The Point - VT Independent RadioStation History

Celebrating Over 30 Years of Non-conformity

The Point began its operation way back in 1977 as 96.7 WNCS. Founded by Jeb and Susan Spaulding and based in Montpelier, the station presented an out-of-the-ordinary mix of music, including rock, country, folk, jazz and classical. With an air product like this, WNCS did not fall into any of the designated formats of the day. Through it's own musical evolution and that of the radio industry, the station became a pioneer in the format now called Adult Album Alternative, also known as Triple-A. With Vermont radio legend Steve Zind at the helm as Program Director, the station consistently presented a challenging playlist of current music and heritage favorites.

In 1990, the station boosted its power to 50,000 watts and changed frequencies to 104.7, enabling WNCS to be heard in the Burlington area as well as central Vermont. Steve Zind stepped down as Program Director in 1994, turning things over to Glenn Roberts. One of the original airstaff members at WNCS, Steve had taken over the Program Director's job shortly after the station signed on, and remained on the air until 1997.

In 1996, WNCS became "The Point", part of a three-station network with  the addition of 103.1 / 107.7 WRJT in the Upper Connecticut River Valley,  and 95.7 WDOT in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and the New Hampshire North Country. With the added frequencies, The Point is now heard throughout
most of Northern Vermont, as well as parts of New York and New Hampshire. Webcasting began in the summer of 1997; now the whole world tunes in!

In August of 1997, Glenn Roberts moved on from the Point and was succeeded by longtime Point staff member Greg Hooker. After four years, Greg turned things over to another longtime member of the Point
family, Jody Petersen. In the fall of 2002, Mark Miller was entrusted with the mantle of Program Director, and carried the torch until September of 2005 when he left for KBCO in Colorado. In the fall of 2005, Zeb Norris moved from the West Coast to Vermont to apply his 30 plus years of experience to the challenge of programming The Point.

Though the Point has grown in many ways in the past thirty-plus years,  it has remained committed to presenting a diverse blend of music both new and vintage, much of which gets little exposure anywhere else. It's an eclectic playlist of rock 'n roll, progressive pop, singer songwriters,  reggae, and more. The Point continues to allow its airstaff to have a greater freedom in choosing what songs they play than at almost any commercial radio station in the United States, and the overall playlist is the result of a collaborative process in which all staff members have a voice.

In a radio industry dominated by large corporations with hundreds of stations, The Point remains held by a small company; Northeast Broadcasting of New Hampshire which owns a handful of stations in northern New England.

  

Recent Awards

Radio & Records
Small Market Triple A Station of the Year ~2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Seven Days
Reader's Choice "Best Spot on The Dial" ~ 2003, 2004, 2007

Friday Morning Quarterback ~ Hall of Fame 2008


The Good Samaritan Haven
J. David Book Community Service Award ~ 2002

Album Network
Small Market AAA Station of the Year ~ 2001