The Sound of Vermont
the many wonders the Internet provides is its ability to bring to
your computer radio stations from around the world. As I type this,
a snow-buried apple orchard out my window, I'm listening to WVJZ
from St. Thomas. Try that ten years ago.
Vermont is well-represented by over a dozen radio stations "streaming"
their signals online. The software necessary to listen to these streams
can vary a bit, but generally fall into a couple of different formats
that will require one of two players. The first is the Windows Media
Player, which Windows users should already have installed on their
systems (Macintosh users can download the player here).
The second is the RealPlayer, which can be found here.
Both are free, although Real makes you jump through hoops a bit to
find and download its free player. Just keep hunting on the various
pages you wade through for the Free Player link, and you'll wade through
their subscription maze eventually and find the free player. Once
these players are installed, clicking on virtually any streamed link
on the Internet (on these radio sites, look for something like "Tune
In" or "Listen Live!") should immediately launch the
correct player and bring Vermont to your ears.
Located in Burlington, this Internet station "showcases
the best in DJ based music and culture."
Onion River Radio
Located in Montpelier, Onion River Radio plays adult alternative
music, which you can access over the Internet with the Windows
Located physically in Albany, VT, WEQX (102.7 FM) offers an
alternative format for the Windows Media Player. This is the
only online Vermont station we found which requires first time
listeners to register (not that there is necessarily anything
wrong with that, but those who care have been warned).
WMNV is actually part of WHAZ, an inspirational/religious broadcasting
network heard on four stations (three of them in upstate New
York). In the Bennington/Rutland area, you can find it on your
dial at 104.1 FM.
"The Point" features a wide range of music, from Beck
and Joe Jackson to Roland Orzabal, Linda Rondstadt and Enya.
They also feature a number of special shows, including blues,
reggae, new music, etc. The Point can be found at a number of
different stations throughout Vermont, including the northwest
corner of the state (104.7 FM), Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury (95.7
FM), Montpelier/Barre (100.3 FM) and the White River Jct./Windsor/Bradford
area (103.1 FM).
The Middlebury College radio station, WRMC (91.5 FM) plays a range
of musical styles, including hip-hop, electronic, jazz and loud
rock (in addition to Middlebury College sports). Their schedule
is organized into shows featuring specific kinds of music, and you
can get more information on what is playing when from their Website.
The University of Vermont radio station (90.1 FM) is online during
UVM's spring, summer and fall semesters, during which time it offers
an eclectic mix of Celtic, hip hip country, electronic, punk rock
and other musical types. The physical station is located in Burlington.
Vermont Public Radio is all over the FM dial, with stations in Burlington
(107.9), Windsor (89.5), Rutland (88.7), St. Johnsbury (88.5) and
Bennington (94.3). As might be expected, they offer the usual public
radio mix of classical music, news and syndicated shows like All Things
Considered. They also have a purely classical channel, both of which
are available online. You can choose to listen to the live stream
using either the RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, and for those
just interested in the latest news, they have it available on-demand.
The student station of Vermont Technical College, WVTC (90.7 FM)
features a range of music, much of it conventional FM fare (Green
Day, Dr. Dre, etc.) The Website also features a Web cam so you can
peak into their Randolph Center, VT studios.
Another college radio station (this one from Saint Michael's College),
WWPV (88.7 FM) plays a number of different formats and fills any
gaps in their schedule with Vermont Public Radio.