Goddard College Radio Broadcasts Al-Jazeera

Plainfield, Vt. — On Wednesday, January 25, WGDR/WGDH Goddard College Community Radio (91.1 and 91.7 fm) went live with al-Jazeera English World News (AJE) in place of the ubiquitous BBC. The 30-minute program will air on weekdays from 8:00 – 8:30 am.

WGDR/WGDH joins the short list of 33 public radio stations that currently air AJE in the U.S., and the even shorter list of six college radio stations that do so. The new programming is intended to diversify the media landscape of Central Vermont by providing a vital and eclectic perspective on world news.

This bold programming decision is in line with the new direction of Goddard College led by President Barbara Vacarr. The college seeks to diversify the educational experiences of Goddard students and build upon the college’s legacy as an innovative leader in higher education.

In the 1980s, WGDR/WGDH was one of the first non-commercial Vermont radio stations to broadcast the BBC. Today, the station sees AJE as the new cutting edge alternative for independent world news.

WGDR/WGDH is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and aims to offer alternative perspectives on current events to their listening area.

In addition to AJE, WGDR/WGDH continues to air Democracy Now! twice daily at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm, Free Speech Radio News daily at 6:00 pm, the Goddard College Concert Series, and local public affairs programs.

For more information on WGDR/WGDH Goddard College Community Radio: www.wgdr.org

For more information on al-Jazeera English: www.aljazeera.com


About Goddard College

Goddard College was chartered in 1938 at its Plainfield, Vermont campus by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer adult-degree programs, and now specializes in MA, MFA, BA and BFA low-residency education. Offering accredited degree programs from campuses in Plainfield, Vermont and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency format offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.

About WGDR

Established in 1973, WGDR is a unique college-based community radio station serving the Central Vermont region from the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. WGDR 91.1 FM has always operated as a true hybrid radio station, supported both by Goddard College and surrounding communities. Over 60 local volunteers contribute to each week’s broadcast, providing music and public affairs programming that reflects the unique and independent spirit of the Central Vermont community.


Kevin Ellis

KSE Partners, LLP



Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to www.goddard.edu

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