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Monday, July 8th:

5:59am: Bill Frisell: "Roscoe", from "Good Dog, Happy Man."

6:20am: Lettuce: "Dizzer", from "Rage."

6:49am: Aaron Parks: "Roadside Distraction", from "Invisible Cinema."

6:58am: Soul Vendors: "Swing Easy", from "Downbeat the Ruler."

7:20am: John Ellis: "All Up in the Aisles", from "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow."

7:58am: Crimson Jazz Trio: "Ladies of the Road", from "King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1."

8:20am: Beastie Boys: "Ricky's Theme", from "Ill Communication."

Monday, July 1st:

5:59am: Bad Plus: "Super America", from "Never Stop."

6:20am: James Newton Howard: "War", from the soundtrack to the film "Duplicity."

6:49am: Perpetual Groove:  "Sun Dog", from "Sweet Oblivious Antidote."

6:58am: Trio Subtonic: "Troglodyte", from "Cave Dweller."

7:20am: David Ornette Cherry: "Free Zone", from "It Could Be Different."

7:58am: Bill Frisell: "Somewhere", from "Big Sur."

8:20am: Robert Walter: "Inversion Layer", from "Get Thy Bearings."

We are pleased to announce that Vermont Public Radio has been honored by the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Updated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25:

Inside VPR's Open Source Initiative

Jun 25, 2013

While writing this post to announce the open sourcing of the Vermont map used in the Mapping the Money project, Tim Johnson brought to my attention that the average reader of the VPR Blog might not have any idea what "open source" even meant. Given that the map marks VPR's first contribution to the open source community, it seems like the opportune time to explain the concept as well as VPR's intended role as an open source contributor.

June 25,2013

Bye-Bye Bruins: A sad end to what began as a storybook playoff run

The Stanley Cup Finals ended in what can only be described as excruciating fashion for fans of the Boston Bruins last night…and you can just hear hockey fans in Toronto saying “Now you know how it feels.”


This year's Listener Picnic will be Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Shelburne Museum. Our special guest will be Robin Young, host of Here and Now.

Monday, June 24th:

5:59am: The Meters: "Cardova", from "The Meters."

6:20am: Sim Redmond Band: "Good Thoughts", from "The Sim Redmond Band."

6:49am: String Cheese Incident: "Flying Home Jam", from "Incident in Atlanta."

6:58am: Medeski, Martin and Wood: "Shackman", from "20."

7:20am: Eva Be: "Eve at Bob's", from "Moving Without Traveling."

7:58am: Cameron Mizell: "The Return", from "Tributary."

8:20am: Taylor Haskins: "Clouds Form Below Us", from "Recombination."

Updated at 3:25 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013

You did it! Thanks to you, VPR achieved it's goal of $465,000 for the June Membership Drive! We'll provide an update next week with all of the stats and details. Also on Monday we'll announce the winning community of our Vermont Town Challenge!

As Kai Ryssdal says on Marketplace: "Let's do the numbers."

VPR's June Membership Drive ends at noon on Saturday. It's been a wild ride. Here are the latest statistics as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday:


This is the headline that greeted me this morning: "Why Don't Americans Give More?"

While I appreciate the math about the impact that giving up daily cup of coffee could have, I know that in our little corner of the world, generosity runs deep.

And I have the evidence to prove it:

Listener comments to be read on the air.

It's true. One of the best parts of a VPR membership drive is the flood of comments that we receive from our listeners. Here's one that really jumped out at us:

Update at 11:36 a.m., 6/20/13: 

It is a well-documented fact that Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb sometimes makes promises during membership drives that he wishes he hadn't.

Like the time he and Jane Lindholm made a Call Me Maybe video.

Or the time he recorded a funky rap that some listeners wrote in VPR's honor.

Today we hit an important milestone during our June Membership Drive: the halfway point.

Typically during a drive, we count "up" until we reach half of our goal and then we start counting "down" until  - if all goes according to plan - we cross the finish line successfully.

Here are some of the latest stats from the drive:

What if VPR were a lemonade stand? How do businesses that give away their product survive? Through the generosity of the people who use the product!  Check out this video we made in honor of summer and the membership drive, starring several VPR staff children! You can support VPR online here, or by calling 1-800-639-6391.


If there's one thing the VPR staff love (besides public radio) it's cake.

And we try to find as many opportunities as possible to celebrate the wonder of good cake.

One of our most recent cake-able moments was when we reached the 10,000 Sustaining Member mark. Then there was the time the Vermont Edition staff held "cake week," celebrating a different flavor each day. We also use it for serious occasions, like when staff member Michelle Jeffery tied the knot, or when Ross Sneyd said his goodbyes after six years in our newsroom.

Brendan Kinney

If you were behind the mic, what would you say?

As we plan membership drives, that's a big question that we try to answer. If we could say just one thing that would inspire people to support VPR, what would it be?

But we know that in creating a recipe for a successful drive, it's one part art, one part science, with a dash of luck thrown in for good measure.

Tim Newcomb

A few months ago, in the midst of our winter membership drive, I opened up a copy of Seven Days and found this:

I was already a fan of Tim Newcomb's work, but obviously...this one struck a chord.

After getting a hold of Tim's contact information, I sent him an email: could we post the cartoon on VPR's Facebook page? Our listeners will love it.

Before I knew it, I had Tim's reply sitting in my inbox with the cartoon attached to his message. "I’m relieved people at VPR liked it!" Tim wrote.

The 2013 Summer Membership Drive is officially underway!

The Daily Drive Report is intended to provide listeners and supporters with up-to-date information about the drive, information about challenges and drawings, stats and figures about the drives as it unfolds, and some "behind the scenes" fun as well. It's just one way to be as transparent as possible and provide our dedicated fans with important information about how our funding model works.

The Goal

Our goal for the drive is $465,000. We carefully plan membership drives to help us meet our annual budget goals. Ending the drive successfully - and as quickly as possible - is our number one priority. We can do it with your help.

Sunday June 9, 2013

A sleeping bandstand
I miss the crowds already
Jazzy souveniers.


Saturday June 8, 2013

A student asked if
I had a second career.
Yes. Chasing music.