VPR has finalized the purchase of WCVR 102.1 FM, based in Randolph. After an FCC-required approval period, the acquisition of the new frequency will bring VPR Classical to a large swath of central Vermont including the communities of Randolph, Bethel, Brookfield, Tunbridge, Sharon, Barnard, Royalton, Barre, Chelsea and more. The signal covers a population of approximately 92,000.
On May 21,
VPR President Robin Turnau will host a community gathering to discuss the new station and VPR's plans to expand VPR Classical in other parts of the state. Listeners are invited to meet Turnau at 4 p.m. at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph and share their thoughts and questions over coffee and refreshments. VPR will host additional community gatherings in the area over the coming month.
VPR Classical is Vermont's only classical music network featuring local hosts throughout the day. Cheryl Willoughby, Walter Parker and Joe Goetz share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday. Weekend highlights include Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Sunday Baroque, and From the Top. The network gives the music the time and attention it deserves, and provides listeners with a retreat from the hustle and busyness of their lives.
"Central Vermont is an area rich in cultural offerings with a deep passion for classical music. We're excited that VPR Classical will be available for this generation and generations to come," Turnau said. "We are grateful that our friends at Chandler Music Hall are hosting this event and I look forward to meeting fans and friends of VPR and VPR Classical at this gathering."
VPR will also launch a new classical frequency in Addison County in June. VPR's expansion of classical music in Vermont follows a national trend in public radio as reported recently in The New York Times - "Classical Music Makes a Comeback on Public Radio."
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