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

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*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.

December. It’s December.

Chanukah has ended. And now there are only two weeks until Christmas.

And we STILL want to help you take care of your holiday shopping — even if you’re very late buying your Chanukah presents.

We have all types of items to please your radiophile at the Fybush.com store.

There’s a DVD documenting the 50th-anniversary reunion of WRKO Radio. There are memoirs by on-air personalities. There are picture books of radio and TV history in various cities. And there are calendars.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Scott are you going to have a “corporate” or official position on the proposed AM changes which will reduce protection at night for the old 1-A’s? I think you could get leverage from whatever your own position is if your followers also comment in time to the FCC. DK