VPR Is Turning 40!

VPR is celebrating 40 years of public service in 2017, and we spent the summer sharing favorite memories, stories and goals for the next 40 years of public service. Plus, we hosted an epic block party at our expanded and renovated headquarters at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. 

Scroll through to see what people have shared using #VPR40.

"There are too many mountains in Vermont. You have more cows than people. It will never work."

That’s what national experts said in 1975, when a small group of Vermonters got together and pitched this crazy idea to start Vermont Public Radio. VPR had just two employees and one big vision: to create a statewide resource that would connect Vermont’s many communities to share ideas and discuss issues that affected us all.

Read more about the history of VPR.

Today, VPR is thriving as one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the country. That says a lot about the people of this region —  that they care about community, value cultural connections and believe an informed public strengthens our democracy.

According to Betty Smith, “because we had made the critical decision not to depend on another organization or the state for financial support, but to stand or fall on the value of our service to the community, every single step of building this network has depended on the support of people with vision, commitment and a few dollars to spare."

Thank your for being part of our community; we would not be here without you. We can’t wait to see what the next 40 years will bring.

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.

Betty Smith Mastaler, seen here in 1978, talked to "Vermont Edition" recently about her first years at VPR and the state of the station.
VPR file

Aug. 13, 2017 marked Vermont Edition's 10th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of Vermont Public Radio. To mark the occasion, we talked to someone who has been with the station for more than 40 years and has done a little bit of everything: Betty Smith Mastaler.

VPR's 40th anniversary is August 13, 2017. We're celebrating by remembering 40 moments that have defined VPR over the years.
Daria Bishop / VPR

Vermont Public Radio's 40 years of public service is made up of many moments - some watershed, others small and incremental. Together, along with the tremendous support of our community, they built VPR into the essential resource it is today. In honor of our 40th anniversary, here are 40 notable moments that defined VPR over the years.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters was designed to be a public place. Come check it out at VPR's 40th Anniversary Block Party.
Jim Westphalen

On Saturday, September 9, join us at VPR headquarters in Colchester for a 40th Anniversary Block Party. Get a peek behind-the-scenes of our renovated and expanded headquarters and meet the people who bring VPR to life.

VPR "Founding Mother" and current Commentary Series Producer Betty Smith behind the mic in 1978.
Archives / VPR

VPR celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 13, 2017. Join us all month as we look back at everything we've accomplished together, while looking forward to the next 40 years of public service.