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92.1 FM Addison County's new voice

MIDDLEBURY For avid Addison County radio listeners, the area has been bereft of community based programming since the early 2000s. Changes in local radio-station programming left easy music and talk show fans without a place to turn to. But now, thanks to Vermont-native Ken Barlow, the new owner of WVTK-FM 92.1 in Middlebury, local-source programming is backand its back in a very big way. The station went on the air with its new adult contemporary and talk format in September. So far, residents are responding; theyre tuning in and theyre liking what they hear. Barlow revamped the old 92.1 and redirected its mission to better serve Addison County listeners. WVTKs big 25,000-watt transmitter, located on the west side of Lake Champlain, is aimed directly at the heart of the county; it was an ideal match for the once prodigal radio station to come back home. We have a unique mix of music, said Brian Croghan, 92.1s general manager. We do middle of the road and include every artist from Frank Sinatra to Whitney Houston. Croghan also added the Big TalkerAddison Countys one and only talk show host Jerry Germain, formerly of WFAD-AM and Middlebury Community T.V. See GERMAIN, page 17 Germain From page 1 Jerry hosts the Wake Up Crew show every morning from 5:30 to 9 oclock, said Croghan. Its a great way to wake up to informative talk, news and music. Were glad to bring local radio back to Addison County. Germain is excited about returning to the airwaves; hes joined in the enthusiasm by co-hosts Mary Ellen Mendel and Liz Kerierson. Well, I think its a fun show and youll hear many friends and neighbors on our show, Germain said. I arrive at the studio at 3 a.m. to do show prep. Were really proud of what were doing and I believe it shows. In addition to music and talk, local radio listeners can also hear the latest agricultural and local sports news. Dave Sears will be hosting 92.1s local sports coverage, Germain said. We have something for everyonethe Thunder Road NASCAR country-western show, John Tesh, bluegrass, Ramsey Lewis jazz show, Acoustic Cafe, and much more. The 92.1 crew is currently packing and preparing for its November move to a brand new, high-tech studio in Middleburys downtown Marble Works district. The new studio will be roomier and provide a central location; its an ideal move to the county seat as 92.1 assumes its authority position as the new voice of Addison County. There are 35,000 people in Addison County, said Croghan. Were honored to be able to serve them. For information about 92.1s daily programs, visit the stations website at www.921WVTK.com or call the stations office line at 802-388-7563.

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