Why (would Vermont Public Radio acquire WCVT-101.7 to expand it's VPR Classical network)?
According to Radio-Locator.com signal-area maps, there are some areas that get a strong signal from WCVT, but do not get a strong signal from any VPR Classical outlet.
Radio-Locator.com signal map for WCVT: http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WCVT&service=FM&status=L&hours=U
Radio-Locator.com signal map for WOXR-90.9 (the VPR Classical station serving the Burlington area): http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WOXR&service=FM&hours=U
Radio-Locator.com signal map for W234BD-94.7 (VPR Classical translator serving the Bolton area):http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=W234BD&service=FX&status=L&hours=U
If you look at the VPR coverage area maps on their website (http://www.vpr.net/listen/radio
), you will discover that the area served by the WCVT transmitter is just about the last major region of Vermont not served by a VPR Classical transmitter.
With very few commercial classical stations left in North America, perhaps it may become difficult for a commercial operator to keep a classical station profitable. Hence, my thought that VPR might buy WCVT to make it part of VPR Classical and hence, preserve a strong signal for a classical-music format in that area.