Inside VPR

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We wanted to take a second to introduce you to two new members of our team who are with us in Colchester for 14 weeks this spring: our interns!

Robin Turnau has worked at VPR for nearly 30 years, and has served as President and CEO since 2009

It's been 40 years since Vermont Public Radio first signed on the air, broadcasting from studios in Windsor and a transmitter on Mount Ascutney.  We're talking to President and CEO Robin Turnau about how the times and technology have changed what VPR does, and the challenges of keeping pace with the myriad new ways we get our news and entertainment.

From VPR's first day on the air, music has been a critical piece of what makes VPR so special for so many listeners.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

As Vermont Public Radio celebrates 40 years of public service, we're looking back at some of the important moments that have made this service what it is today.

Courtesy WNYC

VPR presents a 14-week special series called Indivisible. It's a weeknight call-in radio show to bring Americans together for a national conversation in a time of transition.

Staff Spotlight: Betty Smith Mastaler

Jun 10, 2016

It’s a special edition of our Staff Spotlight: This month we’re talking with our Commentary Series producer and one of the very first employees of VPR, Betty Smith-Mastaler who is celebrating her 40th anniversary with VPR!

VPR Cooks: Madelyn Cataford's Maple Glazed Roots

Feb 25, 2016
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Winter is a time for root vegetables...and more root vegetables. If you're like us and are at a loss for what to do with these late-winter staples, Controller Madelyn Cataford suggested her amazing recipe for maple-glazed roots. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

You Asked, We Answered: Where's My Station I.D.?

Jan 15, 2016

At VPR, we often hear from listeners wondering why they don’t always hear their VPR News or VPR Classical station announced during our FCC-mandated station identification at the top of each hour.

First, let us just say that we love your "station pride!" In most cases, the answer is that the specific station you listen to is a translator, rather than a transmitter.

What the heck is the difference? We're glad you asked!

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Listen to VPR Monday for the special programs Monumental Disagreements and We’ve Never Been the Same. Music lovers of all genres should check out the 2015 Summer Music Festivals guide at!

Listen Monday, May 25 at 12 p.m. to Monumental Disagreements.

Jonathan Rotsztain

How many listeners does VPR have? How many stations? Who is streaming our programming at We've gathered a bunch of essential facts about VPR right in one place. Download a copy here!

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Keen-eared public radio listeners noticed that Morning Edition sounded a little different today. NPR made behind-the-scenes changes to what we in radio call the "broadcast clock."

Broadcasters are somewhat obsessed with time. Adding and subtracting seconds in order to make a broadcast time out just perfectly is part of the rhythm of radio.

We asked our Morning Edition Producer Melody Bodette and Programming Director Franny Bastian to explain how they blend together VPR News and NPR News to give you one complete broadcast of Morning Edition.


We recently published our 2013 Annual Report, which includes financial information, photos, and a look at VPR's impact in the community, thanks to the help of loyal members and listeners like you.  You can download VPR’s 2013 Annual Report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR! 

Thank You For A Successful 2013!

Dec 17, 2013

As we approach the end of another year at Vermont Public Radio, I want to thank you for making VPR a part of your life. At a time when newsrooms are shrinking and classical music is disappearing from the radio, VPR is more essential and relevant than ever. 

In my 2013 President’s Letter, I outlined some of what listener support made possible this year, including:

Meet Pledgie, VPR's own Elf On The Shelf. In addition to scouting for Santa on who's been naughty and nice on the VPR Staff, he's helping us out with our membership drive by spreading cheer and taking the occasional year-end gift from our generous listeners.

Check out some of Pledgie's adventures here, or follow VPR on Instagram!

We are pleased to announce that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join VPR's capital bureau beginning next month. He'll join Bob Kinzel in covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.

Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.

Family Ties

Nov 6, 2013

You hear a lot about the special group of people we refer to as the VPR Family - our staff, our members, and listeners. But did you know that a handful of VPR staffers are actual family? 

Making Our Mark

Oct 30, 2013

Contractors were at VPR today pouring a concrete foundation for a new NPR satellite dish. Before it dried, we had a little fun decorating the concrete with our names and hand prints!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new digital news team at VPR that will work to expand reporting and production of news for our digital, mobile, and social media audiences. 

The team will provide breaking news and enterprise reporting for mobile devices, tablets and at The team also adds opportunities for data analysis of public records, as well as digital maps, apps, and other tools.

The new cross-departmental team has six members:

It came to our attention recently that today is National Fluffernutter Day, in which we celebrate the venerable sandwich made with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff sandwich. Did you know that Marshmallow Fluff was invented in New England - Somerville, Massachusetts to be exact - and has been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts? It even has its own annual festival, called What The Fluff.

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director, and Producer Melody Bodette has been named Deputy News Director, the station announced Tuesday.

Dillon, who has been with VPR since 2001, was chosen following a comprehensive national search this summer.

Michelle Owens / VPR

Last Friday afternoon, the VPR staff gathered under a tent on our front lawn for our annual employee recognition picnic.

We ate barbeque, played corn hole and badminton, and recognized these six VPR staffers for their years of dedication to VPR: