV (101.3 FM) is an English-language American radio station broadcasting a sports radio format. Licensed to Essex, New York, United States, the station serves the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont. Although licensed to Essex, New York, many listeners mistakenly believe that WCPV is licensed to Essex, Vermont, given that its offices and studios are located at Fort Ethan Allen in neighboring Colchester, Vermont. The station is currently owned by Vox AM/FM. WCPV is an ESPN Radio affiliate.

WCPV serves as the flagship station for University of Vermont men's basketball, along with sister station WEAV. Rob Ryan previously provided the play by play, with various co-commentators.

Beginning with the 2011-2012 season, WCPV joined the Boston Bruins Radio Network,[1] carrying all 82 regular-season Bruins games. On January 10, 2013, it was announced the station had picked up rights to Boston Red Sox games, which had run for decades on Burlington's WJOY. [2]


The station was randomly assigned the call sign of WVZM on September 2, 1992; after changing the call letters to WDOT on July 22, 1993, the station signed on in 1994 as WCPV,[3] offering a classic rock format branded as "Champ 101.3".[4] Initially owned by Northstar Broadcasting,[5] the station was acquired by Capstar Broadcasting in 1998,[6] ultimately ending up with Clear Channel Communications following several mergers.[7] Clear Channel announced on November 16, 2006 that it would sell its Champlain Valley stations after being bought by private equity firms,[8] resulting in a sale to Vox Communications in 2008.[9] By 2008, after 14 years, the station moved to a mainstream rock format to go up against Hall Communications' WBTZ, leaving WIZN (a sister station to WBTZ) as the only classic rock station.

WCPV adopted its sports format and ESPN Radio affiliation, replacing WCAT, WFAD, and WRSA, on January 1, 2011, citing heavy competition in the rock format (Almost immediately, WCAT responded by joining ESPN Radio's arch-rival, Fox Sports Radio Network; but later WCAT went to oldies.). The station also replaced WEAV as the flagship station of the Vermont Lake Monsters and the Champlain Valley affiliate of the New England Patriots Radio Network.[10] In 2013, WCPV became the Champlain Valley affiliate of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, ending the network's more than 50-year relationship with WJOY. The station also carries selected games of the Boston Bruins.


  1. ^ http://www.1013espn.com/pages/10411828.php
  2. ^ http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130110/SPORTS/301100044/ WCPV to Broadcast Red Sox Games
  3. ^ "WCPV Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 21, 1996). "Maine History and More". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 25, 1996). "The Country Wars End". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 2, 1998). "The Big Get...Smaller". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 8, 1999). "The Big Get Bigger -- Again". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 20, 2006). "Dark Days All Around". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 7, 2008). "Entercom/Nassau WEEI Deal is Dead". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ Donoghue, Mike (December 21, 2010). "Fox Sports joins Champlain Valley radio market". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 

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