VOWR RADIO

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Founded by the Reverend Dr. J.G. Joyce, VOWR first broadcast from a studio located in Wesley United Church on July 24, 1924. Since its very beginning, VOWR has been run by volunteers and has derived its support from the public, business community and various religious denominations. The stations motto, “We Serve”, speaks to the objective of providing secular and religious programming in an unbiased and ecumenical manner including a variety of music, spoken word programs and public service announcements at no charge. Currently, VOWR is operated by 65 volunteers and does not have any salaried employees. They broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can now be heard anywhere around the globe thanks to the development of a website. The station has a long history of broadcasting during local disasters in order to reach those in remote or isolated areas. During the first week on the air, VOWR was called upon to reach people living on the coast to search for the missing airplane “Dawn”. VOWR was also the only means of communication to the area affected by the Burin Peninsula tidal wave in November 1929. Today, VOWR features a wide variety of programming, but has remained true to their objectives, and in its 90th consecutive year of broadcasting, VOWR continues to occupy a significant spot in the field of radio broadcasting. The volunteers are responsible for creating, writing, producing and delivering a wide variety of programming. VOWR has been a role model in the community by bringing together citizens of all faiths and creeds to work together to profit programming for the benefit of all, and has now earned a place in the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.