WDEV General Manager and future owner, Steve Cormier, is thrilled to announce the addition of veteran journalist Dave Gram to the WDEV staff as the new host of what has previously been Open Mike with Mike Smith weekday mornings from 9am-11am on frequencies 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM and 550 AM. “His expertise and knowledge of Vermont made him our first choice to replace Mike Smith” said Cormier.
End of an Era
Gram becomes the third host of the successful, local talk program. Mark Johnson served as host for ten years and for the last two and a half years have had Mike Smith in that position. “I feel we have a real winner with a man who has over thirty years’ experience in Vermont news and a background in journalism which is exceptional” said Cormier.
The local call-in program will remain in its current two hour time slot airing before Common Sense with Bill Sayre at eleven and the Midday News Service at noon.
Dave Gram was a reporter in the Vermont bureau of The Associated Press for more than three decades, covering the Statehouse, environmental and energy issues, legal affairs and a host of other topics. He’s been a guest on numerous occasions on broadcasts including the Vermont PBS program “Vermont This Week” and the “Vermont Edition” program on Vermont Public Radio.
Gram won a Best of the States Award from the AP in 2013 and was part of a team that won an Associated Press Managing Editors award for coverage of Tropical Storm Irene and its aftermath. In the 1995-’96 academic year, he was awarded a year-long Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University. While in Columbus, Gram taught copy editing classes, advised the university’s student newspaper staff and obtained a master’s degree in journalism.
What Dave Has to Say
“This is an exciting opportunity,” Gram said of his move to (radio/WDEV). “I really appreciate the way my predecessors, Mark Johnson and Mike Smith, have helped to move the conversation about issues facing Vermont and the nation forward. I know the special role WDEV has played for decades serving Vermont’s communities and hope to continue in that tradition.”
Since leaving the AP in January of last year, Gram has worked as an editor and reporter at the online news service VTDigger.org. “I’m hoping to keep a hand in there on a part-time basis,” Gram said.
He’s also done some freelance writing, including writing a chapter in the Bill Mares-Jeff Danziger book “The Full Vermonty.”
Group President, Ken Squier said “This continues to strengthen WDEV’s position in local radio journalism. It gives us great hope for the future of WDEV radio news”.
Gram, 61, lives in Montpelier with his wife Cathy, a registered nurse. They have two grown sons and a four-month-old Cocker spaniel named Rufus.