The Friendly Pioneer
 9 Stowe Street  P.O. Box 550
 Waterbury, Vermont 05676
 Telephone: (802) 244-7321
 Fax: (802) 244-1771
 Email: wdev@radiovermont.com

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May 4
Mal Boright - The Swami - Inducted into VPA Hall of Fame
At a gala event at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Mal was honored by the VT Principals Association for over a quarter-century covering high school basketball in Vermont.
WDEV - Broadcaster of the Year 2011
WDEV was recognized by the VT Association of Broadcasters for outstanding coverage of Tropical Storm Irene and the Spring flooding events in Vermont and the Champlain Valley.
Jack Donovan - VAB Hall of Fame
WDEV veteran was inducted into the VT Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the annual awards banquet at the Burlington Hilton.
WDEV Voted Best of the Best
For the second consecutive year, readers of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus have honored WDEV as the "Best of the Best" in the local radio station category.
Eric Michaels receives Paul Harris Fellowship
The Waterbury Rotary Club honored Michaels for his many years of service to the community, including support of many projects sponsored by the rotary club.
WDEV Voted Best of the Best
Readers of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus voted WDEV the best of local radio stations.
Tune in Tomorrow - DVD presents WDEV 75 Year History
Exploring local radio's role in community, Ed Dooley's documentary tells the story of WDEV - from its rural beginnings in 1931 - to the vibrant flagship of one of the last locally-owned radio groups in Vermont. The program is available on DVD and has been broadcast several times on VT Public Television.
Recognition Award from Lost Nation Theater
Presented to thank WDEV for continuing support of Montpelier's award-winning local theater.
VT Chamber of Commerce - 2007 Citizen of the Year
Ken Squier, President - The Radio Vermont Group. A banquet was held in his honor at the Stoweflake Resort. Ken was recognized for his long history with WDEV and The Radio VT Group; his outstanding broadcasting career at CBS, ABC & FOX. He was honored as one of the founders of legendary race track Thunder Road in Barre and for his untiring work on behalf of the Vermont Syhmphony Orchestra.
VT Association of Broadcasters
Promo of the Year - 1st Place
Recognition Award from American Cancer Society
WDEV was honored by the ACS for support of the "Relay for Life - Nordic Style" event held at the Trapp Family X/C center in Stowe.
Richard A. Snelling Economic Development Award
The Associated General Contractor of VT - usually presents this award to an individual who has made significant efforts for Vermont's economy. WDEV and The Radio VT Group was the first corporate entity to recieve this honor.
VT Association of Broadcasters
Commercial of the Year - 2nd Place
VT Association of Broadcasters
Hall of Fame Members - Current Ken Squier (Charter Member) & Eric Michaels (2002) & Joel Najman (2004) & Brian Harwood (2005)
Lost Nation Theater
Appreciation Award to WDEV for ongoing support of local theater
Kathy O'Dell Community Service Award
Presented to WDEV by Revitalizing Waterbury, Inc.
VT Association of Broadcasters
Public Service Announcement of the Year
AP Radio - Salutes Radio Vermont News
and WDEV - for 70 years of radio news excellence
VT Association of Broadcasters
Promo of the Year - Discovery of Winter Croquet (2nd Place)
Central VT Economic Development Corporation
Community Service Award to WDEV
Meet Our WDEV Staff Members
Allen, Frankie - Broadcast Producer

Frankie has spent over 24 years in broadcasting and 10 years with the Radio Vermont Group. Currently he is the Operations Director for our sister station WCVT 101.7 and 102.5 in Montpelier, Classic Vermont but also acts as board operator, talk show producer and production coordinator for WDEV. A versatile broadcaster, he occasionally brings his box of Records and fills in for Jack on WDEV in the afternoon or wears his cowboy hat and plays some country music in the morning on our sister station WLVB. Frankie came to Vermont in 1989 after programming music formats for stations across the East Coast mainly Scranton, Pennsylvania (yes his Dad did work for a paper Company in PA, but not Dunder Mifflin) and the Albany, NY market. He now resides in Wolcott with his 2 cats Bucca and Acorn.

Beardsley, Tom - WDEV Sales Manager

Known by many simply as "Beards" - Tom's professional broadcasting career began in 1969 at WIRD in Lake Placid, NY. His development took him to WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, NY and on to radio jobs in Newport and Rutland. Outside of broadcasting, Beardsley served as a Senior Staffer for former US Congressman Peter Smith and also worked for the American Dairy Association. He returned to the Radio Vermont Group and has helped to develop WCVT, Classic Vermont. Beards is very active in St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Waterbury. His vounteerism includes work for Rotary, Central Vermont Economic Development, VT Chamber of Commerce and the VT Association of Broadcasters. Tom lives in Duxbury with his wife Mary - they have a son and daughter.

Commo, George - Norwich Cadet Hockey

Burlington native George Commo has been a sportscaster since the early 1970's - for radio, television and cable. Since 1998, George has been the voice of the Norwich University "Cadet" hockey team and has broadcast all their games home and away for a decade. In the summer months, George has covered local motor sports with broadcasts from Thunder Road and for the American Canadian Tour (ACT). In prior years, George did play-by-play for the VT Expos (now Lake Monsters) minor league baseball team and for UVM hockey. Commo has been named Vermont Sportscaster of Year six times - most recently in 2005. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Dot and three sons: Kevin, Anthony and Jack. George hosts his own website: www.vtbroadcastsports.com

Commo, Kia - Traffic Director & The Party Calendar

Raised along the banks of the Connecticut River in southern New England … with her parents, Kia skidded into Vermont during the blizzard of January 1978. Her first impression … “where on God’s green earth are we?!” After two years at Champlain College, in 1982 Kia went in search of employment. With an Associate’s Degree in one hand and a perky attitude in the other, she stopped at WDEV and inquired about employment opportunities within the front office. Twenty-five years later, Kia has assumed the daunting task of traffic manager for WDEV and WCVT … working with numerous sales representative and a multitude of advertising clients … and catering to the whims of Mr. Squier. Along with her administrative responsibilities, Kia's talents are featured during the Party Calendar updates, weekdays at 8:20am and 3:40pm. She also voices the weekly "Movie Marquee" feature.

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