In this week’s issue… Vermont morning team to sign off – Nexstar/Tribune deal means spinoffs – Tower down in PA – Hooray for Bollywood (on LI!)
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*When the VERMONT Association of Broadcasters held its annual awards banquet over the weekend, WVMT (620 Burlington) was especially well represented. Veteran morning co-host Ernie Farrar emceed the event, which included a Distinguished Service Award to his longtime morning drive partner, Charlie Papillo. (photo: WVMT via Facebook)
But the moment was a little bittersweet, because just a couple of days earlier, Ernie and Charlie made a big on-air announcement: their last day together at the station will be December 21, when both will retire. It’s not related to WVMT’s upcoming sale from Sison Broadcasting to Vox, they say – just time to stop waking up so early.
That’s been a long time coming for Farrar, especially, who’s been with WVMT for a remarkable 51-year run. Papillo came to the station in 1998 and has been paired with Farrar in mornings since 2000. WVMT hasn’t announced a replacement yet for its morning drive, but is expected to do so later this week.
As for the VAB awards, another Distinguished Service Award went to engineer Glenn Dudley, recently retired from WEZF and Vermont PBS. The VAB Hall of Fame added three new inductees: the late Jim Condon, the VAB’s former executive director and longtime morning man; Terry Jaye of WJJR in Rutland and Great Eastern Radio owner Jeff Shapiro. Mike Seguin of VPR received the Snyder-Teffner Award for engineering excellence, while Burlington’s WOKO won the Al Noyes Community Service Award.
We had one day of unseasonably warm weather followed by dropping temperatures and high winds. And that’s not to mention the freezing rain.
But neither cold nor wind nor freezing rain will keep us from sending you your 2019 Tower Site Calendar.
As we’ve said before, we have abundant options for any calendar lover. We have the standard version. We have the signed version. We have resealable polyethylene bags if you want to keep them once the year is up. We have pens if you want to use the calendar as a planner. And we have last year’s calendar if you want copies of those pictures.
We also have a dozen left of The Radio Historian’s 2019 calendar.
Be your own valentine and treat yourself to both. Check them out now at the Fybush.com store!