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Vermont Public Radio has elected two new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:

Joyce Judy of Waterbury is president of Community College of Vermont, having previously served as dean of students and provost of the College. She is recognized as a statewide leader in the development of Vermont’s Dual Enrollment Program for high school students, and she has overseen the broad expansion of CCV’s workforce education initiatives, including the Governor’s Career Ready Certificate program.

John Dillon will become VPR's senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative in January 2018.
Vermont Public Radio

News Director and longtime VPR News reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as Senior Reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. 

VPR Membership Drive Prizes

Nov 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered our prize drawings and to our generous underwriters for providing these great prizes and supporting VPR!

VPR has learned that Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is cutting ties with longtime public radio personality Garrison Keillor. This comes in the wake of an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with an individual who worked with Keillor during production of A Prairie Home Companion.

Support VPR and we'll thank you with this Public Radio Nerd tote bag!
Vermont Public Radio

VPR’s 2017 year-end membership drive is Tuesday, November 28 through Friday, December 8, with a goal of $295,000 to help keep VPR strong and independent in 2018.

For every Giving Tuesday contribution to VPR, two generous individuals in Burlington and Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.
Vermont Foodbank

Update: What an incredible day! On Giving Tuesday 2017 we heard from 1,829 listeners who supported VPR and collectively sent 27,435 meals to Vermonters in need via the Vermont Foodbank. From everyone at VPR, thank you for your generous support. We are so honored to be part of this community.

Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!
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Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson will leave VPR in April 2018.
VPR

Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, has announced that he will leave VPR next April. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.

“Needless to say, the opportunity to share music I truly love with an audience of devoted listeners for five years has been - and will continue to be for awhile longer - an immense joy,” Reuben wrote in an email to staff. “I want to thank VPR for the unexpected opportunity and for the chance to return the world of radio.”

President Lyndon Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967.
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

In signing the Public Broadcasting Act Nov. 7, 1967, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy “America’s appetite for excellence” and “enrich man’s spirit.”

Use the voice memo app on your smartphone to record a message about why you're a VPR Sustainer.
Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

Sustainers: we want to hear from YOU! Why do you sustain VPR? What does being a Sustainer mean to you? Record and share your sustainer love and you might hear yourself during our December membership drive.

Update: All VPR Online Streams came back online around 2:20 p.m. If you still have trouble with the streams, or any VPR service, please send us a message. Thanks again for your patience during this planned maintenance: we don't anticipate another service outage any time soon.

Sara Simon / VPR

In recent months we’ve heard from more people using Alexa and similar "smart speakers" to listen to Vermont Public Radio. We're using this post to give you the latest information along with tips for the easiest ways to use Alexa to hear the latest VPR news, music and podcasts.

VPR.net uses the comment platform Disqus to enable comments by visitors to VPR.net.
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VPR.net uses the comment platform Disqus to enable comments by visitors to VPR.net. Recently, Disqus reported a security alert and we wanted to bring that to the attention of our site visitors.

It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders debuts on VPR Saturday, October 7
Alexandria Lee / NPR

Listen for It’s Been A Minute from NPR on Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning Saturday, October 7. 'It's been a minute' is another way of saying 'let's catch up.' Host Sam Sanders does just that in this weekly conversation with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture and everything in between. 

One of public radio's most popular shows, Car Talk, will end production on September 30, 2017.
NPR

If laughter is the best medicine, Saturday mornings on VPR have been our tonic for the weeks’ stresses and the world’s woes. From brakes, ignitions and fuel pumps to mysterious noises and smells, to romance and parenting, Tom and Ray Magliozzi have shared wisdom and laughter Saturday mornings on Car Talk.

It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders will air on VPR Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning October 7, 2017.
NPR

Changes are coming to VPR's program schedule in October 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about the new programs and when to listen.

VPR is giving away an iPad Pro during the September membership drive.
Small Dog Electronics

Thank you! More than 4,300 VPR supporters came together to raise more than $400,000 for VPR in under six days of on-air fundraising - several days shorter than most pledge drives! We met the goal just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible and to those who support VPR. 

Membership Drive FAQ

Aug 23, 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about VPR's membership drives, but were afraid to ask!

Peter Fox Smith has shared his love and knowledge of opera with VPR audiences since the station first went on the air in 1977.
Jordan Silverman

A Passion For Opera, which airs on VPR Classical Saturdays at noon, will end production next month. The last program will broadcast on Saturday, September 9.

'Brave Little State' host Angela Evancie.
Angela Evancie / VPR

In an AMA Friday, VPR's resident podcast master Angela Evancie let the Vermont reddit community ask her "anything" and did her best to answer! Here are three things you don't want to miss.

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