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  State population (2000 census)
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
  (from both in and out-of-state stations)
  Population in uncovered areas
  Stations in State FM stations
    FM translators
    AM stations
  1989 PTFP Study: Population receiving a
    FM public radio signal

Broadcast Coverage Maps

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Public Radio Stations in State

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria

FM Stations
Burlington WVPA N
St. Johnsbury
Bennington WVPR

AM Stations     


General Comments

Public radio in Vermont is provided by Vermont Public Radio (VPR), a community licensee that operates a five-station state network headquartered in Colchester, just north of Burlington.  The network provides coverage to almost all residents of the state.

FM Service

Since the 1989 PTFP study, VPR has expanded from three to five stations with the construction of radio stations WBTN Bennington and WVPA St. Johnsbury.  These stations improved coverage in several areas identified as unserved in the 1989 study.  VPR has increased the percentage of population receiving public radio from 87% in 1989 to 93% currently.  The number of unserved people in the state has decreased from 65,000 in 1989 to 42,737.

AM Service


Service from Adjacent States

Significant public radio service is provided to western Vermont from stations in New York State.  WAMC licensed in Albany, New York, reaches Vermont residents with its transmitter in western Massachusetts and its repeater, WANC in Ticonderoga, New York.  WCEL is a second public radio service reaching Vermont from Plattsburgh.  Vermont residents also receive public radio service from WCFR Amherst, Massachusetts, as well as from New Hampshire through WEVN Keene and WEVH Hanover.

Unserved Areas

Vermont is a rugged state with the Green Mountains running the length of the state and the Green Mountain National Forest occupying much of the southern and central portion of the state.  The unserved population is dispersed across Vermont in no particular concentration.  The physical conditions and power limitations of existing facilities prevent signal penetration and dependable coverage to the remaining underserved areas.

Region A

Portions of the northernmost counties -- Essex, Franklin, and Orleans -- are remote and in some areas without population.  Approximately 3,000 people in each county do not receive public radio service.

Region B

Approximately 8,000 residents of Orange County do not receive public radio service.  Most of these people live in the valleys along the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

Region C

The Taconic Mountains run through Bennington and Rutland counties along the New York State border.  Most of this area consists of the Green Mountain National Forest.  Approximately 9,000 people in this region do not receive public radio.

Region D

Windham County, in the extreme southeast corner, has nearly 9,000 of the unserved population in its low river valleys.

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