LETTERS: 9.20.18

Support Community Radio

Editor,

Community radio became an American institution in the 20th century for many reasons, but at its core, these reasons tie to connection. Small, independent radio stations are hubs for honest, real, accessible, 24/7 community dialogue and information sharing, affording communities that have them a level of civic sovereignty from the often deceptive measures of corporate media.

Since 1973, WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio, has been this hub for Central Vermont and beyond. Infused with the licensee’s mission, WGDR provides programming focused on the collaborative cultivation of tolerance, inquiry, discovery, freedom, justice for all and the preservation of the natural world. This phenomenal project in grass-roots, non-corporatized citizen journalism requires your support. Whether you’re an avid listener, or not, this service is one of the best investments one can make in the health of their region.

Since 2006, WGDR has realized enormously inspiring innovations. Our youth journalism programs Indie Kingdom and True Stories became models of national interest. Our morning drive-time and weekend community public affairs programs, such as Curse Of The Golden Turnip, Gathering Peace, Relocalizing Vermont, Magical Mystery Tour and Moccasin Tracks have regular listeners from around the world. Our educational, one-of-a-kind music programs like Wood Warbler’s Jazz Grass, Geezer Rock, Trance-Formational Listening, In Common Sounds and Acoustic Harmony have an unparalleled niche in Vermont, and are being carried by other community stations around the country.

If this beautiful community radio program is dear to you, your gift today is the best way to say so. Our fall pledge runs Monday, September 24 through Monday, October 1. To avoid the extra costs and unnecessary use of paper, there will not be a hard copy appeal arriving in your mailbox this season.  Please join me in giving your gift today by sending a check to WGDR, 123 Pitkin Rd, Plainfield, VT 05667, or through our secure online donor page at www.wgdr.org.

Kris Gruen, Director, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio

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