WGDR

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WGDR
CityPlainfield, Vermont
Broadcast areaCentral Vermont
Frequency91.1 MHz
First air date1973
FormatFreeform
ERP1,700 watts (Legal)
920 watts (Actual)
HAAT-106.0 meters
ClassA
Facility ID24438
Transmitter coordinates44°17′4.00″N 72°26′28.00″W / 44.2844444°N 72.4411111°W / 44.2844444; -72.4411111
Callsign meaningW GoDdard College Radio
Former callsignsWGOD [1]
AffiliationsPacifica Radio Network
OwnerGoddard College Corporation
Sister stationsWGDH
WebcastOfficial website
Websitehttp://www.wgdr.org

WGDR (91.1 FM) is a noncommercial American radio station licensed to Plainfield, Vermont, serving central Vermont.[2] WGDR, owned by Goddard College Corporation,[3][4] is a hybrid college/community/public radio station, broadcasting a freeform format. Founded in 1973, it is the oldest non-commercial community radio station in Vermont.

The station broadcasts a mix of music and public affairs programming produced by local volunteers from northern and central Vermont, plus Pacifica Radio programming. It was one of only a handful of radio stations in the U.S. to broadcast news from the English-language international channel of the Qatar-based TV network Al Jazeera, until the network launched a separate U.S.-based channel, Al Jazeera America, in August 2013. The broadcast radius is from 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 km). There are 65 on-air volunteers on the staff.[5]

In 2009, WGDR received a My Source Community Impact Award (an award created by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) for its Community Broadcast Training program.[citation needed] That same year, the station was granted a construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission to build a second transmission tower near Hardwick, Vermont and operate on a second frequency to reach a much wider area of northern and central Vermont.

On March 1, 2011, the FCC granted an operating license to the new station, which began full-power regular broadcasting on March 7, 2011. The new station, assigned the call letters WGDH, broadcasts at 91.7 FM, simulcasting with WGDR.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
  2. ^ "Home Page". WGDR official website. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ "WGDR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ "WGDR Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  5. ^ Hallenbeck, Brent (20 May 2010). "Voice of the People". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. pp. 1D.

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