Station Story

In the summer of 1970, Goddard College hosted the landmark Alternative Media Conference,
sending ripples of inspiration around the campus for independent media creation.

Three years later, Goddard acquired an FM license for a radio station: WGDR. Since then, WGDR has been co-creating with community an alternative, progressive calendar of public affairs and music programs.

In 2018, WGDR is celebrating forty-five years on air, with two signals broadcasting in six counties and to twenty-five Central Vermont zip codes.

Make your donation today to keep WGDR on-air for another 45 years! 

WGDR was established in 1973, as a unique, college-based community radio station serving the Central Vermont region from the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

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Over 50 community volunteers contribute to each week’s broadcast, providing programming that reflects the unique and independent spirit of the Central Vermont community

If you would like to become a WGDR volunteer, whether you are interested in training to be a programmer or about other ways of supporting our efforts, please contact us!

WGDR in the Community
WGDR Radio CourseThe station actively supports program content related to women’s issues; itinerant agricultural workers in Vermont; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender; the homeless, Native Peoples and the poor. Read WGDR’s Mission Statement

WGDR not only serves its listeners through unique programming, but also high school students from 7 local high schools through our Academic Programs.


WGDR is funded by donations from listeners, underwriting by local organizations and businesses, partnerships with the community, and the Community Service Grantfrom the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information about our CPB grant see: Annual Local Content and Services.

Make your donation today to independent community radio or find out about how to get involved by volunteering or becoming a programmer at WGDR.

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