Royalton Community Radio

WFVR   96.5 FM

South Royalton, VT

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Royalton Community Radio is an all-volunteer community radio station. We currently have 32 programmers bringing you live and local: music, talk, community news, and anything else that can get out of the antenna.

Programmers at WFVR

Matt Adams, Made in America

 

Tom Ayres, Bourbon and Rosewater - Tom Ayres has hosted radio programs and served as a music director at community radio stations in Vermont for more than 20 years. He joined the Royalton Community Radio team in 2017 after hosting “Emotional Weather Report,” an American roots and eclectic music program on the UVM radio station, WRUV-FM, for 17 years. He was also WRUV’s folk/roots/Americana music director for all those years.

 

Tom now hosts “Bourbon & Rosewater” - also an American roots and eclectic music offering - on RCR every other Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm. On any given evening on “Bourbon & Rosewater,” listeners are likely to hear artists as diverse and engaging as Sonny Rollins, John Prine, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, the Dead, Lord Buckley, Tom Waits, Ennio Morricone, the Carter Family, Buddy Guy, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Del McCoury, Muddy Waters, Roswell Rudd and many, many more.

 

Brian Aust,  Woodwarbler’s Jazz Grass Radio Show

 

Rebecca Beguin,  In My Bones -  In My Bones: explores African music both plugged and unplugged, classic post-colonial to contemporary with commentary on the motifs and traditions within the music. All regions are explored and over the years I have pushed further to what I can find, thanks to a world network of producers and labels bringing out this music. Listen to the wide variety of drumming and percussive keyboard as well as African guitar calibrated and often self-built to regional musical scales and to replicate traditional stringed instruments as well as balofon and mbira.

 

West African music has been the most accessible to us here in the states as it has Europe’s ear, while music from southern Africa takes more searching out.

 

This interest has grown out of my connection to South Africa, having grown up in the lowveld south of the Limpopo River, and music from that region is particularly resonant for me.

 

Paige Beyer,  Pro Bono with Paige Beyer - Paige got her start in radio at Kenyon College in the basement of Farr Hall where she co-hosted a show for four years. An avid music fan, Paige loves how radio connects people through the airwaves. She currently hosts "Pro Bono with Paige Beyer," delivering an eclectic mix of artists, both established and emerging, free of charge!

 

Josh Brown, Nocturnal Combustion - "If he hadn't found punk rock, punk rock would have found him", said the person who introduced josh brown to The Clash at a church camp dance in high school, 25 years later.  The rest, as they say, is the same old story of picking up cheap records from thrift stores and record store dollar bins. When he's not testing the max level of the WFVR-LP studio monitors, he moonlights as a tech team member at Royalton Community Radio.

 

Nocturnal Combustion features his idea of good music from around the world of diy punk, hardcore, pop punk, region rock, harsh noise, and antifascist black metal.

 

Courtney Collins, The Buzz Bin - Every Friday morning The Buzz Bin features modern and alternative rock, along with weekend event highlights and weather report. DJ Courtney Collins joined WFVR at its inception in 2013, and has served on its board of directors. She enjoys the power of controlling the mic and tunes to a captive audience, and invites you to listen in to a fun hour to get your weekend started off right.

 

 

Bob DiBartolo, Wednesday Morning Mix, Friday Morning Mix, Classic American Radio

 

John Scott Duffy, The Blues Train, Hannah Handy and Me - John Scott Duffy has been listening to music for many years. He says “AM radio was big in my early years. I missed being able to stack shellac-made 33 RPMs on my record player, but did have these playlists playing on ones made of vinyl. There were 45s, LPs, 8-tracks, cassettes and CDs. I draw from these memories many musical genres- so; anything can happen on Hannah Handy and Me”. Occasionally there is a segment entitled: I See Dead People. On this those in the ethereal world are interviewed in order to add a sense of history for the listeners.

 

In addition, I share the responsibility of keeping the Blues Train on track. As in the real world there are two people responsible for this, Blues Brother Todd Tyson and myself. Two are required, an engineer and a conductor; the former is responsible for operating the locomotive, while the latter plays a supervisory role over the entire operation. I get to wear an engineer’s cap on alternating Tuesdays!

 

Kris Ekstrand,  Northern Lights -  Music has been a life-long passion of mine.  I grew up listening to all kinds of music from jazz, classical, and traditional music from all over the world. That left me with an eclectic and some have said eccentric taste in, and collection of music. My interest in the obscure and off-beat is satisfied most often in old record bins at junk shops and yard sales. Sharing these odd finds brings me a tremendous amount of pleasure.

 

Northern Lights is an heretofore un-curated compilation of music from the Northern Latitudes that comes glimmering, undulating and shuddering onto the airwaves each Sunday. Though most of the music played is of a traditional nature, the unexpected can only be expected. Will there be French Canadian, yodeling cowboy music from the 1940's, local Vermont songs about Lumber Jacks, pensive tunes from the Faroe Islands, Norwegian dance tunes or old-time rollerskating music? Your curiosity will only be assuaged by tuning in each week.

 

Neil Fitzgerald, Masters of the Genre

 

Jamie Gage, Green Mountain Global - Jamie Gage is the creator and host of Green Mountain Global, a two-hour show featuring Vermont musicians and social protest music from America and abroad, since 2013. A poet, songwriter, and father of three, Jamie has served in his day job in a variety of careers in management and marketing, web services, tourism and the arts, and most recently in health and home care. His hope is to connect his playlists, and his own poems and songs, with listeners interested in confronting today’s common problems with a sense of tenacity and resolve.

 

Steve Gagliardone, My Generation

 

Ty Gagliardone, My Generation

 

Pat Halpin, Wrote A Song - This show highlights the works of various singer/songwriters, touches on the craft of songwriting, and strives to have a good time. I try to play songs that exemplify the human condition with wit, humor, joy, sorrow, love, hate, hunger and satisfaction.

Turn on and tune in.

 

Emily Howe,  The 11th Hour - Meet 11th Hour Radio. Emily Howe: writer, dancer, photographer, mother. Kristina Stykos: musician, recording engineer, poet, landscaper. For the last six years they've been meeting in the studios of local radio station WFVR South Royalton, Vt. for a weekly on-air chat, just before lunch on Fridays.

 

Listen in as they debrief their week, humorously unpacking the ups and downs of being artist types trying to make ends meet “out in the sticks”. Poking fun at themselves all the while, these unlikely friends bridge a 20 year age gap to share their unique perspectives on life, the pursuit of creative self-employment in small town America, and the week’s best misadventures.

 

Paul Kifner,  Monday Morning Mix

 

John Lanza,  Sunday Night Flashback

 

Peter Marshall, The Middle Branch - Music has been an essential nutrient in my life. Sharing a new mix with friends brought the satisfaction of personal gift. Now, years later, I share my love of music through this community radio station with my show "The Middle Branch," airing Tuesdays at 9pm.

 

Russ Martin,  Backtracking

 

Ross McGee,  How Sweet It Is: A Night of Jerry Garcia - I'm excited to be back at Royalton Community Radio with a new show for 2020. "How Sweet It Is: A Night of Jerry Garcia" will be focused around the music of Jerry Garcia - mainly focusing on Jerry's side gigs such as the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and In The Way, Jerry and David Grisman and Jerry and John Kahn. I'll also throw in some Grateful Dead stuff every once in a while, but I really want this show to focus on all the other musical endeavors that Jerry dipped his toes into.

 

Craig Mills,  Made in America

 

Bill Murphy,  Tuesday Morning Mix, 4th Branch Jazz  - A doppelganger for Fabio in his prime, “The Reverend” is not really a Reverend at all (although he would love to hear your confessions). He is probably closer to an “Irreverend”. He did canoe the Allagash, so that part is true. The host of “The Tuesday Morning Mix” & “The 4th Branch” is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox & the Buffalo Bills, a fly fisherman, a former teacher, and a current RCR board member. He remembers when SoRo had no parking problem. His musical interests range from Jazz to Folk to Rock to R&B & beyond. He has a special fondness for late 60s psychedelic music because it triggers memories and endorphins. He frequently refers to himself in the 3rd person.

 

For Tuesday Morning Mix your host, Allagash Bill, will offer unsolicited philosophy, fishing advice, local commentary, news, weather, and whatever else crosses his caffeine-starved mind. Allagash Bill really does try to put together a set-list of good music. Tuesday now seems oddly more meaningful!

 

Dip into the mythical 4th Branch, where 'Jazz flows like water'. Your host, the Reverend Bill, plumbs the depths for the best in Jazz, old and new. Not necessarily 'smooth & cool', the 4th Branch WILL set you free. C'mon in, the water's transformational.

 

Tim Murphy,  One Planet Groove - Tim Murphy behind the mic for "One Planet Groove" on RCR I live in downtown SoRo with my wife Rhonda and rescue shih tzu "Lass", father of three, member of the "Snakes of Ireland", current Royalton Selectboard member, Construction Trades & Management teacher at Randolph Technical Career Center + younger brother of the "Reverend Allagash Bill". My goal is to create interesting musical menu's for my show and when I can find time hike, bike and paddle the length of Vermont.

 

I hold down my corner of RCR with "One Planet Groove" Sunday mornings from 8 - 10 am on Royalton Community Radio. "OPG" is an eclectic mix of genre's from 'round the planet. Celtic, Folk, Groove, Soul, Roots, Rock and Reggae. We feature one song each week for the entire year, this year being the great John Hartford tune "Gentle On My Mind" past featured tunes include "Girl from the North Country", "Norwegian Wood","I Shall Be Released", Over the Rainbow" and "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness". I've been part of the RCR lineup since the early daze and still think it's the best job ever! Royalton Community Radio is a wonderful community of folks here in Central Vt.  Big thanks to all our generous underwriters.

 

Peter Neri,  One Guitar - Peter began playing the electric guitar as a teenager in Connecticut rock groups that opened for some nationally known acts (The Lovin’ Spoonful, Dave Clark 5, to name a couple - yeah, he’s THAT old). When his bands broke up, Peter moved West and performed as a solo folk/blues performer in California and Montana. Returning East, he moved to the Upper Valley of Vermont and entered the corporate world in order to support his family, but still found time to play music both in a local band (Still More Cats) and as a solo guitarist.

 

“One Guitar” was conceived in 2015 on WFVR and could be the longest continually running radio broadcast of its kind anywhere, airing ONLY solo guitar instrumentalists (with no accompaniment), representing multiple musical genres -  Folk, Classical, Americana, Jazz, Slack Key, New Age, Latin and the indescribable genres, all get their turn on One Guitar.

 

Peter O’Conner, Backroads Bluegrass and Beyond

 

Jim Rooney,  In It For The Long Run - “In It For The Long Run” with Jim Rooney explores Jim’s musical journey of more than 60 years as a Bluegrass singer (with banjoist Bill Keith), major figure in the Folk Revival in the ‘60’s at the Club 47 in Cambridge and the Newport Folk Festival, recording studio manager at Bearsville Sound in Woodstock, NY in the early ‘70s, and as a record producer and music publisher in Nashville from the mid-seventies to the present.(John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent, Hal Ketchum, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush Peter Rowan and more) It’s been a long and winding road with no end in sight.

 

Kristina Stykos, The 11th Hour  - Kristina Stykos removes her headphones and rises from behind the console of Pepperbox Studio, her solar- and wind-powered, off-the-grid mountaintop recording studio/home/lair in rural — like, really rural — South Washington, Vt. Momentarily lost in thought, she runs a hand through her long salt-and-pepper hair. Then a smile softens the sharpness of her features. "We can fix that," she says. Dan Bolles, Seven Days.

 

Meet 11th Hour Radio. Emily Howe: writer, dancer, photographer, mother. Kristina Stykos: musician, recording engineer, poet, landscaper. For the last six years they've been meeting in the studios of local radio station WFVR South Royalton, Vt. for a weekly on-air chat, just before lunch on Fridays.

 

Listen in as they debrief their week, humorously unpacking the ups and downs of being artist types trying to make ends meet “out in the sticks”. Poking fun at themselves all the while, these unlikely friends bridge a 20 year age gap to share their unique perspectives on life, the pursuit of creative self-employment in small town America, and the week’s best misadventures.

 

Henry Swayze, GreenZine

 

 

Bridgett Taylor, Community Chat

 

 

Todd Tyson,  The Elephant’s Dream, Backroads Bluegrass and Beyond, The Blues Train, GreenZine  - Todd has been listening to all kinds of radio since the mid-60’s and producing radio shows since 1976 on stations in PA, DE and VT. Currently, he is the Station Manager of WFVR-LP in South Royalton, VT while hosting or co-hosting “Backroads Bluegrass and Beyond”, “The Blues Train”, “The Elephant’s Dream” and “GreenZine”. He also co-hosts the long running folk music program “Crossroads on the Point” out of Montpelier, VT.

 

“The Elephant’s Dream” (named after a nearby ‘high spot’) features an expansive repertoire of music and commentary that wanders down the sonic corridors of folk, blues, jazz, global, bluegrass, Celtic and over to the hip flip side!

 

April Urbanowski, High and Low  - April has been enjoying music for as long as she could remember. After attending many concerts and playing different instruments, she decided the best way to share music was throughout WFVR-LP. The name "High-n-Low" is based a habit of April asking her friends what their high and low of the day and giving time to reflect on all the moments of life. “High-n-Low” is a music show which each week the playlist is based on someone in April’s life. "High-n-Low” features a wide ranges of genres and artists.

 

David Wrong,  Dave Wrong’s Oddities  - Dave Wrong is a transplant (or refugee) from the Jersey Shore and has been a DJ at Royalton Community Radio off and on for nearly 3 years.  A Generation Xer, he’s been influenced by alternative rock and classic rock from the late 70s and early 80s.  His show, “Dave Wrong’s Oddities”, is comprised predominantly of a quirky and eclectic mix of alternative rock, indie, singer songwriter and classic rock.  It airs every Friday night from 7-9pm.

 

 

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P.O. Box 281

S. Royalton, VT 05068

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