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WBTN
Frequency 1370AM (kHz)
City Bennington, Vermont
Market
Branding
Owner Southern Vermont College
Power 1,000 watts (day)
85 watts (night)
Slogan
Airdate September 23, 1953
Format launch
Format dropped
Sister stations
Website wbtn.com
Webcast


WBTN (1370 AM) is a news/talk-formatted radio station licensed to Bennington, Vermont. The station is owned by Southern Vermont College.

Progressive talk programmingEdit

The station carries a variety of community-oriented talk programming. They were listed as a Thom Hartmann affiliate.

HistoryEdit

The station was sold by Vermont Public Radio to Robert Howe in 2000, and turned into a commercial operation.[1] Howe donated the station to Southern Vermont College in 2002 in hopes that the station would be the cornerstone of a communications program. During the five years the station was operated by the college, its operations have lost about $450,000. The college trustees voted in early 2008 to end direct operations of the station no later than September, with options including an outright sale or a lease of the station.[2][3][4]

In May, 2008, a non-profit community group paid Southern Vermont College $100,000 to convert WBTN to a non-profit operation, while still airing local news, serving the local educational institutions and offering internships to college students. They’ll sell underwriting and seek public radio-like contributions from listeners.[5]

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