VPR Classical is now broadcasting at WVXR 102.1 FM to a large swath of central Vermont including the communities of Randolph, Bethel, Brookfield, Tunbridge, Sharon, Barnard, Woodstock, Royalton, Chelsea, Barre, and more. The signal covers a population of approximately 92,000.
"Central Vermont is an area rich in cultural offerings with a deep passion for classical music," said VPR President Robin Turnau. "We're excited to make VPR Classical available for this generation and generations to come."
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. In addition, VPR Classical is a venue for conversations with performers and composers and regularly features live performances broadcast from the state-of-the-art performance space located in Colchester.
"VPR Classical programming encourages us to listen globally but through a local lens," said Director of Music Programming Cheryl Willoughby. "The very best source for exciting performances and interesting conversations is often musicians and arts presenters right in our own region. We do our best to be the voice of Vermont's classical music community, and we're so happy to be able to bring our service to a wider audience with this new station."
In May, VPR finalized the purchase of WCVR 102.1 FM, based in Randolph from Vox Communications. Over the past few months, the VPR engineering team has worked to bring the frequency, with the new call letters WVXR, up to its stringent broadcast standards. Due to some long-term issues with the antennae, WVXR is currently operating at 60 percent power. Over the next few months, new equipment will be installed that will bring the station to near full power, increasing the strength and quality of the broadcast signal.
A growing audience counts on VPR Classical as a hub for Vermont's diverse arts and cultural community. In addition to 102.1 FM, a brand new VPR Classical signal is also available in Addison County at 90.1 FM, with more expansion opportunities being pursued. VPR Classical can also be heard at WOXR 90.9 FM in Burlington, WNCH 88.1 FM in Norwich, at WVTQ 95.1 FM in Sunderland/Manchester, at WVTI 106.9 FM in Island Pond/Brighton, on HD radio, some cable networks, and online at VPR.net.