Vermont’s broadcast community has lost an icon.
Ernie Farrar began his radio career in St. Albans before moving to WVMT-AM in Colchester, where he entertained listeners for more than five decades. Host of many different programs through the years including Happy Housewife Club, Wired Woodshed and Inside Groove, he is most known for co-hosting the “Charlie and Ernie” morning talk show for 20 years on WVMT-AM.
“Ernie was responsible for getting me the morning show gig and we hit it off right away” says co-host Charlie Papillo. “We both liked to joke around and never took anything seriously. But we, along with Lisa Nagle who hosted with us for 10 years, also used our pulpit to raise awareness of issues and to raise money for many charities.” Papillo said.
“Ernie loved what he did and never considered it work. We would have to convince him to take time off – he had an unbelievable work ethic. Not a single sick day in all the years we worked together”, says Papillo, “He had a golden radio voice and delivery. I’m proud of my time working with him, definitely the best time of my career!”
“Ernie Farrar was an icon in the broadcasting business because of his talent, dedication and loyalty. He is on the Mount Rushmore of radio talent in Vermont” says Paul Goldman, former WVMT GM/Owner. “He was the longest serving talent in the history of the station by decades – and the history and legacy of WVMT is in no small part what it is because of Ernie.”
Farrar was with the Goldman family from the ’60s through his retirement, which coincided with Paul Goldman’s in 2018. “Ernie was part of my life from the day I first came to Vermont in 1976 and I learned so much from him” says Goldman. “He was a walking encyclopedia about the radio station and had great stories to tell. The older we got, the more we liked to reminisce and laugh. He had the voice of God – and will be able to compare it first hand now, as he rejoins his most influential boss, George Cameron, running the best radio station in heaven!”
Farrar was inducted into the VAB Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also was the driving force in the Vermont Golden Gloves and as such, was also inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as well.
Ernie’s family will receive friends on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.A Celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex, 890 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, hosted by Ernie’s radio co-host, Charlie Papillo.