The purpose of WOOL and its parent, the Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company, is to inspire, entertain, and educate our listeners and to amplify the voices of our community.
In 2001 a local group of individuals filed an application for a Low Power FM Broadcasting Permit; it was finally granted by the FCC in early 2004. Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company was established shortly after as a Vermont Non-Profit Corporation, and was granted 501(c)(3) status from the IRS the next year.
Training on the broadcast equipment started in mid-2005 for any member interested in becoming a Black Sheep Radio Program Host. Hundreds of people have been trained and certified to produce shows featuring music, news, sports, talk radio, community forums, and more.
In 2014, WOOL-LP became WOOL-FM, a full power Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) FM station, one of only a few such operating as a Community Radio broadcast station. We continue at full power to this day.
The WOOL studio is in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and the broadcast antenna is on the tower atop Mount Kilburn (Fall Mountain) in New Hampshire. Within the bounds of our license we have a powerful broadcast footprint and cover a significant region for our listening audience.
We’re entirely supported by memberships, contributions, and underwriting — but mostly by memberships. We air no advertising, and are 100% propelled by the good will of our community.
WOOL is managed by the coordinated effort of its board and committees. Our governing structure relies heavily on the activity of the board of directors and of ad hoc committees arising in response to the ongoing needs of the station.
For more information about WOOL, please send us an email.