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WVTK
City of license Port Henry, New York
Broadcast area Champlain Valley, Vermont and Essex County, New York
Slogan "Addison County's Radio Station"
Frequency 92.1 MHz
First air date 1982
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 18,000 watts
Class C3
Callsign meaning 'Vermont's Kiss" (From the Kiss-FM CHR Format)
Former callsigns WJVT, WLCQ, WXNT, WMNM, WKLZ, WHWB-FM, WHRC-FM ]
Affiliations The Weather Channel
Owner Ken and Lori Barlow ]
Website 921wvtk.com

WVTK (92.1 FM) is a radio station that transmits a signal from a broadcast tower located in Port Henry, New York, which is near to Middlebury, Vermont. WVTK's power output is almost the equivalent of a 25,000 watt signal, most of which radiates a very potent north / south signal into Vermont's Champlain Valley. The signal can be heard clearly in Middlebury, Bristol, Brandon, and Vergennes, Port Henry, Ticonderoga, Burlington and Rutland. WVTK's business offices and broadcast studios are located in the Historic Marble Works Complex in Middlebury, Vermont.

WVTK has been through many format and ownership changes during its 25 years of being on the air. The station is currently owned by Ken and Lori Barlow, who have owned the station since July 2008. The station was once oldies for a several years under the call sign of WMNM as "Oldies 92", and returned to oldies once again under the call sign of "WLCQ" "Q92". On May 1, 2007, an oldies format based on the 1960s, early 1970s, and very late 1950s returned to 92.1 as "The True Oldies Channel", a syndicated radio programming stream from ABC Radio Networks. The format change lasted for only about 16 months, as the new owners of WVTK (Vox Radio Group) flipped the station in early September 2008 to an adult contemporary (AC) music format, with more of a local emphasis on Addison County.

Throughout the years, the station has had numerous call signs including WHRC-FM, WHWB-FM, WKLZ, WMNM, WXNT, WLCQ and WJVT. The WHWB-FM and WLKZ call signs were also used in Rutland on the 94.5 frequency prior to going dark in 1993 before the 94.5 frequency was reborn as WJEN "Cat Country". The WHWB-FM call sign was originally used on 98.1 FM in Rutland, VT prior to 1984 when WHWB-FM was a 50,000 watt station with an antenna height about 300 feet below average terrain on the West Proctor Road in Rutland Town, site of where the current WDVT transmits from. The 92.1 frequency started out as a 3000 watt facility, and was upgraded to the current 18,000 watts with additional height being added to the Port Henry tower in the early 1990's. Formats on the 92.1 frequency have included: religion, country, CHR, adult contemporary, rock, smooth jazz (twice), and once as a part time simulcast of New/Talk WSYB in Rutland. WVTK has also held an oldies format at three different times in its history.

The full service based adult contemporary format and positioning as "Addison County's Radio Station" seems to have caught on very well within Addison County and communities and beyond. 92.1 WVTK also serves as the voice of [Middlebury College] Panther Hockey, as well providing coverage for local area high school football and basketball coverage. WVTK's current air staff includes morning host, Bruce Zeman, afternoon host Sarah Stone, The John Tesh Radio Show at night, and weekend host and program director, Gale Parmalee. 92.1 WVTK also offers some very unique and eclectic programming on weekends including Acoustic Café and Into the Blue (bluegrass) on Saturday evenings. On Sundays mornings, WVTK features The Sounds of Sinatra and Sunday evenings features the Dave Koz Radio Show (smooth jazz) and Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis (traditional jazz).

References

  • Jay Gadon
  • V.A.B.

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