Television first came to Vermont on Sept. 26, 1954, when WCAX-TV became the first television station to begin airing local programs from its studio located on Barrett Street in Burlington. Actually, WCAX began broadcasting its test pattern on Sept. 7 of that year and received over 200 letters from excited and anxious viewers telling us how happy they were that Vermont was going to have a station of its own. A station that was, and still is, locally owned and operated by one family.
WCAX-TV began as WCAX Radio at the University of Vermont's College of Agriculture. It was used to distribute information to farmers from its outreach program, the Extension Service. Hence the CAX (College of Agriculture eXtension) call letters.
By the time it became WCAX Television, however, it had been purchased by Mr. C.P. Hasbrook, who also owned a local newspaper, the Burlington Daily News. Realizing that his newspaper was losing ground against the larger Burlington Free Press, he began exploring ways to expand WCAX Radio.
WCAX-TV's tower is located atop Mount Mansfield, the tallest peak in Vermont and the ideal site for a television tower. Construction of the tower on this site also meant construction of everything else, including the road! But, two hurricanes not withstanding, WCAX's transmitter was built and the station began transmitting on September 11, 1954.
Two of the original programs that we broadcast back in 1954 are still on the air today. "You Can Quote Me," a local news program which airs Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and "Across the Fence," a local farm and home program that airs Monday through Friday at 12:10 p.m.
WCAX-TV's main studio is located at 30 Joy Drive in South Burlington. We operate four news bureaus, Montpelier (established in 1964), Rutland (1967), Plattsburgh, N.Y. (1973) and our Upper Valley bureau in West Lebanon, N.H. (2002). With our state-of-the-art satellite truck and electronic news-gathering truck, and with our owned and operated microwave system, WCAX-TV brings news from the remote areas of our viewing area.
WCAX-TV takes pride in our ability to keep pace with the increasingly complex technological advances being made in television today. From the early days of black and white to our full-color conversion in 1969, WCAX-TV has been the leader in the local marketplace for utilizing current technology to serve our viewers.
WCAX-TV continues to lead the way in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Today, WCAX-TV is available in widescreen high definition and standard definition, and we also offer 24-hour weather information on our secondary digital channel, Weather 3.2.
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:58:16 GMT
Rain-battered state roads in the hardest hit areas of Underhill and Jericho are re-open to traffic, but that doesn't mean the work is done for crews. "It's been a very challenging two-day event here soMore >>
As the rain continues to pour down, response crews are not getting a break.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:51:37 GMT
Driving along Route 15, you may notice some roads have reopened as crews guide drivers cautiously around the cracked gravel. But driving down roads like North Underhill Station, you won't get very far. ConnerMore >>
While needed repairs are being made, more work is ahead.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:30:10 GMT
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.State Police say Route 5 in Derby Line is closed near Caswell Avenue because of a hole in the pavement just a couple of feet over the lineMore >>
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:06 GMT
It was a storm that left residents with more damage than they could have ever imagined. "The basement has about 13 inches of water," said Bob Genter of Underhill. And preparing for the aftermath of theMore >>
Flash floods left destruction across the region. And the rain is not over. Heavy downpours left some people trapped in their neighborhoods as emergency crews work to try to clear the roads.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:54:18 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:20:50 GMT
As the cleanup gets underway from Thursday night's flash flooding, the focus shifts now to the broader impacts of rising rivers from around the region. All the rain so far and more to come is running intoMore >>
All the rain is running into larger streams and rivers that are moving rapidly toward flood stage.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:44:50 GMT
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend. So far, the impact has mainly been seen in roadMore >>
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:51 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:51:55 GMT
Over the river and throught the woods isn't just the way to grandma's house, its the way a lot of people are having to travel just to make it to their front door. Dormant brooks and sleepy streams turnedMore >>
Strong rains Thursday flooded roads in Essex.More >>