Legendary broadcaster Ken Squier on local media, America & his legacy

Ken Squier is an American broadcasting legend and Vermont icon. He is best known to Vermonters as the owner of WDEV Radio Vermont, the 90-year-old independent radio network, and to its listeners as the host of Music to Go to the Dump By. The last three years have been especially momentous for Squier. He sold Thunder Road, the Vermont car racing track that he co-founded more than a half century ago. In January 2018, he was the first journalist inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a recognition of his lifetime achievement as a broadcaster with CBS and TBS and as the founder of Motor Racing Network. Squier reflects on community media, the state of the country and his legacy. (January 8, 2020 broadcast)

Ken Squier, NASCAR Hall of Fame broadcaster and owner, WDEV Radio Vermont

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Is the media fair to Pres. Trump?

Pres. Trump insists the media is “terribly unfair” to him. Is it? Jesse Holcomb, formerly of the Pew Research Center and currently a professor of journalism at Calvin College, dissects media coverage of Trump, and delves into the quality of news articles on the right and left. He also explores the influence of far-right Breitbart News and its affiliates. Holcomb’s research finds that fewer than half of news stories about Trump for right-leaning audiences cite more than a single source, while 70 percent of stories for left-leaning audiences cite multiple sources. Holcomb says that the media “needs to take a look in the mirror” at how it has contributed to the rise of Trump. (October 18, 2017 broadcast)

Jesse Holcomb, Calvin College, Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Pew Research Center


Truth tellers: Walking out of the Army and across America; A Vermont journalist reflects

We speak with two truth tellers:

Rory Fanning was an Army Ranger who fought alongside Pat Tillman in Afghanistan before leaving the military as a conscientious objector. In 2008-2009, he walked across America partly to heal, and partly as a protest against the Army’s coverup of Tillman’s death. He wrote about his experiences in Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America.

Sam Hemingway recently retired after 37 years as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press. He talks about the stories he’s covered that have made a difference: Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, heroin in Vermont, the case of an apartheid-era sanctions buster. He also reflects on the changes in media and recent upheaval at the Burlington Free Press.

Are Vermont schools really failing? Vt Sec. of Education Rebecca Holcombe; Journalist James Fallows on conflicts from Missouri to the mideast

Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe discusses why she has been hailed as “a hero of American education” for pushing back against the the “test and punish” policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, talks about what is driving conflicts from Missouri to the Mideast, and his reflections on being chief speech writer for President Jimmy Carter.


Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, 5-28-2014


Breaking the corporate media sound barrier: Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, talks with her brother, journalist David Goodman, about her life, work, the importance of independent media, and “going to where the silence is.” This is a broadcast of a Vermont … Continue reading

Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Chris Hedges, 10-30-2013


Dirty wars, peace, & the media: A conversation with two of America’s top muckraking journalists: former NY Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, and Jeremy Scahill, bestselling author of Dirty Wars and national security correspondent of The Nation.