By Kris Gruen
This is a different kind of message than appeals of the past. I’m announcing a big change for WGDR that is both an exciting opportunity and a new challenge.
Here’s why: As we’ve been expecting as a community for some time, WGDR has received notice of its official removal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Community Service Grant program. In the wake of that loss, Goddard leadership has had to make a very difficult, but necessary decision to part ways with its beloved radio station.
In hopes of preserving this resource for Vermont and the world, and to ensure the legacy of WGDR, Goddard leadership has decided to gift the station to a local community group, Central Vermont Community Radio (CVCR), recently formed for the express purpose of keeping the local and national programming on the air without interruption, under its current mission, and for years to come.
The college’s gift includes the station’s two licenses (WGDR and WGDH), all of the station’s equipment, and the possibility of an amenable lease to remain in its campus studios. However, WGDR currently only has funding to operate through December 31st, 2020, and completing a transfer of ownership will take roughly four months. This timeline points WGDR’s listeners and supporters to an End Of Year campaign goal total of $50,000. The station’s major donors are already organizing an extremely generous match to ensure that our goal is within reach. (Note: A detailed breakdown of all transfer costs, station assets and initial CVCR board members can be found at wgdr.org)
Like with the leaving of a graduating child, when what’s known of home is released for an excitement of what’s to come, we must now look ahead with new eyes and realize the full purpose of WGDR: True community radio, for and by the people it serves. Please join me in making this happen by giving today, securely online at www.wgdr.org, or by check to WGDR, 123 Pitkin Rd, Plainfield, VT 05667.
Kris Gruen is the director of WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio.