In the summer of 1970, Goddard College hosted the landmark Alternative Media Conference,
sending ripples of inspiration around the campus for independent media creation.
In 1973, three years later, Goddard College 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 2021, WGDR/WGDH celebrates 48 years on the air, with two signals broadcasting in six counties and to twenty-five Central Vermont zip codes. In a nationally historic move for college radio stations, Goddard College is in the process of transferring ownership to the community, to a newly formed non-profit of Central Vermont Community Radio (CVCR). The transfer should be complete by the spring and programming will be uninterrupted for listeners and programmers. Donations to the new CVCR run WGDR/WGDH will be critical in the first year of station independence, please consider giving today.
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.
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
The station actively supports program content related to gender issues; itinerant agricultural workers in Vermont; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer folks; the housing insecure, Native Peoples, and those living in poverty. 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.
While owned by Goddard College, WGDR was funded by donations from listeners, underwriting by local organizations and businesses, partnerships with the community, and the Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information about the CPB grant see: Annual Local Content and Services. Note: After station transfer to CVCR, the CPB grant will end.