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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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  Awards & Accolades  
 
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.
 
2011
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.
 
2010
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.
 
2010
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.
 
2010
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.
 
2009
WDEV Voted Best of the Best
Readers of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus voted WDEV the best of local radio stations.
 
2008
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.
 
2008
Recognition Award from Lost Nation Theater
Presented to thank WDEV for continuing support of Montpelier's award-winning local theater.
 
2008
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.
 
2007
VT Association of Broadcasters
Promo of the Year - 1st Place
 
2007
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.
 
2006
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.
 
2006
VT Association of Broadcasters
Commercial of the Year - 2nd Place
 
2005
VT Association of Broadcasters
Hall of Fame Members - Current Ken Squier (Charter Member) & Eric Michaels (2002) & Joel Najman (2004) & Brian Harwood (2005)
 
2005
Lost Nation Theater
Appreciation Award to WDEV for ongoing support of local theater
 
2004
Kathy O'Dell Community Service Award
Presented to WDEV by Revitalizing Waterbury, Inc.
 
2004
VT Association of Broadcasters
Public Service Announcement of the Year
 
2001
AP Radio - Salutes Radio Vermont News
and WDEV - for 70 years of radio news excellence
 
2001
VT Association of Broadcasters
Promo of the Year - Discovery of Winter Croquet (2nd Place)
 
2001
Central VT Economic Development Corporation
Community Service Award to WDEV
 
 
 
Meet Our WDEV Staff Members
 
Kittell, Lee - Sports/Talk Announcer

Like many loyal listeners, Lee grew up with WDEV. Born in Burlington but raised in Jeffersonville, Lee started many a snowy school day with "The Friendly Pioneer" to hear if school would be held. At Lamoille Union High School he played alto sax and trombone - but developed his ear for jazz when he became the studio producer for "Dinner Jazz with Ken Squier." Lee was promoted to full-time host and continues to bring listeners of WDEV a blend of traditional and contemporary jazz. But foremost, Lee is a lifelong Red Sox fan. After graduating from Syracuse University (1995) he found his first broadcasting job with Radio Vermont. In December 2006, Lee pioneered "Score!" - WDEV's sports talk and rock show that has become Vermont's favorite post-game show. After producing Red Sox, local sports and racing, Lee opens the listener lines for instant feedback and analysis of the latest game and breaking sports headlines. Lee lives in northern Vermont in the outskirts of the Northeast Kingdom.
 

 
McGovern, Amy - Creative Services Director

Amy grew up in St. Albans and attended BFA-St. Albans. After attending Lyndon State College - she transferred to Trinity College where she graduated with honors. Amy has had a love for radio and worked at several stations before coming to WDEV in 2002. Already accomplished in digital audio production techniques, Amy's experience was vital in transitioning the Radio Vermont Group from the era of reel-to-reel and cart machines to multi-track digital audio. Her writing and production awards have earned her honors in the annual Commercial of the Year awards sponsored by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. An avid racing fan, Amy LOVES NASCAR (especially Dale, Jr.) but hates winter! She's attended untold number of Strangefolk concerts, cherishes her dogs Boo (Neopolitan Mastiff) and Annie (Dalmatian) and her Beta Fish Rainbow. Did we mention she loves Dale Earnhardt, Jr.? And NASCAR?
 

 
Michaels, Eric - VP and General Manager

A native Vermonter, born in St. Albans and schooled in Burlington. From being the 'voice' of the morning announcements in high school to floor director and cameraman for The Trooper Yancy Show on TV22 (1970-71), Michael's has been in broadcasting virtually his entire life. (His father was a television and radio engineer in the 1950's). After military service, college and broadcasting school, Michaels commenced his Vermont radio career in 1976 and held announcing and management positions at stations in Middlebury, Rutland and Burlington. In January 1987 he joined-up with Ken Squier as VP and General Manager of WDEV-AM. During his tenure, Michaels was responsible for expanding the Radio VT Group, adding WDEV-FM (1992), WLVB-FM (1993) and WCVT-FM (1997). In 1994 he became the co-host of the WDEV Morning News Service with Mike Carey. The program became known as "Michael and Michaels." After Carey retired, Michaels continued as co-anchor of the Morning News Service. Michaels served as president of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters (1995-97) and is one of the youngest broadcasters in the VAB "Hall of Fame." In addition to numerous community citations, Michaels was awarded the Vermont AP Broadcasters "Distinguished Service Award" in 1997. He has been the emcee at hundreds of events, including the Green Mountain United Way talent shows and the VAB Awards Banquets. Hobbies include photography and music (classical violinist). Eric lives in Barre Town with his wife Joyce - they have two grown children, Kellie and Nickie. Eric & Joyce have escorted cruise groups since 1984 - most recently for Milne Travel.
 

 
Najman, Joel - The Great American Music Hall

A member of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters "Hall of Fame" - Joel is a lifelong radio broadcaster. Saturday afternoon, Joel hosts the "Great American Music Hall" - a foray into popular music over that last 1/2-century. Behind every recording, there's a story and no one knows more about the people and events that shaped songs than Joel! From the crooners to the British Invasion, from Elvis to Techno-pop let Joel take you on a musical journey, Saturday afternoons on WDEV. On Sunday mornings, listen for news, weather sports updates with Joel Najman during "Music from Sage Sheep Farm"
 

 
 
 
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