As WGDR approaches its first fundraising campaign since the onset of COVID-19, there are so many unknowns about how our lives will be changed by this pandemic. There are new questions in every home, in every region of the world, and for all of us in every sector of the work force. Only time will tell which of our everyday resources will remain necessary in our lives.
If someone were to have asked me prior to this pandemic how the impact of such an event would affect WGDR, I might’ve offered a bleak projection, and I would’ve been wrong. From the moment I issued the ban on in-person engagement at the station in mid-March, the WGDR staff and team of committed volunteer programmers began training for, and engineering remote “from-home” production capacities. Because of the determination of our volunteers and staff, we kept our local services—our “voice of home”— on-air and in homes throughout our listening region and the world. Incredibly, we even added a hyper-local, daily news program on the impact of COVID-19 for our Central Vermont communities, which includes an extended call-in program for listeners to lend their experience, ask questions of our experts, and connect to their distanced neighbors. In response to this global crisis, WGDR never missed a beat, broadcasting its comforting voices, rarified music catalogue, and one-of-a-kind news and public affairs for a listenership that found itself looking for familiarity during an unfamiliar time.
Grateful listeners have already begun to send in gifts and letters of thanks, inspired by WGDR’s response and continuity. Will you join these devoted listeners today in giving to the continuation of this community resource, and help to answer the question of whether or not WGDR will remain a necessity for Central Vermont, and the world?
WGDR will run its spring campaign between May 18th, 2020 and June 30th, 2020, with a goal of $30,000. Our focused on-air week of the campaign will run June 1st through June 8th. Be sure to tune in and celebrate with us as we air special programming that re-affirms all of our love for our station. Donations can be made securely at www.wgdr.org, or by sending a check to 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield, VT 05667.
Director, WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio