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COVID-19 and Our Community

We now have a dedicated page for detailed Covid-19 information and resources.

In the coming weeks and months many of our neighbors are going to be adversely affected, some severely, by either the virus, the economic downturn or both.

In lieu of our Royalton Community Radio/WFVR-LP fund drive, we are asking our listeners to consider supporting one of the organizations that will be providing community support for those affected by the Covid-19 virus.

The Town of Royalton website offers daily updates.

A comprehensive, crowd-sourced list of Vermont Covid-19 resources can be found here.

For more information about how you can connect to community resources, or volunteer to help, VT Digger is maintaining a website with helpful information.

For the most up-to-date information about Covid-19, please visit the Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 page here, or the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page here.

The CDC also has this page of resources for managing stress during a disaster or traumatic event.

Mutual Aid Networks in the WVFR Listening Area

Royalton Mutual Aid Hotline: Call this number for help, local information, and if you want to volunteer to assist your community 802-234-1257, or send an email.  Visit the BALE website for more information.

Randolph, Braintree, and Brookfield area. Resources can be found on the RACDC website here.

Chelsea, Vershire, Corinth, Tunbridge, Washington area. To sign up to volunteer, or if you are in need, click here.

Bradford area. To volunteer, click here.

Thetford Area Emergency Management Covid-19 resources are here.

Board meeting held on the South Royalton Green. Pictured from left to right are Board members Maureen Moriarty, Jim Rooney, Caroline Gordon, Bill Murphy and Todd Tyson. Not pictured: Jeannie Oliver, Paige Beyer and Rebecca Beguin.

Rebecca Beguin, longtime programmer and board member of Royalton Community Radio. Delivery -- helping the newborn nurse while the first born, covered in meconium, has nursed, and is being licked by the mother. Photo by Tico Wolff.

Daniel Liebowitz, a founding board member of WFVR/Royalton Community Radio, with his partner Ariel, and son Windsor. They now live in the DC area, but are still very much a part of the WFVR community.

Note all three are sporting Royalton Community Radio Pedal Power to the People t-shirts!


Photo by Kathy Romeo on 4/20/13 in the Sharon Trading Post

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Pedal Power to the People

Free Vermont Radio is gearing up for our Covid-safe "Pedal Power to the People" gravel grinder biking benefit (3PVII).

Both our shorter "Milk Run" (15 miles) and the epic "Beer Run"  (35+/- miles) will provide intrepid riders with natural beauty, secret stashes and physical challenges all while supporting volunteer non-profit radio in the Upper White River Watershed of Vermont.

The rides will take place on the following Saturdays: August 1st, August 15th and September 5th.
The rides on all 3 dates will start and finish on the Green in South Royalton with a post-ride complimentary pint of Upper Pass beer and live music/food  in the "beer garden" on the Green. Registration open now with a sliding fee of $40-$75 to benefit Royalton Community Radio. Payment can be made via check to RCR, P.O. Box 281, South Royalton, VT  05068...or via the PayPal link below.
This year's 3PVII is generously underwritten by the Upper Pass Beer Company, Integrity Energy Solar Professionals and Green Mountain Bikes

Pedal Power To The People

Vermont breweries make 'Black is Beautiful' beer

Watch the report from NBC5

Royalton Community Radio T-shirts Available!

Support Royalton Community Radio by wearing our unique Black t-shirt.
Just email with your size preference and number of shirts and we'll get right back to you with Payment/pick-up instructions.

WFVR Presents: "WBCN and the American Revolution"

Rent and screen this award-winning documentary and help support WFVR at this critical time!

The film will be available for online rental and screening for $8.00 for a three-day rental.

"WBCN and The American Revolution" is the new, landmark rock ‘n roll documentary that tells the incredible, true story of the early days of the radical, underground radio station, WBCN-FM. The inspiring film is set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes that took place in Boston and nationally during the late-1960s and early-70s, and is filled with rare and original archival audio and video. Produced and directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein.

As we unite to support one another during the COVID-19 crisis, 50% of the proceeds from the screening of this exclusive digital release will support WFVR.

Enjoy this new award-winning documentary and support this historic film and event venue now!

Royalton Community Radio was happy to contribute our stage/sound system and community support to the June 11th Tunbridge Central School 2020 graduation event held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

Tuned and Spoked

Get "Tuned and Spoked" for WFVR's upcoming series of Radio Resilience Rides starting soon to get folks out safely on two wheels to enjoy Spring and each other while maintaining an amicable safe distance...both in feet and miles! Details coming soon.

A big Thank You to Silo Distillery for its generous donation of a gallon of sanitizer to help Royalton Community Radio keep our studio safe!

Community Radio in the NYT

Check out this interesting article in the New York Times about community radio during this time of isolation. We've made changes, but we are still on the air!

New Show

"Live from the Boardroom" hit the airwaves on Saturday, May 2nd from 6-7PM featuring local musician, esteemed producer and "renowned" raconteur Jim Rooney. Ali T rocked the boardroom on Saturday, May 9th and Bow Thayer on Saturday, May 16th.


More than a dozen programmers, hosts, and radio workers gather for a group portrait during a party for Royalton Community Radio in Bethel on Friday. (Herald / Dylan Kelley)

WFVR programmers at a November event at the Arnold Block in Bethel, VT. This is 15 of the 33 active programmers at the station.

Row 1: Dave Wrong, Courtney Collins, Paige Beyer

Row 2: Bill Murphy, Peter Neri, Lee Raiken, Scott Duffy, Jamie Gage, Kris Ekstrand

Row 3: Betsy Gaiser, Josh Brown, Bob DiBartolo, Todd Tyson, Ty Gagliardone, Steve Gagliardone

Event postponed

In the interest of our community's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed our anniversary celebration that was scheduled for March 21st at the Tunbridge Town Hall.

Additionally, WFVR is re-scheduling it’s on-air membership drive until later in the Spring. New members and renewing members can still join us here on-line by using the PayPal button for a secure transaction.

Our entire staff here at Free Vermont Radio appreciates the people that make this community stay vibrant and hopeful even in challenging times like these.

Democracy Now! comes to WFVR!

WFVR/Royalton Community Radio now airs Democracy Now! at noon on weekdays.


Democracy Now! is a daily, global, independent news hour anchored by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! presents daily headlines followed by in-depth discussions from a rich diversity of people and perspectives rarely heard from in mainstream media.

Guests include international journalists, scholars, scientists, authors, analysts, artists, filmmakers and ordinary people who are most affected by news events in the US and around the world.

New local shows at WFVR!

Cascadian Ranger’s Radio Hour hosted by Mark Hehlen, will air on Wednesdays from 9-10pm. This themed musical variety show will dip into science, politics, history, religion and folk-life infused with the host’s Pacific Northwest sensibility with reference to the urban/rural and east coast/west coast divides.

How Sweet It Is . . . Ross McGee is back on the air with "How Sweet It Is: a Night of Jerry Garcia" on Tuesdays, from 7-9pm (the old Help on the Way time slot).

Ross, co-host of the former Grateful Dead show here at WFVR, Help On The Way, describes his vision for the show:

"The show is 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."