After being owned by the Squier family since 550 WDEV Waterbury/Burlington VT was launched in 1931, Radio Vermont has been sold as longtime Vermont host and programmer Steve ‘Corm’ Cormier will take over operations.
No terms have been released yet, but Cormier will begin operating Variety 550 WDEV/96.1 WDEV-FM Warren, Classic Hits “101 The One” 101.5 WEXP Brandon/101.7 WCVT Stowe, and Country “93.9 Vermont Country” WLVB Morrisville via LMA on October 1.
Cormier programmed and hosted mornings at Classic Rock 106.7 WIZN from 1986-1997, and then Clear Channel’s “Champ 101.3” WCPV from 1998-2009. From 1992-2008 he was paired with University of Vermont basketball coach Tom Brennan for “Corm & The Coach”. The duo would host an internet version of the show until 2011 at which time Cormier made the transition to sales as General Manager of 1450 WTSA/96.7 WTSA-FM Brattleboro in 2012 and then joining Radio Vermont Group as Director of Sales in 2015.
He will now assume the General Manager duties as current VP/GM/Morning co-host Eric Michaels will exit after 30 years at the station. Northeast Radio Watch reports that Michaels had been attempting his own bid for the station group. Seller Ken Squier, well known nationally as the voice of NASCAR on CBS and TBS from 1979-1999, will remain with the station “for as long as he wants to” as Senior Advisor and host of the Saturday morning “Music to Go to the Dump By”. His daughter Ashley will also stay on as an advisor.