Bruce Sterling, Vice President
Mr. Sterling has worked in archaeology for three decades, excavating prehistoric and historic sites in New England, the mid-Atlantic, the desert Southwest, Oregon, and the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. He made early contributions to battlefield archaeology through his work at Antietam Battlefield in Maryland. His archaeological pursuits brought him to Vermont in 1999, where he cares for a house on the Connecticut River with his wife, two children, a dog, and 2 cats. His obsessive interest in music drove him to join WOOL Radio in 2007 to host, as Border Pete, the show “Border Radio.”
Skye Payne, Secretary
Tony Elliott, Acting Treasurer
Melissa Berry-Brown, Director
Ms. Berry-Brown, a resident of Bellows Falls and a lifelong Vermonter, is a classically trained musician and certified teacher, having studied at The New England Conservatory and received her degree in Elementary Education from Simmons College. She currently heads up the Administration team for an outsourced sales company representing emerging food brands. Ms. Berry-Brown is a published poet, sings with the contemporary local chorus group Rock Voices, enjoys baking and doing her weekly radio show, “The Dish.”
Don Dawson, Director
Don Dawson – having spent more than 30 years working in the music industry, WOOL seemed like a natural progression for his interests. A vinyl record collector, a music enthusiast as well as a local musician, don utilizes his personal record collection for his show “Vinyl Tap” to explore a wide range of genres, time periods as well as musical cities around the globe.
John McCann, Director
Mr. McCann is a Nationally Registered Advance EMT since 2014, working on a local ambulance service. He has been working in EMS since 2008. He began his EMS career as a licensed First Responder working for LeFevre Ambulance. Currently he is a Volunteer on Bellows Falls Fire Department as a Lieutenant and in charge of EMS training. In addition, he has been with the Bellows Falls Fire Department since 2014. He moved into Charlestown, NH in 2005. His supervisor, at the time asked him to join the Volunteer Charlestown Fire Department and was a Member from May 5, 2005 to March 1, 2019. Not only is he a firefighter, he is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of Desert Shield/Storm (1986 to 1991). On an evening in August 2016, John and his girlfriend were walking around Bellows Falls, and happened to stop in at 33 Bridge St. WOOL Radio studio door was open. He talked with a DJ Host, and since he grew up watching a TV Show “WKRP in Cincinnati”, he was hooked. As they say, “the rest is history”. John hosts a weekly Radio Show, “Bringing Back That Smile” on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm.
Martin Royal, Director
Martin Royle is the singer in DC-indie rock band, Washington Social Club. Having spent his 20’s and 30’s touring with long list of notable indie rock bands, including The Hold Steady, Stars, Metric, Phantom Planet, POTUS, and many more, performing on NBC late night talk shows and MTV, syncing songs to a laundry list of tv shows from the 00’s, Martin and his wife Taylor moved to Walpole in 2021. On a chance encounter, he discovered WOOL, and in 2022 launched The Dangerous Indie Hour which spotlights new and upcoming bands from around the world.
In memory of – Gary Smith, Director 1958 – 2023
Mr. Smith has been a member of the Board of Directors at WOOL since its founding in 2003. A veteran of the music industry, for 25 years he was owner of Boston’s Fort Apache Studios which, as production, management, and recording house worked with artists including the Pixies, Billy Bragg, Radiohead, Belly, Natalie Merchant, Juliana Hatfield, and Uncle Tupelo. In 2012, Smith started The Popolo Restaurant Group with two ex-directors of WOOL, and is its General Manager, helping to put regional growers in contact with consumers in a farm-to-table setting. Smith also promotes concerts and cultural events in the area. Popolo often works in tandem with WOOL. Smith is ex-president of Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company.