WATERBURY, Vermont (WCAX) – WDEV first connected to Vermont radio waves 90 years ago. On Saturday, the network recognized the milestone with a block party.
Employees, friends and listeners gathered in Waterbury for the occasion
âIt has remained steadfast, and it truly is a piece of Vermont,â said Corinth listener Forbes Morrell.
Vermonters know WDEV for its legendary sports, news, music, and niche programming. When residents tune into 96.1 FM, 96.5 FM, 98.3 FM, 101.9 FM, or 550 AM, home and car speakers often greet them with famous local voices.
Among them, Ken Squier, owner of WDEV for 42 years. Squier is at the heart of WDEV, and he says he’s grateful to soak up the celebration with his friends and family.
âIt’s an amazing gift that all of these people have stayed with us over the years and made it such a great radio station,â Squier said.
âI am happy not only for the station, but for Ken Squire and the Squire family,â said WDEV general manager Steve Cormier. “You know, they’ve owned a radio station longer than anyone in this country.”
Professionals say part of the charm of WDEV is that it is a local business that operates with Vermont values ââin mind.
âThis station is literally like family, and I’ve never seen anything like it in any place I’ve ever worked,â said Dex Rowe, WDEV’s weekend announcer.
âYou just can’t find independent stations that have been around for so long, and there isn’t always something wrong with the businesses, but there is something special about being independent and family-friendly,â said said Brady Farkas, host of Brady Farkas. Sports Show.
After a difficult year weathering the pandemic and personally battling COVID-19 himself, Squier says he looks forward to the next step.
âWell, we’re aiming for 91,â Squier said.
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