• Windsor House

    Windsor House
    The Windsor House was built on the site of Pette's Coffee House.The present Windsor House was built in 1836, and its construction marked the prosperity of early Nineteenth Century Windsor, which by this time had become an important center for the machine tool industry.
  • A New Radio

    A New Radio
    In 1907, Lee de Forest invents a new radio tube called the Audion. It made transmitting sound much more effective and became standard radio equipment. The radio tube was gradually improved upon by other inventors, to increased clarity and power.
  • Sea Radio

    Sea Radio
    Radio gets it's start as an aid to men at sea. It began as a frustration attempting to communicate with a coastal naval station, but eventually men at sea were able to communicate with men at shore through morse code.
  • First National Broadcast

    First National Broadcast
    On November 2, 1920, the station KDKA out of Pittsburg, made the nation's first commercial broadcast. They chose that date because it was election day, and the power of radio was proven when people could hear the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race before they read about it in the newspaper.
  • First Radio Add

    First Radio Add
    The first radio ad, for a real estate developer, was aired in New York City. Networks of local stations developed to share programming and became big business.
  • Vermont's First Radio Broadcast

    Vermont's First Radio Broadcast
    Vermont's first radio broadcast was from the University of Vermont’s station WCAX. The station was the outgrowth of a vigorous campus interest in radio in 1919, stimulated by the return to the university of several students with World War I experience as radio operators.
  • First National Network

    First National Network
    In 1926, RCA (Radio Corporation of America) formed the first national network, called NBC (National Broadcasting Company)
  • RCA's First National Broadcast

    RCA's First National Broadcast
    RCA's first nationwide broadcast was the 1927 Rose Bowl football game from Pasadena. The burgeoning industry made the airwaves so jammed and chaotic that the Federal Radio Commission was established in 1927 to assign frequencies to broadcasters.
  • Codeco Begins

    Codeco Begins
    Codeco Corporation was established for the purpose of designing and manufacturing precision radio frequency attenuators. They built the majority of the laboratory testing standards for the Bell system, Western Electric, and Raytheon.
  • Codeco Moves to Vermont

    Codeco Moves to Vermont
    In 1969 the company moved to Vermont to take advantage of the work force and the lifestyle that the state had to offer. Using the "resistor name" of VPR, formerly Vermont Precision Resistor, inventories over seven million resistors to give customers overnight service in most cases.
  • NPR Starts

    NPR Starts
    NPR was incorporated on February 26, 1970 to provide national news programming.
  • Vermont's First

    Vermont's First
    WVPR is Vermont's first radio station out of Windsor Vermont. The station is 89.5 and comes out of Vermont's historical Windsor House. The station eventually expands to include WVPS 107.9, Burlington; WRVT 88.7 Rutland; WVPA 88.5 in St. Johnsbury and WBTN 94.3 in Bennington and VPR.net
  • NPR's Responsibility

    NPR's Responsibility
    NPR assumed a new responsibility - to represent the interests of NPR member stations (who had grown from 90 to 190) - before Congress, the FCC and others.
  • VPR begins despite negativity.

    VPR begins despite negativity.
    In 1975, four Vermonters gather to create a public radio station for Vermont. National experts say that Vermont is too rural a state to support a station solely by listener support. VPR is an affiliate of NPR; public radio stations choose to apply for NPR membership. Once they meet the criteria, they pay annual membership dues and are entitled to the benefits of a membership. In 1977, VPR began broadcasting as WVPR 89.5 from studios in the historic Windsor House in Windsor, Vermont.
  • First National Production

    First National Production
    In 1978 Vermont Public Radio teamed up with NPR to produce the documentary, "Maple Sugar Time" for All Things Considered. The program looked at the maple sugaring industry from the perspective of the people who tap the trees, boil and can the sap. Crews visited sugarers in Vermont and New Hampshire to talk about what goes into making maple syrup, how much is produced and the cost and time involved in production.
  • Rebroadcast to Celebrate

    Rebroadcast to Celebrate
    "Maple Sugar Time" was rebroadcast to celebrate VPR's 25th anniversary.
  • WNCH Launch

    WNCH Launch
    WNCH 88.1 FM is launched in Norwich, a flagship station for VPR Classical, which now covers most of the state.
  • First to Broadcast in HD

    VPR's WVPR 89.5 in the Upper Valley, became the first radio station in Vermont to begin broadcasting in HD Digital sound.
  • Brattleboror Frequency Discussion

    Brattleboror Frequency Discussion
    WVBA serves 32,000 Vermonters, 16,000 of them did not have access to VPR prior. The station’s signal extends west towards Wilmington, north towards Bellows Falls, east towards Keene N.H., and south to Greenfield, Mass. The frequency in Brattleboro at 94.5 FM is used for VPR Classical’s programming. VPR applied for the Brattleboro frequency in the fall of 2007, and was granted a construction permit 3 years later.
  • VPR Splits into Two Services

    VPR Splits into Two Services
    Vermont Public Radio became two distinct services. VPR, which offers news and information programming along with public radio entertainment favorites, and VPR Classical, which is an expanded network of stations providing classical music 24/7.
  • Brattleboro Frequency Granted

    Brattleboro Frequency Granted
    WVBA will become VPR’s 13th full-power station. It also operates 11 low-power translator frequencies that rebroadcast signals from the full power stations to provide better coverage in areas that have unreliable reception.
  • The Blog Moves

    The Blog Moves
    VPR's blog moves and is renamed 'The Frequency'.
  • Montreal Requests a VPR Frequency

    Montreal Requests a VPR Frequency
    The Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation only has an AM frequency. They asked to use the Burlington frequency even though there's heavy inferface in the signal. VPR urged Canadian listeners to weigh in with complaints about the application before the May 26 comment deadline.