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NO. R-77.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Ernie Farrar on his 40th anniversary of broadcasting on WVMT radio.


Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Atkins of Winooski, Condon of Colchester, Donovan of Burlington, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keogh of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Turner of Milton and Wright of Burlington

Offered by:  Senator Mazza, Collins and Kittell

Whereas, WVMT News-Talk 620’s Ernie and Charlie in the Morning stars Ernie Farrar and Charlie Papillo and is one of the Burlington area’s most listened-to radio shows, and

Whereas, co-host Ernie Farrar is a veteran of Vermont radio, having first taken to the airwaves in 1963 as an occasional weekend host on WSNO in Barre, and within months of his premier broadcast, he became the full-time morning host at co-owned WWSR in St. Albans, and

Whereas, after Ernie Farrar woke up listeners in Franklin County for three years, the executives at WVMT radio, which serves the greater Burlington and Plattsburgh markets, decided that he exhibited a fantastic radio talent and offered him the chance to speak regularly to a new and larger audience, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar hosted Burlington’s first country music radio show, entitled “From the Wired Woodshed,” and ultimately settled into his current  morning slot, and

Whereas, an avid auto racing fan, he hosted the station’s award-winning “The Inside Groove,” the “fastest half hour on radio,” aired live weekly broadcasts from the former Catamount Stadium in Milton, and provided colorful commentary on a NASCAR radio network, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar has served as WVMT’s chief operator and hosted a daily open mike program, and

Whereas, in recognition of his many achievements in the field of radio broadcasting, in 1999, Ernie Farrar was inducted into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar has for nearly 30 years maintained an important role outside his broadcast career as the director of the Vermont Golden Gloves boxing tournament, and

Whereas, he has recently celebrated his 40th anniversary on the WVMT airwaves where he continues to wake up northwestern Vermont each weekday morning in a style that is unique and fun, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Ernie Farrar on his 40th anniversary of broadcasting on WVMT radio, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ernie Farrar and to WVMT radio in Colchester.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont